Spain, baby ducklings and a trip to Brighton!

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Ali with Colin in Spain Well I'm glad I'm not one of the sheep in the field opposite – they've just been shorn and it's pouring with rain! Bloomin' chilly for June eh? I do hope you're having better weather where you are, otherwise I'd feel guilty when telling you that I was lucky enough to be whisked away to Spain for a few days before my new round of treatment began last week! 

Colin booked us into a lovely hotel, and we had the best of times relaxing on the beach and by the pool, and then enjoying the nightlife – along with a few Mojitos!! Well, it would have been rude not to really!

It sounds as though you've all been pretty busy too, and thank you for constantly keeping in touch. This last month has been a pretty difficult one for me, but reading your lovely comments – often in the wee small hours – has cheered me up no end.


New baby ducklings I know last time I wrote I was waiting to become a grandmother – in the duck sense – and I am delighted to tell you that after a nail-biting number of weeks, all 13 eggs hatched! It was pure fluke that I managed to get a photograph of the first few ducklings – I was laying food down when mummy duck raised her wing and one little head appeared – but she flew off for a moment and I managed to get this picture. 

Good job I did, as the following morning when I'd planned to get a special tub with water and set it out on the lawn for them all (the closest pond is a fair march away), I found the nest empty! I have to admit to feeling somewhat sad that many a photo opportunity had clearly passed me by, but hoped that wherever they had been heading, they'd got there safely.      

Sam on the climbing wall This month also saw Sam enjoying his first Adventure Rehab weekend, where he canoed, abseiled, rock climbed (see photo on the left), RAN and did a myriad of other things I would never have dreamed possible, even four months ago :-) There are five more individual weeks for him to take part in throughout the year, and one Family Weekend – which I already have my name down for - I'm game to try abseiling and rock climbing, but not too sure about the canoeing… a wet wig could weigh me down! 

I did manage a day trip to Brighton with my friend Jo, and the sun shone all day. It was glorious. Here I am with Factor 50 on and one of my favourite scarves that Pipa bought me… it stayed securely on my head, even when travelling with the roof down on the car… "living life on a knife edge," Jo said :-)

I was relieved to wave goodbye to my course of FEC treatments… the last one being the worst unfortunately, and I began my new once weekly Taxol on Thursday. So far, not soooo bad. I'm still managing my walk most days, which will hopefully stand me in good stead for this Saturday's Race For Life at the Milton Keynes Bowl. Lucy and her half sister Hannah are doing the fundraising for me, as I don't truthfully know if I'll make it all the way round – although with my new aerodynamic shape (no hair, less wind resistance), I may just stand a chance!

Ali wearing Pipa's scarf on Brighton beach Debbie Greenwood is also very kindly coming to walk it with me, as is Sam’s Ruth, and my village girlfriends. I'll be thinking of you all holding my hand, and hoping that next year, I'll be able to RUN it again, like I have done so many times before…

Til next time, with my love,
Ali xxx

186 Comments

  1. Mrs Janet Jones June 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali so glad Taxol is being kinder to you than that nasty Fec. I think I said after 6 Fec I was in hospital having a blood transfusion, it just brought me to my knees.Before you know it you will be finished with Taxol and I can’t remember if you said you needed radiotherapy. Glad you had a good time in Spain with Colin and you looked fab in your scarf in Brighton, it all helps to help you face your next lot of treatment. You are so brave doing the race for life I still have difficulty with the joints in my legs and my treatment finished last year. So I have sponsored 2 of my friends to do the walk/run. I am aiming to do it next year that is my goal!I will be thinking of you this Saturday ,but please don’t over do it and look after yourself.
    So pleased to hear Sam is doing so well I know it will be a weight of your mind. Love the picture of the ducklings I bet you feel quite privileged they chose your garden.So glad things are improving for you Ali, but I know it is still a long road ahead, but with your positive attitude and good support network I know you will get through it.Best of luck for Saturday I will be holding your hand and walking it with you in spirit but do take care speak soon Ali love Janet xx

  2. Alpa June 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I just posted on your last blog and you have beat me to it and put up a new blog! Thank you for another uplifting blog and for the fab photos, you do look lovely :) And I see that you have been busy gallivanting to Spain and Brighton. So pleased that you have been able to get away and have some time enjoying yourself, it is very well deserved :)
    Congrats to Sam on all his adventures and how chuffed you must be to see him doing it all. This is such fantastic news!
    I will be cheering you all on Sauturday and so pleased that your friends and Ruth will be keeping you company. I hope that you have a good day and I will be thinking of you and supporting you.
    Take very good care,
    Lots of Love Alpa xx

  3. Alpa June 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una,
    You are very much in my thoughts and thank you for sharing the exploits of the “infamous 5″ with us. How lovely of you to be able to share your adventures with Allikka and chase away the sombre feeling of the day. You are quite a girl, Una.
    I do hope that you are out of your bandages and are not feeling too ouchy at present.
    Thank you for your kind words. I really do mean it, you are more than welcome to call on me at anytime :) Sending you lots of love x
    Helen, the beach sounds lovely and just the place to be. I am sorry to hear that you have been rather M.E. ish. To feel jaded is one thing but the pain is another. I hope that you are feeling a little better soon and please don’t try and do too much! I have adopted your doctor’s attitude to housework, makes sense to me! x
    Gail, hope you are recovering after your fall. Take it easy x
    Magda, just to let you know that I am thinking of you and sending love x
    Debz, hope you are well and Ainzley is behaving himself! x
    Take care everyone,
    Love Alpa xx

  4. mary morphy June 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so glad you have managed to get away, sounds like a real Thelma and Louise moment in the open top car, you really deserve it and I am glad that you enjoyed every opportunity to let your ‘hair’ down. I am also relieved that all the duck eggs hatched as I had asked about them in the blog I sent in June..isnt it funny how they uproot and move so quickly after birth…can’t imagine doing that after I had my two! Back to school after a week off and had lots of cricket to watch as the kids were playing and the weather for the main was good although we had drizzly rain on Sunday and the kids were in seperate locations so both me and my husband got wet!! Good luck for your walk, I am sure whatever you manage will be appreciated and you have some fabulous support. My sister and daughter are doing the local one here with me and we are all wearing very bright pink nylon wigs in a rather fetching bob style. However, should it be windy they look rather like a very bad comb over!! Not really a substantial thickness but then that would make them a huge fire risk!!! If it’s thundering and lightening we could be in trouble!
    Sam’s progress is phenominal, a massive achievement and a huge amount of hard work on his part and to his threapists, support team etc. How lovely for you to see his progress, he must be an inspiration and keep you feeling positive after the trauma of your treatment.
    It will be lovely to see you back on our screens..I think you said the Autumn; no one has a sense of humour like yours, I love it.
    Keep safe and well, lotsa love Mary.x

  5. pauline brown June 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Alison, I truly did not know you were undergoing such treatment! I thought I had not seen you on camera for some while. This brings many good wishes and hopes for a full recovery. Lovely photo of you and Colin, get better soon and return to our screens quickly.

  6. helen s June 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Oh my dear Ali, just a quickie as tea time calls, but I just checked your blog and you look fantastic. You look really well, I’m so glad that you feel a little better, my gosh you and all the other ladies in the same boat are just so flipping brave!!! I really do take my hat off to you. Its pouring here too, a far cry from last week when we too were at the beach. I’m yearning for a beach hut on the beach where we frequent, and my little one LOVES them, but at £10,000 for a 10 year lease i’m afraid that we we will have to give that one a miss, boo hoo!!!!
    Anyway, did i say this was a quickie, mmmm, love to Magda, I do hope that you are doing well and to Una and Alpa, take care and hope that all the aches and pains are keeping at bay.
    Love and hugs to you all, keep holding hands, thinking of you all
    Helen s xxxx

  7. Margaret Brazier June 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to read your blog again, and hear about your progress.
    A very good thing is you are always so positive.Sorrt to hear last month was a bad one for you, I do hope June will be so much better.
    It was great to hear of your visit to spain, that must have been super.
    You make me feel ashamed for not doing the race for life, good luck for that and take care. love and hugs Margaret

  8. jayne June 7, 2011 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    i’m glad that your treatment is going well and you are looking fab it’s nice to see that you nip off for a few days hope the next round will be the same hope to see you back on tv soon thinking of you all the best

  9. Julie June 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Lovely to read another blog from you. Glad to see you enjoyed your breaks away. You look lovely in both your photo’s esp the one with Colin may I say!! You really are an inspiration and keep your sense of humour after all you’re going/been through. I think everybody will be holding your hand on Saturday Ali you won’t have to worry about that! I agree with recent posts I did not realise how much/intense the treatments you have to have. It will be worth it in the end my lovely.
    Great news about Sam-crikey he’s come a long way.
    Please keep in touch, write soon.
    Take loads of care of yourself
    Love as always
    Julie and a very poorly Lily xxxxxx

  10. Margaret Gaughan June 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Alison, glad to hear you had a good time in Spain and Brighton. Good luck for the Race for Life on Saturday, but take it easy. My twin sister went through the same treatment and she got the all clear last year. Hope the rest of your treatment goes ok and you get back to full health again, you are missed not being on our QVC screens, All the best, Maggie

  11. SJ June 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I just have to say how much I admire your positive outlook and wish you the best of wishes and hope to see you back on our screens (where you belong) soon. Good luck for the walk, I’ll certainly be holding your hand all the way through it! Lots of love and best wishes xxx

  12. elaine sallis June 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali
    What a lovely picture of you and colin. So good that you managed to get away for a while. How amazing is Sam you must be so proud. You looked lovely in the scarf, how do you manage to look great in everything you wear!!!! Hope the new treatment is less awful for you.
    Poppy is one this week, I cant believe a year has gone by since her birth. She is a gorgeous little girl always smiling. She is now saying hiya and up, and eating anything she can get her hands on.
    love Elaine

  13. yvonne white June 7, 2011 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Just want to say you are an inspiration to so many of us. Keep smiling and and know how much people care.
    Much love
    yvonne x

  14. Joanna Downey June 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    To our lovely Ali, may the next few months be so much better than the last ones, you have obviously been tested and we all admire you so much for your grace and bravery. You also look wonderful in the photos, I know you wrote in a previous blog that you didn’t recognise the person in the mirror, I’m delighted to say we recognise the person on the beach! Sam is soooooo his Mother’s son; I got blisters and aching muscles just reading about his Adventure Rehab activities. My Husband is a fell runner and he loves all the things Sam’s been doing. He’s in good fettle for 52 but the socks that come back with him after a trip up and down a mountain are evil and probably a health hazzard… 13 ducklings, how gorgeous AND a lucky number; that Mummy duck knew what she was doing nesting in your garden. Wishing you an easier time with this second treatment and sunny days. Love and support as always. Jo x

  15. Alpa June 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Only me! My brain is like a sieve at times! Just to say that abseiling is good fun and I think you will be fine canoeing. Maybe wear a scarf instead of a wig, so as not to weigh you down! :)
    I will be cheering you on Thursday, another treatment down and dusted, that is good!
    Take care,
    Lots of love Alpa xx

  16. Linda Marshall June 8, 2011 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How fab do you look,i am so glad you are getting out and about. Just a little verse to wish you luck for Saturday.
    There is a guardian angel
    who’s walking by your side
    who’ll help in life’s decisions
    if you let her be your guide.
    Linda xxx

  17. angela white June 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    you alright! hi ali, glad to hear your doing ok and got the nasty fec out of the way! hope you get on ok with taxol though it doesnt seem to be slowing you down! your energy is amazing and doing the race for life-blimey! i couldnt get up the stairs some days! we are off to cambridge tomorrow to see my sister in law and staying in a hotel for 2nights -cant wait! she lives in a lovely little village so its nice and peaceful! ive got my mamagram next month then thats it for a year i hope! good luck for saturday dont overdue it will you! love to you and your family, sending love and big hugs x

  18. Babs Dyson June 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Great to see you blogging again. You look just as lovely as ever. Well done to Sam, he has been through so much too.Good Luck to you all for Saturday’s Race For Life. Please know that we all are thinking about you and wish you well.
    Take Care, Love Babs.xxxxxxxxxx

  19. Jane Duff June 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Thank you for your last blog, it means so much to us all to keep up with your latest news, because you are sorely missed on our screens at the moment.
    Keep up your strength in body and mind and I hope tht the next few months see you recovering your former health. Though having said that you look very well on the photo.
    Take care
    Love Jane

  20. Liz Vickress June 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ~ Just to wish you luck with the Race for Life on Saturday, you are truly an inspiration for all of us!!!! Take care of yourself x x x

  21. Magda Chetty June 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad you had a good time in Spain, and the weather was good for you, I can not believe that we are in June and here in Mallorca, we have rain, wind and cold weather, had to put the heating on today!!! Love your photo with Colin, and so happy that you are doing better with this treatment, I keep telling myself it is only a few month to go and sure we will both be fine at the end of this.
    I had a great week on the cruise which my husband booked for us, we went to Monte Carlo and Rome and it was just what I needed before the start of my Radiothearapy. Amazing news about Sam, I wish him all the very best, WAY TO GO SAM, all my love.
    Also all the best to you on the day of the race, take care and take it easy, but have as much fan as you can.
    Just wanted to say HI and a big Thank you to all the ladies who wish me well on your blog, Helen,Alpa,Una,Shauna,Susan,gail,Liz and Debz&Ainzley, when I went to hospital today to be marked for the treatment, I closed my eyes and knew that you will all be holding my hand, and that helped my a lots, and of course you ALI I just had to read your blog to be strong, thank you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
    Much love.
    Magda.

  22. Helen June 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I am so pleased to see you looking so well in spite of everything – things are going your way and I pray thats stays so! If you’re ever in Brighton again you must pop down to the Marina and come out with us for a sail – on a good day the cobwebs just fly away, something I love, you come home completely blissed out and stress free – we’d love to have you as crew! xx

  23. christine pierce June 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, yet another fantastic blog from you and and pictures of you looking so good….Pipa’s scarf suits you very well. Im glad you enjoyed your holiday with the lovely Colin, so nice to be whisked away.
    Good luck with the walk you are an inspiration, say Hi to Debbie Im sure what ever happens you will have a giggle (with you two together cant imagen anything else lol).
    Good luck with the next lot of treatment I hope it doesnt cause you too many probs and it will soon be behind you..
    I miss seeing your smiling face on QVC… diamonds are not the same without you adding your own kind of sparkle..
    much love and best wishes to you and all your family… Keep up the good work and know we are all behind you.
    ps went for breast screening… and luckily all is well… but your previous comments made me make my appointment much quicker than I normally would. regards christine xxxx

  24. pat June 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    hi ali will be thinking about you on saturday with the run for life

  25. marie June 8, 2011 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Alison
    Just to give you a laugh, my 17 year old son commented the other night while I was watching QVC “where’s the lovely blonde lady with the lovely legs”, he had missed you, so there who says teenagers don’t notice anything, wishing you all the very best.
    Marie (Belfast) x

  26. kay salisbury June 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali-lovely to see you and read how well you are doing-there’s a ‘lightness’ in your blog this time-I can tell.You sound as though you are ‘winning’ so well done and keep going.You are inspirational and so brave.I really look forward to the day you are back in front of the camera and back in our living rooms with us again-I will have to have a tidy up first!!!!! Take care and thanks for the last reply you sent-much appreciated. Love and take care-KAY.S XXX

  27. Marg June 8, 2011 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Well look at you, I can see that song from ‘Guys and Dolls ‘ applyling to that lovely dreamy looking lady with the hunk just as it did once before,do you remember Ali? You look ab fab. I have never made comment about wigs and scarves but you have definatly cracked the styles that are just you. I hope your new treatment is easier than the last,the thing is when people see you looking so lovely they will not appreciate what you are coping with,my father used to say ,you’ll get all the care and sympathy if you have a bandage or a plaster but if they cant see it,it dosnt matter,of course he was refering to strangers,but I think theres a lot of truth in what he said,he suffered from rhematoid athrites{spelling), he suffered so much I cried watching him try to cope,who said life would always be easy,no guarentees come with your birth cert.
    I did ask about Sam at the end of the last blog and as I read your blog I read it with such happiness for that brave young man,I hope he continues to climb his mountains.
    I hope all goes well for you Ali, as I said you do come into my mind in quiet moments and I hope you remember my hand is always stretched out to you should you need it, you have lovely friends here and I would like to thank Una for her kind words I am so glad she found the strenght she needed, I wish her happy memories of her friend,they are the stuff dreams are made of and we all should use our dreams for comfort and peace.
    Be kind to youself , and dream about your dreams for your future,
    Marg.

  28. Marian Bolton June 8, 2011 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. I think your ducklings have heard about the daily veritable feast on my bird table and they’re heading this way as I blog! How lovely that would be. The latest feathered antics in my garden are a pair of song thrushes peeking through our conservatory doors whenever they see movement whereupon they are rewarded with juicy raisins on demand! It’s driving ‘my little tiger’, Casper, bonkers. He sits on the inside of the doors wafting his tail about frantically! Good to hear that your Sam is doing so well. He surely takes after you. You’re an AMAZING lady Ali. I had a lovely time with Keeley at her salon in Tamworth. She said you had been the week before. I wish I lived nearer so I could go more often, it was a lovely treat. Hope you manage Race for Life. I will be willing you on. Lots of love xxx

  29. Debz June 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Ali
    Thank you so much for the new blog. After your last FEC knocked you for six it is much appreciated that you can still keep all of us up to date with everything. What a lovely picture of you and Colin. You both look so happy together – bought a tear to my eye!
    So sorry your ducklings have gone (think I called them chicks on your last blog! What a nitwit eh? David Attinborough has nothing to fear from me!!) At least you gave mommy’s duck a safe place to bring her ducklings into the world. She clearly knew that you would make sure she was OK.
    Well, ladies as predicted, Ainzley has slipped back into his old ways! I knew it was too good to last. He is an indoor cat now as he has a poorly heart and, to be honest, never meows to go out or tries to get out at all. Our neighbour has two cats who like to play in our garden. Ainzley gets most indignant when they do and swears at them and gets up onto his back legs and bangs on the window with his front paws (quite a sight to behold I can tell you!)
    Anyway, I’d just pegged some washing out with Ainzley watching me from the patio door. As I opened the door to come back in, one of next doors cats came bounding down the grass to see me. Before I know where I am Ainzley is up and banging a window which is no longer there as I’ve opened the door to come in. He falls out of the door, I try to catch him in the washing basket and then slam the door shut only to find that I have next doors cat in the washing basket and a very bewildered Ainzley outside on the patio!! Well, what to do? Ainzley has spotted the cat in HIS lounge and goes beserk up the outside of the door this time. I quickly opened the door again, dropped the washing basket on top of him, whip up next doors cat in my arms and pop him, rather unceremoniously, over the fence. I turned round only to find Ainzley, running up the garden, still under the washing basket, like the devil is after him. I run after him and lift up the basket, Ainzley then literally runs up me and down the other side and bolts back into the house. I just sat in the middle of the lawn, bathed in sweat and wondering what the heck happened.
    Just goes to show that I really do need a whip and a chair to look after my cat!!
    Una, my thoughts are with you and I see from your blog that you dealt with your dear friends funeral with your own unique style and I am sure that she was up there smiling down at you thinking “That’s my Una!” Just to let you know, on a lighter note, that my latest word trouble came the other morning when I was looking at the terms and conditions for the This Morning competition and I could have sworn it said “Entrails must be 18 or over” instead of “Entrants”!! X
    Alpa, I hope you are well and thank you for always mentioning Ainzley and I in your blogs. It’s nice sometimes to know someone is thinking of you. X
    Magda, as always we are holding your hand and sharing our candle light with you. X
    And last but not least, Ali, good luck today my lovely and boy do you look a stunner in a scarf. I’d look like Hilda Ogden but you look just plain gorgeous!
    Love and licks to you all
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  30. Debz June 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Me again!
    Forgot to say good luck for your Race For Life. I will be thinking of you. Just take it easy and maybe Debbie could give you a piggy back if you get too tired!!
    Love
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXX

  31. Rhona Fenton June 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    13 little ducks went swimming one day over the hill and far away but poor Alison didn’t get a chance to say bye bye to the mummy and her duckling’s that day:( but at least you got a picture off your wee ducklings I know it’s not the same as getting to watch them for a bit longer but hope you like your wee song I put together changing a few off the words maybe your colin can make it into a record for you:) Alison as alway’s you look amazing and to see you and colin so happy on your well decerved holiday to spain is just fantastic:) and you also look so beautiful in your scarf, I to hope the next lot off treatment is’nt to hard on you just stay strong and keep thinking off Lucy’s wedding and I am so glad seeing my Alisons wedding pictures has made you even more excited about Lucy’s big day I know I can’t wait to hear all about it:) and Sam what is that boy like I have to take my hat off to him time and time again he is just fantastic all that he puts himself through pass on my congratulations again and tell him a big well done:) as always Alison you look beautiful and are so amazing and your still doing one better than me if thats any help I am on the factor 100 sun cream not funny! Have fun with Ruth, Debbie and your other girlfriends on your walk and you bet you will be back running it next year:) we are all sending our love up here to you, colin and the family love Rhona xx

  32. Shauna June 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just had to pop in and say how lovely you look in the pictures of your latest blog. Whow! And as for you and Colin, that one was well overdue! I wish you lots of happiness. Spain and Brighton sounded just what you needed and I too will be thinking of you on Saturday (even give you a bit of a push)
    I’m really pleased Sam seams to be doing so very well. I’m sure, knowing he is not only coping but embracing all of his adventures gives you peace of mind and helps you with what you are going through….that’s Mums for you.
    We enjoyed our evening at our local Amphitheatre, the bands were brilliant, the weather superb and the atmosphere with so many people there was fab! Once again we were very proud of our Grandson especially as his little sister (well she’ll kill me for that, she’s actually eight going 28) and her friend had made a banner for him and praraded round in true pop star style.
    Just like to say hello to all of our “Special Club Girls” especially:-
    Una, I hope you’re coping o.k.
    Helen, hope you are well.
    Alpa, hello there and take care.
    Magda, how lovely, so glad you enjoyed your cruise, you derserved it and good luck with your treatment, remember we are holding your hand.
    Ali, so pleased you are being kept busy with family, Colin and lots of friends, especially Debbie Greenwood, what is she like? Such a great sense of humour, she always makes me giggle.
    Anyway, you have a fab weekend…race, gig etc.
    Until the next time.
    Much love,
    Shauna x

  33. Alison Keenan June 10, 2011 at 2:23 am -  Reply

    Marie, I have to be honest and say I started at the top of these lovely blog responses and maybe it’s the ‘girl’ in me but had to say thankyou to your son for making me feel brave enough to bare those legs and go for it on saturday and to say thank you to all those of you who have never stopped believing in me…. this one’s for you. XXXXX Ali

  34. Alison Keenan June 10, 2011 at 2:37 am -  Reply

    My dear Janet I think you have been monumentally brave and I’m so sorry that on top of your treatment you then had to suffer the misery of a blood transfusion! I am running for you on saturday and of course Magda and Una and Liz and Gail and Mary and everyone else who has written and shared their lives with us. You are ALL inspirational. I’ll hold onto your hand Janet and Michael Bubles words and make it over that finishing line if it kills me!!! My love to you, Ali xxxx

  35. Maggi Upton June 10, 2011 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    I feel I am being a bit forward in sending this as I’ve never met you only seen you on Qvc, you are very much missed, I just wanted to wish you luck through what I imagine is a very lonely frightening time in your life, no matter who is there for you, it’s still unknown territory, in your darkest times know that hundreds of other people like me miss you and wish you well.
    Maggie

  36. Alison Keenan June 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm -  Reply

    My dear Maggie I was doing really well today and not crying (having a bit of a weepy week) and then I read your lovely words, and have had to wipe my glasses! :) You are so right about the unknown territory, but I would really like to thank you and the hundreds of others who are helping me so much by keeping in touch. With love, Ali xx

  37. Alison Keenan June 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alpa, thank you for both your comments and for keeping me up to date with your life too – it’s always lovely to hear from you, and I know I’m not the only one who appreciates your kind words clearly! This is a great way to keep in touch isn’t it?! I shall hear you cheering on Saturday and so long as I don’t read too many of the messages on people’s T shirts, I might just make it round :) I will pass on your congrats to Sam, and there should be a photo of him for you by Monday. He did amazingly well, and the report that was written which I have just received is one I should frame and put on the wall really – very proud :) Love Ali xx

  38. Alison Keenan June 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, just went back to the previous blog to re read your comment and I am so sorry to hear of you and your family’s loss. So many people who lose the battle make the rest of us so determined to fight… whatever the outcome may be. Bless you for being brave enough to write about him and I hope in time the hurt will become less. I also meant to say that I hope your ME isn’t too bad at present. Living with pain and discomfort like that most days of your life, certainly puts chemotherapy into perspective! :) I have an end in sight – the endlessness of your illness must be very hard to deal with some days… I’ve also found Mary and Una’s comments too, which I had completely missed, so will reply forthwith!! :) Love me x

  39. una June 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thank you for a lovely blog, as always. You look stunning Mrs. So nice to see your photo with your lovely man, and Im glad you were up to a wee trip to Spain.
    SO happy to hear that Sam is doing so well, what a very brave young man. Hope Lucy has a good time tomorrow. She sounds like a gem.
    Time is wearing on for “THE” wedding of the year. Cant believe its June already.
    Debz, thank you for making me laugh for the first time in a fortnight. Shame nobody had the camcorder handy, that was definately a You Tube moment!!! Shouldve known Ainzley was working up to something outstanding! Entrails indeed, LOl!!
    Shauna, nice to hear from you. Im still standing, just. Have my moments, when I just stop what Im doing and find myself in tears. Still in shock i think, but have to get on with it.
    Mags, Susan, and Gail, I hope you are all well.
    Alpa, you are so lovely, thank you for being there.
    Helen, are you feeling ok this week? I hope your little one is keeping you out of trouble, and making sure you dont run on the stairs etc!!!! She sounds adorable.
    Magda, how are you? Hope you are coping? I know you have your lovely husband to look after you, and spoil you.
    I feel like I have abandoned you all lately, sorry for that, especially when you have all been so kind.
    I have the bandage off my wrist now, but it turns out I did crack 2 teeny bones in my ankle, so still have a huge bandage on that. No “mountaineering” for me anytime soon!!!
    Ali, we will all be with you tomorrow, cheering you on. You stop if you have to, dont you go overdoing it and making yourself ill. You are a hero to all of us here.
    I havent done the race for life, but did the moon walk 2 years ago. Was the oddest thing EVER. Hundreds of women pounding the streets of Edinburgh in the dead of night wearing bras over their T shirts, on their heads, anywhere they could get one really. Very surreal, but very funny and such fun. Not up to it this year, but have decided that Im doing it next year DEFINATELY.
    My girlies are all coming over tomorrow to toss around some ideas, to organise something for Headstart, in Allikkas memory. Not sure what we will come up with, but it will have to be something daft! Im scared already!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Lots of love to all of you.
    Una xx

  40. Dorothy June 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    you are one amazing lady,sorry to hear you had bad time with treatment, hope this next lot is a bit kinder. You look fav in the photo’s, you look good with hair and with the scarf pleased you had good time, if anybody deserves it you do, keep smileing and good luck for saturday just take it easy,does’nt matter if you dont finish, at least you can say i tryed.tell Sam he should be really proud off himself he has come a long way really pleased
    thing are looking up. Take care Ali and take it easy.
    Love best wishes.
    Dorothyxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  41. Gail June 11, 2011 at 8:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, will write in full later but just wanted to wish you and everyone a wonderful day today (Sat). Take care and love to you all, Gail xxxxxxxxxx

  42. ann cain June 11, 2011 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Just read your blog Ali,you are an insperation to every one,so glad you are feeling a little better,hope it isnt to long before we see you. God bless you Alison and all your family.x

  43. Susan June 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Firstly I just had to laugh when Marie’s son commented on your lovely legs! Very true statement I may add but how funny of him! Anyway, I’m so glad you got good weather in Spain and that you had a lovely time. You SO deserved it…and more! I am also loving the photo of you and Colin. You 2 always look so contented and happy. Lovely. You’re ever the elegant and gracious lady! Beautiful pic on the beach too. That’s one to look back on and treasure. Very serene.
    You take care,
    Susan x

  44. christine keyworth June 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    dear ali just to let you know we are thinking of you every day glad you managed a holiday with cloin you look so happy and relaxed.good luck doing the race for life let us all know how you go on love to you.keep smiling. christine xxx

  45. Lorraine Jones June 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so sorry to hear that you have been so ill, we have only just found out about it & wish you the very best. Lets hope that you will be back at QVC fit & well before too long. All the very best, Love Lorraine & Jean xx

  46. Louise June 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’m glad you get some pleasure from reading our comments if we can help in some small way. Lucky to be taken to Spain? You deserve nothing less. You really are a glass half full type of gal and I bet you worry more about Sam’s progress than your own. That’s exactly what my mum is like. Me, too, as far as my two boxers – a dad and son – are concerned!
    Can I just say, Ali, you look well in the photo with the headscarf on. The Lola Rose horse scarf would suit you. Why not treat yourself?
    Take care, Ali, and all my best wishes to Colin and the family. Still missing you on air!
    Speak again, soon.
    Louise.

  47. helen June 13, 2011 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Hia Ali, hope all went well the weekend with Ms Greenwood? I do hope that you didn’t push yourself too hard. I think that you are doing really well, but please treat yourself to a rest also. The weather here was rotten yesterday, it rained cats and dogs and everything else!!!!! Mmmm, another repeat of last years Summer??????
    How are all my blog friends doing? Una, Alpa, Magda, Shauna and to all the other lovely ladies that have jumped on board Ali’s blog, what are we like? Its so good to know that we are all here to support each other. We all feel down in the dumps from time to time, and its good to know that someone somewhere is thinking of you. Keep holding hands girlies, we all need somebody at sometime.
    Take care Ali, and please don’t go over doing things.
    Luv and hugs as always
    Helen S xxx

  48. Alpa June 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I hope you are not feeling too bad after your last treatment and were able to take part in the Race for Life :)
    Bless you for your kind words, it means a lot to me. The M.E has been rather trying of late but I am ok and I refuse to let it be the boss of me! And Ali, your chemotherapy has certainly put it into perspective for me. You are an inspiration and I thank you for it.
    Debz, thank you for mentioning me in your blogs and keeping us updated with Ainzley’s exploits. The most recent one was certainly a laugh out loud one!
    Una, I have missed you and I have really felt for you given what you are going through. I’m sorry that you are still bandaged and your mountaineering is temporarily on hold! I think I feel sorry for my doctor as he is going to have to look at my knees and bony foot parts! My latest word mishap was reading brassiere instead of brasserie and as far as I know I don’t have lingerie on my mind!
    Gail, just read Debbie G’s blog and replying to you here. Thank you for your kind words and I hope you are starting to feel a little less ouchy :)
    Helen, hope you are feeling a little better and your little one is well.
    Love to Una, Helen, Magda, Debz, Gail, Susan, Shauna and everyone else x
    Ali, it is your blog that lets us keep in touch with you and each other and it is lovely to be able to do that :)
    Take care,
    Lots of love Alpa xx

  49. Linda, Glasgow June 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    As usual lovely to read your blogXX What a lovely thing for your Colin to arrange – the Spain trip sounds lovely.You really suit your scarf in your photograph of you on your day trip to Brighton,its so lovely to see the sun(Glasgow has been awash for weeks with the occasional(very ocassional)sunny/bright spell!!)and you are really looking beautiful(although i know you are not feeling it at the momentXX). I am so sorry to read that your current lot of treatment is hard on you – but i know you are a strong and beautiful(inside as well as out)woman who will continue fighting and enjoying the good(ish)/better times – your approach to this illness is truly amazing(i tell you this in every message – but it is true and to my mind well worth repeating). I’ve been doing a good bit of gardening of late – we had two very horrible storms(one week apart) in Glasgow around three weeks ago and part of my fence hit the ground,so we had to get it fixed. After this was done i painted the new fence and took a notion to tidy the space up(we are getting a lot of work done at the mo and things were a bit too untidy) i went to the garden centre and bought a few unusual pots and a few hanging baskets,compost and a load of plants,i’ve had great fun filling the pots and the baskets and placing them around our garden – it has really cheered the place up.Flowers are so uplifting and make spring/summer such a lovely season eh?.Ooh i forgot i bought a few sets of solar panel lights(buy more save more) from QVC and they are lovely and a great quality – its the ones were daylight as well as sun charges them,so really easy and they also cheer the place up. Lovely to speak to you again Ali – i hope the treatments get a little easier to cope with and that your walk for life went well and that Lucy and Hannah’s fundraising was a success,i also hope you and the lovely Debbie(i hope she had a chocolate treat to keep her going on the walk) managed to complete the course and enjoyed the day into the bargain.I hope you felt all our hands holding yours on the walk – like the poem “footprints” you are not alone on this journey your wonderful friends,family,colleagues and us QVC viewers are all there wishing you love,strength and a healthy future. Here’s to you running the walk/run for life next year!! Look after yourself Ali and keep us updated on your progress – its always lovely to read your blog as you put such a positive and humorous spin on what must be a painful and frightening experience – your amazingXX Love Linda Glasgow

  50. Susan June 13, 2011 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Another inspirational blog from you and we can only salute your bravery, positivity and cheerfulness. You really are a shining example to us all, even when the down times come, as you still remain positive and forward looking. So glad to hear that you and Colin got away for a break and loved the pics of both of you and of you in Brighton. You must be so very proud of Sam and he really is just like you in his strong sense of determination. Hope the Race for Life went well and I am sure that you and Debbie chatted and giggled your way through as true girlfriends. Thank you so much for finding the time and energy to continue to blog and we really will be so very delighted when you are able to return to QVC as we miss you and your graciousness and wicked sense of humour. You are in everyone’s special thoughts and prayers.
    Love Sue x

  51. Liz June 13, 2011 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Haven’t been on for a while so just been catching up – Ali how on earth have you managed to do so much????? And I hope the race for life hasn’t taken too much out of you. I’ve never done it yet and do feel guilty about that but know it would make my back worse so have to support the work of these charities in other ways. I hope the tax is going ok and is giving you less side effects. Won’t be long before it’s over !! Sam has definitely got a good few strengths from his mum too. I have a 3 month check next week and that should be a routine one. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our planned trip to Paris as my partner’s mum had a bad stroke 3 wks ago and has not recovered. It’s just a matter of time now but she is 91, isn’t in pain and has had a good innings as they say. A very stressful time inevitably.
    Magda – hope your radiotherapy is going smoothly. It can be very tiring afterwards and it’s a strange tiredness that sleep won’t sort out but it does lift after a few weeks (about 6 wks both times I’ve had it). Envious of the places you’ve visited on the cruise, though not the cruise itself as I get very, very seasick! I was even seasick on a pedalo in Mallorca a few years ago after 15 mins!!! Sorry the weather hasn’t been good out there, it hasn’t been good where I am in England apart from 2 days the other week where I got a better tan – with my Liz Earle sun protection) – than I did in Palma in April….
    To all the other ladies on here – keep up with the entertaining stories. We did have a man lying by a drain outside our house the other day for hours. He was a little worse for wear to say the least and apparently was looking down the drain for his lost dog (not that he owns one…) until the police moved him on.
    Keep as well as possible Ali and Magda with the treatments – they’re worth it in the end!!
    Love from Liz x

  52. Eileen. June 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, glad to see you managed to get away for a short break before your next course of treatment. Sam has come on in leaps and bounds and is doing things the rest of us just think of doing. How did the race for life go on Saturday, I hope you didnt overdo it. Hope the Taxol treatment is easier for you. Take care. Hope to see you on screen in the near future. Love & best wishes. Eileen. xx

  53. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary, thank you for your lovely comment, for doing the Race for life – in your no doubt fetching wigs – and for sending me such a lovely letter and card. ALL much appreciated :) I did make it round the 5k course, but in truth ONLY because there wasn’t a place to escape!! When I ran it in Luton the year before last there were plenty of places to sit down and rest or just give up but this was a complete circle with no where to hide!!! Thanks to Debbie and my friends I kept going until just over the finishing line when the old legs gave way :) saw some pretty awesome wigs on the way round though and I hope it stayed dry for you and didn’t spoil your ‘crowning glories’!! Thank you too for recognising Sam’s achievements… clever lad, and yes he does keep me grounded and positive. Here’s to the Autumn Mary, love Ali xx

  54. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Pauline, many thanks for your good wishes, and I very much hope that all is well with your life. Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  55. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear helen (S) thanks for your ‘quickie’!! Think yourself lucky at £10,000 per beach hut. My friend Suz paid nearer £30k I think for hers!!!! Mind you it does have window boxes and a rotary washing line!!! :) I hope very much the sun is shining for you now and that you’ll have a lovely summer, love Ali xx

  56. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Margaret please don’t feel ashamed! The very fact you know about it and will talk about it all helps. I did make it over the finishing line…. just!! It was an inspirational and uplifting day and one I will always remember… Here’s to next year. love Ali xx

  57. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Jayne, lovely to hear from you, and yes Spain was fab. Have booked with all the children and Colin to go back to Brighton for the Bank Holiday Weekend in August so that should be fun. I too hope to be back soon, and that all is well with you, love ali xx

  58. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Julie, I do so hope that Lily is now better and that you will be rested after the weekend. Yes, I did make it over the finishing line – thanks to Deb and my friends. Lucy did amazing time with Hannah as did Ruth and the whole event was inspirational. Jack and Sam along with Colin were at the finishing line, and Lucy’s Rich was also taking photos alongside Ros and chris. We all had a party afterwards :) Happy days. Do keep in touch, love me xx

  59. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    gosh Maggie, I am so glad to hear that your twin sister is OK now, and very much hope that you too are not affected by it. Race for Life completed and enjoyed :) Hope to be back at work in the autumn. Love Ali xx

  60. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    SJ, I held on tight to all the hands on offer, and boy were they needed by the last 500m!! Thank you :) will be back at work as soon as treatment allows. do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  61. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, I cannot believe it is one whole year since Poppy was born and you sent me those gorgeous photos of her!! So glad that you get to spend so much time with her too :) Spain was fab and colin such fun to be with – and as far as looking good in everything – trick photography :) Do keep in touch, as always lovely to hear from you, Ali xx

  62. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Yvonne, knowing how much people care is why I’m still smiling :) Thank you, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  63. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Joanne you made me laugh out loud regaling me with tales of your husband’s socks!! It reminded of my Uncle Ian who returned from a climbing holiday with some particularly noxious cheese he’d bought, in one of his climbing boots which he gave to my mother, and she in turn was banished from the office and made to eat it on the fire escape!! So glad you recognise me with the scarf – not so sure you would without…! eyelashes and eyebrows gone now, but Ali Young gave me a crash course in how to apply liner so all is not lost. do keep in touch, lovely to hear from you, ali xxx

  64. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, thank you for taking some of the dread out of thursday… :) will be thinking of canoeing in a scarf instead…love me xx

  65. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Linda my Guardian Angel was certainly there (along with Debbie Greenwood, Lucy et al) on Saturday, and I managed to get across the finishing line – 1 hour 10 mins!!! (I ran it in 28 mins 40 secs two years ago… here’s to beating that in the future :) Thank you for your kind words, love Ali xx

  66. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Angela, great and such positive news! In truth I have stayed in bed until the afternoon on a number of occasions, but as the loo is downstairs, I don’t have much choice but to get up! I very much hope you will have had a lovely time in cambridge and that the sunshine will have reached you :) I am CERTAIN your mammogram will be OK and so here’s to a truly healthy year for you :) Thank you for keeping in touch. Love Ali xx

  67. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Babs, bless you. I will pass on your good wishes to Sam, and thank you for them. I made it over the finishing line on Saturday thanks to my pals, Lucy and a following wind :) thinking of you too, love Ali xx

  68. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Jane thank you :) I have to be honest and say that when the sun shines I often feel at my best, even though I may not look it :) doing all I can to stay strong in mind and body, and Saturday’s Race for Life did a great deal to recharge my positivity. Lovely to hear from you, ali xxx

  69. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    And Liz, just to let you know that I made it!! 1 hour and 10 mins – nearly bottled out, but staggered over the finishing line eventually. Thank you for your kind words and concern, love Ali xx

  70. Alison Keenan June 14, 2011 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    My dear Magda if you had been here the day after the Race, you’d have had to put on your thermals as well as the heating!!! It was wretched! That said, we had sunshine on the day itself, and I crossed the finishing line with Debbie 1 hour and 10 mins after we’d started. It was a great day, and I imagine brought about a similar feeling of wellbeing as you must have experienced in Monte Carlo and Rome – how fab! My mum did very well with her Radiotherapy and I am SO glad you have managed to avoid the chemo. Just be good to yourself and rest whenever you can – mum said it was very tiring afterwards. You know that I, along with ALL your girlfriends are sending our love and positive thoughts to you. stay Strong, love Ali xx

  71. Pam Ricardson June 15, 2011 at 12:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison so good to read another blog as always. You look lovely in the photo with colin. I think that length of hair really suits you. I hope the next month is better for you than the last. Good luck in the race for life on saturday. I will be thinking of you. Pam Richardson x

  72. Kim June 15, 2011 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    I have only just realised that you are and have been unwell for some time. I just wanted to send you some good wishes and prayers. You and your family have more than had your share of challenges over the years from reading some of your blogs so it is unkind that you have yet another mountain to climb. However, you are such a courageous, determined lady, I feel sure you will beat it. You have great dignity and resilience in the face of adversity. You are however, blessed with a great family support network which I’m sure you know. I sincerely wish you well.

  73. Alpa June 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    FANTASTIC news :) Well done for taking part in the Race for Life and to Lucy, Hannah and Ruth for making such good time, as you all did! It sounds like an incredibly uplifting day and I am pleased that the sun came out for all of you :)
    Just have to say, that is an increadible photo of Sam. He is doing so well Ali and so are you. I have read your blog on the BCC website and it was an eye opening and inspirational at the same time. The treatment really is something else, isn’t it?!
    Another one down and dusted tomorrow!
    Thinking of you
    Love Alpa xx

  74. Debz June 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad you managed the Race For Life. Ainzley and I were thinking of you. I’m glad it gave you positivity a boost after your awful month last month. Let’s hope this month is a little brighter for you. As you have said to others, be kind to yourself. Sometimes having a good old cry works wonders and can make everything seem not so bad. It’s like the rain in summertime, it is over quickly but it freshens things up and makes the flowers look brighter.
    Una, you have not abandoned us at all. You have lost a dear friend and are still reeling from it. It’s now our turn to hold your hand as you have held ours. XXX
    Alpa, I hope you are OK and I am sorry that your MS is troublesome at the moment. Ainzley and I are sending you a very gentle hug. XXX
    Magda, as always we are holding your hand.XXX
    To all the other brave ladies on here you truly are an inspiration. All I have to battle with is a little loneliness sometimes, but some of you have been through such hardship it makes me feel very humble to have shared in your stories. Hugs to you all. XXX
    Love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  75. Mrs Janet Jones June 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, WELL DONE, you finished the Race for Life you have done soooo well. I can see were Sam gets his determination from.Love the photo of Sam so glad he is improving and enjoying life a lot more.You ran it for all of us who can’t do it , you have made me determined to do it next year.You have made us all feel very proud. I know you will be having your Taxol today so take good care of yourself and have a few days rest watch QVC or Loose Women you deserve it. I hope Taxol is still being a bit kinder to you than Fec.Not long to go now Ali before all your chemo is finished and that will be a day to celebrate. I am blogging from Cornwall listening to the waves at night with the windows open as I did last year just after all my treatment was finished. I know you said you might come down here with a friend I would highly recommend it, just what the doctor ordered. Keep fighting and don’t forget, be kind to yourself, speak soon Ali love Janet xx

  76. angela white June 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    you alright!? hi ali well done you for doing the race for life. hope your ok after chemo today-1 less to cross off. dont worry eyelashes etc will come back though saying that my eyebrows are still sparse i look like coco the clown sometimes when i use brow pencil! or very surprised if i miss! lol! we had a lovely time in cambridge though they not had rain for months of course while we were there it poured down!!! glad to hear your family are well. i read your glog on bcc site. you poor thing you have been through it.im thinking a bit far ahead here but can i recomend aqueous cream for radiotherapy to put on after. it really cools skin afterwards and skin doesnt feel so tight. of course use your other lovely products but it is really good! thank you for your kind words i wish id got my laptop 3years ago when i was diagnosed theres such alot of help out there and so many of us! well as my brother says “sh** happens! sorry for swearing! sending love and big hugs x

  77. Gail June 16, 2011 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    My dear Ali, as always it is lovely to hear from you and hearing about what you’ve been up to. Congratulations on finishing the walk; I never doubted for a minute that you wouldn’t. That FEC treatment sounds horrific and having nursed my mother with Lung Cancer, I know only too well what Chemo does to you. Hope this last lot of treatment is kinder to you xx I’m so glad Colin took you to Spain; just what the Dr ordered, bet it done you the world of good. Good on Sam; he’s doing marvellously. He looks rather dishy from behind (I know he looks good from the front too!!). Glad your ducks got away safely, I had been wondering whether or not you lived near water. They obviously sensed it was a kind, animal loving home.
    Love to Alpa and thank you for asking about me. Actually I’ve hurt my back (have already had one back operation) so a bit uncomfortable, but nothing I won’t survive. Magda, hope your treatment is treating you well and that you are not feeling too bad. Hope the sun has come out now. It’s lovely to think that our genuine good wishes make a difference to people like yourself and Ali. Hope you didn’t spend all your money in Monte Carlo. We are all on this journey together and like someone once said, “None of us are going to get out of it alive”, although not for a long time yet, I hope, ha ha. Stay strong and positive lol xx
    Marian, it’s lovely to hear from you (my sparring partner from Dale’s blog). We are always on our best behaviour for our Ali xx
    Marg, I do so want to reach out to you. I know exactly how your Dad would have suffered because I have RA too. I had a terrible year last year, absolutely awlful, was on the edge actually. I was in so much pain and literally ceased up. I am now on some medication which has, literally, given me my life back (long may it continue to work). Bless you both. Lots of love xx
    Debz, you never have to feel lonely while Ali’s blog is up and running. We are all but a blog away and I know Ali won’t mind me saying that.
    Una, hope you are recovering. Love to anyone else I have forgotten.
    Ali my dear, take care and speak to you soon. xxxxxxx

  78. Sarah June 16, 2011 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali.I check and read your blog regularly but this is my first comment to you. I think your energy for presenting has been transferred to your personal health battle. I believe the love in your family life is the strongest support towards your recovery. You have such an inspiration in your son, he has your energy and gusto for life. Sending you gentle healing. Xxx

  79. Lisa June 16, 2011 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – just wanted to say as a regular QVC viewer how much you are missed on the shows. Did I hear your familiar dulcet tones on a few QVC voiceovers this week (Quacker Factory among them)? Great to hear your lovely well modulated tones again but would be even better to see you back onscreen, so take good care of yourself and get your gorgeous self back to QVC Towers soonest, (and I know I speak for so many viewers). Much love to you & yours, Lisa. X

  80. Alison Keenan June 17, 2011 at 3:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Debz, lovely to hear from you again, and I very much hope that having read your comment, that your occasional loneliness is helped by the enormous of friends (myself included) who love reading your hilarious Ainzley tales, and want to keep in touch with you and your life. You are incredibly thoughtful to constantly keep in touch with us, our lives and struggles, and I hope that one day someone will appear in your life and change it. You are such a star, it makes absolute sense for someone else to benefit from your humour, kindness and of course Ainzley!! I had my 9th treatment yesterday which has given me the ‘busy legs’ syndrome and an upset tummy, but actually you can get a lot done at this hour – one basket of ironing and some dusting so far! Very therapeutic :) Take care, and lots of love to you, Ali xx

  81. Alison Keenan June 17, 2011 at 3:35 am -  Reply

    Pam, thank you for your compliments – that is one of my acrylic wigs and I think I’m ready to have the real hair one cut in the same style… or at least layered so there’s less of it! I’m finding it difficult to go from no hair to loads, and want to wear it more than I am, so watch this space. You may have already gathered that I did manage it around the course on Saturday – 5k not 10k as Debbie Greenwood first thought!! It took us an hour and 10 mins, but next year I hope to run it – reconstruction surgery allowing :) Have a great week, love Ali x

  82. Alison Keenan June 17, 2011 at 3:46 am -  Reply

    Kim, dignity and resiliance – that’s very good of you to say so, and you’re right about the challenges, although I do feel all that Sam went through has helped me with my current battle, and he continues to be an inspiration to me – as do all my children:) Thanks too, for your encouragement and kind words – they all help. I too wish you and your family well, love Ali x

  83. Alison Keenan June 17, 2011 at 3:50 am -  Reply

    Hello Alpa, and yes I too am think it was fantastic how well Lucy, Hannah and Ruth did :) To date over £800 in total, and an incredible. That along with Debbie Greenwoods sponsorship bring it to almost £1,800 which will no doubt help BCC in their fight to beat this wretched disease. Yup the treatment is certainly something else – hence my time of writing – but it’s lovely to watch the dawn break and to be replying to all my mates! :) Take care, and I hope you have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  84. helen June 17, 2011 at 9:18 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, A BIG WELL DONE for last weekend!!!! I can’t believe your friend paid £30k for a beach hut, well yes I can believe it, they are very much in demand. Perhaps we’ll reconsider when our mortgage finishes, only another 5 years and 4 months, not that i’m counting you understand!!!!! Its still raining here, can’t believe it and it’s not looking good for the weekend, boo hoo. I bet you are so proud of Sam, he must be so brave and determined just like his mum, well done to you both.
    Una, I do hope that you are feeling a little better. A loss of someone close makes a terrible impact on your life. My family has been through a couple of terrible times, and 5 years ago I lost my Gran and Aunt within 4 months of each other, just awful. If you feel sad just remember we’re all here for you. Blog away.
    Alpa, I do hope that your M.E. is under control. It’s such a terrible thing. Do you know, when I first had it almost 14 years ago, I had to finish work and received Incapacity Benifit for a while. It was stopped and I had to go infront of an appeals board, which when you have M.E. any stress can make things worse. Anyway, off I went with my hubby and it was awful. They rejected my appeal on the grounds of, if I could wear make-up and conform to most of the boxes on the form ie. got to the toilet by myself etc, then I was well enough to work. From that day to this, I have never received a thing, yet I still do not have the strength to work!!!! Keep your chin up, and take care, we’ll carry on, make up and all!
    Magda, hope that you are doing ok and hope the weather is better where you are?
    To all the other lovely ladies, take care and hold hands tightly.
    Ali, hope this weeks treatment is ok, have a rest after last weekend.
    Luv and hugs and always
    Helen s xxxxx

  85. Alpa June 17, 2011 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I think there is something special about watching the dawn break, even though you may be getting to sleep when it’s daylight :) Look at you blogging with your “busy legs” and upset tummy. We really do appreciate it. And although there is something very therapeutic about getting things done, I hope that you are not overdoing it :) Well done to you and Debbie G for all you have raised in sponsorsip, fantastic!
    Debz, thank you for your very kind words. Although the M.E. has been rather trying, I know that it could be worse. The very gentle hug from you and Ainzley certainly made me feel better and brightened up a rather gloomy day (weatherwise) :) A little loneliness is not an easy thing to deal with either and I do hope you are ok. Sending a big hug to you and Ainzley x
    Una, I can only echo what Debz has said and I am thinking of you and hope you are being kind to yourself x
    Gail, sorry to hear that you have hurt your back, big ouch. I am glad that medication has given you some relief from the pain of RA, which sounds horrendous x
    Helen, it is terrible that you have to justify having M.E. and going in front of an appeals board is a daunting experience in itself. It’s like, ‘well it can’t be as bad as you say it is when in fact it is!’ And of course we will carry on regardless, holding hands and dancing :) x
    Magda, sending you my love x
    Ali, I am finding all the holding of hands very therapeutic :)
    Take very good care,
    Love Alpa xx

  86. helen June 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz, I have just read your blog and I know that I speak for all the lovely blog friends that have ‘shared’ Ali’s blog recently, when you are having a lonely moment, we’re a blog away. I really do mean that, I will check every day and if your ever, ever feeling down in the dumps, all you have to do is blog away. We’re all here for each other, anytime.
    luv and hugs
    helen s xxxxx

  87. una June 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi to all of my lovely friends.
    Haha, no, I havent abandoned you all. As you know, we lost our girl, and have all been feeling a bit lost.
    Joe, her husband completely surprised us all last weekend. He invited us girls round, and we thought it was to plan something in Allikkas memory. he had in fact organised for the four of us to go back to the chalets we went to a few years ago, before her accident. We had no idea we were going, and literally had 6 hours to pack. No internet access, in fact, we were happy we had proper loos, and electric lights!!!
    It was just such a lovely surprise, and just what we all needed. We all had a few “moments”, but generally, a whole lot of laughter, we all had different memories, and each one was dissected well into the night. Its done us the world of good, and we have all come back feeling SO much better and able to cope. Im not saying any of us are over it, or anywhere near, but I think we will be able to go forward now.
    Thank you so much for thinking of me. Hands are being held tightly all over the place. Thank you.
    Lots of love
    una xx
    P.S.
    I will read Alis blog properly over the next few days, and take it all in, but first I have to unpack, and get the washing machine going, and have a lovely cup of tea, and some banana muffins my neighbour just brought in for me. Bliss!!
    xxxxx

  88. Morag Winchester June 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali
    You look fantastic in your pictures and you are so right about the sun having a therapeutic effect – those rays certainly make you feel the world is a brighter place – I just wish it shone more often in our part of the world. Keep on keeping on and be good to yourself, be a sponge and soak up all the love surrounding you it is at the heart of everything. Thank you again for taking the time out to share your experiences. By the way are those your dulcet tones doing some voice overs for QVC – hopefully it is just the first step to being back on our screens. Take care and sending love and an online hand to hold.
    Morag xx

  89. Alpa June 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I hope the *sponsorsip* made you smile. A slip of fingers on keyboard :) I meant “sponsorship” even! Of course I am not one to have word mishaps, am I?!
    xx

  90. Marg June 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gail, I am sure Ali wont mind me contacting you, I would not have mentioned my dear Dad if I had realised you were suffering from this awful condition. We lost my Dad when I was expecting my son, and my son was born on Dads birthday, 8th June. He looks like him and has the same mannerisms, a very caring kind hearted young man.I’m sure he is my comfort,I was very much a my fathers daughter. At that time there was little that could be done, things have changed greatly, I’m pleased to say.I hope your new medication continues to help,and reserch continues to find new methods to control the effects of RA.
    I hope you continue to fight your corner and never give in,
    My best wishes,
    Marg.

  91. Pam Richardson June 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, posted a message the other day wishing you luck in race for life then realised i had suffered from an attack of menopausal brain as the race was last week! I am so glad you managed to complete it, well done.
    Now this may be another menopausal brain thought but have you done any voice overs for qvc? because if not someone who has a very similiar voice to you has.
    Take care Ali
    Looking forward to your next blog.
    Pam Richardson x

  92. una June 18, 2011 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Debz, you are NEVER alone. Never. Not for a minute. We are all here.
    I so wish we could all get together, it would be amazing.
    We would never be allowed back to the venue though, im sure!!!
    Chaos would ensue, i have no doubt about that whatsoever.
    Holding on tight to your hand, always.
    love Una x

  93. Susan June 18, 2011 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I just felt I had to write and say I hope you are coping ok with the after effects of your latest treatment. Restless legs is awful to have..I flip about sometimes like a cat in a tumble dryer! And upset tummy…well no doubt you are well used to that by now. Not long to go though – I can’t believe it is mid June! You’re doing amazing.
    Also to all the other gals…Alpa, Gail, Helen, Magda, Una, Debz – my my what ailments we cover! That’s life unfortunately as the song says…one of my favourites that picks me up when I feel down too. I don’t know about you girls but the financial situation we are in – well a lot of us – is not fun at all and can be trying to say the least when we are not feeling well too. It is good to know and hear the shared stories though and the genuine support.
    All take care,
    Susan x

  94. Sandra Leech June 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sending a world full of Love & Best Wishes especially for you.
    Take care , keep up the fight.
    I loved the inscription about “Hope”, you have a wonderful family. God Bless you all.

  95. Debz June 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi everyone
    Just a quick word to say thank you all for your kind words. Here’s me thinking that I haven’t many friends any more and you were here all along, I just had to reach out!
    Ali, I was especially touched by you replying to us all in the wee small hours due to you “busy legs” and upset tummy. Glad to see you turned it into a positive and got your ironing done. Only you would think to do that!
    Thanks to Gail and Helen S for reminding me that my friends are only a blog away. I am so grateful to you all.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  96. Joanne Green June 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just wanted to send you a message to wish you all the very best – you sent me a lovely message last year after my 6 year old son had passed away suddenly, and I wanted to return the favour. You are a brave lady and such an inspiration to me – i’m writing this today on Fathers Day, when obviously its a sad day for my husband and I, and after reading your blog it has helped me to see that there is so much more to life – I hope to become as positive as you. Much love, Joanne Green xxx

  97. una June 20, 2011 at 8:42 am -  Reply

    Ali, my lovely.
    How are you? I have been reading your last 2 blogs again. I did read them previously, but dont think I took it in.
    Sounds like you and Debbie had a ball. SO SO glad you made it. How lovely of Colin to spoil you all. He sounds so nice and such fun. I dont know how I would have got through the last few years without my husband, hes a saint, (almost, but dont tell him, I have to keep him on his toes!) and has kept me sane(ish)!
    Oh my goodness, not Ameka as well. Just heard Ali Young say last night, that Ameka has BC too. What is up with all the boobs?!!!
    Not sure if you keep up with her, or if she reads this, but either way, Ameka, we are thinking of you, and sending our good wishes.
    This was going to be a bit of an epic, but just had a call from a friend, to say she will be round in an hour to take me out for the day, and I have 45 minutes to get my face on!!!!!
    Must dash, will be back soon.
    Lots of love to everyone
    Una xxx

  98. SUE RADFORD June 20, 2011 at 10:19 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I really hope things are getting easier for you. In each and every one of your photographs you look so lovely, and reading your blogs are a real inspiration to all us women!! Stay strong!
    Best wishes,
    Sue Radford xx

  99. helen s June 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    dear Debz, i’m sure that Ali wont mind me ‘blog crashing’ once again, but I told you that I would check on you and I have. All the lovely friends that we have made through Ali’s blog is fantastic, we are here for each other for support and companionship regardless of what our position is in life. If anything is on your mind or your just feeling bloomin rotten, blog away and we’re all here for you and each other.
    Take care now and blog soon
    Helen S xxxx

  100. elaine sallis June 20, 2011 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Congratulations on finishing the walk. Having read Debbie Greenwoods blog, you ran the last bit. You really are an amazing woman. I cant believe when you are up in the small hours you do housework, that just about sums up your spirit. You never seem to sit down and feel sorry for yourself. I myself had a cancer scare a while ago and I completely fell apart. Note to self:- Find some Keenan spirit woman!!!
    I feel like I am part of a very select group and want to say hi to all of you and how nice it is to see that there are still people out there who care for others.
    Look after yourself and get some rest when you can Ali.
    Love Elaine

  101. Caroline June 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    We were at Milton Keynes too for the Race for Life. I walked it with my daughter, and we were thrilled, amazed, and deeply moved by seeing so many people dressed in pink, all doing such a great job! We were so lucky with the weather weren’t we! I wish I’d known you were there ….I hope you didn’t overtake us … you probably did! My daughter was bedecked with bunny ears and a feather boa, and I was staggering along in a rather too tight pink sporty top ,,, bought for the occasion of course!. I think that the lovely lady who did the warm up and somehow had me dancing like a zombie to Michael Jackson’s thriller is a total star!.
    I hope you had a lovely time, and that lots of people said hi and shook your hand.
    God bless.
    Caroline. xxxxx

  102. Alison Keenan June 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Helen, thank you for your BIG WELL DONE, and I hope that maybe you’ll win the Lottery and then could afford to buy a whole row of Beach Huts and then we could all get together and have a day out at the seaside – would be fun eh? :) Was so sorry to hear that you lost your appeal, and hope that things are not too much of a struggle for you. I remember filling in countless forms for Sam, and then worrying myself sleepless if there was any problem…. I am very glad that you have your husband to support you, and as you know many friends on this site who can empathise. Had a bit of a rough weekend, but ever hopeful this week’s treatment will be less worse, with my love, ali xx

  103. Alison Keenan June 20, 2011 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Una, How lovely is Joe?! What a thoughtful man, and I am sure that once you and your girlfriends were together as you say, sharing memories, then it was with far less heavy hearts that you came home. I don’t think you ever get over losing someone you love, but in time you find yourself better able to cope with it – like walking round the edge of a large hole, rather than falling into it – if you know what I mean….. My love to you, and thanks for keeping us all updated. Ali xx

  104. Alison Keenan June 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Morag, not a million miles away from my mum and my sister, who have both been berating the fact it’s been such a grey and wet month!! Sending you sunshine and yes, I have done a few voice-overs for QVC – a bit of fun and lovely to spend some time at the old place – even if I can’t got on air just yet :) Thank you for your online hand: I’ll keep holding on :) Love Ali xx

  105. Alison Keenan June 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Alpa ‘sponsorsip’ did make me smile, as did your comment, and thank you for keeping us all in touch with your life. Muddling up your words is something we all do every now and then, but some of us just keep quiet! I thought a bottle of squash I got recently said ‘delight’ to taste, not ‘dilute’ to taste!! Wine’s a lot easier :O Have a good week, and let’s hope for sunshine, love Ali xx

  106. Alison Keenan June 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Pam whatever the timing, your good wishes were very well received – thank you :) Check out Debbie Greenwood’s blog – she’s got some lovely photos of us all on the day. I hope to have a new blog up by Monday, but have had a rotten weekend with this blooming treatment. Yes, you were right though, I have done a few voice overs for QVC – popped in the other day and tied it in with catching up with my pals :) Both as enjoyable as the other. Have a good week, love Ali xx

  107. Alison Keenan June 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    Susan, fantastic analogy for busy legs!! Luckily it’s not happened since then – just the sweats keeping me awake now :) You’re right though, mid June already and chemo finishing end of August, so not that much longer. Four weeks break then before radiotherapy – woo hoo, and you’re right about the shared stories and support, ‘cos it means the world. Have a good week, and I hope life’s not too much of a strain for you at the mo. Love Ali xx

  108. Alison Keenan June 20, 2011 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Sandra, thank you for that, and Lucy’s choice of words about hope for my bangles have struck a chord with a lot of folk I think :) Thank you for your encouragement to keep up the fight – those are the words Lucy wrote on her Race for Life badge… and I intend to…Love Ali xx

  109. Alison Keenan June 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debz and Ainzley – hope you feel better having read all the messages of love and support – you are NEVER alone :) Busy legs all done now – just weary legs although my walk today gave me the most fabulous photo opportunity which I will show you on my next blog. Have a good week, love Ali xx

  110. Marg June 20, 2011 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Oh gosh, another short hour and I will be starting a new decade, a birthday with an 0. Enough of that, I go no further. Prince William shares his birthday with me, I hope you all remembered to send him a card. His brother Harry has his birthday on our wedding anniversary,these royals get everywhere. By the way I could well be Gran and then some to both of them.
    I hope all the accident prone ladies are healing, and everyone is feeling a little better than last week.Ali I wish you strenght and the courage to handle the strenght,please look after yourself,I hope your run was not too much too soon.
    Hope to see you active with the fingers on the board,when you feel up to it,
    we are all rooting for you,my thoughts and hopes go out to you,
    Take care,my hand is reaching out to you,
    God Bless,
    Marg.

  111. Alison Keenan June 20, 2011 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    My dear Joanne, I can only imagine how long this last year has seemed to you and your husband, and how difficult Sunday was too…I once again send you my love and hope that with each day a little of the sadness and loss you feel will lift…Thank you so much for your kind words, and when it comes to being brave, it’s easier when you have a map to show you the way…Stay strong, and I hope this year will bring you peace and hope, love Ali xx

  112. Janette Armer June 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Wishing you a speedy recovery, seems very strange not seeing you on QVC, hope it won’t be too long before you are back where you belong! Some of us have had to climb many steep mountains in life(me included) but I guess it makes us a stronger person,glad you enjoyed your little holiday to spain im sure it was just the tonic you needed.
    Love to you and your family,
    Janette(Barnsley, South Yorkshire).

  113. Gail June 21, 2011 at 4:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I’m just showing off that I too have bad nights, hence the time I am writing this. Hope you are okay and that this new treatment isn’t as harsh (for want of a better word) as that awlful FEC. So so sorry to hear that the lovely Amika (don’t know the correct spelling, sorry) also has this terrible disease. Thinking of you Amika LOL XX
    Marg, thank you ever so much for your kind words. I’m glad you mentioned your wonderful Dad and I know how terribly he would have suffered. How lovely that your son was born on his birthday. I was my father’s daughter too so I know exactly how you feel, LOL XX
    I’m off to make a good old cup of tea now Ali. Lots of love, take care and speak soon. Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  114. Mrs Janet Jones June 21, 2011 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, WELL DONE, you finished the Race for Life you have done soooo well. I can see were Sam gets his determination from.Love the photo of Sam so glad he is improving and enjoying life a lot more.You ran it for all of us who can’t do it , you have made me determined to do it next year.You have made us all feel very proud. I know you will be having your Taxol today so take good care of yourself and have a few days rest watch QVC or Loose Women you deserve it. I hope Taxol is still being a bit kinder to you than Fec.Not long to go now Ali before all your chemo is finished and that will be a day to celebrate. I am blogging from Cornwall listening to the waves at night with the windows open as I did last year just after all my treatment was finished. I know you said you might come down here with a friend I would highly recommend it, just what the doctor ordered. Keep fighting and don’t forget, be kind to yourself, speak soon Ali love Janet xx

  115. Susanna Redgrave June 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You are such an inspiration and surrounded by soooo much love and affection. I send you my love and prayers and every kind thought for a successful journey. I thought I had the world’s best son but now I know he’s number 2 lol, well done to Sam. Always remember the prayer of Serenity ;
    ‘God grant me the courage to change the things I can, to accept the things I cant and the wisdom to understand the difference between the two….’
    I’ll light a Yankee candle for you :))
    Much love, Susanna, The Lissi Lady xxxx

  116. Debz June 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi everyone and Ali of course
    I hope you are all well. I’m struggling a bit at the moment but have really been lifted by all your words of support. My problem seems so tiny compared to the rest of you so thank you again for taking the time to remind me that I have made some good friends thanks to Ali’s blog.
    Ali, I’m so sorry that you’ve had a grotty weekend. I hope you’re feeling a bit better now my lovely and have well and truly ticked off that session and can see our lights at the end of that seemingly endless tunnel. We’re all there Ali, every one of us. Plus Ainzley of course!
    Well, our shower finally packed up on Saturday and as a final farewell it decided to leak water all over the ceiling and down into the hall. My OH was alerted to the “Atlantis” which was our hallway by Ainzley drinking the water from off the floor! I was happily having my shower oblivious to the carnage below!! Apparently the shower had been dangerous to use for quite a while according to the engineer. It was live so basically I could have been electrocuted or worse. It’s been on its last legs for a while but money is quite tight at the moment so we were hoping it would last until we could afford to replace it.
    Take care all of you. Una, I like the idea of us all meeting up! Imagine if that were possible and all the mayhem we’d cause! Alpa I hope your M E is getting easier. I am holding your hand very gently. Helen, thank you so much for checking up on me I can’t tell you how much that means to me.
    Magda, I hope you are OK and we are all holding your hand.
    Ali, hold on to us all and we will guide you along the road to recovery.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  117. Anne Margaret Edwards June 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. I can’t believe it! I’ve never read any of the blogs before today, but this morning whilst watching “the new girl” Anna I remarked to my daughter that I was missing you, you’re always so cheery & bright & during a very bad bout of the illness I suffer from, depression, a few years ago, your shows did me the world of good, I thank you for that. You tell us about your lifes ups & downs & in such a friendly way it really makes you feel like a friend. Life has really thrown you some rough stuff hasn’t it!!! I wish I had your strength & optimistic streak…although I know there will have been many times you have just wept in a corner. Anyway, I’m really sure that your bad patches are now over & done with, your life with Colin, who looks rather nice by the way!…& your children is going to be rounds of endless fun & love from now on…I insist! All my best wishes, love & prayers. Anne Margaret Edwards

  118. helen s June 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Hia Debz, I don’t mind ‘checking up’ on you, I don’t want you or anyone else to feel lonely. We’re all here for each other. Oh if we only lived closer to each other, can you just imagine what type of coffee mornings we could have!! We had a leak problem here a few weeks ago, I’d just go back from swimming with my daughter and heard a drip sound from the lounge. The ceiling had bowed and I had to pierce it to release some of the water. The boiler upstairs had sprung a leak, what a joy I can tell you, just as well me and my babe decided not to go shopping after her lesson!!!! I’ve had a miserable week also, my M.E. has been playing up, either that or is the menopause, hey ho life goes on.
    Never, ever feel alone, just blog away.
    Luv and hugs, hold on now
    Helen XXXX

  119. helen s June 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali, so sorry that you have had a rough weekend. I haven’t been feeling too brill either, but there we are, I think its my hormones, flipping things. Entering the perimenopause has started my M.E. off, it did subside until I hit my forties and now I just think I got the mixture of the both. Ah well!!! Wouldn’t it be just grand if I did win the lottery, oh my, just think of all that shopping!!!!
    Got a busy week ahead, Olivia has a busy social calender, school fete, sports day, swimming…… I’ll just keep some brufen on standby.
    Take care now lovely and hold hands, I think we’re all doing a good job at supporting each other, I really appreciate your kind words along with all my other blog friends. Thank you ladies.
    Luv and hugs
    Helen xxxx

  120. alison keenan June 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Helen, how incredibly kind of you, and at the risk of sounding really cheeky, Colin and I, and all the children plus partners are coming to Brighton for August Bank Holiday weekend. It would be an absolute treat to ‘crew’ for you, so if you are to be around at that time, please do let me know! Very many thanks, and lovely to hear from you, love Alison xx

  121. sheila law June 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Don’t worry about walking your Race for Life, you’ll get thru that finishing line with lots of other lovely people. I did mine 3 years ago just after completing my radio, I was fine for the first 3K and then went very weak and could see the finishing post but would not have made it if it wasn’t for two lovely ladies who took an arm either side and walked me thru that tape.What comradarie! Wear that medal with pride girl!!!
    Thinking of you. Love Sheila xx

  122. helen s June 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, that would be fun! Its a shame that you aren’t coming to Swansea instead, the Gower is very pretty you know!!!! Perhaps, when all us girlies are over our ‘ailments’, we could find a mid way point and all meet, wouldn’t that be fun, especially if I win the lottery, mmm keep dreaming eh?
    Hope you are feeling ok this week?
    Una, hope you are feeling a little better as the time goes on and Alpa, I do hope the old M.E. is being good, I do really know what its like!
    Magda, hope everything is going ok with you and I do hope that that the weather in Spain is better that ours,
    Debz, hope that you are ok today?
    Love and hugs as always, Ali, really would love to come to Brighton, never say never!!!!!!!
    Helen s xxxx

  123. Alpa June 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I am so sorry you have been feeling yuck over the weekend. I am keeping everything crossed for you tomorrow and hope this weekend finds you feeling a little better. Lovely photos of you all on Debbie G’s blog, very heart warming :)
    Debz, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words. I checked Ali’s blog when I came home yesterday and it was lovely to find that you were holding my hand. I am holding onto your hand tightly. I am sorry you are struggling a bit at present. I will check Ali’s blog everyday and I hope you know that I am also here for you, just a blog away :) I am relieved that nothing happened to you in the shower and I am sorry that it’s packed up! How clever of Ainzley to spot the Atlantis in your hall. Love to you and Ainzley x
    Helen, sorry to hear that you are not feeling that great. I know how trying M.E. is and to have the perimenopause on top of that sounds taxing, to put it mildly. I think if we lived closer to each other, our coffee mornings would be an event in themselves! x
    Una, how lovely of Joe to arrange a few days away. I am so pleased that you had that time together with your girlfriends. Thinking of you and I love your idea of us all meeting up… Happy days :) x
    Love to everyone x
    Ali, a thought to distract you tomorrow. How about white water rafting instead of canoing in a scarf?! Either that or THE wedding of the year! :)
    Take care
    Love Alpa xx

  124. karen June 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Just wanted to wish you well.
    Karen x

  125. val tovey. June 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Just read your news, so sorry to hear about your Breast Cancer.My 40 year old daughter was diagnosed 3 years ago, had major ops and treatment but is now coming through it and is feeling a lot stronger. I wish you well and lots of good health fin the future.x

  126. Debz June 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi ladies
    I had an awful day yesterday with a lovely ending so your positivity must be working!
    You know all about our shower turning our house into Niagara Falls without the scenery and us being unable to afford a new one just yet. Well, my OH’s dad phoned us last night to tell us he’s going to buy us a new shower and he knows someone who will fit it for us for nothing! I was so overcome that I sat and cried for an hour. People are so kind aren’t they? When you don’t have much interaction with the world (I have anxiety issues and so can’t go out on my own) then you start to believe that no one cares. If this week has taught me anything is that there are good people in the world.
    The friends I did have didn’t really know what to do with me when I was first diagnosed with anxiety and depression. I went from a happy go lucky person to someone who was rather withdrawn and quiet and so they’ve all drifted away. If I didn’t have my OH then I don’t know what would have become of me. I’m sure this isn’t the life he signed up for when we met but he soldiers on anyway. I do have good days when I can almost pretend that my life is OK (heaven only know it could be so much worse, I only have to read some of your stories to know this) Other days however, when I’m here on my own I feel like I would sell my soul just for one good friend. Just one. Someone who phoned to ask how I was. Someone who just took me out once a week even if it was only for a coffee.
    Anyway, sorry for going on in what was supposed to be a happy blog!!
    I hope you are all well today. Thanks to Ali, Una, Alpha, Gail, Helen S and everyone else I’ve missed just for being there and caring. Promise my next blog with be more Ainzley driven. He’s the star of my show!
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  127. Rhona Fenton June 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I think you missed my blog back at the start but not to worry I was just being silly and made up a wee song about your ducks:) reading on I want to say a big congratulations on your run well done you:) and your treatment away to finish end off August ready for the next I hope it’s not taking too much out off you? hope the weathers better down with you as it has never stopped raining up here:( thought it was the summer your having a laugh eh? never mind heres hoping Suzi brings some sunshine over with her next week:) hope your keeping well Alison and the family too keep strong sending all our love to you and yours from me and mine love Rhona xx

  128. Rhona Fenton June 23, 2011 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    meant to say is that a tatoo I see on sam? thats what Rebecca is hoping to do but has to wait till shes 18 but has already designed a few and designed and drew one for her sister which she has had done right across her back, beautiful, but she managed to hide most off it under her wedding dress, only because that was the style off her dress other than that it would have been out for all to see Ha Ha! love Rhona xx

  129. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Una, I do hope you managed to ‘get your face on’ and to have a fab time with your friend. I will pass on your best to Amica – she is doing very well and may only need a short course of treatment – her positivity is good and she is strong… all good :)Your husband sounds lovely, and I am so glad you have had him there for you when you needed him most.. Colin’s and my life had separated out for a while, but sometimes distance is all you need to realise what truly matters, and never mind the rest :) He is my rock. Love to you and your man, and stay strong, Ali xx

  130. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Sue thank you for your inspirational words! I’ll keep on keeping on :) Love Ali xx

  131. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Janet, I hope very much that the mountains you had to climb are now more like the beautiful Yorkshire moors close to where you live, as one of our bloggers wrote “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”… it has to be true :)Love to you and your family, and I hope very much to be back in the autumn. ali xx

  132. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gail, I hope the cup of tea helped (needed to be decaffinated tho’) This new treatment isn’t quite as harsh, but seems to be bringing about similar side effects which are a pain… but a means to an end, as I know….felt like taking a detour rather than going to the hospital today though truth be told. Amica is doing very well, but I’ll pass your best on to her. Do take care of yourself too Gail, love Ali xx

  133. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Janet, I’ll definitely sponsor you if you’re able to do the Race for Life next year – that’s a given – as our American guests would say! How glorious to be laying in bed listening to the sea… Cornwall is where Lucy’s wedding is, and although we can’t see the sea from the venue we may well stay down for a couple more days to explore after the wedding is over…. it sounds very therapeutic. Glad to hear you’re doing so well … you give me hope. Love Ali xx

  134. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Susanna – I love your prayer of inspiration and plan to keep it in my ‘memory’ box so pull out whenever I need it :) thank you. You do of course have the No. 1 son – your No. 1 son – who I’m sure is as fab as Sam but in his own way :) I hope your Yankee candle was either a sea walk or clean cotten one…. actually I’ll take any!! Thank you, love Ali xx

  135. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    OMG Debz! thank heavens for Ainzley, and I’m so glad that you got your death trap of a shower fixed. Frightening isn’t it how these things get to that kind of a stage and you have no idea?! Glad that’s all sorted and I hope you know that although we may not always comment there are many of us who check up on you on a daily basis – Sooooooooooooooo love this blog :) Love Ali xx

  136. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Anne thank you so much for writing, and I too know that depression is very much an illness to be treated sympathetically and not rushed… Your words mean a great deal to me, and whatever it takes to bring you comfort, relief and hope then grab it with both hands. You’re right tho, I have often wept – in corners, in my car and bizarrely once under the bed – it does help though as you say :) I very much hope that for you – as well as me – the bad times are soon to be over, and we can get on with our lives, in the way we were always meant to. Take care, Love Ali x

  137. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Helen, you take care!! Hold one hand but keep your Ibubrofen in the other for Pete’s sake! And also invest in a fan… perimenopausal… the hot flushes may follow and a fan is a God send trust me – beats flapping away ineffectually with a piece of paper! I hope very much that you and Olivia enjoyed your busy week and that she excelled in what she enjoyed and didn’t have to give a fig about the rest! :)Love and hugs to you too, and I hope your numbers come up in the Lottery. Alixx

  138. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sheila, What a star! Well done you for getting over that finishing line, and how lovely that the girlies helped you. As you’ve probably read by now I did make it, but most certainly didn’t RUN any of it! I did a tiny jog at the beginning just to get through the log jam of women, and then attempted to run the last bits but legs like jelly and was a kind of funny walk instead :) That said, it was a fab occasion, and I will most definitely be attempting to run it next year. I like you, wear my medal with pride. Love Ali xx

  139. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Helen keep buying those Lottery tickets and I’ll start looking at the map for a mid way point! It would be priceless eh? had fourth treatment today and am staying up as long as I can to hopefully combat the busy legs syndrome. Docs had to check me over for viral bronchial inflammation but OK enough to continue which is vital cos of Lucy’s wedding. And remember Helen, NEVER say never…. you never know what you’re missing, love Ali xx

  140. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    OMG Alpa – white water rafting!!!! I get seasick in the bath! But never one to turn down a challenge, watch this space :) Wasn’t Debbie’s blog lovely – bless her – she’s been so kind, and I know really enjoyed the day too. Had fourth treatment today so eight to go…. fingers crossed the pattern of symptoms changes.. don’t want busy legs tonight :( Feel shattered!! Take care, sleep well, and as always, keep in touch! (as if you need reminding :0 )xxxx Ali

  141. alison keenan June 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    And Karen, I just want to say thank you , Ali xxxx

  142. helen s June 24, 2011 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Dear Debz, I know how difficult illness is to deal with, I also can’t make promises to go out as I just don’t know how I will feel on the day. What I have learnt though, is that many of my so called friend drifted and only then I realised that, they just weren’t friends at all. You see good ones stick by you through thick and thin. I have two close friends who understand how I feel and have gone through some tough times themselves. I can count my real soul mates on one hand, and they are the ones I call friends. My Gran used to tell me that ‘everyone needs someone sometimes’ words I will always remember! Most of us girlies on dear Ali’s blog have a tale to tell about the tough times, and I would like to think that we are all here to support each other. We might not all have met each other or been a major part in each others lives, but we are here and we do care. So my blog friend, don’t ever feel alone.
    Got Olivia’s sports day this afternoon, if that makes sense? Hope the weather stays nice?
    Luv and lots of hugs
    Helen s xxxx

  143. helen s June 24, 2011 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, just bought a ticket for the Euro Millions tonight, have you seen the jackpot prize, oh my word!!!!! Just think of the shoes that I could buy with that…..
    Anyway, back down to earth. Hope you had a good nights sleep, I remember my Mum with busy legs, very annoying. I’ve just put my shopping away, going to have a quick something to eat then off to sports day.
    Una, I dope hope that you are feeling ok and Alpa, hope the awful, awful ME is under control.
    Take care girlies and keep holding hands, have a good weekend.
    If I win the lottery, will let you know Ali, woo hoo!!!!
    Luv and lots of hugs
    Helen s xxxx

  144. Alpa June 24, 2011 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you for replying, as always :) I thought you would be up for the challenge of white water rafting! This is from someone who used to get sick in planes, trains and cars when little and even now, gets a bit quesy at times!!
    Debz, I am chuffed that you will have a new and safe shower at home! Please don’t think that you were going on in your blog cos you weren’t. You were sharing with friends and that’s what we are here for. I promise that if I had your number, I would be more than happy to call you. Taking you out may be trickier as I’m not sure where you live, but I am sure we could make a plan :) You are not alone, never ever!! Love to you and Ainzley x
    Helen, hope the ibuprofen is helping and that a fan will do the trick of keeping you cool x
    Una, your husband does sound lovely :)
    Love to you all x
    Ali, I hope that you did not have busy legs last night. It sounds rather tiring especially when feeling shattered. And you know me well, how could I not keep in touch?! :0)
    Take care,
    Love Alpa xx

  145. Alpa June 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Only me! Just to ask if you could pass on my best wishes to Amica. Thank you!
    xx

  146. Mrs Janet Jones June 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, thankyou for your offer to sponsor me in the Race for Life next year,I am so determined to do it. I now volunteer in my local Cancer Research shop, so I feel I am giving back in some small way. So glad your chemo is stil on track for Lucy’s wedding,talking of which how is the planning going not too long to go now. Also glad to hear that Colin is there for you as well as your family. I so relate to your comment when you said you wanted to take a detour instead of going to your next chemo. It seems never ending. I remember how I cried with joy when I had my last radiotherapy session and the nurse wrote on my appt card in block capitals TREATMENT FINISHED It was such a relief I kept looking at it all the way home, I still have it! You too will see these words before you know it and you can have a double celebration at Lucy’s wedding. I finished all my treatment on my son’s 20th birthday last year.
    Do rest when you can if you can’t sleep at night,and be kind to yourself. Do send my best wishes to Amica. Take good care of yourself Ali speak soon love Janet xx

  147. Susan June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Debz and Magda,
    Really hope the restless legs didn’t leave you flipping about like a cat in a tumble dryer!!? It really is horrible. I know 8 sounds like a lot more treatments but you have already completed the really rough part so well well done you and keep swimming! You’re amazing and as you say so is your Debs…she really is a fabulous friend you lucky thing! I hope Kathy is feeling a bit less sore after her op too? And I’m glad that Amica’s treatment may be short. Here’s hoping. Am wondering how Magda is getting on too at the minute?
    Just have to say Debz, I’m so sorry to hear about your gremlins. I really sympathise and identify. It’s amazing once you start opening up about it just how many people have the same issues. It’s a lovely lovely ‘family’ shall we say on Ali’s blog though..and Debs G’s. They truly are wonderul ladies with lovely lovely replies always. Keep swimming and talking.
    Love Susan x

  148. Tracey Ling June 24, 2011 at 11:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Glad the treatment is going well for you, I have to have yearly screening for Breast Cancer has my mom had it and I have two recalls last year with more tests, which was not fun with a baby in tow, but the all clear sounded and now trying to do my bit for the cause.
    Take care and hope to see back on the screen soon no-one does it better than you!!!

  149. una June 26, 2011 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Morning.
    Ali, I hope you are feeling good, and the treatment is being kinder to you.
    Debz, how are you? Is Ainzley behaving? Hmmmm, probably not LOL!!
    Just wanted to say. “IM SICK OF HEARING HOW GORGEOUS THE WEATHER IS. ITS NOT!!!!!!!!!! 14 degrees, dull, overcast, heavy showers, HORRIBLE!!!! IM moving, Ive decided.” Rant over, phew, i feel better now. BUT…… I need the sun on my face, plus, my strawberries need SUNSHINE,PLEASE!!!X
    Love Una x

  150. Susan Jones June 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison – I did not know you had been unwell – dip into QVC now and then and thought I had not seen you for a while. I had a DCIS removed a year or so ago and am very lucky in that so far am keeping well. So sorry you are having to deal with such rotten treatment. I am glad you are being treated to a lovely holiday – have a blast. Not usually “my thing” to add comments to this sort of thing but just wanted to add my good wishes and love for a speedy recovery and return to normal as soon as possible.

  151. una June 27, 2011 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Debz
    I sent a HUGE post on friday, but it appears to have gone astray.
    Was just to say, that I understand totally how you feel. having had similar “friend” experiences my self.
    Basically echoed what Alpa said, we are all here for each other. No need to feel lonely, although, I know sometimes thats easier said than done. Who needs phones, Alis Army are at the other end of the blog. (I think Alis Army had another meaning to Scots football fans at one time, not me i hasten to add!!!) We all seem to be fighting one way or another, and winning I have to say.
    Alpa, he is lovely, but SSSHHHH, dont tell him, I have to keep him on his toes!!! I hope you are well.
    Helen, how are you feeling? I had my LADYpause at 39. Decided that as I was having it, doing it, having to go through it, and it had nothing whatsoever to do with any man, it was my LADYpause!! Its not much fun, but like everything, it passes. The hot flushes were just HORRENDOUS, I HATED it. But its all good now. Wonder what the next PHASE will bring!!!
    Magda, I hope you are coping well with your treatment.
    Susan, hoping all is good with you.
    Gail and Marg, morning to you too.
    Ali, I had a lovely day. We went for a drive, then had some lunch in a friends pub. He just bought it recently, and has almost finished renovations. The restaurant is up and running, and was just lovely. Malc, if you read this. THANK YOU THANK YOU for the recipe, it was AMAZING!!!! Lime cheescake cream, mmmmmm forget about the fat grams though, but its GORGEOUS!!!!
    I hope you are well and coping with the treatment again Ali. It seems to go well one time then the other knocks you for 6 doesnt it? Love to you and the family. How is your mum keeping?
    Hope Sam is well, and Lucy enjoying the preparations for her big day. Is Jack Ok?
    Lots of love
    Una xx

  152. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Angela, sorry it’s taken me so long to respond – sometimes I lose my space on the page and can’t remember where I left off! :) so glad to hear that things are good for you now – and I too will try and avoid the Coco the Clown look with the eyebrows – Ali Young showed me a pretty nifty way of applying Brow Tech, and so they don’t look too bad. Thanks too for the tip re Radiotherapy – pure Aloe as been recommended too, so I’ll make notes! Do keep in touch now you’ve got your laptop, as it always good to hear from you, love Ali xx

  153. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Gail, thanks for writing, and you did make me laugh – yes Sam looks even better from the front than from the rear :)!! You’re right about Spain, it was bliss for a short while and just what I needed before starting the second leg of the treatment… what can I say about it… less worse is probably the best description :)I’m sorry to hear that you’ve hurt your back and hope that by the time you read this, it will be on the mend. I’m sure the other girls are as glad to hear from you as me, and I hope you have a good week – warm isn’t it?!! love ali xx

  154. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Sarah thank you so much for your lovely comments – and yes you’re right – I was lucky to start this journey in relatively good health and although my energy levels vary from day to day, I’m on a mission!! :) You’re right though about Sam – his is a daily challenge that he works bloomin’ hard to meet – and I am very proud of all he’s overcome in the last nearly four years. do keep in touch, love ali xx

  155. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Yup Lisa, you were spot on, I did a few voice overs when I popped in recently to QVC Towers. It was lovely to see everyone again, and I certainly suit a microphone better than a camera at present! Bless you for your kind comments though, and good to hear from you, love Ali xx

  156. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    My dear Marg, it looks as though I missed your 30th birthday!! :) I hope you had a fab time. Loving all the Royal connections – one to add, and that’s my sister who shares Prince Charles birthday, and I’m pretty sure March 10th is Prince Andrew’s birthday in which case he shares his with my Sam :) The Race for life was fine Marg, and although I made a little effort to run the VERY last bit, it was really walking but more quickly :) Love Alixx

  157. Marg June 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Una, I am 100per cent with you, I am so needing to feel the sun,and so is my garden. Mabye July will be our summer,or without being too pesimistic a couple of days in July would do. There are times I could scream at Ali Young to come and live up here,that would half her problems,dont you think.
    I hope ALI is coping a little better this week,makes you feel so awful that there is no practical help to give, just words, but words deeply meant.
    Thinking of you Ali, be strong.
    Hope you are keeping well Gail,I always keep you in mind, you have been added to my wish list.
    Look after each other Ladies,
    Marg.

  158. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Well Susan, I’m really glad that you did add your comments, good wishes and love, cos they’re very much appreciated. I’m also pleased to hear that inspite of your ill health previously you’re now keeping well – long may it last. Spain was a real treat and even though just a few days, made the world of difference… you can just leave everything on hold when you’re somewhere else, and almost make believe it hasn’t happened – well that’s what I did anyway :) Hope to hear from you again, love Ali xx

  159. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una – I have been on bended knee praying that some of the sunshine reached you AND your strawberries! Stick a bit of bronzer on, and buy some big ripe strawberries and place them amongst your unripe ones – that may be all the incentive they need!!! :) …..just a silly thought. Do hope all else is well with you, and love catching up on your news thru all the other girls comments too, love Ali xx

  160. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Tracey delighted you had the All Clear sounded – especially as you no doubt have your hands full with your little one :) Your mum must be very relieved too. My sister had a check up too the other week, as my mum had been getting into a knot worrying about the possibility that she too might be at risk, but she got the all clear as well, so good news all round eh? Thank you for your kind words re work – I intend to return as soon as I’m able :) Love Ali xx

  161. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Susan, going to bed that bit later worked for the busy legs – the sweats got me instead! :) Delighted to tell you that Kathy is doing really well – she’s made of strong stuff I can tell you – and that Amica is also doing well. You’re right about this being a fabulous ‘family’ I’d be lost without you all :) Hope you have a great week and that all is well with you, love Ali xx

  162. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    Janet you always manage to bring a tear to my eye – in the nicest way – the words TREATMENT FINISHED, are words I can’t wait to hear…and isn’t it great that it will end in time for Lucy’s celebration, having started the day before Sam’s 22nd birthday.. I think it’s great that you are able to put in some time with the Cancer Research shop – if this treatment gets a tad more predictable I could do the same!! Do hope you are enjoying the warmer weather and may have another trip to Cornwall before much longer. Love to you, ali xx

  163. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, I will of course pass on your good wishes to Amica whom I hear is doing very well. I managed to avoid the busy legs by staying up later – and my oncologist suggested Evening Primrose Oil to help with the hot flushes, so that’s helping a tad too. do hope all well with you, love me xxx

  164. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    So Helen, did you win?!!!!! Never mind the shoes you’re going to buy with your winnings, just don’t forget to take us with you to that far flung exotic island where the sun always shines and aches and pains and poorliness disappear :) big hug, Ali xx

  165. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Rhona, sorry I must have missed your poem, but will go back again and try to find it!! if not, please post again! Very much wanted to see Suzi on her visit this time, but felt a bit too shabby and couldn’t make it up to London. There’s always the next time tho eh?! Yes, that is a tattoo on Sam’s leg. It’s a mighty great dragon and it was my birthday present to him the year after his accident… never had one myself, but I thought it was particularly fitting considering all he’d been through. How clever is your Rebecca?! I hope she will fulfill her dream once she’s 18 – good luck to her with it. Love Ali xx

  166. alison keenan June 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    My dear Debz, having read your lovely comment, and then several others from your friends here, I hope you can gain some comfort from realising that all of us have at some time been where you are, and completely understand that it can be incredibly difficult to get on with the ‘normal’ things in life, when battling with this. Your OH sounds like a good man, and I’m so glad he is there for you when you feel shaky…I’m also very glad that through this little blog you have made MANY new friends, who are there for you. Use us whenever you need to…and believe the words of that wonderful song….”Winter spring summer or fall, all you have to do is call, and I’ll be there – you’ve got a friend…” in ALL of us, love Ali xx

  167. Jenny Noakes June 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Alison, I have only today found out about your cancer – which explains why I haven’t seen you on QVC for a while! I don’t look in very often but I always enjoy your presentations especially for the honest, personal views you express about the items on sale.
    God bless and I hope you come out of this a stronger person (if that’s possible!) who has known such love and affection from so many people via this blog.
    Jenny (Colchester) x

  168. helen s June 28, 2011 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, woe is me, no lottery win, boo hoo :( On a good note though, the weather here has been fab, summer for 2 days so far, yipeeeee!!!!!! Hope you are feeling ok, not long now lovely. Had Olivia’s sports day yesterday, it was cancelled on Friday due to the weather, no surprises there. My little babe did very well, 1st in the skipping race and 3rd in the ‘endurance’ (a lap around the park to you and me). Some parents get so competative though, it just makes me laugh. Olivia said later that she wasn’t in it to win it, just to enjoy herself. Wise little words from an 8 year old.
    I loved the words that you quoted to our dear Debz, that ‘you’ve got a friend’. This has become quite a special blog and I do hope that will will always continue to support each other in anyway that we can.
    Luv to you as always Ali, and also Una, Alpa, Magda and all the other lovely ladies.
    Take care now girlies, keep holing those hands.
    Luv and hugs as always
    Helen S xxxxxx

  169. Rhona Fenton June 28, 2011 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    My Dear Alison, sorry to hear you have not been feeling too great and missed suzi but she did say she had talked to you and her and clair both said lovely things on air about you I only hope you got a chance to tune into that hour and not missed it as it brought tears to my eyes there kind words about you the lovely lovely person that we all know you are:) your poam is the second page from the start I think I was just being silly and having a laugh:) thank you for your kind wishes to Rebecca that means alot and cheered her up no end when I passed them on to her the smile on her face:) now Alison you are going to have to ask sam for me whats the pain level on the tatoo? as Rebecca designed one for me which is beautiful just a small one but it might be big enough going on how sore it might be, can’t ask my Alison as she would just tell me anything HA Ha! well off now to put my order in from yesterday well have another wedding in August so suzi b you have done it again with another fantastic collection she keeps spending my money Alison:) suzi was sooooo happy I got my yellow watch mother off the Bride gift and even said on air last night with charlie which you would have heard if you were able to tune in:) hope you are feeling better today Alison? hate to think off you under the weather:( think off Lucy’s wedding not long now:) I much prefer this dress this time for my other wedding plus will have suzi’s jewellery on this time as I told her before she left am calling the shots this time on the jewellery:) and your shoes are safe again BooHoo but don’t put them too far away:) give my love to colin and the family talk to you soon and be strong lot’s of love Rhona xx

  170. Mrs Janet Jones June 28, 2011 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, I so don’t mean to make you cry, I hope they are tears of hope as that is what I always mean to relay to you. When I was going through my treatment I didn’t know anyone who had been through it so I had nobody to ask to give me a point of reference. Just know you will get through the treatment and you will enjoy Lucy’s wedding, what a joyous day that will be.
    I have my second mammagram next week to see how I am doing and I am absolutely petrified of the results, I pray I am still in remission but I won’t know until next week,so a few more sleepless nights to come!!!. Hope this treatment is being a bit kinder to you and hope you are taking it easy. Take good care Ali speak soon love Janet xx

  171. TRICIA COULSON-WOOD June 28, 2011 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello alison, my thoughts are with you and your family.
    You are such a positive and caring person, an example to us all.
    My daughter who has worked hard to recover her health in a different illness, I christened, INDEFATICABLE.
    I feel you deserve the same title for your courage and non defeatest attitude..lots of love…Tricia xxxxx

  172. Debz June 28, 2011 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ladies
    Thank you all so much for your kind words of support. Ali this blog of yours is truly a Godsend to us all and thank you for your kind words and reminding me of the lovely words in that song.
    Alpa, thank you so much for your comforting words and you too Una and Helen S, Susan and Gail. It’s the first time I’ve been able to list so many friends without having to think about it. You have all lifted me so much and I feel truly looked after. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
    Well, Ainzley has been his usual self today. We have put him on some “light” food as he is getting a little wide of hip (like his Mom!!) He is NOT a happy cat as, like his Mom, he is deeply distrustful of anything “low calorie”, preferring the full fat gut busting stuff instead. He has taken to scavenging I am ashamed to say! I came into the lounge this lunchtime to find that there were red smears all over the carpet. Thinking the worst i.e. Ainzley had cut his paw or something, I frantically looked for him only to find that he had taken the corned beef out of my sandwich, and dragged it into the hall to eat it and the red smears were the tomato ketchup I’d put on it!! Honestly, I had turned my back for a moment to get my coffee and wham, sandwich stolen!!
    I am still lost for words and couldn’t even shout at him as he looked so cute looking up at me with ketchup all over his whiskers! Mind you, he did leave the bread so technically it was a low carb lunch!!
    Normal service re his food has now been resumed before he eats a whole Sunday roast or something!! God job I love him isn’t it?
    Love to all my friends, sending you all a hug and a big tomato ketchup lick from Ainzley!
    Lots of love and sticky licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  173. alison keenan June 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Val, so sorry I missed what you wrote last week, but just wanted to say how pleased I am to hear that your daughter is now in good health and feeling a lot stronger. It’s always good to hear and definitely gives me, and I’m sure others in this position, a great deal of hope. Thank you for taking the time out to write to me, and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  174. Sarah Platt June 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    Being a Brighton girl I was delighted to see the picture of you looking so beautiful on the Beach. I hope you had a brilliant day. I miss so much seeing you on QVC but think of you often and can’t wait for the day to see you back!!!
    Good luck with the Race for Life.
    Take very great care x

  175. alison keenan June 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Una, loving ‘Ali’s Army’!! :) What a lovely collective term – and so true all you say as well. Crikey menopause at 39! That’s early! So glad you’re out the other side now though – as Jo Brand once said, now you can look forward to the sagging bagging and false teeth :) Happy Days! I am loving sound of the Lime Cheesecake – Colin’s favourite desert is Key Lime Pie, which I’m imagining is probably quite similar. Where’s Malc’s pub? I take my hat off to anyone who manages a hostelry for a living – it sounds exhausting to me :) Mum’s doing really well, on tabs, but all healed and getting on with life which is great. She reads the blog regularly and as she said to me “there are some very brave ladies who write to you”…. and she’s right, you all give me inspiration :) Jack is doing fine thank you – end of year party at college tomorrow, and then we have to see if he’ll carry on in education next year, or get a job… the world’s his Lobster as Arthur Daley once famously said…..Love to you and enjoy the rest of the week, Ali xx

  176. alison keenan June 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jenny, as one who lived in Colchester for the first two years of my married life, I could almost picture you there :) – very lovely indeed. Thank you so much for your kind words, and I’m hoping that after all this time away from work, I will remember all that I’d learned!! It’ll be fun trying though :) You’re right though about the response from everyone who has taken time out to write – it really does give me a lift when I’m feeling down – your comments included. Thank you, love Ali xx

  177. Marg June 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Ali, You gave me a great afternoon, you thought you had missed my 30th birthday, try doubling it and then add some, ha ha, I really meant it when I claimed I could be the Princes gran, mabye a very young one, but not impossible.I was born the day Hitler turned East, my mother said I even scared him off,I was a noisy baby.
    I hope you are getting through this week a little better, not long to go now.It is such a temptation to wish your life away,just think that for all the ‘off’ days you are ensuring a bright future for yourself and family.I am sorry if that sounds a bit cold but it is true. I hope you keep that wonderful positive attitude,it is an inspiration to so many of your friends,keep well ALI,
    God bless
    Marg.
    Hope you are keeping well Gail.

  178. Laboure June 28, 2011 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Just a quick hello, hope you are feeling better and that all is well with you.
    i wish you a very speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you on our screens again in the near future.
    Wishing you and your the very very best.
    Hugs
    xx

  179. Alpa June 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Reporting for roll call in Ali’s Army !:) I am pleased that you managed to avoid the busy legs by staying up later. Night sweats, not good! I have them from taking pain meds and don’t like feeling clammy and stuck to everything! Never mind though :)
    Una, the sun was here for a day and a half and then disappeared! I hope it is shining on you and your strawbwerries :) It sounds like you had a fab day with your friend and the lime cheesecake sounds divine! I hope that the Ladypause doesn’t start for me in two years time, when I am 39!!
    Debz, I hope you are feeling ok today. Like Una and Helen I have also had a similar experience with ‘friends’ and understand how it can be. You have all of us now and we do care about you and support you :) I can see that Ainzley can’t be fooled with ‘light’ food and has excellent improvising skills! Sure he’s happy now that normal food service has been resumed :)
    Helen, hope you are ok and well done to Olivia on her sports day. I’m glad that she enjoyed herself, that’s the most important thing! You have a very wise little one :)
    Gail, hope your back is feeling a little better now.
    Marg, happy belated 30th!! I hope that you were very spoiled :)
    Love to you all x
    Ali, another one down and dusted tomorrow! You are doing so very well :)
    Take good care,
    Love Alpa xx

  180. Karen June 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so sorry about what you have been through. You have an amazing fighting spirit and good support of family and friends to get you through this. You look fantastic and very happy in this photo and I sincerely hope that you continue to improve. You are missed on QVC, your bubbly personality lit up the screen as did you smile. Keep well and enjoy life. Hope to see you again soon
    Karen in Edinburgh x

  181. alison keenan June 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Marg you could never sound cold, even if you tried :) It is very true what you said, and it’s the ONLY way to look at it, and it’s because of my friends that I’m able to stay so positive! You did make me laugh with your mum’s comment about Hitler’s army – you sounded like a mighty deterrant! :) Have a good week, and I’ll join you in sending my best wishes to Gail too, Love Ali xx

  182. alison keenan June 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Laboure, thank you so much for your lovely comment and I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading some of the others that are posted here. Some great stories and a real insight into other people’s lives! Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  183. una July 1, 2011 at 10:25 am -  Reply

    Dear Marg
    Just read your post, and you have no idea the mental images i have of this cute little baby, scaring Hitler away!!!!!!
    Alpa, are you well, hope you are, and looking forward to a nice weekend.
    Helen, how are you? I so hope that you are coping again, and gettin everything under control. Im sure your little monkey will keep you going and keep you smiling.
    Ali, did you have a treatment this week? Im still trying to catch up, think I missed a couple of weeks somewhere, People keep telling me things, and talking about things, that I have absolutely no recollection of. Think i blanked out some time when Allikka passed. Its very confusing!!
    Love to all of Allis Army. Hope we can regroup soon. Have a FAB weekend. Im sure lots of Pimms and strawberries will be consumed this weekend.! Not my strawberries I hasten to add! Mine are STILL waiting for some sunshine. Well, we had about 8 hours in total this week, so thats probably our summer!!!!!!
    Lots of love as always
    Una x

  184. mrs gloria harris July 6, 2011 at 12:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Pleased to here you are doing well we miss you on screen.
    Good luck in the race for life. My oldest daughter and my oldest
    grandaughter did it in Ipswich in June, first time for my grandaughter and second year for my daughter and my other daughter
    is doing the dragon boat race. Wishing you love and best wishes to
    you and your family.
    Gloria (Ipswich Suffolk)xx

  185. sue hughes July 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, thought i had not seen you for a while,you look fantastic though i know you wont always feel it.Well done to Sam what strength of mind and body he has i see where he gets it from now.
    I hope all goes well and your back really soon the photos of you new wig is awesome good on you girl you can do it .
    Lots of love to you all you are in my prayer list. See you soon
    Sue (West Mids)

  186. MRS MURIEL SEFTON July 21, 2011 at 12:21 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison, just to say hope all is going well with your treatment, I do hope that you will soon be back on the screen as you are sorely missed, take care Muriel.xx

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