Strength, hope and unity

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Hello!

Bless you for writing to me in your droves, and apologies for taking such an incredibly long time to respond. I had such good intentions when it came to keeping in touch here on the blog, but I hadn’t accounted for the fact it would take so long to be able to type comfortably. I did try dictating what I wanted to write, but some of the typo’s would have had me dismissed on the spot, so it’s been slowly slowly…!

I’m actually sitting here at the computer eating a sardine salad (not recommended when wearing glasses as they magnify the scales and bones – things I don’t normally see), but I’m not letting it distract me as I have some great news about my Diamonique ‘I Hope’ pendant, which I’ll tell you about in a moment.

But firstly I have to thank you so much for writing to me over the last few weeks. You’ve really kept my spirits up over what has felt like an inordinately long time already away from the Q. For those of you who follow me on Twitter (@alikqvc), you’ll know that the operation on my shoulder was a success, and all the calcification was removed. Once the surgeon was inside my shoulder, he also found a bony spur that had grown onto the bone, and a fair bit of calcification on the surface of the joint too. As you can see from these photos he had to split the tendon to get to it, cut off the bony spur and shave the surface of the ball joint. Not the kind of pictures I plan to have on my sideboard, but looking at them it’s easy to see why I’m still struggling to move comfortably!

 

The procedure was done using keyhole surgery, and I’m due to have the stitches out later today. I just had sticking plasters initially, but I kept bleeding mainly due to the lymphedema in that arm, but it was fine once a needle and thread were introduced!

I had a complete nerve block in that arm after the operation and it felt like I was carrying someone else’s limb around! Most odd. However I got the feeling back within a couple of days and have been doing my best since then to keep up with my exercise three times a day. I have to move my arm like a pendulum, try to pull my shoulder blades together and – the hardest one of all – lay down and use my left arm to lift my right arm up towards the ceiling. Ouch! I think I have a month with a physiotherapist still to come and I’m sure that will be a huge help. The bruising is pretty impressive, and having had my flu jab, I now have a stiff left arm too!

Colin’s been a star and done all the cooking since I’ve come home from the hospital, although he’s actually made a rod for his own back having made some truly spectacular dishes. I’m not sure I’m up to his standard anymore!

It’s made me realise how difficult it must be if you’re someone who struggles with arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome or shoulder and neck issues generally. I cannot blow dry my hair, as I can’t hold anything high enough in my right hand. I’m just having to rough dry it – think Doc from “Back to the Future”!

However, Lucy and Honey came to stay this weekend, and Lucy very kindly sorted my hair out for me so at least the consultant will allow me entry into his office this afternoon! As we weren’t planning to go out anywhere we decided to start Honey on her potty training during their stay, and she did really well. She got a sticker every time she made it to the potty in time, and started liberally handing stickers out to us too, bless her.

On top of Lucy taking over all the catering duties while she was here, we did have a bit of fun with the Kitchen Aid when she decided to make some playdough in it! Honey helped and the result was pretty perfect. It was so nice to see them both, and we had lots of ‘gentle’ hugs as I couldn’t pick Honey up properly. I’m sure I’ll be far more flexible when I see them next time.

I’ve seen Jo and Roz, my son Jack popped over with his girlfriend Jenny, and Colin’s daughter Vicky came to see me last week too. Sam’s been in Spain, but came home last night, and hopes to visit at the weekend, as I’m with my mum and my sister from tomorrow. I know how incredibly lucky I am to have a such a great support network, and it made me feel comforted yet sad to know that many of you are leaning on those you love as you go through bad times too.

In last week’s blog I received many comments from those of you who are living with cancer. Two brave women living with secondary breast cancer got in touch, another who has lost her friend and husband to cancer and whose best friend has also been diagnosed recently, as well as someone who has recently been recalled for a second mammogram.

So many of us are currently living with the legacy of this disease. I know that we’re two thirds of the way through October, but in case you didn’t know it’s Breast Cancer month. It’s also 25 years since our designated charity Breast Cancer Care adopted the pink ribbon design as their symbol of identity. You’ve probably seen their powerful advertising campaign promoting Strength Hope and Unity for all those who live with, through and beyond breast cancer.

We all know what the pink ribbon represents, but this little symbol has done an incredible job of making so many millions of us aware of how important it is to monitor any changes in our breasts, and I believe that to be incredibly empowering. It also highlights the unity that I so often see here on the blog; the incredible support network that has made it possible for us to share with each other how we are feeling, and to gain strength from one another. You’re well aware of my belief in hope and I think that maybe it would be nice to share Emily Dickinson’s words once more…

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”

It has been my mantra from the day my daughter Lucy gave me my silver bangles with the words inscribed on them. That was six years ago, and I know how very lucky I am to still be here, living my life and loving those I share it with. Lucy also told me all that time ago that I had to get better forever, and I am still praying that one day they will find something that will make us all better forever.

Competition time!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

For a chance to win one of my new Diamonique ‘I Hope’ pendants, all you need to do is leave your name and maybe a message in the comments section on this post before noon on 5th November. I will then select two winners at random, who will be revealed on the 6th November!

Winners will receive one of my new Diamonique ‘I Hope’ pendants in either rose gold or silver (which would cost you £39 from our website).

 

It really is the least we can do after all you have done to support Breast Cancer Care. Thank you.

I think I’ve managed to reply to all those of you kind enough to write to me on the last blog, but please do keep in touch, as it’ll be a couple more weeks before I’m back at QVC UK.

Stay warm and well,

With my love,
Ali xx

383 Comments

  1. Theresa October 26, 2017 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    It is really good to hear all the positivity that comes across in your blogs. Most of us have been touched in one way or another by cancer. Let’s remain hopeful for a cure x

  2. tracey tibbs October 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful jewellery with a heartfelt message for a disease that touches us all. You are an inspiration.

  3. Marie October 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali You are amazing but also very fortunate that you have such a wonderful family around you. We have just found out this morning that my step daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and as you will know we are all in pieces. It is so wonderful that you talk openly about your experience it is such a huge help to so many. Happy that you are on the mend now and look forward to seeing you back on air. I will now order your pendant to send to Amanda my step daughter please god it will give her a lift.
    Love Marie xx

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

      My dear Marie, I was so sorry to read your Amanda’s news, especially as this is the second time for her, but I am praying that she will be fast tracked with her treatment and will be well on her way to getting better when you read this. I am so glad that by talking openly about my experience it has been a help, and I pray that Amanda will be supported with your obvious love and care for her, and that the pendant will make her smile. I hope for you all, a far less worrying time ahead. Take care, love Ali xx

  4. Sue October 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – I always love to read your blogs they are so positive – and sure we are all hoping you feel better soon. Take care and love to you and your family xx

  5. May Gledhill October 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    I have followed you since you appeared on This Morning I would say to my husband what a elegant lady you were and nothing has changed you are an inspiration to everyone and especially those who have been touched by Cancer.

    My husband was diagnosed with cancer of the soft pallet in 2015 and had radio therapy which thankfully eradicated it however he was diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma last week which apparently was brought on by the radio therapy. But as you say we must have hope when at times things look grim. Do not yet know what the next step in his treatment will be until he sees a plastic surgeon in mid November.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and cant wait to see you back where you belong.
    May xx

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

      Dear May, you are so strong to pass on the message of hope when no doubt you are struggling to make sense of the situation with your husband. It is always distressing when the results of the treatment itself set about another problem, but if he beat that, he is clearly determined. I hope the plastic surgeon will be helpful and answer all your questions when he see you mid-November, but most of I hope he will recommend something to heal your husband. Thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  6. Nina Lendon October 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    You are an inspiration to us all Alison. Lots of love for a speedy recovery xx

  7. M mumford October 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    As a survivor myself I would love this pendant to give to my daughter who is a sufferer of another form of cancer and had spent the last 12 months dealing with this disease
    She fosters children and although going through major surgery herself still gives children the love and support needed ,she never stopped for one minute through all she has gone through

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

      I admire your strength and fortitude to have beaten this disease yourself although you now find yourself caring for your daughter who is struggling with another form of cancer. She clearly has a big heart and the same strength as her mother for continuing to care for her foster children inspite of having had major surgery herself. I pray that the surgery and treatment will give her every chance of continuing with her life and her wonderful work. Take care, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  8. Pauline Pullen October 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    I would love to win this to give to my sister in law who has just very bravely come through chemotherapy and remained cheerful throughout.

  9. Nadia Ansary Clark October 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi I would love to win one of your lovely pendants. You are always such a positive person.

  10. Fiona Carne October 26, 2017 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Oh I hope you are feeling better,poor thing,little honey has grown she’s a big girl now,please enter me into your comp

  11. Diane shaw October 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali always enjoy reading your blog and seeing your lovely photos take care lots of love xx

  12. Mandy October 26, 2017 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! I am SO pleased that your op was successful & send you all my best wishes for a speedy recovery. It won’t be long until you are back on our screens again but not until you are ready missus! So glad you have had a new addition to your family & pleased that you are planning to visit your brother- how lovely. Planning trips away is always a great distraction when you are recovering & healing so good for you. I am catching up with your blog as I have been up to Scotland with hubby which was absolutely fabulous. Do you remember months ago when I told you about my creaky knees sounding like a reindeer? Well, I have been up to visit my adopted reindeer & the rest of the herd & have well & truly had the time of my life. I’ve been on a hill walk to meet the free ranging herd & fed them whilst there & taking lots of photos which was just what I needed. I remember you found it hilarious when I told you that reindeers click so that they do not lose each other when they are roaming around- it does sound funny but it’s true. I have just seen your new design for your I Hope pendant & my, it is absolutely beautiful Ali! I am going to drop hints & see if I get one but would appreciate if you include me in your competition to see if I can win one. It is very sophisticated & you must be very proud of it. I know your Colin will be looking after you so carry on doing your exercises & making the most of your time away by relaxing.
    Oh, by the way just to let you know you have been busted Missus & all I am going to say is THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! I’ve never had a fairy godmother before until you came on the scene lol.
    Take care Ali
    Love & hugs

    Mandy xxx 🙂

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

      Mandy so glad you were surprised and pleased with your surprise! And I’ve never been called a fairy godmother before 🙂 I’m loving the sound of your trip to Scotland – it’s somewhere I’ve got to coerce my Colin into visiting with me. We’ve only ever been to Edinburgh together and that was a great trip, and I’d love to see the Highlands – and the reindeer!! 🙂 I’ve been persevering with my exercises but am struggling as it’s still really sore and my movement quite badly limited. That said, I’m off to see the physio tonight and will carry on working at it. Missing work and you all. Thanks for writing, love Ali xxx

  13. Julie October 26, 2017 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali

    A lovely blog as usual but as you know more poignant than usual. I earlier today ordered your pendant in Rose Gold-but I wouldn’t say no to another one or am I being cheeky/greedy?? I will keep it with me on Friday. I always carry my BC “Badge” ( for want of a better word) on my Radley bag but lost it two weeks ago. Out of the blue I found the metallic ribbon in the foot well of the car and the pin was stuck in the sole of my shoe. I’m just hoping this is an omen for me.
    I’m so pleased your operation has gone to plan and you had help from Colin and Lucy. I’m sure Honey had a lot to do too.
    I remember potty training my daughter then the girls. I have to say they picked it up quickly-from what I’ve heard girls are easier than boys.

    “Hope” it’s not long before you’re back on our screens.
    Take care my friend and I’ll be in touch.
    Thanks again.

    Julie xx The Girls xxxx

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

      Dear Julie I am certain the BC badge is an omen for you, and as you will see from the many comments here, moving on and moving forwards is what so many of us have been able to do. Honey’s potty training went pretty well, and like her mum Lucy, she picked it up quickly. My boys were very good too! Physio tonight with hopefully some more exercises to increase my mobility! Still v difficult to dry my hair, wear anything that doesn’t have a zip up the front of it, of open jars! Much love and keep in touch, Ali xx

  14. Yvonne Lumsden October 26, 2017 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,what a wonderful blog, I am so pleased you are doing so well ,Keep well Lots of love.

  15. Christine October 26, 2017 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the photos look a bit complicated but doctors are wonderful. When my husband had half his shoulder cut out because of cancer, it took a long time to heal. Don’t know if you remember that? He is doing fine after three years. Thank god. Keep physo up. Keep well Ali. X

  16. Patricia Daly October 26, 2017 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    I Love this pendent and the rose coloured my favourite. I read your blogs and always
    find them interesting your a giver and that comes across . speedy recovery.

  17. barbara michael October 26, 2017 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Glad to hear your getting better – lovely blog again .

  18. Anne Whitehead October 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely to read your blog, missing you on qvc. Get well soon. Anne x

  19. Christine Milnes October 26, 2017 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    So glad you are feeling a little better after your op will be nice to see you back on QVC there will be lots of people been missing your lovely smile.My dear mum had cancer sadly no longer hear.I can understand as I struggle with arthritis so now in a wheelchair and registers disabled so my carers come in to me three times a day to which they after help me with personal care and help me dry my hair.Would love to win the necklace to remind me of my lovely dear mum who I miss every day.xx💕

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

      Christine I so wish I had a pendant for you and every lovely soul who has written here! So sorry that you lost your dear mum to cancer, and that you now have your own struggles to contend with. I am very happy to know though that you have carers in with you every day to help with all those jobs that would otherwise be impossible for you to do. My Jack is thinking of a possible career in the caring profession, and I know he’d be great company and very kind. You take care, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali x

  20. Angela Lindsay October 26, 2017 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    You are an inspiration to many people and the pendant you have designed is lovely. I’m keeping my fingers crossed I win one . Thank you. Angela Lindsay

  21. Judith Gregory October 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Would love to win this super prize for my cousin whp has breast cancer. Fingers crossed x

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

      Judith, that’s a lovely thought, and I would like to wish your cousin continued improvement and happier times ahead, love ALi xx

  22. Lynn October 26, 2017 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Glad to hear you’re feeling better. I think we have all been touched by this unforgiving disease in some way. I lost my only sister to it last year and since then two aunties and a uncle to it as well. There can’t be a family if hasn’t touched in some way. Let’s hope that one day we all live to see it disappear from people’s lives forever. Take care, don’t come back to the Q until you feel really ready as much as you’re missed. X

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

      My dear Lynn your words are so true, and you only have to scroll through the comments here to back that up… So very sorry for you and the whole family to be devastated in such a way.. I know that your dear sister, your aunties and your uncle must all be very much missed, but I hope that the family that remains are able to spend time with each other and keep those special memories alive. I’m missing being at work and struggling with how much time it is taking for me to feel fit again. I’m very limited in my movement and still unable to drive. Seeing the physio tonight so I’m sure that will help. Take care and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  23. Julie standing October 26, 2017 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    My 27 yr old daughter has fought cancer and is winning the battle with all other ailments cropping up through the treatment of cancer – hope is a word much used in our family and a pendant like this is beautiful.

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

      Dear Julie, I have the utmost admiration for your daughter who is so young to have been diagnosed with this disease, and is winning the fight. I know that the side effects of the treatment can be tricky too, but I am certain with your love and support she will improve a little more each day. Sending you a big hug – being a parent is so hard in situations like this – and I very much the hardest part is now behind you. Love Ali xx

  24. Geralyn Lennon October 26, 2017 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful jewellery designs Ali. The message of hope so important to those in need and their families. I myself was diagnosed in August this year and am going through treatment at the moment.
    Hope I can have your courage.

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

      My dear Geralyn, you are being brave! You are facing your treatment and you are moving forwards, and each treatment is one less to get through. It will give you your best chance, and here I am, six years on, still feeling so very grateful for that. Take good care of yourself, let the treatment do its work, and remember, you are already on the road to recovery. With my love, Ali xx

  25. Karen October 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison glad you are recovering well. My message for the competition is, Courage and
    determination and lots of faith in the people who are trying to help you through this awful illness, x

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

      Karen that is a lovely message. Thanks so much for taking the time to share it with everyone here on the blog.

      Love Ali x

  26. Mrs Alison White October 26, 2017 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely necklace and all that it stands for. My mother in law beat her battle against breast cancer, then sadly lost her life to ovarian cancer a few years later, which had not been detected.
    Now I live in hope for other reasons. My husband had a severe stroke in 2014 leaving him with several disabilities. Whilst recovering, he developed gallbladder problems which has given him Sepsis 5 times in 12 months. I have spent more time in Intensive Care Units sitting by my husband’s bed than I ever thought I would. Finally after 2 & a half weeks in Addenbrookes and a challenging surgery, I live in hope that the worst is now behind him and he gets a tiny bit stronger each day.
    I admire you for all your inner strength in the darkest of times and hope too that better times are ahead for you & your family as hopefully they are for mine. xx

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

      My dear Alison, your kind words to me are ones that I will write straight back to you! I think you are incredibly courageous and have had to reach deep inside yourself for that inner strength when dealing with the loss of your mum-in-law after you thought she was better, and now to be caring for her son/your husband and his illnesses. Sitting in intensive care is so terribly difficult – I remember it with my son on many occasions – and yet the fact that each day your husband is getting a little stronger will hopefully now put all those hours into perspective. He will be home with you soon I am certain, and I hope that caring for him will be easier for you from that point forward. Thank you for writing to me – it’s always very humbling reading how much some have to contend with. Do try and take care of yourself. Love Ali xx

  27. Pauline October 26, 2017 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Pauline Bell
    We all need hope x

  28. Phyllis October 26, 2017 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali I did not know you were going through such a hard time or that you have had an operation and all I can do is send you all warmest wishes for a speedy recovery as we would all like to see you back on air.
    Let everyone spoil you, you deserve it and I think you have a most close and loving family which makes all the difference – also sure little Honey cheered you up no end as she really is a little cutie pie. How innocent and wonderful they are at this age!!xx

    • Alison Keenan November 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

      Phyllis you are so kind. It’s been a bit of a long haul this time – taking me longer to get active and mobile and pain free than I thought it would.. I have been spoilt though, and it’s been great to see all the children and my mum and sister too! Honey is just the best – as you say such a cutie pie and brings me no end of joy 🙂 Thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  29. Margaret Dickson October 26, 2017 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    18 years ago I had a lumpectomy with follow up surgery to ensure the area was clear. I then had to wait for several weeks for the analysis of what was a rare tumour & could have resulted in a mastectomy but didn’t . I was monitored for 10 years & for all of that time was obsessed with checking to ‘ensure there were no lumps’. Odd how that phrase is so different from’ checking for lumps ‘. I’ve followed your progress from the start & can’t believe it’s six years . You are truly inspirational. I love your blogs
    I wasn’t aware of Breast Cancer Support , if only I had been . The internet was not the go to answer in those days. I am now supporting my husband thro’ small cell cancer. The ‘Hope’ mantra is the perfect sharing support for us all . Thank you & keep getting better . p.s. Isn’t Honey the just perfect ? xxx

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2017 at 10:38 am -  Reply

      My dear Margaret, I was so glad to hear of your recovery after what was no doubt a very frightening time, but was really sorry that while you were going through that you didn’t have the same kind of support that we do now. That said, I very much hope that you will have ALL the support you need while nursing your husband through small cell cancer. I am sending you both a big hug and wishing him better. Thank you so much for writing to me, and yes, Honey is just perfect – my little ray of sunshine on a rainy day. With love, Ali xx

  30. Christine wall October 26, 2017 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    In darkest moments we owe it to those who have passed to keep going and live life to the full?

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2017 at 10:38 am -  Reply

      Christine, your sentiment is mine too, and I am certain, the same for so very many who read and write on this blog. Thank you xx

  31. Felicity Winter October 26, 2017 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Following your progress through diagnosis, treatment and back to health should make us all have a moment of ‘I hope’. My Mum is very happily almost 10 years clear following her mastectomy and treatment; sadly my step-mum lost her battle two years ago. Cherish every day and thank you for being a little reminder to us all that your only wealth in life is your health.

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2017 at 10:40 am -  Reply

      Felicity bless you… I am so glad you know you still have your mum, but so sorry to know that your step-mum lost her battle. I like you definitely cherish every day, and you’re right – health is the only wealth and the most important wealth in life. Take care, love Ali xx

  32. Mandy jennings October 26, 2017 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi hope u are feeling better after your operation and I think u are truly special and a wonderfully strong lady take care

  33. JILL WATSON October 26, 2017 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    My mum only had 5 weeks after her diagnosis and at her funeral we had a poem read out entitled ‘HOPE’

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2017 at 10:42 am -  Reply

      Dear Jill, I am so very sorry for your loss… I hope the poem brought you some form of comfort. Take care, love Ali x

  34. Coral McInulty October 26, 2017 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    I’ts 5 years next month since my diagnosis of breast cancer. I would live to win one of the I Hope pendants as a reminder to never give up hope of living a full life after a cancer diagnosis.

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2017 at 10:43 am -  Reply

      Coral, thanks so much for taking the time out to write, and I wish you continued health and happiness. Love Ali x

  35. Paula flynn October 26, 2017 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    You truly are an inspiration. Always so positive and happy, even through tough times. Having beaten this terrible disease myself, I would feel honoured to own and wear such an inspirational piece of jewellery.

  36. Hannah Wood October 26, 2017 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Hope has been my everything the last 6 months as my husband battles cancer going through a punishing course of chemotherapy. Ali wishing you a good recovery from your shoulder op x

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2017 at 10:44 am -  Reply

      My dear Hannah, how incredibly difficult for you and your husband. I so very much hope that once the treatment is done, you can move forwards and live your lives to the full. Sending you both my love, Ali xx

  37. Jane Lynch October 26, 2017 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! You’re doing well and getting there. We have to be patient. I broke my ankle 6 weeks ago. Had my op 4 weeks ago and am still in plaster. I’m looking on this time as being with my husband and my mother and enjoying books and films. Reality is that I can’t wait to get back out there again. We’ll soon be back out there again.

  38. Kathleen Kape October 26, 2017 at 11:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, so glad it is all over successfully. Now comes the hardest part – being patient and not doing too much!!
    I can understand that it is very hard for you but, especially as you get older an extra couple of weeks trying to treat yourself gently will pay dividends! Honestly, from one who knows!
    I already have my pendants from the previous years but am sure there will be so many people who will feel the comfort and touch of glamour the from the new Diamonique one.
    Good luck, we miss you and we will look out for you again but only as soon as you are really fit.
    All best wishes, Kate x,

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2017 at 10:46 am -  Reply

      Dear Kate, Thank you so much for writing – and you’re right! Patience is a virtue I struggle to possess! So glad that you have the previous pendants and I hope they bring you comfort. I’ll be back just as soon as my shoulder lets me – missing you too! Love Ali xx

  39. Yvonne Smith October 27, 2017 at 1:12 am -  Reply

    So glad your on the mend Ali ❤️👌
    The pendant is beautiful I particularly like the yellow gold look x

  40. jenny leitch October 27, 2017 at 6:13 am -  Reply

    My Sister is gone now to this horrible illness but hope and fight on she did as did we until the end . So hope was all our family did it means so much to so many people . Bless you .

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 5:54 am -  Reply

      Dear Jenny, I’m so sorry to hear of you and your family’s loss… I hope that over time it will become a little easier for you all, and that your memories will keep you strong. Thank you for writing to me, Love Ali xx

  41. Lorraine Morley October 27, 2017 at 6:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali hope you are still progressing each day with your recovery after your shoulder operation. I have never written a message before but felt drawn to doing so after reading your last two blogs. I too are one of your Ali’s Army being diagnosed in 2013. Each day is a blessing and continue to hope that there will be more ahead. You really are an inspiration to all others and long may you continue to be. Hope gives us all strength with whatever we are facing. Your designs are a perfect example of the feelings felt but also the strength to deal with whatever one is dealt.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 5:57 am -  Reply

      My dear Lorraine, how good to hear from you and to know that you, like I, are lucky enough to be getting on with our lives. Hope is such a strong emotion and I believe gives us all the strength to carry on with what sometimes seems unsurmountable. Stay well, stay happy, and thank you so much for making this the first time you write. I hope it won’t be the last. With love, Ali xx

  42. Loraine Plumb October 27, 2017 at 7:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison glad your gradually getting better and have plenty of people to help you we have had a horrible couple of weeks our daughter Clare had to have their Bernese mountain dog put to sleep we are all devastated we knew it would happen at some point but it wasn’t how we thought it would be he was having chemo but coping really well eating etc but his legs gave up it will take time I know to come to terms with it . Anyway that was the first thing then last Saturday morning we got up to ambulances outside thought it was Mary next door taken ill it turns out she was in hospital and her husband Fred had committed suicide she also had passed away he left a note through another neighbours door and they went over there they are still really traumatised by it he had taken tablets and put a hose to the car which the police left outside not covered over so everyone going by could see it not very respectful we can’t get over it he was elderly but really fit and well always climbing up trimming the trees etc you never know do you so sorry for the depressing blog . Anyway on a much lighter note we are all going for a family meal at a cheese and wine bar on Friday night for Gary’s (son) birthday it’s in westbourne don’t know if you have ever been there when down this way we are going to pick our secret santa which we have opted to do this year instead of going mad buying things we will save the money for Florida next year but Willa will still get her gifts and money of course it doesn’t seem possible Xmas is creeping round again does it . Hope you have a nice few days with your sister and mum and your physio goes ok I went to the podiatrist and they gave me orthotics not sure if they will help because he said it’s arthritis in my feet having said that it’s not been to bad lately I have the hospital appointment in a couple of weeks about the swelling in my ankle so we will see at least I know something now .well you take care looking forward to seeing you back on QVC love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:07 am -  Reply

      It certainly sounds as though you had a difficult couple of weeks Loraine, and I am very sorry for your daughter Clare, as that can’t have been an easy decision to make about her beloved dog. It was definitely the kindest thing though… That feeling of devastation is very hard to contend with, and I was so sorry to know that your neighbour couldn’t cope when he lost his wife. As you say, we never know what goes on in other people’s lives, or how difficult things can sometimes be… I know I have so much to be grateful for with the support and kindness I am shown. I hope very much that you enjoyed Gary’s birthday, and I’m just sorry it’s taken me so long to respond to this comment! Great idea to save your money for the Florida trip next year – I bet it can’t come round soon enough! Glad to know that your feet are improving and I hope the hospital appointment went well. Have you ever thought about trying our Vionic range of shoes that have the built in orthotics? They work well for a lot of folk. Take care, and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  43. Joanna Downey October 27, 2017 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, How lovely to hear from you & to know that you are progressing, even though your exercises sound more than a tad uncomfortable. You have obviously been well cared for which makes all the difference, but you reap what you sow in life & the love people have for you is clear to see from the strength of your relationships. I can’t decide if your ‘interior’ shots look like some far distant planet or marble, quite a good thing that we don’t know what we look like on the inside! Well done, Honey for starting ‘the training’ & well done Lucy – stickers are a great incentive for many things with small people but come into their own when doing this transition. Bex & I spent a fortune on really pretty pants for Tallulah & her underwear drawer is source of envy for both of us as she has such an amazing selection. It’s been half term holiday this week & by now I’ve usually got all the Christmas gifts bought, however, this year I’m struggling for ideas because we all seem to have so much stuff & I can’t make my mind up about which consumables to buy instead. In the grand scheme of things it’s not really a problem & as I love all things Christmas it will be nice to stretch out the shopping. Take care my lovely & return when, & only when, you’re ready. I’m off to buy the Lola Rose scarf if my choice is still available. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:12 am -  Reply

      Hi Jo, lovely to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words. I’m delighted to tell you that Honey is now potty trained and she lie Tallulah has a fabulous selection of underwear – her Peppa Pig pants are my personal favourite 🙂 You made me laugh with your comments about my ‘interior shots’ As I said, not the sort of photographs I’d have on display, but they’ve been an interesting conversation starter over this last month! I’m keeping up with the physio, but it’s getting harder each week, and I’m having to really stick with it to stop my shoulder from being frozen! I too, can’t believe we’re so close to Christmas. One thing on my list to do was to work though all the gifts I’ve already bought so I don’t double up, but I’ve just not felt up to it. Am determined to change that in the next few days though. It will certainly make this year’s present shopping for you more of a challenge, but so nice to buy someone something they will genuinely use and enjoy – I’m sure you’ll get it right 🙂 I hope you got the scarf you wanted. Take care, love Ali xx

  44. Alison Franklin October 27, 2017 at 8:18 am -  Reply

    My Mantra too also an Alison have been through CA twice now first at 32yrs then 49yrs so my prayers have been with you xxxxx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:13 am -  Reply

      Sending you my very best wishes, and prayers also for a long, healthy and happy life. Be good to yourself, love Ali xx

  45. Irene Welsh October 27, 2017 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali keep warm and safe hope to see you back at QVC soon x

  46. Lidia Gawlyk October 27, 2017 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I have never written to you but always look forward to reading your blog. Having read your piece this time, I felt I just had to let you know what an amazing and inspirational lady you are. You clearly bring comfort and hope to so so many people. You have a very close and caring family which is such a special thing to have in your life. Wishing you a speedy recovery and looking forward to having you back in my living room.

    Take care

    Lidia xx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:14 am -  Reply

      Dear Lidia, so glad you decided to write here on the blog, and I’m hoping that reading through some of the other comments, it’ll entice you to write again. And you’re right, I am VERY lucky to have such a caring family… they have made the world of difference to me and my recovery. I’ll be back with you on the 21st November for Diamonique and will give you a wave. With love, Ali xx

  47. Margaret Varey October 27, 2017 at 9:06 am -  Reply

    It was lovely to read your blog and how positive you sound with a little rest and physio I am sure you will be as good as new I went through the same thing 2 year ago and although painful and hard do move I was back to myself in only a few months but I see you have a positive attitude and in no time you will be back to yourself good luck and take care .

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:16 am -  Reply

      Margaret, good to hear from you, and to know that you healed well after this procedure and are now fully recovered. My physio is certainly making the difference, and we’re working hard to stop the shoulder from becoming frozen… I’m determined to get back to work and to be fit for Christmas 🙂 I hope that you continue in good health, love Ali xx

  48. Ann Hannah October 27, 2017 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    hello ali this is the first time I have responded to your blog . first of all it is great news to hear your operation has been successful and I hope your recovery is not to long , you are such an inspiration to every one going through tough times your story is so uplifting and you give hope to all ,
    once again thank you for sharing your story and I wish you love and happiness
    god bless you xx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:19 am -  Reply

      Dear Ann, so lovely to have you as one of so many newcomers to the blog this time, and thank you very much for kind and sweet words. I have been so well supported here and enjoy hearing about others lives as well as sharing my own. I hope you’ll be inspired to write again. Take care, love Ali xx

  49. Bev taylor October 27, 2017 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Continue good health to you xxx with love Beverley Taylor.

  50. Denise Murdoch October 27, 2017 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    Glad you are on the mend – looks like you have been treated like a queen x

  51. Heater Tulloch October 27, 2017 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali I would love to win one of your pendants, I have just had 2 surgeries to have lumps removed and being assessed for my radiotherapy to start soon.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:20 am -  Reply

      I wish you the speediest of recoveries, and with radiotherapy being such a targeted and successful treatment, I am sure you will go from strength to strength. Love Ali xx

  52. heather peel October 27, 2017 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    A good friend of mine has got breast cancer and bone in hospital for 6 wks affected her heart hope you are doing good

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:21 am -  Reply

      Dear Heather I’m sorry to know that your friend is unwell. I hope that she is now home from hospital and that her treatment will have helped her heart. Love Ali xx

  53. AMANDA PORTER October 27, 2017 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, glad to hear you are recovering well, and that your family are helping you through.
    lease enter me into the draw, the pendant is beautiful.
    Thank you.
    Amanda xx

  54. Maxine October 27, 2017 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali i enjoy reading your blog and hope you will soon be back on QVC. Your pendant is beautiful and i am going to buy the gold tone one for my daughter and so fingers crossed i may win one for me. Take care

  55. Tricia coulsonwood October 27, 2017 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am so pleased that your operation is proving so far to be successful .It looked to be very calcified..I wonder how you managed for so long with such restrictions with your mobility..Are you now going to have to have any physiotherapy..I am having intensive knee massage and hydrotherapy( NHS), recommend .
    I was thinking over he past several months how lucky I was to be looked after by my husband when I was unable to do anything over a several week period..Our partners are great, when it comes to pulling out all the stops and take “over the reigns “they are able and willing..I say this tongue in cheek ,most of us girls are the “domestic goddess” in our homes..But I think about those without partners who are struggling..These days home helps etc are thin on the ground..love to all the girls and boys who are having secondary health issues, and to everyone .regards,Tricia .

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:23 am -  Reply

      Dear Tricia, I hope that the massage and hydrotherapy continue to help your knee and that you’re now far more mobile, although at least you had help when you weren’t! I like you was brought up to do most things around the home, but Colin has been great and has really enjoyed the cooking particularly. I know from personal experience though how difficult it is when you are on your own, and I often wonder how folk get through difficult times. I wish there was someone for everyone. Stay well, love Ali xx

  56. Breda October 27, 2017 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison glad to hear you’re on the mend. I’ve always supported BCC on QVC and was disappointed that there was no show this year. I have the original Hope collection but as a diamonique fan would love to win the new pendant.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:25 am -  Reply

      Breda thanks so much for your continued support for Breast Cancer Care and I am very pleased to know that you bought from the original I Hope range of jewellery. As I’m rather late in the day responding to you, you’ll know now who the winners of the pendant are, but maybe you could ask for one for Christmas? Thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  57. Susan Kennedy October 27, 2017 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,

    Glad to know that you are recovering well from the surgery to your shoulder, how fortunate you are to have such a wealth of support around you, a great comfort to you I am sure.

    You are much missed and I hope that you will return to our screens very soon, I consider you the ‘Face of QVC’.

    Take care…….Susan.

    Take care of yourself……Susan

  58. Brenda Scullion October 27, 2017 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    I wish you a very speedy recovery Alison as I myself am recovering from surgery. My poor husband is having to put up with a terrible patient. Hope to be back on my feet by December, hope your recovery is a bit quicker. Lots of love and hugs. Brenda xx

  59. Chris Yates October 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    I have lost my mum, my sister and a dear friend to this dreadful disease- it gives me courage and hope to see that notwithstanding the challenges you have had to face with your health, you are still here.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:28 am -  Reply

      My dear Chris, I am so sorry to know that you have had to contend with such terrible sadness and loss, but am heartened to hear your courageous and admirable attitude. I know how lucky I am, and am always humbled when reminded of those who are no longer with us. Stay well, love A x

  60. Chris Yates October 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    CHRIS YATES
    October 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm – Reply
    I have lost my mum, my sister and a dear friend to this dreadful disease- it gives me courage and hope to see that notwithstanding the challenges you have had to face with your health, you are still here.

  61. Maureen Kelly October 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Without Hope we have nothing. When times are bad it is the one thing we can hang on to. It
    carries us through our darkest days out into the sunshine.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:31 am -  Reply

      Long may it continue to do so Maureen. Thank you xx

  62. Helen Grant October 27, 2017 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Its lovely to read your blog each time, you are such an inspiration to us all. Your blogs are always so positive even though I expect after everything you have and are going through you don’t always feel that way. I wish you well and look forward to your return on QVC xx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:30 am -  Reply

      Helen, I’m so glad you enjoy the blog, and they cheer you. You are right though, there are times when life can be overwhelming but I’ve always tried to look on the bright side. Silver linings can be found even on the darkest of days. I look forward to seeing you soon. Love Ali xx

  63. Christine ovens October 27, 2017 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon Ali,missing u at qvc xx

  64. Dot Pate October 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Your amazing Alison,as are all ladies who valiantly fight this horrendous disease. You alre all amazing, love to you all.xx

  65. Caroline Donnelly October 27, 2017 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    I hope that I can live as positively and with as much strength as you do Alison. You truly are inspirational

  66. Bernadette Skinner October 27, 2017 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison – I hope your shoulder get better soon – missing seeing you on air. Baby Honey is a ‘honey’ . You have been a real fighter with your cancer and I admire you so much – Inspiration.xx

  67. Carol Gamble October 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    I love reading your blog and am inspired by you at the way you have conquered all your tribulations. I am so pleased you have such a lovely family and friends who are supporting you and wish you all the very best for a speedy recovery and look to seeing you soon on the QVC channel.

  68. Lisa Wolf October 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    I was lucky enough to have met you at one of the beauty bash events held by QVC in the past. I was overwhelmed by how beautiful you are ‘both inside and out’ as they say. Your warmth, kindness and humour were so natural and honest. i have followed your story and felt the highs and lows with you along the way. Stay beautiful, stay strong, stay smiling and keep loving. Best wishes, Lisa

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:33 am -  Reply

      Dear Lisa, you’ve made me feel quite teary with your words. How very kind of you. I felt quite emotional generally after my day at The Beauty Bash – an absolute treat to meet those of you who are my friends here on the blog, and thank you for ‘staying with me’ here. You stay strong and keep smiling too, love Ali xx

  69. Sylvia Gross October 27, 2017 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    I would love to Win this Hope pendant I have the Hope ring it would match perfectly . Best wishes to you Ali

  70. Elaine sallis October 27, 2017 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, glad you are feeling a little better. Lovely pictures of Honey. She is so cute. I just wish they did not grow up so quickly this is such a lovely age. Hope you improve a little every day. Love Elaine

  71. Alana October 27, 2017 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog as always 😊 Alana x

  72. Sheila Reid October 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali,
    Good to read your blog and to hear that you’re recovering well after your op.It looks like your family are giving you all the TLC that you need,and little Honey is adorable.Children really lift your heart don’t they?The Hope poem brings a tear to my eye every time I read it,and having lost a very dear friend to this awful disease let’s all hope that soon it’s eradicated for good.
    Love to you and yours Sheila Reid xxxxx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:35 am -  Reply

      Hi Sheila, and thank you for your comment – yes Honey is my little ray of sunshine and reminds me very much of her mum at the same age. I was so sorry to know that you’d lost your close friend to cancer. I understand how much you miss them, and I hope like you, that one day this awful disease will be eradicated for good. Take care, love Ali xx

  73. Merche October 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    So glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. Having the love of your family help aid that and I’m sure having young Honey about livened up your day. Take care. Love Merchex

  74. Bob Barrows October 27, 2017 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Mrs B had her lumpectomy in September and starts radiotherapy Nov 9. This would be a wonderful booster before she goes

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:36 am -  Reply

      Dear Bob, thanks so much for writing to me, although sadly the draw was made and we only had the two pendants to give away! I hope that Mrs B is getting through her radiotherapy, and maybe one of the pendants would make a nice Christmas present for her once she’s finished her treatment 🙂 Love Ali xx

  75. Diane October 27, 2017 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Wow Ali what a brave inspiring lady you are the words by Emily Dickinson are so touching, I really do wish you a speedy recovery shoulders when they go wrong can be very complicated, I suffer myself so I can sympathise.
    Glasses of course are essential if you need them, my issue is needing them in the shower as the shampoo & conditioner bottles look the same! I have now learnt to place the bottles as I need them before I get in!
    The beautiful pendant you have designed is very elegant whilst delivering such a positive message for Breast cancer month & beyond.
    Thank you X

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:38 am -  Reply

      Diane you are clearly a woman after my own heart regarding the shampoo and conditioner! There are some ranges though that make the lids a different colour and I find that a Godsend! 🙂 My neice Emily’s husband Paul made me a beautiful print with Emily Dickinson’s words on it, and I have it on the wall just above my computer. I read them every day. Thank you for your kind words about the pendant, and for taking the time to write to me, love Ali x

  76. Gwen October 27, 2017 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello Lovely Lady,

    What a very special blog, the pictures of the procedure you have had are truly amazing, it is hard to believe that it was all achieved with keyhole surgery, please Ali make a speedy recovery because you are very much missed. As always the photos of you with adorable little Honey are gorgeous, and what a very special family you have, also you must really make the most of all of the lovely meals that Colin is providing as I am very sure that he enjoys spoiling you.

    As I have already said another super blog, and one which has left me in tears as I have,nt seen that lovely verse before but it is so very true.

    Please take goof care of yourself Ali.

    Lots of Love,

    Gwen.X.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:43 am -  Reply

      Dear Gwen, I’m so glad you enjoy the blog and have taken the time to write. Yes, I’m getting there, a little easier each day, and the physio is making a big difference. Colin has been a saint, and the family have all taken time out to see me too which has been lovely. It has made me happy to share Emily Dickinson’s words with you as they are inspirational, and have helped me through many a dark time. I hope you are well and happy, love Ali xx

  77. Dorcas McCall October 27, 2017 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    I wish you well. Hope is everything on this so called journey and I trust we will all arrive safe and well. To win and wear your design
    I Hope rose gold necklace would be lovely. Sending hugs. ♥

  78. Yvonne mary October 27, 2017 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison , you are such an inspiration to everybody ! Bless you and your lovely family.I would love the chance to win your lovely hope pendant. Best wishes to you. Yvonne Hogben.

  79. angela wright October 27, 2017 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    fortunately I have not suffered this terrible disease but if I do in the future I hope I can get through it with as much courage , strength and nobility as you ladies who I read about and support in whichever way I can, having supported my best friend through her fight with this disease which she sadly lost I know how this effects everyone .

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:46 am -  Reply

      Dear Angela, it takes great strength and courage to help someone who is really poorly, and I am certain that your love and strength was so important and made all the difference to your friend. I am so sorry she is no longer with you, but I hope you are coping. With my love, Ali xx

  80. Joanne October 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison,love reading about your granddaughter,I have one a similar age.x

  81. Vicki Tordoff October 27, 2017 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    These ‘I Hope’ pendants are absolutely beautiful and I would love to win a rose gold one. My Mum was called Hope, so it’s always been a very special word for me – I miss her so much. Good luck with the shoulder recuperation Alison!

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:47 am -  Reply

      Vicki, I’m so sorry to know you lost your mum… Hope is such a beautiful name, and understandably holds even more meaning to you. I am sure you do miss her very much, but I hope that you can hold tight to your memories and keep her with you that way. Thank you for writing to me , love Ali xx

  82. Carol allison October 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali I have followed you on your journey for the last 6 years and have longed to tell you this story in hope that it gives encouragement to you and the many others living with such a dreadful disease, My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 15yrs of age and still at school.I am now 73, In those days there was no such thing as chemo or radiotherapy you were operated on and left to get on with things. I will never forget going to hospital with my Dad and being told that my dear Mum had about 18months to live. She was 43 at the time and died 5 years ago aged 93 I hope that this can give some hope to the many of you facing your biggest challenge at the moment and I wish you all good luck and good health

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:50 am -  Reply

      Carol I cannot tell you what a lift your story has given to me. I have been watching some of Stand Up to Cancer programmes, and just last week one of Colin’s friends died of breast cancer, 10 years after she was diagnosed… It is something one lives with, but clearly for some of us, like your dear mum, something that maybe we will be lucky enough to ‘outlive’… I’m sorry she is no longer with you, but I’m so glad you had so many years with her. I hope you are looking after yourself well, and thank you for sharing your story not just with me, but with all those here on the blog. Love Ali xx

  83. Mrs Margaret Pearson October 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    You are such an inspiration.

  84. Janice walters October 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    A beautiful pendant:Breast Cancer touch so many families keep designing lovely pieces of jewellery Alison.

  85. Paula dolan October 27, 2017 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Looks lovely

  86. Teresa Crowley October 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    My friend Mandy is a nurse in a hospice for cancer patients. She has just had her breast removed. I just want to send her a positive message from a mate x

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:52 am -  Reply

      What an amazing job Mandy does. I know that for her more than some her own surgery must be even more of a worry. I am sending love and prayers and thanking her from me for all the incredible work she does. My friend Roz worked as a palliative nurse for five years… she made all the difference to so many. I’m glad Mandy has you. With my love, Ali xx

  87. katie Stewart October 27, 2017 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Your necklace is beautiful and i would wear it .

  88. Dawn Alice Gould October 27, 2017 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Would love to win the silver pendant

  89. Claire Jeffery October 27, 2017 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Your strength is incredible. It is really important to raise as much money for Breast Cancer Month. I am in awe of the amazing women who come out stronger than before x

  90. Jackie Jones October 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Ali, wishing you a speedy recovery from your op. Keep up the great work you do promoting Breast Cancer Care.

  91. Anita October 28, 2017 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Love the pendant and what it represents and hope I win one. Thank you.

  92. Ellen October 28, 2017 at 1:05 am -  Reply

    It’s great news that you are recovering well Alison and may it continue. You are an inspiration.

  93. Lynne October 28, 2017 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Currently going through chemo for breast cancer, feel like rubbish, but I will beat this horrid disease.

  94. Jayne Doherty October 28, 2017 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, glad to hear your doing well. I too am suffering with a shoulder issue following mastectomy. Just had a cortisone injection into the joint, that doesn’t seem to have been very helpful to date. Good luck. Regards Jayne x

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:54 am -  Reply

      Oh dear Jayne, I am sorry to hear that you’re struggling with shoulder pain following your mastectomy. If the cortisone injection hasn’t worked, maybe a scan would help to see inside the joint? I was amazed to see the results of my MRI and it certainly helped the surgeon to know what was causing the pain. I hope your breast nurse can advise you? Do let me know how you get on. Love Ali xx

  95. Christina Cook October 28, 2017 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Glad you are feeling better.

  96. Sian October 28, 2017 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    I wish you a very speedy recovery Ali. You truly are an inspiration to us all and you are so very fortunate to have such a wonderful family to support you. Those with a great family are the richest people on earth. Best wishes to you and yours xx

  97. Iris King October 28, 2017 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    So pleased to read your surgery was a success. I had BC 8 years ago and the worry never leaves you. I already have the original “I HOPE” pendant and would love to have this one in rose gold.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:57 am -  Reply

      Dear Iris, thank you for your kind words. I’m sorry that you too have had to cope with breast cancer, but I hope that this last eight years will be followed by many more with good health. You take care, and I’m so glad you have the original I Hope pendant. Love Ali xx

  98. Letitia Green October 28, 2017 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    Having secondary cancer the I hope symbol is particularly relevant, also a little sparkle to make me smile, I already have the ring and earings which I love xxx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 6:59 am -  Reply

      My dear Letitia, I am so sorry to know that you continue to struggle with this disease, but I hope that the treatment you are on allows you to live your life as well as possible. You sound strong and positive and I have always believed that these are the traits one needs to keep on top of things – plus a little sparkle 🙂 So humbled to know you wear the ring and earrings. Sending you my love, Ali xx

  99. ANNE SMITH October 28, 2017 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    hi I would love this in silver having had breast cancer my self its been two years now its been hard but thriving forward every day

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:01 am -  Reply

      Dear Anne, two years seems like such a long time when you’re going through it doesn’t it? But I can promise you in another four years when you’re where I am, it’ll sometimes seem unreal and so far away… Keep on thriving – you are strong and inspirational. Love Ali xx

  100. Jayne Doherty October 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    I would love to win the ‘I hope’ pendant to gift to my daughter. We hope that we will share a happy long life together. Jayne x

  101. Jean Ward October 28, 2017 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    For my Sister

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:01 am -  Reply

      Sending you love xxx

  102. Jacy Liadopoulos October 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Reading this whilst recovering from my mastectomy operation after being diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Cant wait to say goodbye to 2017, onwards and upwards to next year!

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:03 am -  Reply

      So good to read this Jacy! I hope your recovery is quick, and that you will be up and feeling well enough to enjoy Christmas 🙂 I hope that 2018 will be so much easier for you, and that it will be a new beginning for you and the time to enjoy being better. Stay strong, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  103. Maria Cole October 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Lost my mum to breast cancer. She lived in pain (arthritis) but was always the bravest, kindest, funniest person I knew. We still feel much loss without her. Am so happy that you are in recovery. Stay brave xx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:07 am -  Reply

      I’m so sorry to know you lost your mum Maria, but so good to hear that your memories of her are all so positive and beautiful. I am sure you do miss her terribly but keep hold of those memories and keep her with you that way. Thank you for your sweet and generous words. Stay well, love Ali xx

  104. Lynn Sutters October 28, 2017 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you better Alison and like you Hope is extremely important to me too much love cc

  105. Jacky Pascoe October 28, 2017 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Bless you, I have just had my carpel tunnel done on my left hand, and I am left handed so it made it even trickier. Luckily my husband Ian has dazzled me in the kitchen and helped with my dressing, etc. Thankfully I could cope in the bathroom by myself, apart from the time I had a bath and couldn’t get out. Not one of my most elegant moments!! It is finally getting better and no where near as serious as your problems, but just thought I would share my understanding of only having one functioning arm. I am a great believer in counting your blessings so focus on the positives. Missing you on Diamonique nights so so do as you are told and get better soon x x

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:10 am -  Reply

      Crikey Jacky, that all sounds very difficult and uncomfortable! I know Debbie Flint had the same procedure and has now ricked her back trying to do things with her other hand! I shall try to remember to tell her not to get in a bath! Bless you! Thank heavens your lovely husband has been such a rock to you, and lovely to know you’re such a positive person – counting your blessings is definitely the best way forward. I will keep up with the physio and look forward very much to being back with you! Love Ali xx

  106. Nazma Leyson October 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    I lost my aunt to breast cancer over 20 years ago aged just 47. We all live in the hope that cancer can be cured forever one day, the sooner the better.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:10 am -  Reply

      Dear Nazma I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that you and the rest of your family are well, and I definitely share your sentiment. Thank you A x

  107. Lyn October 28, 2017 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Always wear the original pendant.

  108. JillD October 28, 2017 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    I discovered the Emily Dickinson quote when searching the internet after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in August. It is now my mantra too. Hope really is a support. I hope that my treatment plan will not be too arduous for myself or family and friends. I hope that the chemo and radiotherapy will do it’s job. But most of all I hope that one day Breast Cancer if not eradicated, will have a simple painless cure.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:13 am -  Reply

      My dear Jill, I am so sorry to know that you are facing treatment following your diagnosis, but I know that with Emily Dickinson’s words as your mantra you WILL stay strong and get through whatever is planned for you. Your treatment plan will give you your best chance, and that is what all of us would want. I hope that your family and friends will be there for you every step of the way, and I hope that you will stay strong and hold onto the fact that this is the beginning of you getting better. Please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  109. JULIE ANNE TURTON October 28, 2017 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, so glad you are recovering well and the fact that you have such a wonderful, caring family around you makes such a difference to how you feel, always remember alot of that is down to you, the fact you are such a wonderful, warm down to earth person reflects the affection you receive. I love your hope range of jewellery and wear mine with pride and affection, any person who has sat in that waiting room knows the true meaning of hope. Xxx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:15 am -  Reply

      Julie your kind words have really touched me, and I thank you for them. I am guessing that you too have had to brave either for yourself or for someone you love. I hope that you are well and will remain so, and I’m glad that you have the jewellery and it means something special to you. You are exactly the person I designed it for… Take care, love Ali xx

  110. Debbie Giovinazzo October 28, 2017 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just discovered your blog through Breast Cancer Care’s twitter account. I’m at the start of my journey and I hope I can remain positive throughout. The necklace is beautiful, love the sparkle symbolising to me the light at the end of the tunnel.
    Wishing you more happy times ahead with your loved ones. 💕

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:18 am -  Reply

      Hi Debbie, I’m so sorry to know that you are just beginning what can sometimes feel like a long journey, but I am so glad that you discovered this blog through Breast Cancer Care. There will be good and maybe not so good days, but if you try and hang onto the fact that now you’ve had your diagnosis, you are heading along to the road to recovery, then the light at the end of that tunnel will come along more far more quickly. Take good care of yourself, and I hope your treatment will go well. Please keep in touch, love Ali xx

  111. martin forbes October 28, 2017 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi alsion hope youand family are well iam not bad

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:19 am -  Reply

      Hi there Martin. Good to know that you are well. I’m definitely on the mend now, and the family have been over to see me which has definitely helped. Take care love Ali x

  112. Kate Gammons October 28, 2017 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Would love to win the silver! It’s exactly a year since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It changes you forever!

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:20 am -  Reply

      Dear Kate, I hope you remain well for all the years ahead, and that in time the changes you feel following your diagnosis will all be positive. Take care, love Ali xx

  113. Margaret Sampson October 28, 2017 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    You are a trooper Ali. Glad you have lovely family and friends. Your pendants are gorgeous and hope is all we can ever have.

  114. Valerie Crane October 28, 2017 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    As ever your blog brings a tear.I love the verse about hope and feathers.I lost two close friends with this horrible illness.I now hope not to lose anymore.Keep well Ali and everyone else who is fighting this horrible illness.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

      Dear Valerie, I’m so sorry to hear about your friends – too many good people are lost to cancer… I very much hope that you will remain in good health, as will all those you know. Thank you for writing to me. Love Ali xx

  115. Kathryn W October 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    As someone who too lives with the aftermath of breast cancer. I try to balance looking at life differently, being grateful for every day, appreciating every little thing & not stressing about little unimportant things but not thinking of cancer every minute and letting the worry of the it returning dominate my life. I know I’m not the only one. P. S. What a beautiful pendant and I would love to win one (especially as I gave my daughter’s the middle name Hope). X

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

      Kathryn we seem to have the same outlook on life, having trod a similar path. I feel very strongly that do allow this to dominate my life would spoil every single day, when I have so much to be grateful for. As you say it’s all about balance, and although sometimes it’s harder than others, hope always helps. I’m sorry you didn’t win the pendant for your daughter, but I do believe there are a few remaining if you maybe were thinking of a Christmas present ? 🙂 Love Ali xx

  116. Janet Manning October 28, 2017 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015, I had surgery and radiotherapy, I am one of the lucky ones, I have my 2 nd year mammogram in November, I would live to be able to wear a pendant in silver when I go for the appointment x

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

      Dear Janet, I’m so sorry to learn that you too have been given such news, but I am glad to know that you had your treatment and see yourself – like me – as one of the lucky ones. I’m so sorry you didn’t win the pendant, but I am sending you every good wish for your mammogram. Please let me know how you get on. Love Ali xx

  117. Christine Auchterlonie October 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali… I’m so pleased your op was a success and that you are feeling a tad better ….I know to some extent what that op involves as my late husband Derek has similar trouble with both of his knees and shoulder….however it’s onwards and upwards and will look forward to seeing you very soon back at the Q and your family and friends are everything in helping to regain confidence and moving forward…. Is Colin going to be on Master Chef😂😂good man for looking after you so well and making lovely meals for you! Honey is growing up so quickly bet she is the light of your life.I was in York on Thursday with my friend Annette and it poured down most of the day…however we did manage to bring a few bags of goodies back with us … Simon is away for the weekend to The Lakes before they go back to work Monday Helen is a teacher …last holiday before Christmas ….Fiona and her friends hired the house on the Cragside Estate in Rothbury for their annual Halloween Party last weekend they have been working on their costumes for months … I think they are all completely bonkers !!!Jessica is to receive an award in Durham next month for her singing… I’m so proud of her and I’m sure her Grandpa would be too! It’s a difficult world for kids now…they need all the encouragement we can give ….I hope you continue to improve and get stronger every day …. I’ll be looking out for your return to the Q… With my love and best wishes…Chris x

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

      Dear Chris, Thank you for writing, and for bringing me up to date with your families’ news. Sorry you and Annette had grotty weather but it sounds as though you made the best of your time together anyway – bags of goodies sound very therapeutic 🙂 Your children certainly cram as much into their lives as possible don’t they! Very proud for you and Jessica, and I hope that you will be able to get to Durham to see her win the award. What kind of songs does she sing? I know her Grandpa would be very proud of her as you are 🙂 Yes, my Colin has been doing a great job of looking after me, although I’ve taken over some of the domestic duties again now – learning to do most things with my left hand! Ironing still a no go, but happy to vacuum with my Dyson. Honey was with us this weekend, and her speech is superb! She is even starting to recognise letters too, and knows all her colours really well. So very proud of her – my little treasure 🙂 I’m getting there slowly but surely, and am looking forwards very much to being back at the Q. It seems like forever, but it’ll be lovely to be bringing you my Diamonique show at 8pm on the 21st. Look after yourself Chris, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  118. Pam wall October 28, 2017 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    You are an inspiration to us all and I admire your courage.

  119. Bev thomson October 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon . We all need to keep beating this . I have twice now keeping smiling as I always think of you with that lovely smile. Best wishes xxx💐❤️

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

      Bless you Bev… for your courage, your wisdom and your smile. Love Ali xx

  120. Mrs Gloria Mckay October 28, 2017 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Thought you might be interested to read this Chinese saying. To get through the hardest journey,we need take only one step at a time,but we must keep on stepping. This was on a card sent to me by my daughter and family in December 2014 when I had major surgery for stomach cancer.It gave me hope and kept me on the path to a good recovery.I have seen your progress on QVC,and hope you continue to improve following recent surgery.

  121. Mrs Gloria Mckay October 28, 2017 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Accept above as my comment please.

  122. Michelle Gill October 28, 2017 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Would love to enter the competition for the necklace, which is lovely.

  123. Susan Podmore October 28, 2017 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    These are lovely pendants;get well soon alli

  124. Carol Bent October 28, 2017 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, just wanted to write and say how much you have been missed. You are a lovely lady and I have watched your shows for a long time on QVC. Hope you will be “up and at em” soon and presenting your great diamonique shows.
    Best of luck.

  125. Angela October 28, 2017 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Alison your an inspiration for women who have suffered with cancer and I wish you all the bestxx

  126. Janet cullen October 28, 2017 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Best wishes and good health

  127. Karen Gower October 28, 2017 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    I love my hope earrings, they’ve helped me through this year in which I’ve lost my Mum after a two week illness but gained two beautiful grandchildren

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

      Dear Karen, I’m so glad that you have the earrings, and that they have brought you some comfort through what must have been very difficult times… But new life in your family is wonderful, and your mum will always be a part of your grandchildren and their lives too. Look after yourself, and thank you for writing to me. Love Ali xx

  128. Karen Jenkins October 28, 2017 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I have messaged you on your previous blog, looks like I was the last one, but as I would love to own one of these beautiful pendants this time all I would like to say is , wish I could have ” got better forever ” love and all good wishes to you and your family as always, Karen. xx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

      Karen I’m so sorry I missed your previous message – I will go back and read it now…

      I am very glad to know that you had your holiday in Gran Canaria, and that you are finally getting the chance to feel a little more like your old self. Your understandable apprehension about your oncologist’s appointment in December is something I know you have to work around, but hopefully you are spending time with those who love you and getting plenty of support. As far as the weight is concerned, I’m sure you see it but others don’t. I’m sure there are specific things you can eat and others that don’t make you feel so good, so I really hope you can find a happy medium and that a bit more exercise will be enjoyable for you. Thank you for your sweet words – I will give you a wave once I’m back in next Tuesday at 8pm for Diamonique. Stay strong Karen… you’re an amazing woman. With love, Ali xx

  129. Debbie Astbury October 29, 2017 at 2:59 am -  Reply

    Alison thank you for your wonderful words and hope. I have just approached the first year anniversary of BC diagnosis. I have had surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and am so grateful for the fantastic treatment I received from the breast cancer team at GH Hospital. Although I suffer daily pain from the medication I will be taking for the next 10 years, I am here and appreciate each day and the wonderful simple things around me. Work is not my main priority anymore. I go to yoga twice a week to help the slow process of repairing my weak and damaged body. This leaves me invigorated and much more relaxed. I will have reconstruction in 18 months time which I am sure will make me feel whole once more. I read your story and was encouraged and inspired by your zest for life. I hope you make a swift recovery from your recent surgery. It’s great to read your blogs and see photos of your family. Take care and thank you once again x

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

      Debbie, lovely to hear from you and congratulations on getting through this first year with all the trials and tribulations that cancer treatment can bring. You are right to treat your body kindly. It has had a great deal to contend with, and I’m glad that you are taking it easy and balancing your life with work. The staff at the hospital make all the difference don’t they? I am sure my recovery was accelerated because of the wonderful care I received. Very wise to leave your reconstruction for a while until you get back to full health, and I am sure it will make you feel whole again. So glad you enjoy the blog and the photos. Please do keep in touch, and let us all know how your progress. With love, Alixx

  130. Pauline Bradley October 29, 2017 at 4:46 am -  Reply

    While we have hope there is life thinking of everyone affected by this disease

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

      Pauline – lovely words. Thank you for them, A x

  131. Marilyn Cogin October 29, 2017 at 7:04 am -  Reply

    So glad you are feeling better Ali, glad to hear everything went OK. Look forward to your return to the Q {love watching your shows}. Nice to see little honey looking after her Nana, take care and good luck with recovery love Marilyn xx

  132. Carol white October 29, 2017 at 7:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Wondered why I hadn’t seen you for ages so read your latest blog. You are my favourite presenter and I’m so sorry to hear about your recent op. Thoughts are with you. Get well soon You’re an inspiration. I too have had lump removed year ago but am fine now. (I hope). Bless you Ali. Get well soon.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words Carol – I’m blushing! So glad that your scare was just that, and nothing more. Stay well, and I’m so glad you read the blogs regularly and enjoy them. I should be back with you next Tuesday for Diamonique! Love Ali xx

  133. Jean Cairns October 29, 2017 at 7:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a wonderful I hope pendant to win in your comp , if I won this beautiful pendant I would give it to my Sister as she has been so brave through all her illness , she has always been a positive person , and has a great love of life which has carried her through everything , Family and friends mean the world to her , and she means the world to all of us
    Thank you Ali for another wonderful comp God Bless xxx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jean, I’m so sorry to know that your sister has been poorly, but am very glad that she has had you and her family there to support her. Her great love of life and your obvious love for her will no doubt have carried her through the darkest times, and although I know we’ve already drawn a winner for the pendant, I do hope you may still be able to find one for her. Wishing you all a very happy Christmas, With love, Ali xx

  134. Kylie Gottsche October 29, 2017 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    Let’s beat kick cancer in the butt!!! Looking forward to seeing you on air soon. Take care.

  135. Valerie Wilding October 29, 2017 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    I feel so lucky with just a mild cancer and radiotherapy However now struggling with new hip that’s made the back worse. Then have to get the carpal tunnel sorted Oh how I miss my husband more than ever. Am so glad you have people supporting you. Much love.

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

      My dear Valerie, I do so hope that you have family or friends around you to support you through what sounds like a very difficult time. So sorry to know that you dear husband isn’t there to look after you, but you sound very strong. I do hope you feel you could ask for help if you’re struggling, and not just try to get through it on your own. Write to us all here – it’s a great support network, and we all try to help each other. Take good care and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  136. karen somerville October 29, 2017 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Karen Somerville .love pendant the message is so true .my dad passed away with cancer april and was really poorly but I always had hope maybe he would get better but he is painfree now and resting in heaven .miss him so much .

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

      … Karen I’m sure you do miss him, and I’m so very sorry he lost his battle. I still miss my dad thirty years on… but I know he’s with me, as your dad will be with you. Keep the memories alive and talk about him often. Take care, sending you my love, Ali xx

  137. Mary Walker October 29, 2017 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Thanks for introducing this beautiful piece. X

  138. ann cain October 29, 2017 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    Sopleased you are on the mend,I have the big C twice and now waitng for results on another big C, but I feel for children who have it. That is when I count my blessing .To each and everyone who as this horrible C Ihope you will one day hear you are all get the all clear. God bless all of you,and Alison I thank you for every thing you have done in helping others.xx

    • Alison Keenan November 14, 2017 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

      Dear Ann, You have to be one incredibly strong and determined lady, and I have so much admiration for you. I will keep everything crossed that these next results will bring you good news. You’re right, one day I am sure they will find something that will give us all the ‘all clear’. Until then, stay strong, and thank you for taking the time out to write to me and everyone here on the blog who I’ m sure will send you their love and good wishes along with mine. Ali xx

  139. Cheryl Wenn October 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    This would be a lovely gift to win and I would give it to a very cherished friend who sadly lost her husband to cancer a couple of years ago. Where she gets her strength from to carry on I just don’t know

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

      Cheryl what a lovely thought, and thank you for writing to me. I’m glad that your friend has you in your life. Your love and support is what will be keeping her going. Take care, love Ali xx

  140. May Gledhill October 29, 2017 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have followed you since you appeared on This Morning I would say to my husband what a elegant lady you were and nothing has changed you are an inspiration to everyone and especially those who have been touched by Cancer.
    My husband was diagnosed with cancer of the soft pallet in 2015 and had radio therapy which thankfully eradicated it however he was diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma last week which apparently was brought on by the radio therapy. But as you say we must have hope when at times things look grim. Do not yet know what the next step in his treatment will be until he sees a plastic surgeon in mid November.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery and cant wait to see you back where you belong.
    May xx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

      My dear May, it sounds as though you have really been through the mill with all this, and your poor husband must be exhausted by it too. I remember you writing to me before to tell me that he was going for a scan, and I’m just so sorry to know that he has a basal cell carcinoma, although I do believe they can be cured in most cases by being removed. I very much hope this will be what your plastic surgeon recommends. Always hold onto your hope May, and I believe it makes things feel more positive. Do let me know how you get on once you’ve seen the plastic surgeon won’t you. Take care, Love Ali XX

  141. Celia Ellis October 29, 2017 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    L really love your blog Ali you give hope and strength to every body.and l love your hope jewellery. Celia.x

  142. Mrs Janet Jones October 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I would like to be entered for the diamonique ‘ I HopePendant’
    I’m glad to hear you are starting to feel a bit better and I knew Colin and your family would take good care of you. I’m glad you’ve been able to spend time with Jack and Sam.
    Since we’ve come back from Canada, I have seen my son and grandson most weekends.
    Today we have been on a walk to our local forest collecting sticks and leaves and then having a picnic lovingly prepared by Grandma (me) lol. We did the Gruffalo trail last time but this time it was closed.
    I hope your plans for Australia are coming together. A place we are hoping to visit soon. As Canada was the first time we have left Europe , it has given us a taste to visit other places. Saying that there are some beautiful places in Europe so much to see and do.
    Honey looks like she is coming on a treat

    Well i must go and tidy my house now since the little whirlwind has left. Like you Ali with Honey, I feel so grateful to have Alfie in my life he truly is the light of all our lives.
    Take care Ali speak soon Janet

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

      Dear Janet how lovely to hear from you, and to know that you had a wonderful time in Canada and have been busy with your family since you got back. I have heard about the Gruffalo Trail, and I have photographs of honey when she was there a little while back with Lucy. Picnics are great fun, and I like you enjoy making them. Maybe a little cold for them until next spring, but you can always have a carpet picnic! We have yet to start planning our trip to Australia, but I am so pleased that you are going to spend a little more time away on holiday. It was good to see new places. Honey is definitely growing and is a delight to spend time with. Her little voice makes me really happy, and she is so chatty. So glad that your Alfie brings you as much love as my little treasure does. Take care and speak soon, love Ali xx

  143. Louisa sibley October 29, 2017 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Alison you are such an inspiration I lost my best friend last Christmas after a ten year battle with cancer, miss her everyday she was only 42 xxx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

      Dear Louisa, I am so sorry to hear about your friend, and you’re right 42 is far too young – especially as she was diagnosed when she was just 32… Christmas I’m sure will be a mix of emotions for you this year. I hope you will gain some comfort from your memories of her, and keep her with you that way. Thank you for writing to me, and do keep in touch, love Ali x

  144. kim barclay October 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    I hope to be lucky enough to win one of the I hope pendants it is such a beautifulpiece of Jewellery to support breast cancer care! Xx

  145. Elizabeth keenan October 29, 2017 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, oh you have been going through a horrible time, at least its all behind you now just stitches to get out. You keep well.
    Much love
    Elizabeth 💖💖💖

  146. liz hardman October 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    I just wanted to say what a beautiful design the pendant is, and I love the simplicity of it but especially the meaning, as a survivor myself since 2004 and having had many ups and downs since then, and still are now, I always felt Hope and our attitude to cancer is what helps us get through every hurdle it throws at us. We all have to have Hope.

  147. Mrs Sheila Marsden October 29, 2017 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    I have never written to anyone before,however your courage has kept me going through the almost 5 years of having had breast cancer, I have not had many of your problems but knowing someone who understands albeit through tv has been wonderful. My lovely husband of 55 years is wonderful, but the strong silent type ! so we do not discuss any problems. So thank you very much for your blogs. please keep them up.
    With all my very best wishes.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

      Dear Sheila, I’m so sorry that you’ve been where I was, and clearly were diagnosed just the year after me. I am happy though to know that by keeping in touch with me via QVC it’s helped you get through the last five years, and pleased that you’ve felt able to write to me now. Bless your husband. Sometimes it’s worry that keeps them from wanting to discuss things, but this is a great place to say exactly how you’re feeling as the support from Ali’s Army is immense. I am glad you’re doing so well, and I hope you will keep in touch, love Ali xx

  148. Gill wood October 29, 2017 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison hope you will soon be feeling better. I always enjoy your blogs but sorry you have been in hospital again. I can understand a bit what you have been through my brother died of lung cancer and my cousin has recently been through chemo/radiotherapy for breast cancer. All the best for the future and look forward to you being back on vac soon.
    Take care
    Gill from dagenham xx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

      Hi Gill, I’m glad that you enjoy the blogs, although I am sorry to know you lost your brother to this awful disease… How very sad for you and all the family. I pray that your cousin will come through her treatment and continue to get better and stronger. I’ll be back with you next Tuesday, but do keep in touch here, love Ali x

  149. Diane Bach October 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Lovely necklace with a great message

  150. Josephine Henrick October 29, 2017 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are up and about soon as you are such an inspiration!

  151. Anne Lewis October 30, 2017 at 2:52 am -  Reply

    Glad you are on the mend. Beautiful pendants!

  152. Carol Ellis October 30, 2017 at 7:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I read your blogs all the time and was very interested in your latest. My husband is going to have an operation on his shoulder and is very anxious. He would like to know what kind of anaesthetic you had? Take care and look forward to seeing you back on QVCxx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

      Dear Carol, so glad you get to read all the blogs – nice that you’re contributing to this one too! I had a general anaethestic for my operation, and was in theatre for about an hour. I didn’t have any adverse effect from it, and am very grateful to have been asleep while the surgeon did his work! Good luck to your husband. Love Ali xx

  153. Jean Collins October 30, 2017 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I love your positivity and am sure it helps you through. Life throws lots at us but most important is to remain positive and count our blessings. Always helps to have support around us but also to provide support. Beautiful granddaughter:)

  154. Sylvia Duffy October 30, 2017 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Missing you on QVC. Hurry back soon Alison.
    I love your new pendant design x

  155. Judith Lennon October 30, 2017 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Well what another wonderful blog. Reading through the other comments I know I am not alone wishing life’s best for you. Staying positive is so hard but you can do it and have done. All credit to you. You will be pleased your op is over and now on the steady road to recovery. Looking forward to seeing you back on screen very soon. The weather here today has really changed. There is a real chill in the air. We were hoping to take our youngest granddaughter on the little train that runs along the sea front near us to the lighthouse and back, but I fear it was too cold for him to venture out! Never mind we will keep hoping it will happen. She stayed over with us last night which was nice as Monday is our normal day to have her. We didn’t have to get up early. However after lots of cuddles she requested a picnic breakfast in bed. Being the good grandparents that we are we obeyed!!!!! Such fun and lots of laughter. I’ve given in and put the heating on as I do not wish to get anymore colds like the one I’ve only just got rid of. Take care Ali and hope the pendant brings somebody real comfort. It’s beautiful. I would love one myself.
    Lots of hugs and love. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Judith, lovely to hear from you and thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I will be honest and say I’ve found it quite difficult to crack on with things while being unable to move my arm properly, but I’m getting there 🙂 You must remind me where you live – the little train to the lighthouse sounds like something Honey would love! I’m also liking the sound of a picnic breakfast in bed – I think Honey may be a little small for that just yet, and I can imagine there’d be more breakfast in the bed than in the bowl! So glad you’ve managed to get rid of your cold. Honey was full of one last week when she was here, but I’ve had the flu jab and seem to be avoiding it! I’m afraid we’ve already done the draw for the pendant but I do know we have more stock in so perhaps your husband could treat you to one for Christmas?? 🙂

      With love, Ali xx

  156. carol williams October 30, 2017 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    You are a beautiful lady inside and out and an inspiration to all women who have been on the cancer journey.
    I would love to win the silver hope pendant as I have been free from ovarian cancer for 4 years and it would remind me to stay strong just like you do.XX

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

      Carol that is such good news to know that you’ve been clear all this time. I understand those days when you feel a little wobbly though, and the doubts creep in. I try not to let them spoil whatever it is I’m doing, as every day is different, and I try to live each one to the full. Stay strong, and keep hold of hope. Thank you for writing, Love Ali xx

  157. Ann Beddow October 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Your story is inspirational. I have secondary breast cancer and was discharged from the breast care clinic in june. I still have to visit the oncologist for checks on the bone cancer but in remission now. Would love to win your rose gold pendant. Keep positive.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

      My dear Ann, I so wish I had a pendant to send to you and indeed everyone who’s taken the time to write here, but I understand how difficult things have been and still are for you. I pray you will remain in remission, as each week that passes brings us closer to a cure I am certain. Your positivity humbles me. Thank you for writing, and stay safe, love Ali xx

  158. Denise October 30, 2017 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, glad to read that you are doing well after your op and that you are being well looked after by family and friends. I’m sure Honeys visit was a tonic especially.
    If I won the necklace I would give it to my dear sister in law. She battled breast cancer 5 years ago and has other health issues and a child with learning difficulties to cope with. I don’t know how she does it but I expect it’s a matter of getting on with things eh? As you may know I’ve just celebrated my big Birthday and her and my brother were very good to me as we’re all my friends. We had a wonderful stay in Liverpool and then a great night out with my friends and family and finally champagne afternoon tea with another friend. I truly am blessed with good friends and family and at the end of the day it’s all that matters.
    After that hubby and I treated ourselves to a week away in Ibiza and we had a great time. We have been there before about 10 years ago so it was good to return. It’s a place with happy memories for us and it’s a beautiful island for a relaxing holiday. We went on the boat to Ibiza town where I hadn’t been before and we walked around the old walled town, had a nice lunch and drinks in the sun in October! Just brilliant! Don’t you get the bug once you’ve had a holiday well since I’ve been back we’ve booked to go to Tunisia at the end of February. Again it’s somewhere we’ve visited a few years back. It was a last minute end of season break somewhere we’d never thought of visiting but we absolutely adored it. Intended to go back and then after the incident there it wasn’t possible but holidays are now on sale again. We got a very good deal so the thought of that holiday will help me through the dark winters nights that are upon us. That and Strictly are my tonics at this time of year. I’m sure you’ve been watching it too. My favourite is Johnnie Peacock I think he is amazing hope he goes all the way to the final.
    Take care and it will be lovely to see you back on screen soon.
    Love Denise xx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Denise, lovely to hear from you and to know that your sister in law is doing well following her diagnosis. I’m sorry though that she has other health issues, and no doubt her life is full on with her child too. Great that she has you and your husband there for support.

      Your birthday celebrations sound Fab! Although I think the week away in Ibiza is what I would most like right now! We went to the walled town years ago when we holidayed with all our children. It was a great night. Tunisia too is a beautiful country, and I’ve not been back there since 1978! Lovely to know that you have that to look forward to. Yes, I’m a dyed in the wool Strictly fan and like you have been following Johnnie’s progress with interest. He has the same amputation as my son Sam, and watching all the effort he’s putting into his dancing is just amazing. Sam can dance, but will never be able to run or kneel down on that leg. He’s here though, with us, and that’s all that matters. Looking forward to the Blackpool show this weekend! You take care and I’ll be back with you next Tuesday at 8pm 🙂 Love Ali xx

  159. Phil Hornby October 30, 2017 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Sound like it’s been very painful but hopefully on the mend and back on TV. Such a worthy cause and every year we support this charity. I bought my wife the earrings and they a really very good quality and a lovely design. I feel a bit out of place, am I the only fella to post?? Good luck Ali x

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi Phil and Welcome! I think you are one of maybe three gentlemen who post here, so please let’s make it a regular thing. Great to know that you bought the earrings and approve of the design. I have to say I was delighted at the weight of them and also the pendants. Fab value for money and as you say such a good cause. Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  160. Elizabeth Marshall October 30, 2017 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    What an inspiring article, thank you for sharing your experiences with us.

  161. Jane Hawthorne October 30, 2017 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Dreadful disease, Beautiful necklace.Stay strong everyone xx

  162. Ingrid Alleyne October 30, 2017 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I wish you long health and a full recovery. Hope is not just something you have but something you have to believe in. There are times when we reach very dark moments and the only thing keeping us going is HOPE. We may not even realise it at the time. You have been such a positive inspiration even through your dark times and I wish you and your family all the very best. God Bless. P.S. I was blessed with a beautiful granddaughter 14 weeks ago. So I understand you’re joy and happiness. HOPE IS ETERNAL.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

      Dear Ingrid, thank you so much for taking the time to write, and for your beautiful and prophetic words. It is very kind of you to write in such a way, and it means a great deal to me. I am so glad that you too are now experiencing what I have been blessed to know for the last two and half years, and that is the love of a granddaughter. She will enrich your lives as Honey has done ours, and I hope you are able to spend as much time as possible with her. Love and hope for a happy future, Ali xx

  163. Dawn Gover October 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    It’s been lovely having the privilege of sharing your family stories, thank you so much. Sending you all many blessings.

  164. Susan Tubby October 31, 2017 at 7:21 am -  Reply

    You are such an amazing lady, hurry back to QVC, you are missed so much, take care of yourself, the pendant represents so much to so many people xx

  165. Fay Snith October 31, 2017 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, so pleased you are feeling better and on the mend. I wasn’t sure what the photos were at first till I read the explanations and at first thought I was looking at beautiful pictures of planets!, if so they should be named, hope, determination and kindness. Thank you so much for the help and support you give to so many struggling through difficult times. Please continue to get better – would love to enter the competition for your lovely jewellery, I already have some pieces but don’t think there could ever be a more appropriate, beautiful or moving symbol for such a worthy cause.xx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

      Fay, firstly may I say I rather liked the name Snith, and actually said to Colin how unusual! Bless you for your typo – Smith is an equally lovely name. You made me smile too saying that you thought my shoulder photos were of three planets, but quite frankly I think we should definitely have planets with the names you suggest! Thank you for your very kind words, and for your perfect description of my pendant. It means so much to me that you can see why Colin and I made it this way, and what it symbolises. I hope you will keep in touch, and I wish you and your family good health and happiness, love Ali xx

  166. Fay Smith October 31, 2017 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Sorry Ali, typo on surname – so moved by all your comments couldn’t see right to type earlier entry should read Smith not Snith!

  167. shirley mckillen October 31, 2017 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    Wishing you a speedy recovery Ali, miss you on Tues. night Diamonique ! X

  168. Elizabeth Ocran October 31, 2017 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Ali x I would love to win your necklace and donate to a special friend who is going through a tough time. Love to everyone who is going through treatment and I pray a cure will be found soon xx

  169. Yvette October 31, 2017 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    If I won Hope necklace I would give it to my twin sister who has terminal cancer so brave .

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

      Yvette, please pass on my very best to your twin sister. I am so sorry that your lives have been affected by cancer in such a devastating way, and I can only imagine how difficult things are for you because you are so close. Sending you both my love and every hope that things will ease for you all. Ali xx

  170. Brenda Watson October 31, 2017 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    I just seen the message from Yvette I lost my identical twin to cancer when I was 25 I am 62 now and I have had her with me every step of the way.
    Treatment has progressed so much since then never lose hope all my love to you and your twin xx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

      Oh Brenda, I have just finished writing to Yvette and have now seen your response which I very much hope she will too. I am so sorry you lost your sister, but bless you for sharing this, and for believing, as I do, that those we love never really leave us… They are a fundamental part of us, and all the times we shared and the memories we made are things that no-one can ever take. Just today there was news of a breakthrough in breast cancer treatment – I hope as you do it will make all the difference. Love Ali x

  171. John D October 31, 2017 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    we all need hope and your fabulous jewellery
    exudes positive energy.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

      That is a lovely thing to say John, and a sentiment I am so glad to know you associate with my jewellery design. Keep in touch, love Ali x

  172. Lynn Sutters October 31, 2017 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Alison for sharing your experiences with us. We all need each other to beat this dreadful disease your hope pendant is beautiful xx

  173. jilly October 31, 2017 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison you are a true inspiration to us all. Your family are a true support to you, and I wish you well for the future. I would LOVE to win one of these pendants. I purchased one for my daughter some time ago and she loves it. Jilly XX

  174. Teresa Karasavvas October 31, 2017 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Ali, great blog as always.

    Delighted to hear that your operation was a success. I hope you are feeling much better.

    You are a true inspiration to us all.

    Best wishes.

    Teresa

  175. Kay October 31, 2017 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    I live every day since being diagnosed with Hope , Faith and the belief that all the wonderful lifesaving treatment has done its job . I have too much to live for . Bless you Alison .

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

      Kay, you are most certainly a woman after my own heart… Keep on believing and hoping, and living your life. We are here to treasure each day. Bless you too, Love Ali x

  176. Matthew Walter October 31, 2017 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    My Mum, Joan, lost her best friend last year to BC, and after knowing each other for over 60 years, she remains resilient, upbeat and recalls the many good times that were shared.

    Hopefully, we can all measure our life on this Small Blue Planet by the friends that we leave behind for memories to endure.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

      Dear Matthew, I am sending my love to your mum Joan, as I can’t even comprehend how sad she must have been to lose her best friend after 60 precious years together. My friend Jo and I have known each other for 46 years, and I can’t imagine my life without her… But I also have so many wonderful memories that I would spend the rest of my days recalling… Your sentiment is beautiful, and I for one know how different my life would be without my friends. Thank you for writing. Please do keep in touch, love Ali x

  177. Michelle Coles October 31, 2017 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    My Auntie is recovering from breast cancer & is such an inspirational person who I’m so proud of being the fighter that she is. If I win I will give this lovely necklace to her as her hope was all she had in that dark time.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

      Dear Michelle, you are a sweet soul and a wonderful niece, and I am sure that your Auntie loves you very much. Hope is all any of us have when times are so dark, but it’s the light that guides us. I am so sorry that you didn’t win the necklace, but I hope that maybe if the stock returns you may be able to treat her anyway. You take care, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali x

  178. Sandra Panario October 31, 2017 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi if I won it would be lovely I have had cancer twice and I have recently lost my husband to cancer after an eleven year battle. I wish you well.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

      My dear Sandra, I have been continually humbled reading through these comments, but also saddened to know that you, like so many, have had to struggle through incredibly difficult times with your own health while trying to support your husband too. He was clearly a fighter, and I am so sorry that he lost his battle. I wish I had a pendant for everyone, but I am sending you my love, a hug, and hope that things will ease for you in time. Take good care, love Ali xx

  179. Diane De Sousa October 31, 2017 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    So beautiful, love to win.

  180. Evelyn Fordyce October 31, 2017 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Ali you are truly an inspiration – a good friend of mine has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and I told her about you and she now regularly reads your blogs and finds they cheer her up and she is finding you an inspiration to her.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

      Evelyn thank you so much, not just for writing to me, but for suggesting to your dear friend that she reads this blog. It means a huge amount to me that I’ve managed to cheer her up while she has no doubt been struggling, and I hope she feels the support that not only I am given, but that we give to each other here on the blog. I do hope you will keep in touch, and that your friend may feel able to comment too one day. Wishing you both all the very best, love Ali x

  181. Karen Hadden October 31, 2017 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful and inspiring lady. Best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope to see you back on air soon.

  182. Linda Llewelyn shone October 31, 2017 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you love and hope always

  183. Sharon Ellis October 31, 2017 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison you truly are a very inspirational woman and I admire your strength when you went through your cancer ordeal. I wish you a speedy recovery from your shoulder surgery and really miss you presenting on QVC.To win one of the hope pendants yourself and Colin designed would be a honour . Thank you for giving us all the chance to win .Love and best wishes Sharon Ellis xx

  184. Rosalind Dow October 31, 2017 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Absolutely stunning pendant for a very fantastic cause close to all our hearts 💟

  185. Karen Ramscar October 31, 2017 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Glad to hear you are healing – albeit more slowly than you hoped! Your Hope pendant (the smaller one) is very special to both my Mum and me. I bought one for each of us when I was battling ovarian cancer and we never took them off until I was in remission. Each time I go for a check, or recently when it was suspected I had secondary cancer in my left breast (thank goodness, the mass proved to be benign) we both immediately put the pendants back on… I cannot tell you how much it helps. Touching the pendants (they are very tactile) is reassuring to both of us and we feel much more positive about feeling ‘hopeful’. Your message of hope resonates with so many of us, and you are living proof of the power of determination and positive thinking in overcoming enormous challenges… of clinging to that hope.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

      Oh Karen, you’ve really touched me with your comment, and I am so glad that the original I Hope pendant was one you and your mum chose to bring you luck. It sounds as though you’ve been through some truly testing times, but I’m just glad you have each other. My daughter was a Godsend to me when I was in treatment, and was constantly positive and upbeat when with me. The shape Colin and I designed for the pendant is meant to be just as you describe. Something you can hold onto – as is Hope. Stay strong and lean on each other, and I wish you continued good health and a happy long life. Thank you so much for writing to me, love Ali x

  186. Alison October 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    To Alison from another Alison. I work an a healthcare assistant in a hospice in Bristol and have myself had breast cancer twice; once in each breast. I’ve had chemo & radio on one aged 38 and a mastectomy on the other aged 40 in 2007. I know how fantastic breast cancer care is as I was a volunteer after my Mum had breast cancer aged 50 in 1991. Good work and well done to you & QVC x

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

      And hello to you too Alison! 🙂 It seems we share a fair bit, not just our names, although I’m truly sorry you were so young when you were first diagnosed. I’m guessing your mum must have had it before you, and I take my hat off to you for volunteering and giving so much back through the charity that would then help you. I have so much admiration for you working in a hospice. It takes someone really special to help those at the end of their lives, and I thank you and all those who provide such incredible care. Well done to you, and I wish you good health and happiness. Love Ali x

  187. Rebecca Matthews October 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Hope you have a speedy recovery Ali. Beautiful necklace.

  188. Jan penn October 31, 2017 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, wishing you a speedy recovery, every time this pendant come in, I have tears in my eyes, i was diagnosed with breast cancer in March this year, picked up on mamagram, “Hope” is a little word, but my gosh such a powerful word, I was devasted, but 6 months on on, I feel fantastic, being positive has definitely helped me and green juicing lol, the pendant is beautiful, as you are, xx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

      My dear Jan, I am terribly sorry to know that you, like so many others here on the blog, have had to cope with a breast cancer diagnosis. What makes me so happy though is to know that you have come through your treatment, and you are now facing life head one. Hope is a little world, but such a powerful one, and it’s women like you that give the rest of us hope. Stay well, happy and positive, and please do keep in touch. Love Ali xx

  189. Jilly James October 31, 2017 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad to know that you are making a good recovery. I work at a hospital and it would be lovely to have something lime your hope jewellery to give patients some support
    Missing you loads but keep up the good work Colin x Jilly

  190. Gill farrington October 31, 2017 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon Alison we miss you.

  191. Petula holt October 31, 2017 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali wishing you a speedy recovery. I would love to win this for my daughter who is having chemotherapy for leukaemia xx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

      Petula I’m sending you and your daughter a hug. I know that coping with illness yourself is one thing, but trying to stay strong and brave while your child is struggling is completely different… I pray that she will respond well to her treatment, and that you will get through this difficult time. Try not to bottle up how you’re feeling, but talk to your friends and family. Mine helped me so much when my son was seriously ill. Please keep in touch and let me know how things are. I wish I had a pendant for each and everyone.. but I’m sending you my love, Ali xx

  192. Mel jenkins October 31, 2017 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Watching diamonique,missing you with Charlie ha ha,wishing you a speedy recovery ,take care

  193. Susan Reeve October 31, 2017 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Hope your recovery continues to go well, my sister in law has just had a very similar operation on her shoulder and has been finding the physio very tough going so I would give her the necklace if I was fortunate enough to win.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

      Your sister in law has my sympathy Susan! It most certainly is tough, and I wish her well with her recovery. Thanks for writing to me – keep in touch! Love Ali x

  194. Tracy Clark October 31, 2017 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    So glad you are on the mend Alison. Missed seeing you on Q. My mum has been in remission from breast cancer for 9 years now. Her bravery at the time amazed me. Breast Cancer is a horrible disease and I have nothing but admiration for the women, and men that are fighting this disease, or who have fought the disease successfully.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tracy, I am so glad your mum remains well, and that it’s nine years since her diagnosis. I am sure the fact you were there for her made all the difference. Breast cancer is a horrible disease, like so many other cancers, but even today there was news of a breakthrough in treatment. Let’s pray it won’t be much longer before they find that cure. Love Ali x

  195. Marie Duffill October 31, 2017 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Glad to read you are doing well. The necklace is lovely. I would give it to my mother-in-law, she’s helped me so much just recently with my own health and she kicked cancer up the butt so she would highly appreciate this. Plus, it’s her style too. Win win there. Thank you x

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

      Marie, I’m so glad you have such a great relationship with your mother-in-law, and that she’s come out the other side of her cancer and is now well. Sadly we had the draw for the pendant, but it was good of you to enter the competition. Hope you can keep in touch here on the blog, love Ali x

  196. Margaret Bryce October 31, 2017 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    You are an inspiration to everyone who is going through a battle with cancer Ali. You are so positive and take everything in your stride. Wishing you a speedy recovery. I would love one of your pendants as I also have had cancer and have now been clear for 2 years xxxx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

      Dear Margaret, two years on, and sounding very positive – so glad you’ve had the all clear. It’s not always that easy to stay strong, but love and support truly make a difference. Thank you for yours, love Ali x

  197. Sharon Barron October 31, 2017 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you a speedy recovery 💕

  198. Kathy Windle October 31, 2017 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like you’re keeping your spirits up and making the lot of this enforced ‘down time’. Rest up.

  199. Lindsay October 31, 2017 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    I would dearly love to win ails necklace. It’s our silver wedding and your an inspiration to many brmeast cancer has touch,ed our life’s so I would wear it with pride.healing hugs I send to you

  200. Mo Royden October 31, 2017 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon

  201. Jacqueline Tamplin October 31, 2017 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    I love reading your blogs Ali. It was 7 years ago in October my best friend passed away after battling so strongly for 2 years with breast cancer. She left 2 little children. Since then so many that I know have been diagnosed or sadly lost their fight. What a beautiful pendant to remember them. Hope for all and Hope for a cure for all cancers xx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

      Jacqueline, I am so sorry for your loss, and to know that your friend’s children were so little to be left without their mum… Like you, I know of far too many folk who have been diagnosed or lost their lives – this blog is a testament to that very sad fact… I am glad that to you the pendant would represent them all.. Hope for all. That’s what I wish for. Love Ali x

  202. Elaine Dodds October 31, 2017 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    I would love to win this gorgeous pendant for my daughter who was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 24 yrs old but after almost six years of treatment is now pregnant with her first baby. Unfortunately during her latest scan we discovered he has some problems which are fixable but he will need an operation and a lot of care when he’s born so you’re Hope pendant would be perfect for her . Great to hear you’re on the mend and look forward to you’re return to qvc soon . X

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Elaine, first of all I’d just like to say how desperately sorry I was to know that your daughter was diagnosed with cancer at just 24 years old… the same age as my son Jack…
      Thank the Lord that she has responded well to treatment and is now pregnant with your grandchild. I am sure that the doctors will be ready to look after the baby as soon as he is born and I’m so sorry I don’t have another I Hope pendant for her – or for any of the incredibly deserving and lovely folk who’ve written here! Please keep in touch, and let me know how things go, and thank you for writing to me. Love Ali x

  203. RACHEL SCARFE October 31, 2017 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely pendant, and I would love to win to celebrate 5 years in Nov since my breast cancer diagnosis 🤞

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

      So glad to know you are doing well Rachel, and that you like the jewellery. Take care, love Ali xx

  204. Jeanne October 31, 2017 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    Sending best wishes Alison on your recovery and am so glad that everything went well with the operation x

  205. Elaine Lane October 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    It’s good to hear that you’re on the mend. The I Hope necklaces are gorgeous, particularly in rose gold. As a cancer survivor, I always live in hope.

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

      Elaine, I am definitely getting there – after another somewhat uncomfortable physio session! – and I just have to accept it’s going to take a tad longer than I thought! So glad to know that you are well, and remain positive. It’s the only way : ) Love to you, Ali x

  206. Diane wilson October 31, 2017 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Lovely jewellery hope to see you on qvc soon x

  207. Nikki Warboys October 31, 2017 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Alison, you have truly done it this time, both colours are lovely. Keep getting well, what an amazing network of people around you, and why not it’s everything a woman like you deserves. Looking forwRd to seeing you back on Q soon. Take care xxx

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2017 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

      And Nikki thank you for being part of this wonderful network. It’s what has kept me going through some of the darker times of my life, and it’s great the way we are able to support each other. Thanks too for your kind words. I’ll be back on the 21st, love Ali xx

  208. Debborah Richardson October 31, 2017 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    I would cherish wearing this necklace to remember my beautiful and brave nan , Dolores .x.

  209. Sarah Luckman October 31, 2017 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for your informative and inspiring message. If I was lucky enough to win a nexklace I would pass it onto a womderful friend who is similarly struggling. All the best.

  210. Julie Short October 31, 2017 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi.I would really love to win this pendant for mum.You are my favourite presenter along with Katherine Huntley. I love Diamonique and I have lots,if my hubby asks,I only have one ring.All the very best.

  211. Susi October 31, 2017 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    So glad you are recovering well after your shoulder op. Have missed seeing you on TV. I too have survived breast cancer and am now 9 years cancer free. I would like this necklace,because I am always trying to make breast patients,I work in operating theatres,feel more positive,and seeing this might help them.

  212. Marie Duffill October 31, 2017 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    I’m glad you are well Ali. If I won this, I’d pass it on to my mother-in-law as a thank you for helping me through my health problems, plus, she beat cancer herself so it would be perfect for her. Thank you x

  213. Pamela Karageorgiou October 31, 2017 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    *I Hope* Simple poignant message <3 With faith comes hope…with hope come healing..
    I hope all your wishes come true <3

  214. Sally Bannister October 31, 2017 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    A very heartfelt blog . All ladies going through what you are and those who are further on are immensely inspirational and brave . I’ve lost 1 friend to it and have 2 who have come through and are ok for now.
    I would love to win your pendant and wear it with pride for all of you and help to raise awareness of how important it is to check yourself and get anything not usual checked ASAP

  215. Ann Mehew November 1, 2017 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    You are such an inspiration to everyone and I just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery. Looking forward to seeing you back on Q V C . Tack care and very best wishes . Ann x

  216. Anita Whorley November 1, 2017 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali. I didn’t know you were having surgery, I thought you were having a lovely holiday somewhere hot. I’m so glad it went well. Looking forward to you coming back to our screens xx

  217. Deborah Hick November 1, 2017 at 12:57 am -  Reply

    Wishing everyone suffering with any disease or illness a happy life. Having this hottid desease effect many family members I hope a cure is found. Be brave be strong stay beautiful

  218. Sue Walker November 1, 2017 at 1:07 am -  Reply

    Hope to see u back on qvc soon and would love to get a necklace as lost both my parents to cancer and have had couple of scares but luckily was just false alarm

  219. Elaine November 1, 2017 at 2:18 am -  Reply

    I have lost many friends/family to cancer. My dad at the moment is struggling with it. It knows no boundaries of age either. Lets beat this! xx

  220. Joanne Gibson November 1, 2017 at 6:52 am -  Reply

    I would love to win this. I always have hope that my fibromyalgia will go away. Love your blog. Great read. Thankfully i have not had cancer x

  221. Charlotte smith November 1, 2017 at 7:06 am -  Reply

    My Nan has just been diagnosed, I would love to win to give her to cheer her up a bit. X x

  222. Emma November 1, 2017 at 7:11 am -  Reply

    A fantastic piece of jewellery for a fantastic cause, which I am sure we have all been touched by in our lives, would wear it with pride 💕💕

  223. sandra elizabeth ross November 1, 2017 at 7:17 am -  Reply

    three breast surgeries , twentys, thirty,s and forty, thankfully each time they were benign, people used to ask why i was not getting angry, i thought and told them it just might be my turn, why anybody, but yes it sucks as ive just found a lump under again, but i will never give up i just hope.

  224. Alice Cameron November 1, 2017 at 7:25 am -  Reply

    Lovely blog your such an inspiration to us all. Hope to see you back on QVC soon x

  225. Gillian November 1, 2017 at 7:34 am -  Reply

    I would love to win this for my sister who is helping her son & his family get through his Lukemia treatment for the 2nd time. We all need hope, faith & love x

  226. Karen Milner November 1, 2017 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    Such a beautiful necklace, I know someone who is starting on her journey and this would remind her that we all love her

  227. Sandra Wilding November 1, 2017 at 8:15 am -  Reply

    I have lost several members of my family to cancer of different types including my daughter at the age of 22. I have also list a cousin to breast cancer and another cousin and myself have beaten it. In my case i have beaten it twice. I was first diagnosed in 1999 and was given a lumpectomy and radiotherapy and then was diagnosed again last year which resulted in my having a mastectomy. Thankfully i am all clear again and hope that i stay that way. It can be beaten if caught early enough so i would advise all eligible women to ensure they have their regular mammograms because thats how mine was pucked up in the early stages both times. Good luck to all those who are fighting this disease. Hope is the best thing to have.

  228. Andrea Maggs November 1, 2017 at 8:16 am -  Reply

    Waiting for my third year mammogram,hoping everything will be ok.

  229. Christina Lloyd November 1, 2017 at 8:24 am -  Reply

    I have one of the original Hope pendants, which I have worn every day since I lost my sister to breast cancer 6 years ago. I would love to win one of the new diamonique pendants.

  230. Eleanor Wilton November 1, 2017 at 9:01 am -  Reply

    This is such a beautiful collection designed by Alison. It has beauty, elegance and above all a very subtle and heart warming message. I am lucky enough to own the ring and small pendant but would cherish this years gorgeous interpretation. As women I think we all hold this charity very dear to our hearts, so many women have to deal with this terrible disease. Well done QVC for supporting the charity as you do.

  231. Maria Ongham November 1, 2017 at 9:01 am -  Reply

    Love reading your blog Ali. It’s like reading a lovely newsy letter from an old friend. Wishing you a speedy recovery xx

  232. Tamera Wittliff November 1, 2017 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    If I won I would give this lovely necklace to my friend whose father has terminal cancer and will not be here come this time next year. 🙁

  233. Ann owens November 1, 2017 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Best wishes Alison , heal well . After 25 years of dealing with Kidney failure and the consequences of medication etc, my husband has now been diagnosed with Prostate cancer. His dignity and strength has been an inspiration, especially to me. I hope that in the coming challenging months I can have as much of the same strengths and good humour you, and he, demonstrate. X

  234. Michelle kirby November 1, 2017 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, you are doing so well and it’s so valuable to share this with other people. So many struggle without feeling like others understand them.

  235. Debbie November 1, 2017 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,I admire your strength and determination,I’ve always loved your pendant,such a beautiful message,I’d pass it to a family member who has just finished her treatment….stay well xx

  236. linda giles November 1, 2017 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    I am so happy for you and having lost people to cancer i know the struggle has been tough for you, but you are here to get on with the rest of your life knowing you were one of lifes survivors and god was not ready for you.I wish you well with the shoulder and hope you recover soon,hope you have a wonderful chrisms and the pendants are meaningfull and lovely linda giles xx

  237. Fran Hickey November 1, 2017 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what an amazing & inspirational lady you are. We are all better for knowing you. Thank you Ali & best wishes to you x

  238. Gillian Shannon November 1, 2017 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    I purchased your original hope pendant after being diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago and would love to win this one xx

  239. Val Mackinlay November 1, 2017 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison a very good fiend was diagnosed with cancer in July this year. She subsequently had a breast removed and is now half way through 6 chemo treatments. She has kept so strong and would love to gift her one of your necklaces. Best wishes xx

  240. Karen November 1, 2017 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    I would love one if the hope pendants as a cancer survivor, we always live in hope of a cure . 💕

  241. Jane Knowles November 1, 2017 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Theres always hope ,and one day there will be no more cancer ,Theres no rhyme or reason but together we can all beat this x

  242. Vas November 1, 2017 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you a very speedy recovery, all the very best. What a lovely pendant!

  243. Mary Morphy November 1, 2017 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali and thank you for sharing the surgical pictures..I live those sort of pictures which may make me a bit strange but amplifies the wonder of the working mechanism of our bodies and the skill and marvel of the brilliant surgeons. My knee pictures were amazing! I hope that your mobility in your arm improves day by day..I remember when I broke my right arm and had the same predicament as you regarding hair drying.. unkempt and unstructured was my style for weeks as well as a bit of wonky make-up!! Its great to see the pictures of your family and Honey is getting very grown up..she is beautiful. I have been poorly for a couple of days with cluster migraines, pleasures of the menopause I am afraid and finally succumbed to a day in bed today to get rid of it completely…my face goes numb with mine and I have minimal pain now and just a twitching eye so it’s on its way out.
    Chloe successfully completed her gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition last week in the Brecon Beacons so next year we are off to St. James Palace for her to receive her award.
    Jack is now in his 4th week in Ghana and loving it. However slight hiccup as he is currently in hospital on a drip as he has gastroenteritis and went yesterday for tests but they discharged him last night..he went back this morning and he will remain overnight on a drip. He should be discharged tomorrow. A bit worrying but he says he is fine and being well looked after. I am a very proud mum. Off to do my mum’s dinner now so must go. Take care and lots of love. Mary. Oh and the pendants are beautiful.. love the diamine touch. Xc

  244. Debra WardHarris November 1, 2017 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison – We all need Hope in our lives. H stands for Hope, O stands for Optimistic, P stands for Positive and E stands for Eternal. I hope you have a speedy recovery and get well soon. I love the designs of your Hope Pendant. Much Love xx

  245. Sue November 1, 2017 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    A stunning piece with heartfelt meaning, sadly my brother is losing the battle & it’s heart breaking. All those people fighting this horrendous disease are truly amazing & I send you all huge best wishes – keep strong. Xx

  246. joanne buttery November 1, 2017 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    I would love a hope pendant.

  247. Charlene Turton November 1, 2017 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    These necklaces are gorgeous, just so beautiful. Would love to win one of these. I would wear with pride. Such I fabulous cause. Xxx

  248. Sue S November 1, 2017 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi glad you shoulder is on the mend. Hope I win lovely pendant xx

  249. Joanne greenwood November 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali it’s always lovely to feel the strength in your words, I seem to be on an endless rollercoaster of hospital visits, medications, side effects blah blah blah, I have secondary cancer and am being managed now, but yes, living with cancer is a good phrase. The pendant looks like something that would give me great comfort, I can see myself holding and stroking it in times and of stress, would love to be lucky enough to own it. Take care hope to see you back on screen soon 😘

  250. Sandra November 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful piece of jewellery for a great cause, speedy recovery Alison x

  251. Julie November 1, 2017 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    We all live in hope..you never know what is around the corner..live life as well as possible..you are a true spirit…much love ..xx

  252. Jane Lack November 1, 2017 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I hope you are still progressing well. I too have had an eventful few months which has resulted in two lots of spine surgery in two weeks, after months of pain and perseverance thinking that I would be ‘the one’ that miraculously recovered from two large pieces of sheared off disc pressing onto my sciatic nerve.
    When you work and have family you just carry on don’t you, but finally after 7 months and getting to the point where morphine didn’t even touch it I gave in. My husband too has been doing everything and I too know how lucky I am for that support. I am still very nervous as the pain although greatly reduced is still there, I am being a good girl and doing my physiotherapy too and just praying my discs not herniate again or its a much much bigger operation next time. So, I’m now off work till at least the end of November as work involves driving.
    Mind you there are advantages, I get to watch loads of QVC 🙂
    Its always great to see you on screen and I do miss you not around, its strange that even though you never meet someone you genuinely look on them with fondness when you see them as an inspiration and ‘good all round egg!’.
    So, from one injured to another, love and prayers and get well soon
    Jane xxxx

  253. Janis Stonebridge November 1, 2017 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    So pleased you are feeling better take care x

  254. Anne Hurworth November 2, 2017 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Two simple but VERY powerful words …. I HOPE
    Stay strong.

  255. Isobel Taggart November 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    So glad you are bearing up. I count myself lucky that my BC was picked up at my very first mammogram 10 years ago and that I haven’t had to endure all that you have been through. Sadly, it did take a friend a few weeks ago – she was one of the bravest women I have ever known. It touches so many. I pray for your continued improvement in the future.Lots of love.

  256. Antoinette Browne November 2, 2017 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I Am so happy that you are on the mend. You are a very inspirational lady. Antoinette.

  257. Sue Jennings November 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali…I am so happy to hear you are on the mend, I’m sure all the discomfort will be worth it in the end. Honey is absolutely beautiful and must be a joy to you. As you say there are many of us in your blog who have followed your journey from day one and have entered the frightening world of breast cancer ourselves. You have supported us along our journeys too. I’ve just been diagnosed with Osteopenia due to the BC Hormone Therapy as well as Lymphodema in my affected breast . Cancer truly is the gift that keeps on giving. Having said all that we are still here still fighting. I have missed you on QVC and look forward to seeing you back in my living room soon . Do take good care ….

    Much love

    Sue Jennings

  258. Aileen Miller November 3, 2017 at 12:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I always enjoy your blog, uplifting in trying times and always full of “hope” My lovely mummy died 50 years ago last month, I was only 4, she had breast cancer. I myself have had 2 lump scares in the last 5 years but thankfully both not BC. I would love your pendant in rose gold as I hope I’ve made her proud. I wish she could of been my mummy in this life a little bit longer. She’s been missed for a life time. Wishing you well and take care.

  259. Susan Hunter November 3, 2017 at 7:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, your new Hope necklace is beautiful. I always enjoy reading your blogs and hearing about your lovely family. You are an inspiration yo us all x

  260. Jan November 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    There is another saying with feathers (white ones) which always makes me smile.

  261. Moira joseph November 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad you are recovering from your shoulder procedure.
    Hoping to win a hope pendant.
    Love 💕 and HOPE 🙏 💕

  262. tina lees November 3, 2017 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    hi alison. you are my inspiration as i like yourself was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago.. i am doing well got to keep your chin up and get 0n with it.. i have a lovely supportive family just like yourself.. i would love your necklace it would always remind me of you..xxxxx

  263. Francesca November 3, 2017 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    As a cancer survivor myself I often read your blogs, I bought the original pendant. Which I loan to my granddaughter when she’s feeling low. I would love to win the pendent for her, good luck everyone xx

  264. Hilary November 3, 2017 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali….. what a truly brave & inspirational lady you are!! I don’t mind admitting to shedding a tear or two reading your lovely blog. I wish you a full and speedy recovery from your recent surgery. God bless sending much love xx

  265. Susan payne November 4, 2017 at 2:33 am -  Reply

    I love reading your blogs! Alison hope you feeling better soon love & hugs 💜 Xxx

  266. Deb sheeran November 4, 2017 at 2:53 am -  Reply

    No more tears, just hope, love and great Times Ahead.

  267. Alison Harris November 4, 2017 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to read that you are feeling better and I have to say that your attitude is so positive- I know that may not be how you always feel inside but you radiate positivity! So encouraging for others. I lost both parents to the big C and our family has been touched by this horrible thing. I wish you well.

  268. Ann Rickerby November 4, 2017 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    glad you are on the mend & your hope pendant is a lovely piece of jewellery with a powerful message xx

  269. Mitz November 4, 2017 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Really missing you on TV, especially on Tuesday evenings. Glad your op went well and you are recovering.

  270. jeannette Heath November 4, 2017 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,i love reading your blogs and the positivity they contain.In the past 3 years I have had both my parents pass away from cancer and it broke my heart and since have been suffering with severe depression so everyday I wake is a blessing,please keep up all the good work you do and your beautiful jewellery which I would wear with pride.much love Jeannette

  271. Pauline Whittle November 5, 2017 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    My lovely daughter has just had four lots of chemo and is due to have a mastectomy this month. It has been a very stressful few months but we are trying to be positive. I love your verse about hope. Hope you recover soon we miss you!

  272. Mavis Taylor November 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi lovely lady you have a lovely family around you looking after you stay positive I know some days are hard but we have to stay strong that is what I am trying to do after a difficult year take care hope to see you soon on QVC

  273. Dee Gill November 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, love reading your blogs. Sending you warmest wishes for a speeding recovery. Look forward to seeing you soon on QVC. x

  274. Christine snell November 6, 2017 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison
    Glad to hear hour operation went well and hope you feel better soon! I miss seeing you on QVC you are so warm and funny and make me smile!.
    Have I missed the breast cancer event on QVC this year I always look Forward to watching it and buying some Goodie’s as pressies for Christmas as I know the money is going to a great cause. My friend has just been diagnosed with breast cancer and is just about to start her chemotherapy!!
    Hurry back to QVC!!! Take good care of yourself xxxxxxx,,

  275. Ann November 10, 2017 at 8:54 am -  Reply

    Get well soon Ali you are my inspiration. First 3 lots of chemo didn’t work so had 6 more then the op and then all the radiotherapy so fingers crossed. Miss you so much especially from the diamonique shows. Now look after yourself and don’t bother replying to this you have enough to do. Best wishes

  276. Lynnette November 19, 2017 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I had the same operation 8 years ago. The shoulder is never quite the same a bit stiff and aches in the cold weather however as you know that is nothing compared with the pain before the op. Wishing you a speedy recovery x

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