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Saying goodbye to September

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Hello there!

What a wonderful way to wave goodbye to September by congratulating Rosie Cullis! She won the much coveted Amanda Wakeley handbag, and guessed correctly – along with over a thousand of you – that London Fashion Week began in 1984. Thanks so much for taking the time to enter the competition, although I’ll be honest and admit to being a tad concerned when a few folk wrote to tell me that the date was actually 1983!

Having checked it thoroughly I found that 1983 was significant in the world of fashion, but it was when the British Fashion Council was founded not London Fashion Week – phew! I did trawl through the huge number of responses to answer those of you who wrote to update me with your news, and hopefully I managed to respond. Please forgive me if I missed you, and I hope it won’t deter you from writing to me here this week!

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It’s hard to believe that Colin and I returned from Gozo over a week ago, but it was an incredibly relaxing break and once again we had the most beautiful weather. While we were away sunning ourselves it was all happening at home!  Firstly my niece Emily gave birth to her and Paul’s second child, a beautiful baby boy called Noah.Emily and NoahHe was born on 21st September, my late father’s birthday, and I know Dad would have been as delighted as we were. Their son James (named after my Dad) is just 20 months old, and he is thrilled with the new arrival. I couldn’t wait to get over and meet Noah who is just as gorgeous as his brother was when he was born. I had a lovely cuddle and was really impressed with how their little family have adapted so easily to having another baby to love.Baby NoahMore good news came when my niece Claire (my brother’s daughter) who got engaged last month, wrote to tell us that she is to marry her fiancé Cale on 21st April 2018.  The wedding will be in her home town in Sydney, Australia, and she asked us if we’d be able to join them! You may remember she came all the way over to England when Colin and I were married, and I’d always promised that we would do the same when she tied the knot!

Clare and CaleIt’s just over a year since my brother Peter was in England, and it will be wonderful to be able to support him on this very special occasion. It will also give us a chance to meet Cale and his family before the big day, and to hopefully help with some of the arrangements.  It’s going to be bittersweet though for both families as Claire and Cale will be leaving Australia just a few days after their wedding to come and live in England. It’s going to be a big wrench for Peter and his wife Sarah, although ironically it’s much the same as Peter did after he married Sarah way back in 1982. I’m hoping it may mean they might consider coming back one day… fingers crossed!

Colin and I have already started looking at flights and we’ve decided that we would like to break the journey up and visit another country on our way to Australia, so it will be decision-making time soon. Having booked a number of trips in the past, I know it can be a lengthy process, but I am due to have a fair bit of time on my hands…

As I mentioned in my previous blog, I have to have surgery on my right shoulder, and this has now been scheduled for 10th October.  Although the procedure itself is apparently quite straightforward the recovery time is lengthy, and unfortunately I won’t be able to work for about four weeks! I’ve been talking to Kathy Tayler as she had much the same operation carried out some years ago. It was her left shoulder though and she’s right-handed like me so she said she coped fairly well.

As it’s my right shoulder and I’m right-handed I thought I’d better have a practice at using the other hand. I did try drying my hair with and putting on my mascara too but it didn’t go well at all… think Coco the clown! I may have to stay indoors for the entire time!  I’m not really looking forward to it, as I thought my somewhat lengthy experience of surgical procedures was over.  It’s also a shame it has to be now because it is officially Breast Cancer Care month, which for me, like many other women, is all important.

After 1st chemo

With Colin near end of treatment

With Colin near end of treatment

My own diagnosis of breast cancer in January 2011 meant that I had to face something I naively believed only happened to other people. My world tilted, and although it all seems a long time ago now, this month always brings it back into sharp focus. Breast Cancer Care were chosen years ago as QVC’s designated charity and during that time, with your help, we have managed to raise over six million pounds for them.
This year we have put together a capsule collection of products which are available on our website, and include beauty buys, fashion and accessories and of course jewellery. Our new Diamonique ribbon brooch is there along with the earrings and large pendant from my ‘I Hope’ range of jewellery. At least 60% of the sale price of these items will be paid to Breast Cancer Care which interestingly, is the only UK-based charity dedicated solely to supporting those affected by this disease.

 

It’s been lovely to know that thousands of you have chosen from the five pieces I have subsequently designed, and that the message of Hope is now shared by so many of us.  This year I was once more asked to add to the collection, but it was suggested that I worked alongside the Diamonique buyers to incorporate a simulated diamond somewhere within the new design.

It took a while, and a few discarded sketches before I came up with a beautiful pendant. I have stayed true to the original teardrop shape, but it will be available in both rose gold and rhodium plating and features a single carat simulated diamond at the top of the teardrop – it will be available very soon, so do look out for it, I hope you like it.  The message remains the same, as a world without hope is not something I can imagine. Over the years I have had some beautiful comments on this blog, telling me why it was you bought the jewellery and for whom… I hope this new design will carry the same sentiment.

Due to our two-day Fashion Event this week there wasn’t a Diamonique show yesterday (Tuesday) but instead we’re treating you to some of our bestselling fashion brands, with MarlaWynne today, plus Butler & Wilson, Centigrade, Clarks, Amanda Wakeley and Joe Browns  which are just a few of the brands that will also feature,  so make sure you have look through our TV Guide so you don’t miss your favourites!

My last two days at the Q before my break will be this weekend when we’re looking ahead to Christmas!  So, if you wanted to get in early I can tell you that there’ll be fabulous pre-lit Fir Christmas Tree and a terrific Make-up collection from Tarte headlining on those days!  Follow me on Twitter (@alikqvc) and I’ll give you the item numbers and prices ahead of time! : )

I’m going to miss you, my shows and my friends here, but I’ll be keeping up to date with the blog so I hope you’ll find time to write, and I promise as always to write back to you.  There’s Twitter too, so in truth I won’t be that far away, and your support will be much appreciated as always.J

Stay well and I look forward to hearing from you.

With my love,

Ali xx

108 Comments

  1. Joanna Downey October 4, 2017 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, With the obvious exception of the news about your operation this is, as always, a lovely blog – babies, wedding plans & jewellery with a message. I have always loved September but this year it has been a tad dismal & I feel we’ve been hurled into late autumn several weeks too soon. My reply to your last blog did get swallowed up in all the competition entries so I’ll put in a summary:
    I wrote that I was very sorry that you’re facing more surgery & that you’ve experienced the fear & dread associated with a possible recurrence of disease. I also told you that Colin returned from Yosemite & that his climbing trip was a great success. Because he spent his last night in a hotel he got all his washing done & even though I’m always delighted to have him back his laundry is a different story. My sister was an absolute love all the time he was away, she phoned me every night & insisted that I kept the door that opens onto the garden ‘locked at all times’. I also commented that it was obvious from your earlier holiday blog that you loved Gozo in the same way we love Sicily & I wondered if it’s being an island race that attracts us to others. I know that facing any medical intervention is a concern but as you say you’ll have time on your hands afterwards & planning a holiday is always absorbing. Have you thought about having your eyelashes dyed so that you can forget the mascara? Your hair looks so effortlessly stylish when you twist it up so hopefully you can look good without all the faff. Finally, a world without hope is something I too can’t imagine; our stunning younger daughter has Hope as her second name ( I was very much into Thirtysomething) & my lovely news is that she’s having her first baby in the late spring. We will all miss you so take care my lovely, see you soon. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan October 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jo, So sorry I missed your comment on the last blog – I’ll have to re read them as I’m sure yours wasn’t the only one – but bless you for taking the time to write here now. CONGRATULATIONS! So thrilled to know that your daughter is expecting her first baby next spring. What wonderful news for you all. I wonder if she has a daughter if she’ll use name her Hope? So glad that your Colin enjoyed his climbing trip and even better that he brought home clean washing! Result! It’s nice that your sister kept any eye out of you during his absence – it’s always the night time that is difficult. I remember when my Colin went to America for 10 days just after we were married and I dreaded working lates and coming home to an empty house. Interesting that you’ve mentioned Sicily as we thought that we might try a two centre holiday next time we head to Gozo! Although that won’t be next year now of course. Loving your suggestion of getting my eyelashes dyed – I might go for an eyeline too. You’re very sweet about my hair, but without my Philp Kinglsey products on it, it’s so fine and flyaway I can’t do anything with it! I’ll miss being at the Q too, but its great that we can keep in touch here. Take care, and thanks Jo, love Ali xx

  2. Loraine Plumb October 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison just a quick note to say hope all goes well for you glad your holiday was nice I wrote to you on the previous blog but not sure you got it ok will miss seeing you for a while take care love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan October 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

      Dear Loraine, I’ve just looked back at the last blog and am delighted to know that your results show nothing negative, and that possibly thinking about the cholesterol may help your heart. Like you, we lost my dad very suddenly through a heart attack and so we are always checked on that score. Horrid though that your feet are still sore – I do hope the podiatrist can help. Do thank your husband Les for his compliments – I’ll miss being at the Q but will keep in touch with you here. Take care and fingers crossed for good news health wise for you. Love Ali xx

  3. Yvonne October 4, 2017 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Great blog as always and beautiful pictures of the new baby and your lovely family. Your trip to Australia is something to really look forward to. Hope all goes well with your surgery and you’re soon on the mend. Stay as positive as you always are you’re a very special lady. Take care xx

    • Alison Keenan October 13, 2017 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

      Dear Yvonne, so glad you enjoyed the blog and the photographs, and thank you for your kind words. I’m sure little Noah will look completely different when I next see him :0 Very much looking forward to visiting Australia, and when I’m a little less dopey I’ll start looking into flights etc. Surgery went according to plan, but it’s a slow recovery… just about to start with the physio! Take care, love Ali x

  4. Rebecca Walker October 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    All the best for your op. Hope you don’t get too bored. Keep smiling your cheerful smile.

    • Alison Keenan October 13, 2017 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Rebecca – all went according to plan, but it’s a slow recovery. I’ve got lists as long as my arm to get through – sorting cupboards etc! And I’ll keep in touch with everyone here too 🙂 Love Ali x

  5. Karen October 4, 2017 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, good luck for your op. Enjoy the rest and relaxation, You are a very brave lady much like my friend Lesley who had breast cancer and sadly lost her battle. I always think of her every day. I like to hear of your stories and travels and your family. Enjoy every day, as I am sure you do. Best Wishes x

    • Alison Keenan October 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

      My dear Karen, I am so sorry to know that you lost your friend Lesley to breast cancer… every year I hear of more brave women who are no longer with us, and I know how desperately sad I would be if it was one of my friends…It’s good that you think of her always, because that way you keep part of her with you always. Take care and please do keep in touch here – I’m glad you enjoy the blog. My best to you, Ali xx

  6. Julie October 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    A lovely and informative blog as usual. Fab photo’s too.
    I’m so pleased you’ve had a good time/news of late but do feel for you as you have surgery shortly. I know what you’re saying about being right handed but having to do things the “left handed way”. Everything is backwards! I remember I told you before my brother is left handed and in those days teachers tied your hand behind your back. He began to stammer as a result. You will have to take “lessons” from Lucy!!
    I remember when you originally posted those photo’s of yourself when you were poorly and I can’t believe how far you have come. You are such an inspiration to all. You look so well now and have such a positive attitude. I’m sure you have helped/inspired loads of people.
    Hope all goes well for you and take care as always.
    Will message you soon.

    Julie x The Girls XXXXX

    • Alison Keenan October 18, 2017 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Julie, good to hear from you, and yes I do remember you telling me about your brother and I was really shocked then! It is getting easier and as my fingers are working perfectly well, if I position my wrist carefully I can now type with both hands. Still can’t use a knife or dry my hair properly but it’s early days. Thank you for your kind words – there have been some lovely comments here on the blog – and as I’ve always maintained, it’s you who inspire me to stay positive. I hope all is well with you and the girls. Love Ali xx

  7. Sonia hughes October 4, 2017 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Good luck with your opinion Ali. I hope all goes well for you and your recovery is quick. You are an amazing person who gives so much support to so many people, especially those suffering from cancer. I lost my sister to cancer on her 50th Birthday. I was just over 3 years ago but she is always in my thoughts. I am sure give so much inspiration to suffers who read your blog. Take care with love from Sonia

    • Alison Keenan October 18, 2017 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

      My dear Sonia, how terribly sad to read about your sister, and I’m certain that although the years pass it still feels like yesterday to you… It’s good that you keep her in your thoughts and that you remember her always. It’s the best way to keep those we love with us. I very much hope that this blog will help others and that they too can become part of this incredible network of support that has been such a lifeline to me too. Take care, love Ali xx

  8. Josephine Jennings October 5, 2017 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Good luck with the surgery, I’m sure everything will be fine. What a beautiful little boy.

    • Alison Keenan October 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Josephine, it all went according to plan and although it’s taking a while to get used to the limited movement each day is a little easier. Yes, Noah is gorgeous isn’t he! A beautiful addition to the family. Thanks for writing to me, Love Ali xx

  9. Debbie October 5, 2017 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, this is my first blog to you,I’m not on any social media,so hope you get this ok. I want to wish you well with your operation,hope it’s a success. Am sure you will be well looked after by your great family and friends! I have been reading your blogs for ages and think you are inspirational but down to earth. Was hoping for news about your book, am looking forward to reading it if or when it gets published. Good luck and love. Xx

    • Alison Keenan October 18, 2017 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

      Dear Debbie, Thank you so much for your lovely comment. The operation was a success and all the calcification was removed. My entire arm and hand were numb for 24 hours – most odd – but a lot more comfortable than it would have been otherwise! Yes I have been very well looked after by Colin and both Jack and Lucy have been to visit and Sam will do too once he returns from Spain and his landrover trip! I too was hoping for news of my book, but I fear these things move very slowly… As soon as I know I’ll let you know. With love, Ali xx

  10. Mrs Janet Jones October 5, 2017 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I’m sorry I haven’t been in touch for a while, you’ve probably forgotten all about me, but I have been reading your blogs. Over the last few months I’ve some some very unpleasant tests and a small operation to remove a growth from my arm on the side I had my breast cancer, so very worrying times. Thank God all was clear so I can breathe for now. I hope all goes well with your operation thank goodness for you it isn’t cancer related, but the fear never leaves us. My beautiful Grandson has started school, were has the time gone! I’ts causing problems with his eyes so he made need another operation, so we are all just praying it will settle down. Like Honey for you, he is a constant source of joy in our lives. We’ve had him with us the last 2 weekends as we haven’t seen him or my son for a while, due to work and we went to Canada for a 2 week holiday, the first time we have ever left Europe and had a 2 week holiday. What an amazing country, its a holiday we will never forget. As you say you will have time after your operation to plan your trip to Australia next year, somewhere my husband would like to go , so we had better start saving up again!.
    I know Colin will look after you and your friends and family after your operation, so make sure you take it easy.
    I promise I will keep in touch, and keep us up to date on your progress,
    take care Ali,
    Speak soon, Love Janet xx

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:03 am -  Reply

      Dear Janet, I could never forget you! You were one of the first of Ali’s Army, and I know all of us loved hearing about little Alfie, and following his progress in the early days. Incredible to believe that he is now at school! I do hope that whatever operation he has to have next time will sort the problem with his eyes though, and how lovely that you’ve had him to stay with you too. Time together is so important. I am so relieved for you that the growth on your arm was in no way connected to cancer, and that you were given the all clear. You’re right though, the worry puts years on you. How lovely that you’ve managed a trip to Canada – it was one of my late father’s favourite countries to visit. Yes, I’ve already dipped a toe in the water re the trip to Australia, and am hoping to have it all in place by the time I come back to work at the Q. So good to hear from you, and yes please do keep in touch this time around. With my love, Ali xx

  11. Sally October 5, 2017 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Wish you a speedy recovery even though your re-coop time brings us well into November I really don’t like the shorter days. Never been to Australia doesn’t really draw me but if I were to go no doubt I would love it. Thinking about the mascara I would hold the brush still and blink on the wand at least you would get some on lol. Your lovely family is growing all the new babies best time. Our 2 year old grandchild has got a bit of gastro at the moment his brother has just started school in September and apparently there is quite a lot of it there! hate it when there not well. I am 64 and don’t remember being ill or hearing of it much in our time of growing up I do think we were healthier then we had to walk everywhere and had more of a healthier appetite because of it myself having a good 2 mile walk to my junior school. Our own six kids never suffered with much in the way of illness I am convinced it is our modern way of living all the technology mobiles etc sending waves can it not be possible for all these waves to carry things through the air that’s my opinion anyway. Bit of a negative blog but I am a really happy bubbly person really.
    Good luck and you are looking fab best wishes. xx

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:08 am -  Reply

      Hi there Sally, totally agree with you about the shorter days, but it’s been rather nice having the log burner lit and getting cosy earlier on! I think if my brother hadn’t lived in Australia it’s a country we may never have visited, but I am so glad we did, and will be doing so again! I tried your tip re mascara, and it worked well with the narrow brush Eyeko mascara. Still a really weird experience, so I’m just staying indoors unmade up at present 🙂 Sorry to know that your little grandchild has been poorly. Always a worry when they’re small. There seems to be chicken pox doing the rounds here, so I’m fingers crossed for Honey. I like you had a two mile walk to my junior school, and then when I moved to secondary school it was a 3.5 mile bike ride each way. I still think I had colds though – probably from cycling in the rain and the cold! Thanks for writing to me, and nice to share your thoughts – I didn’t think you were negative at all. Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali x

  12. Margaret Upton October 5, 2017 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I just want to wish you all the best for your operation, you just don’t realise how involved the shoulder is in every day moves! You will be missed, speedy recovery.
    Love,
    Maggie.
    xx

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:09 am -  Reply

      Maggie that is so true! I didn’t realise how many movements involved the shoulder, or indeed how many moves involved both! Trying to do things with my left hand invariably twinges the right arm, but it’s getting a little easier each day. Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  13. Gill Davies October 5, 2017 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    Good luck with the surgery, look forward to having you back.
    Please consider Singapore on your way to Sydney. It is a beautiful clean country with so much to see and do there. We visited on our way to Sydney and I would love to go back.

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:11 am -  Reply

      Dear Gill, thank you for your good wishes. The surgery went to plan, and I’m definitely on the mend! I spent several days in Singapore on my way to Australia for the first visit in 2003. I loved the country, but the humidity wore me out! I hope one day you’ll get the chance to revisit though. We’re thinking possibly San Francisco and then Bali this time, but still all very much up in the air. Love Ali x

  14. Marie October 5, 2017 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali Good luck with the surgery you have been through worse!! You obviously have a wonderful family and a Colin (my friend and I are both married to a Colin and we think we are very lucky) with their support you can get through.
    I am so looking forward to seeing your new jewellery designs I just love the teardrop shape of your pendant so am looking forward to adding to my collection and possibly Christmas presents for a few people.
    Lots of love and best wishes
    Mariex

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:16 am -  Reply

      Hi Marie, and thank you for your kind words. Yes, I’ve certainly had far more complicated procedures, with incredibly uncomfortable recovery times, but this is all going to plan, and each day I’m more mobile and able to use my arm. I do hope that by now you will have seen the I Hope pendant I designed this year with the Diamonique team. I have the rose gold version, and I think Kathy Tayler has the rhodium plated one. It’s really pretty and I’m planning to get a few to give as Christmas presents too. Thank you for supporting Breast Cancer Care. Love to you, Ali xx

  15. jennifer cann October 5, 2017 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    hope everything goes well with you ,sending good wishes and prayers for your speedy return

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:19 am -  Reply

      Jennifer that’s very kind of you. I’ll be back in November. I hope all is well with you and your family. With love, Ali xx

  16. Gail October 5, 2017 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    I wish you all the best for your Operation,we will all be thinking of you and will miss your Beautiful Face on QVC for a short while, get better very soon. x

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:21 am -  Reply

      Bless you Gail. Looking a little like Doc from Back to the Future at present! Not so easy to blow dry my hair one handed 🙂 Love Ali x

  17. Merche October 5, 2017 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I always look forward to your blog, it doesn’t seem a year ago since your brother and his wife were in England. I hope all goes well with your operation and that you get thoroughly spoilt by your family . Take care, love Merchex

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:27 am -  Reply

      Hi Merche, You’re right, I find it hard to believe it was a year since Peter and Sarah were here! So good to know that I only have six months before I see them again and Clare too! The operation was a success and although it’s pretty slow going recovery-wise, I’m being well looked after : ) Thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  18. Mrs Judith Dunster October 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi good luck with your surgery . Xx

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:30 am -  Reply

      Hi Judith, and thanks for your good wishes, love Ali xx

  19. Fiona Brackenridge October 5, 2017 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    Strange coincidences 21st September was my late Dad’s birthday and his name was James too. Good luck with your operation and though daunting remember you have come through much worse. Take care

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:32 am -  Reply

      Fiona that really is a strange co-incidence! I’m sure you miss your dad too. Thanks for your good wishes – as you’ve probably read – it all went well, and I’m getting more movement in the shoulder each day. Physio is a little uncomfortable, but as you say, I’ve been through a lot worse! Hope all is good with you and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  20. Judith Lennon October 5, 2017 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali.
    Another lovely blog and so much news of your family. All nice things to look forward to. I was so pleased you had a lovely break. John and I enjoyed our holiday in Cyprus. We intended to do very little and very little was just lovely. The weather was beautiful and I managed some sun on the old bones! However I did manage to catch a rather nastily cough, sinus infection and earache! Relaxed under a sun umbrella but had to give in when I returned home and see my GP. I’m hoping the antibiotics will soon kick in as I’m feeling pretty rotten. I sincerely hope your op goes well. Rest my lovely as I know this will be hard for you. Will miss you on QVC but I’m sure the time will pass…… will close for now. Thinking of you and wish you well very soon. Sending love and hugs as always. Judith xxx

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:34 am -  Reply

      Hi Judith, doing very little is something I’m becoming very good at! Sooo glad you had a great time away in Cyprus and enjoyed the warm sun on your bones. Grotty though that you got a bug while you were away, and I very much hope that the antibiotics have worked their magic and you are feeling better. Thank you for your kind words – I’m missing QVC and all my friends too. Getting stronger each day though. Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  21. bobbysgirl October 5, 2017 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Good luck with your op and recovery. Last time I wrote on your blog I was in a happy place. But yesterday I had my first chemo for metastases in my liver. I will lose my hair this time and went to choose a wig on Tuesday and will collect next week. I joked with friends that I would choose a long black Cher style down to my waist – but I have gone for the blonde bombshell look to my shoulders. After many and varied tests and finally MRI I was informed in A & E the next day (I woke with terrific pain in my liver area) that after 6 hours of blood tests and waiting in 2 waiting rooms that all the tests showed that my cancer was back. That was a month ago. I thought we had beaten it. My port was removed in January, my colonoscopy was clear, my blood tests were normal. However I developed a trigger finger on my left hand – I had one on my right hand years ago which was cured with an injection. The locum said it was not trigger finger and gave me codeine to take for the terrific pain. It did not help so went back and saw a regular GP who also said it is not trigger finger but sent me for 2 lots of blood tests which flagged up a liver problem. Hence where I am today. I had my new port put in last Friday – this one is never coming out. In between times I went to see a rheumatologist who has diagnosed me with you’ve guessed it – TRIGGER FINGER! I have now been fitted with a splint to keep it straight and will be due to have a steroid injection by ultrasound for accuracy whenever I am allowed to go ahead.
    Seeing your brave photo with no hair made me write to you as you understand what I and others are going through. YOU are a wonderful woman. Like you my granddaughter has been a godsend – she used to sleepover every week for 2 nights to help with childcare but what a joy- so long as there was a café at some point she loved being with us. I knew I would miss her when she started school this September and she lives too far away for us to take or collect from school but we can have her in the holidays. More good news is that she is going to have a new baby sister due in December but my daughter may have to be induced early as she has developed gestational diabetes but she is coping well but very tired and still working full time. I cannot wait for her
    to be on maternity leave.
    I wore your I Hope ring through all my previous treatment and have purchased the pendant – very solid – impressed. The new ones sound lovely – a cheeky purchase may be necessary. I have purchased some Kipling pouches for BCC already on advanced order – I do miss the excitement of the fundraising shows you used to do on QVC.
    Enough of me it is time for you to be looked after and cherished by your wonderful family and friends and to be fighting fit for your trip to Australia for the wedding and to see your brother next year. Keep on keeping on and the only way is up are a couple of my sayings so I am saying them to you. Wishing you all the luck in the world. Love Shirley x

    • Alison Keenan October 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

      My dear Shirley, I am so terribly saddened to hear your news as I remember when you last wrote and things were so much more positive. That said, as we both know, chemo will give you your best chance… and heaven knows you deserve that. The wig sounds great and was my choice too – long and blonde – a style I’ve never really had 🙂 I am sure you will miss your granddaughter’s visits, especially as she stayed, but there will be other times and once the new baby is born, then it’ll probably be a huge help to your daughter if she maybe stays weekends with you too? I do hope so. Fingers crossed your daughter can start her maternity leave early so you can have more time together. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me to read that you’d worn my ring and have since bought the pendant too. You are who I designed these pieces for… because you are the brave, positive inspirational wonderful woman who gives women like me hope. I am sure your family are doing all they can to support you and I am certain that with their love you will be carried through this difficult time… Please do keep in touch, and let me know how you get on. Sending you my love and every good wish. Stay strong and lean on those who love you and keep on keeping on 🙂 Ali xx

  22. Elaine Sallis October 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Ali I hope all goes well. Geoff had his new hip ten days ago had the stitches out today. He is progressing well so far. What a lovely baby. Jodie is expecting a baby due April. Molly is settling into school. I really miss my time with her. Love Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan October 13, 2017 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

      Gosh Elaine, how quickly life moves on eh? So glad that Geoff is doing well. He’ll have to take it easy, but things should be much more comfortable from now on. Wonderful news that Jodie is expecting a baby in April. I’m sure you do miss Molly – things will be very different for me once Honey is at school…. I’m trying to make the most of it while she’s still little. Love to you, Ali xx

  23. Helen Heywood October 5, 2017 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Good luck with the op, wishing you a speedy recovery x

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:35 am -  Reply

      Helen, that’s very kind of you to have taken the time out to write. All went well, and although the recovery isn’t exactly speedy, I am recovering! I hope all is well with you,k and I will be back to the Q in November. Love Ali xx

  24. Hester Tulloch October 5, 2017 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali sorry to hear you need surgery again but thankful nothing too serious, I have breast cancer but very lucky to have found the lump 3 weeks after my hip replacement had a lumpectomy 4 weeks ago and had 2 lumps removed one was cancer and the other pre cancer was in again today to have some more flesh taken as they did not get it all, that went well will get results in 2 weeks, also had 4 lymph nodes taken at the first surgery and they were clear so it is nowhere else thank goodness as I said one of the lucky ones just having radiotherapy when healed and hopefully in the new year will get my second hip done. I reached the age of 71 not ever having an illness of any kind and now have three scars on my right side. You have been an inspiration to those of us who followed your progress love Hester

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:39 am -  Reply

      My dear Hester, I was sorry to hear that you’ve been unwell, and that not only have you had to get through the hip replacement but to then have treatment for breast cancer must have been very difficult. You sound very stoic and positive and I am certain that the next set of tests will come back with good news for you too. The radiotherapy will work its magic and I hope you will then be strong enough to have your second hip operated on next year. Wonderful that you’ve had those 71 years free of ill health, and even more inspirational that you’re coping so well with your diagnosis. Wishing you a speedy recovery and good health. Please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  25. Mary Morphy October 5, 2017 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali and thank you for sharing all you news.. exciting times for your family. I since hope that your surgery goes well; I know you will be superbly looked after by your family, friends and the gorgeous Colin. I like forward to seeing you back on screen soon. A poignant moment in your blog was you once again sharing your photos of when you were having chemo…you may have felt dreadful but a radiance in you shines through and you are a fabulous role model for others. My Godson’s fiancé has been diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour.. treatable but incurable. She has just had her second op in 12 months and her prognosis is 5 years..they have booked their wedding date for 14th September next year and I am proud to say that I am making the cake. It will be a very emotional day.
    I have another emotional day on Saturday, Jack leaves for Ghana and although I am bursting with pride I am silently anxious for him and the big adventure ahead. His main worry for him initially is the flight. He doesn’t like flying and they are having a to fly to Ghana via Dubai..two 7 hour flights with a 7 hour stop off,!! We have a big family breakfast planned for Saturday morning at our favourite beach side cafe then my sister is taking him to Heathrow..I felt that it was best for me to say goodbye at home; he doesn’t need a snivelling, snotty mum hugging him at the airport. I will just be glad when he arrives at his host house and has settled in. When he gets home on 16th December my house will be festooned in decorations!! I have just bought new baubles as I have decorated and last years Xmas tree colour scheme just doesn’t work!!
    So, try and recuperate patiently and good luck doing things left handed!! Much love. Mary xx

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:46 am -  Reply

      Dear Mary, so lovely to hear from you, and I remember when you first told us about your Jack and his planned trip, and then it seemed a long way off. I have been thinking of you all, and I am sure that the planned family breakfast went well, and that the plan to have your sister take him to the airport worked too. I definitely think it was the right decision. The only thing I can equate your situation to is when I first took Lucy and then Sam to Uni and had to get them set up and then leave by train. It was incredibly hard and the trying not to cry bit was the hardest of all… Thank you for tweeting me and sharing that Jack got there safely and is happy. I feel it will be an incredibly positive experience for him and my friend’s daughter who just got back from her six months out there, is going back for a year next time! He’ll be home before you know it, and think of all the wonderful experiences he’s going to be able to share with you! Yes those photos of me take me a long way back – hard to believe it happened sometimes, but always a very strong reminder of just how incredibly lucky I have been and continue to be. So terribly sorry to learn of your Godson’s fiance and her diagnosis. Let’s all pray that her prognosis can be extended, and hope that with her husband by her side and everything to live for, that will happen. Your cake will no doubt be another showstopper! Thanks for keeping in touch Mary, always good to hear from you, love Ali xx

  26. Madeleine Humbles October 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, always enjoy reading your blog and like many others would like to wish you well with your operation and will be thinking of you. Gozo looks amazing and fancy a visit there myself any tips? An ever growing family is keeping you going I think and the support you get from QVC and us lot out here! Very best wishes and be strong. My friend broke her arm recently and it is a bind doing your hair but it is a good enough excuse to go and have it done OFTEN and have a relax at the same time. Maddie xx

    • Alison Keenan October 19, 2017 at 11:55 am -  Reply

      Hi there Maddie, glad you enjoy the blog, and thanks for your good wishes. I’m really pleased you’re thinking you may enjoy Gozo. It is very different to so many other places we’ve visited being just 11 by 9 miles long! It’s quiet, there is plenty to see, the weather and food are fabulous and the people friendly. You can stay in a smart hotel, smaller ‘farmhouses’ which are smart b&b’s, but there are smaller hotels or you can Airbnb it too! The ferry is just 20 euro there and back and it’s an hour’s drive from Malta’s airport to get to the ferry. There are plenty of buses on Gozo, but car hire is really cheap so I’d recommend you do that at least for a couple of days to see the island properly. Seems ages since we were last there, but you’re right, I’m getting a lot of support from the family here and at QVC – very lucky to have you all! Making do with my hair in a nest at the moment as I can’t drive to the hairdressers so will wait until I’m desperate and then ask Colin! Keep in touch and let me know if you decide to visit Gozo – I can recommend restaurants! Love Ali x

  27. Christine October 6, 2017 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Great pictures and beautiful baby. Sorry you are going for another operation. Good luck to you.

    Take care. X

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

      Dear Christine, So glad you enjoyed the photos and thanks for your good wishes. Yes, I would very much have preferred not to have any more operations but this has gone well, and will hopefully make the world of difference to my movement and discomfort – particularly across my back and shoulders. Hope all is well with you, love Ali x

  28. Susan October 7, 2017 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m going to have to stop reading all your presenter blogs about holidays coz you always seem to be away! Don’t know how you do it! But hey it’ll have done you good before your surgery. You’ve been through so much and I hope this one goes well. You’ll have qvc for company! You’re right about having hope though sometimes harder to see. I’ll be thinking of you x

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan, yes I must admit, I have been lucky with my time away this year! It was lovely though to get the sun on my bones before the surgery, as there’s been precious little of it here since then! 🙂 I’m missing the Q, but keeping in touch here is good. Thanks so much, love Ali xx

  29. Kim October 7, 2017 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali :). We’ll miss yo too, but you and your health are most important. All the very best for your surgery and we’ll look forward to your return! Love, smiles and massive hugs, Kim xxx

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kim, and thank you for your sweet words and kind wishes. The surgery went well, and I’m recovering , albeit a little more slowly than I’d like but starting my physio next week which will help. Love ALi xx

  30. Joanna Downey October 7, 2017 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Shirley aka Bobbysgirl, I wish you all the best as you embark on your treatment. The promise of your Christmas granddaughter will keep you ‘keeping on’ & everyone who writes to Ali will have you in their thoughts. Love from Jo

  31. Teresa Karasavvas October 7, 2017 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    My very best wishes to you Ali. You are an inspiration to us all and we will all miss you.

    I am sure all will be well with your operation.

    Teresa

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

      Dear Teresa, thanks so much for your kind words. The operation was a success, and although the recovery is somewhat slow, I am definitely feeling a little better and more able to use my arm each day. Lovely to keep in touch here on the blog. Love Ali x

  32. Liz Holmes October 8, 2017 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison. A great blog as always. I always look forward to reading them and all your news. Thank you for them. Your holiday looked wonderful. It will be great for you to go to Australia for the wedding, although a long flight, it will be so great for you to be there. My daughter had to go to Australia on business earlier this year. Unfortunately, through no fault of her own with several other people, they missed their connecting UK flight from Singapore and had to stay in a plush hotel for the night there before catching the next flight home the next day. She so liked what little she saw of Singapore that her, her husband and our two grandsons are going on holiday there next year. Just a thought for you and Colin on your way to Australia? I really do hope everything goes well for you with with your surgery and recovery. You are such a lovely lady of admirable quiet courage and determination to overcome everything else and you have come so far. I look forward to seeing you back on our screens soon.
    Liz x

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

      Dear Liz, so lovely to hear from you, and both Colin and I thank you for your recommendation of Singapore as a possible stop-over on our way to Australia. I did stay there for a couple of days in 2003 on my first visit to see my brother, but we were very much in the centre and didn’t get time to explore. Maybe this time we could. How lovely to your daughter to have been able to stay there unexpectedly and to have been put up in a lovely hotel! I do that she and her family have a fabulous time out there next year. I wanted also to thank you for your sweet words at the end of the comment. If nothing else I am always determined, and even when things are a little more of a struggle than usual I know I have a huge amount to be grateful for. I hope that all is well in your life, and that you will be able to keep in touch, with love, Ali xx

  33. LINDY LOU October 8, 2017 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what an inspiration you are to anyone dealing with cancer. Very generous of you to have shared your journey, pics and all. Surgery of any kind is scary (I’m just recovering from gall bladder surgery) but you have shown you have strength & temerity so you will be fine. Love & best wishes for Tuesday. Linda x

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

      Dear Linda, I do hope your recovery continues and you find yourself getting stronger each day. Thank you for your kind words. Sharing my life – the rough and the smooth –
      over the last 10 years has been hugely supportive for me too, and has given me strength. It never ceases to amaze me how strong we all are even in the face of adversity. Sending you love and every good wish for better health in the months to come. Ali xx

  34. Viv strange October 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Love to read your blogs with all your news. So sorry to read you have to face more surgery, but as you say should be straight forward, do look after yourself and I wish you a speedy recovery. I shall miss your shows always look forward to seeing you, hope you will be back before Christmas. Good luck for Tuesday Kind regards Vi v xx

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Vi, and lovely to hear from you. Yes thank you surgery went well, and although the recovery time is somewhat lengthy, I shall be back with you before Christmas. I do hope all is good with you, and will look forward to being back at the Q in November. Love Ali x

  35. Diane shaw October 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali good luck with your op soon be back on top form ready for Xmas lots of love to you and your lovely family xx

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

      Thanks very much Diane, and pleased to report that all went well with the operation. More able each day to do things, and should be firing on all cylinders once I’m back in November. I’ll blog again soon and bring you up to date, love Ali xx

  36. Sue Radford October 8, 2017 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    I will be thinking of you on the 10th. I’m sure all will go well with your operation, and as always, I will send positive thoughts your way. Keep focusing on that wonderful trip to Australia, which will be here before you know it. So glad you had another great trip to Gozo. Thanks for giving such a detailed account of the places you visited there in one of your last blogs, as it’s a place I want to visit too.

    Sending positive thoughts to others facing challenging times too.

    Love from Sue Radford xx

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

      Dear Sue, Thank you for your kind thoughts on the 10th. The surgery was a success, and once I am able to get better movement back in my shoulder it should be pain free which will be wonderful! So glad you enjoyed the description of Gozo, and I would definitely recommend it as a relaxing and beautiful place to visit. I very much hope that all is well with you and yours and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  37. Christine Auchterlonie October 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…I’m so glad you enjoyed your holiday with Colin to Malta …and lovely news with a beautiful baby and wedding next year In Australia…something for you to look forward to… I know you are going into hospital on the 10th for your op but I’m sure with your positive attitude towards everything that has come you way over the years you will be ok with some tender loving care from your family ….no one relishes the fact of having surgery …but many people will be thinking of you and will miss you on the Q for several weeks ….please know that I will be thinking of you and hope when you can you will let everyone know how you are afterwards.Family is everything and I’m sure with their help and love and support you will be fine….my love to you Ali x

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

      My dear Chris your sweet words are much appreciated, and I can confirm that the surgery went as planned, and that Colin has been doing a great job of looking after me. My son Jack has been to visit as have Lucy and Honey, and Jo and Roz too, and I’m hoping to see my mum and my sister next week. I’m feeling much better than I was now I’m off the strong meds, but it’s going to take a while before I have anything like full movement in my arm. Just grateful to be on the mend, and able to keep in touch here on the blog. Thinking of you, and hoping that you too have been with the family and are being supported. With my love, Ali xx

  38. Susanne October 8, 2017 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Alison – I’ve just watched the Tarte show at 8pm on Sunday and heard you weren’t back ’til November and having checked here, I found out that you are again having to undergo more surgery and wanted to send my best to you as I know many of your lovely followers have already done.

    I know that staying positive and in the company of loved ones (and lots of glossy magazines and chocolate – Colin, just saying!!) is one of the best ways to aid recovery and thankfully both of those categories have a huge tick against them already so I’m confident all will be will. But I know any type of surgery is worrying and am so heartened to read the lovely messages people have left for you – restores your faith in humanity, doesn’t it? Stay strong, dear lady, and come back to QVC very soon. God bless you. xx

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

      Susanne, you are absolutely right! It’s always so cheering to click on my blog page and find all these lovely messages here! Everyone is so kind, and it genuinely makes the worlds of difference – oh and the glossy magazines and chocolate too! 🙂 I was a little worried prior to the surgery but am glad to say it went according to plan, and I’m getting a little more mobile each day. Blow drying my hair though is just not happening, and there have been days when a hat is the only answer! 🙂 I do hope all is well in your world, and thank you for taking the time out to write to me. Love Ali xx

  39. Vanessa Slatford October 8, 2017 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    So sorry you have to go through another operation. Be strong and positive as you always are and you bounce back. Take care X

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

      Dear Vanessa, thank you for taking the time out to write to me. Definitely feeling more positive now I’m off the strong medicines and am working hard with my physio. Luckily the surgery went well, and I’m expected to have at least 70% movement back within three months. I should be back with you mid November 🙂 Love Ali x

  40. Bev October 9, 2017 at 9:01 am -  Reply

    Such lovely news a new baby and a wedding ! xx Wishing you a very quick and painless recovery from your op xxx
    Take the time to recharge the batteries and relax lovely lady !
    Much love
    Bev x

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

      Bev you’re right. Such good news, and definitely lots to look ahead and plan for. Emily is doing really well with baby Noah, and Clare has already been in touch with plans for the weeks prior to her wedding day! Exciting. Sleeping a fair bit, but had my first walk out today. Was lovely to feel the sun on my face. Hope all is well with you, love Ali xx

  41. Mandy jennings October 9, 2017 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    I will be thinking of you good luck will miss u on TV so come back really soon xxx

  42. sylvia irwin October 9, 2017 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali hope your operation goes well. This is my 1st blog but i’ve been reading your blogs for ages. They are always so interesting and funny at times. Hope you keep well and come back soon.x

  43. Sandra Gregory October 9, 2017 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I hope your operation. goes well tomorrow. Will be thinking of you. Love Sandra xxx💐💕

  44. pam stephens October 10, 2017 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    wishing you all the best for today and don’t worry you always look beautiful and your lovely personality will see you through xxx Let Colin take Good Care of you xx

  45. Susan Huskisson October 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, great blog as usual and another beautiful great grandson to welcome into your family! Wonderful news about your trip to Australia next year for your niece’s wedding, it sounds as if it will be amazing!
    I’m busy looking after our Charlie each Wednesday now while his mummy goes to work. He’s adorable and continually makes me laugh with what he comes out with, so funny! Two is a lovely age isn’t it? Learning something new every day, it’s magical!
    As I’m writing this at 3pm on the 10th I hope your operation is over and has gone as well as it possibly can. Good luck with trying to do things left handed, your description of the mascara was very funny!
    Bye for now Ali and I sincerely wish you all the best for a speedy recovery. You’ll be missed by us regular viewers of your hours and hope it won’t be too long before you’re back on air! Love Sue xx

  46. Susan Huskisson October 10, 2017 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    So sorry Ali I’ve just read my comments back and have inadvertently presented you with great grandsons!! I of course meant to say great nephews! Sorry for making you old before your time!

  47. Susan Anderson October 10, 2017 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Good luck with the op on your shoulder and the forthcoming wedding, something to look forward to. My daughter who is 38 was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a month before her wedding day, we are all devastated. She sobbed to me that she would never be able to give me any grandchildren and I said that I just wanted her to be alive and that it didn’t matter. I know she us devastated she was hoping to start a family after the wedding. The wedding went ahead two weeks after surgery she was determined to get married, it was the hottest day of the year I think , 18th June Father’s Day, venue Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. She has her last chemo on the 18th October and fingers crossed she will be able to get on with her life again. Although it was supposed to be the happiest of years( two daughters getting married and two 60th birthdays my hubbys in March and mine the other week) it’s also been the worst year of my life. Keep well Ali. Xx

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

      My dear Susan, I am so sorry that I haven’t read through all the comments until today, and consequently missed yours. I realise that yesterday was your daughter’s last chemotherapy treatment and that from today forwards she is officially getting better and stronger and has been given her best chance. But I also know how incredibly difficult it must be for you as her mum to stay strong for her, and to have got through her wedding day knowing what lay ahead. Sometimes life has a way of making things so incredibly difficult you don’t know how you can even lay one foot in front of the other let alone make decisions. The fact that you are all such a close family and clearly support each other is what will make your girl strong again. Every day they believe they are coming closer to finding a cure for cancer, and I am certain she will have the very best care. Here you are already six months on from being told her news, and she is with you, she is married, and her treatment is behind her. I am sending you a big hug, and lots of love, and pray that your daughter continues to heal. Please keep in touch and let me know how you all are. Ali xx

  48. Tanya mansfield October 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Darling Ali, what a wonderful blog. Bless you for sharing your photos and past treatment – what a wonderful woman you are. Good luck for your upcoming arm surgery. You will be sorely missed but ensure you truly rest and look after yourself. I will be thinking of you at this time, as will many as you can tell from your many blog responses. Bless you always … Tanya x

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tanya, so lovely to find your comment here on the blog and thank you for your kind words of support. 10 days on and I’m feeling a great deal more comfortable although still unable to do even some of the simplest things! Keeping up with the physio and with you all on the blog is definitely helping 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  49. Lynn October 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali hope all goes well with your operation. You are a lovely lady and you have been through so much but you still keep smiling. Take care sending lots of love xxx

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

      Dear Lynn, I’m glad to report that the surgery was a success and hopefully in time I should have full movement of my shoulder again. I’ve just had a visit from Lucy and Honey so have plenty to smile about. I hope life is treating you well too, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  50. karen somerville October 11, 2017 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    get well soon .put your feet up and search your perfect getaway with your fab hubby ! see you soon on my favourite diamonique show

    • Alison Keenan October 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

      Karen, I’ve definitely had my feet up over the last 10 days. Had trouble staying awake! Of the strong meds now, and have definitely been spoiled by Colin bless him 🙂 Hope to be back asap with Diamonique, but thank you for keeping in touch here on the blog. Will be posting a new one next week, love Ali x

  51. Linda Finch,, October 11, 2017 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ,glad you and Colin had a wonderful few days away again, and now can rest after your operation I know you will be well looked after by Colin and your family, now you have a beautiful great nephew to cherish, iam sure Honey will be able to visit you sometime which I am sure will make your day,even when you are not feeling your best the little ones always make it better. Well not much to report from the Finch household, John is doing very well after his new knee he has 9 months before he goes back to see his surgeon, so all good there.only trouble is it is my turn now as I tore the ligaments in my right knee so it is my turn to visit the physio, ,hopefully I will still be able to go on holiday in 2 weeks time with Simon and crew to the new forest, ,Harry and Ellie are looking forward to it as it is Halloween weekend while we are there,I have had to buy decorations for the caravan on instructions from Ellie I mite add ,I will have to have instructions from one of them on how to send you a picture. That’s all for now Ali ,so you rest and get well real soon, lots of love Linda Finch xxx

    • Alison Keenan October 24, 2017 at 11:52 am -  Reply

      Dear Linda, lovely to hear from you and so pleased to know that John is doing well after his new knee, although very sorry to hear that you now have problems! I do hope they will both be more comfortable now so that you can enjoy your holiday with Simon and the crew in the New Forest! It sounds as though you’l all have a great time, and great that Harry and Ellie plan to decorate the caravan – please do send me a photo! thanks for your kind words – it’s been a bit of a long haul although the op was a success, but Lucy came with Honey and they stayed over this weekend and went home today, so I have ben spoilt and had lots of ‘gentle’ cuddles 🙂 I’ll be posting a new blog this week, so do keep in touch. Love Ali xx

  52. Geraldune carron October 14, 2017 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Alison I hope your shoulder gets better soon please take it easy love from Geraldine carron x

    • Alison Keenan October 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Geraldine, I’m getting there albeit slowly! Love Ali x

  53. Lorraine gray October 15, 2017 at 12:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope all went well with your operation and that you make a speedy recovery.
    Get plenty of rest and we look forward to you being on our screens again very soon.
    Take care and much love. Lorraine Gray XX.

  54. Linda Marshall October 15, 2017 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just to say i hope your operation goes well, i will be thinking about you and wishing you a speedy recovery.
    lots of love Linda xxx

  55. Linda Martin October 15, 2017 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

    i
    Hi Ali

    I haven’t left you a note before but as you are having to undergo another op I just wanted to wish you well. I myself had breast cancer but have been in remission now for 2 years, Unfortunately I lost my lovely ex-husband to cancer a couple of weeks ago as well as a good friend of mine at the same time both of which completely floored me. Now my very best friend has also been diagnosed with it. This awful disease takes no prisoners. I have told her all about you and how brave you have been and told her to also stay strong.
    She is going away (hopefully) to Spain for a break after her next chemo but it seems no-one wants to give her travel insurance – how did you cope with that any ideas would be very gratefully accepted.

    Anyway Ali take care of yourself (I’m sure your lovely family will take good care of you) and I look forward to seeing you back on QVC soon.
    Lots of love.

    Linda Martin

    • Alison Keenan October 24, 2017 at 11:57 am -  Reply

      My dear Linda, it always makes me so sad to hear how life can be so difficult for so many, and for you particularly. Bless you for not only having the strength to get through your own treatment but then to lose your ex husband and your good friend. The fact that your very best friend is now poorly has no doubt floored you, but you are just the person to show how good strength and positive thought are. The treatment is the beginning of getting better, and please do tell her about me – six years on and I’m still here and well. I went to Spain in between my treatments but Colin booked it all and thinks the insurance was through his bank… Maybe her oncologist or the hospital could help her with this. A bit of sunshine and a change of scenery can be so positive. If I find out anything else I will of course let you know. So hard for you to hold onto hope when you have been through so much, but you and I know that cancer doesn’t take all of us … we all pray for remission. You take care of yourself, and please keep in touch, love Ali xxx

  56. Gwen October 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali,

    As always a truly wonderful blog, it just does’nt seem possible that so may years have passed since you were going through such a very worrying time, and now look at you, an inspiration to us all. I am sure that all will go well with your surgery, you will be missed on QVC so hurry back, but I am sure your lovely family will all be looking after you as you recuperate.

    I was wondering the other day why there are so many changes on QVC, I know new ideas have to brought in but what has happened to the likes of Tanya the model, and I used to love Michelle Hope presenting her fashion, personally I was sad to see the likes of Dreamkeeper and Kirks Folly along with Indigo Moon fashion disappear. I suppose it is called “progress”!!!

    Anyway Ali, please take care and come back soon.

    Love and best wishes,

    Gwen.

    • Alison Keenan October 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

      My dear Gwen, I feel much the same way! Where have the years gone? It does feel like a very long time ago in some respects, although in other ways it never really leaves me.. Thank you for your kind wishes – Yes I’m on the mend now and have had some lovely time with Jack, Lucy and Honey and am hoping to see Sam now he’s home from Spain. Colin’s been great and very supportive and I’m back to see the consultant today to have my stitches out which will be good. I’ve not seen Tanya for a while either, and really enjoyed my shows with her, but you’re right times change, and I guess there are always so many new brands that choices need to be made. I’m sure ‘Progress” is the right word 🙂 Thanks for writing to me, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  57. Chris Page October 19, 2017 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali

    Best of lucky with your operation. I could do with some surgery on my knackered right shoulder, but recuperation might mean going into a respite care place as I’ll probably not be able to manage at home, reliant as I am on my arms for wheelchair pushing. Had a brainwave about expanding your jewellery range to men who don’t wear jewellery – cufflinks! What do you reckon?

    • Alison Keenan October 24, 2017 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Chris, good to hear from you, although I’m sorry to hear about your shoulder! I’m sure the fact you need to push yourself is making things worse. Maybe physio would help? I’m liking your brainwave, and will pass it on to our jewellery department. I think nearer Christmas we do tend to see a few men’s pieces in Links of London and sometimes Diamonique too! Take care of yourself, love Ali x

  58. Magda davies October 20, 2017 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Stay strong Alison ur an inspiration to all of us xx ull b back on our screens before you know it xxx

  59. martin forbes October 22, 2017 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Hi alison how are you and your family iam well as we say in aberdeen fit like how are you
    i have already done my christmas shopping 2 weeks past thursday i used to do it 2weesk before xmas about 5 years ago never agin people shouting at ayou get out of the way and people get stresssed iam glas i do it early.

  60. Karen Jenkins October 23, 2017 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope this message finds you feeling stronger and much better after yet another operation and that you are well on the way to a full recovery. Sending my very best wishes, thinking about you.
    I am feeling much better since stopping chemo and even more so since having a break away in Gran Canaria, I so needed it ! It is so good to have a break from continuous hospital appointments and blood tests and to get some normality back to my life. I don’t have to see my oncologist until December so am trying to live without thinking about the inevitable and enjoying being ” Me ” for a change. I am hoping that I can maybe get a bit more active, as I have put on a considerable amount of weight over the last couple of years and am finding that very hard to accept, and that will keep my mind off things too.
    Look forward to seeing you back on screen being your usual cheery self very soon Ali, but take care and make sure you make a nice steady full recovery, speak soon, bye for now, love as always Karen. xx

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