Thank you for all your kind words and support


I would like to thank you for all your support and kind comments. I love reading them all, though at the moment I'm unable to respond individually, as I am sure you can understand.
I will be writing soon on the BCC forum, so please look out for any updates on their site –



  1. josephine ellis February 11, 2011 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    HI Ali i was sorry to hear ur news my prayers and love are with you feel better very soon we all miss you so much on qvc!!! god bless west yorkshire xx

  2. chantille February 11, 2011 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Alison just wanted to wish you well, God Bless and keep positive.

  3. Una February 11, 2011 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali
    So sorry to hear you are having to go through this. I know that with your positive attitude, you will be grand. there will be tears, but thats cos your human. You have so much to look forward to, October will be here in no time.
    I hope all goes well for Sam.
    Lots of love and positive thoughts to you, and Sam.
    I hope you dont mind if we keep checking in with you, and telling you what weve all been up to. You dont have to answer, but just know you are in our thoughts.
    Una xxx
    P.s. Im 5 years clear since last November.xx

  4. Susan February 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Magda and Una,
    I know you won’t mind me adding in a little comment to Magda – I hope you are reading this Magda. I will post it again in the next blog. I really cannot believe how life can be so very cruel to those of you who are so wonderful. You and ali will be in our thoughts and prayers always. You will both get through whatever is ahead. I only wish you didn’t have to suffer as you are. Neither of you deserve all the troubles you have/had. My love to Una as always also. Another star.
    Take care,
    Love Susan xx

  5. Una February 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Thank you for thinking of me, so very kind of you.
    I had such a shock this morning when I read Alis blog, but at the same time, I think I had a gut feeling something wasnt as it should be. Life is SO SO cruel sometimes, and it always seems to be that the bad things happen to those who least deserve it. Thankfully, she has a lovely family around her, and Im sure Ros is there for her too.
    Magda too, as Susan said, we are all thinking of you, and hoping all goes well.
    Thanks again Susan
    Im sure we will have a wee chat here very soon.
    Lots of love Una xx

  6. Magda Chetty February 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Hi Una
    Susan thank you so much for your kind word, it is so nice to hear how much you care. I pray all the time that Ali gets better.
    I got stronger just reading your words. I”ll keep you informed of how things go, and many thanks again.
    Una you are a star, I”ll always think of you when Iam down, and as I said to Susan I”ll let you know how Iam doing whenever I can.
    Love to you both.

  7. Kristina Moore February 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, keep fighting and I hope your Mum does too. Cancer in any form is awful but a friend of my husband’s had the best attitude to cancer of anyone I know. He did not want anyone around him that was being negative or morbid and basically wouldn’t let you in to see him.
    Hugs and love and keep going!!!!!

  8. Kristina Moore February 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello Magda and Una, please keep fighting too. I know some days will be hard but take small steps and they add up to leaps. Keep going.

  9. Annette Roberts February 12, 2011 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So sorry to read about your sad news. I have just read your blog on BCC and have to say you have an amazing PMA, which will no doubt see you through all this, together with lovely family, friends and of course the fantastic support of all your QVC colleagues. Not forgetting the rabbits, animals can be the best medicine at times!
    Although nothing like your surgery whatsoever, I had to have surgery last October following a fall, dislocating my ankle and breaking my leg in 2 places and believe me at 50, it wasn’t something I was looking forward to, especially not having been in hospital since the day I was born! Luckily, I was high on gas and air and morphine at the time!
    It wasn’t the op that scared me, got through that ok, it was having to inject myself in the tummy for 4 weeks afterwards that did it…I’m a real needle phobic and come out in a cold sweat, but thought, it’s got to be done and the thought of the other half doing was definitely a no, no…he’s too heavy handed.
    One thing I did use was SBC’s Arnica Gel morning and night on my tummy to reduce the bruising and it really worked and I have just started to use Decleor’s Prolagene Gel on the scars, which also appears to be helping.
    I’ve been a regular writer on Julia’s blog, we share the same surname, birthday (10 June) and our partners are called Chris…quite spooky! I really aprreciate all the help and advice she has given me over the past months…it’s really helped and picked me up when I’ve been at my lowest and although I don’t know her personally…she’d be a great friend to have!
    Take care Ali, thinking of you, keep strong and positive!
    Annette x

  10. Lesley Manito February 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    My Dearest Ali
    I had been wondering where you were !
    I was so shocked to read on your blog what has happened.
    I send my loving but positive thoughts to you and your family.
    God bless, we miss you x
    Lots of love Lesley xxxx

  11. kate stevenson February 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    hello Ali,
    just read about your latest challenge. My goodness i’m crossing everything i have two of that my lovely qvc presenter is back and firing with all guns soon. You are so positive, your face shines off the screen, and i love your chatter. You make a frying pan sound fab. I just know in my bones that a positive lovely lady like yourself will be fine and dandy. You take great care, bad days may come, but they will go, and frankly, your still one of most attractive ladies whatever. keep smiling you lovely lady.
    kate xx

  12. GILLIAN GREGGS February 12, 2011 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali. I was both saddened and shocked when I read your news today. I had wondered why we had not seen your smiling face on our tv screens in recent weeks, because you have been so missed. It is difficult to understand why life should send such a challenge in your direction, for goodness knows, you have clearly dealt with so much of late. But Ali at times such as these, strength and courage will be given to you and your lovely family as each day passes. Please keep hope in your heart and the belief that soon all will be well. Thinking of you and your dear family. With much love Gillian xx

  13. Albertha Clink February 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, be brave and be comforted by the strength and support you have around you. You will get better and continue to enjoy your life.
    Wishing you the very best – Al in London

  14. alison keenan February 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    I would love to write to ALL of you to thank you for your lovely comments, an in time I promise I will ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope though you won’t mind my sending much love to Magda – “please let me know when you get your results, and I’m keeping everything crossed for you. Try not to worry too much as whatever the result, you will be looked after with great care I am sure. With my love, Ali xx” “Una, I never guessed…. you too are always so positive and I love reading about your life, please keep in touch, and here’s to the next five years clear ๐Ÿ™‚ Love Ali xx” Same to Liz “I so admire your courage and positivity – I’ll definitely take a leaf out of your book – so please stay well and happy ๐Ÿ™‚ keep in touch, Love Ali xx”….”Janet, it seems as though our lives are running a parallel, just one year apart ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad the last 12 months have seen such an improvement for you, and I’ll keep you in touch with my treatment and reconstruction on the BCC website. Stay strong, and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx”
    To ALL of you who’ve written SO many thanks from me and the children, and once this bloomin’ arm is less stiff I’ll be back to my usual 90 words a minute…. OK, that was when I was 18, but hey, we’ve come a long way since the daisywheel electric typewriter!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Will be writing on the BCC forum as promised too, Love always, Ali xxxx

  15. alison keenan February 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    oooops, forget to mention Sue “11 years ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s fantastic. Stay well, and keep in touch, love Ali xx” Zarah “Your best friend and family are lucky to have you there to be strong for them, and thank you for your lovely words, love Ali xx” Helen “Your family sound like mine ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re both lucky and I’ve written your saying out in my notebook – it made me cry and smile at the same time – quite a feat!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep in touch, Love Ali XX” Pauline “so glad for your best friend she had you there… I know cos I’ve had mine with me, and although it’s early days, and I’m only beginning the journey, as Claudia said to me, at least I now have the map ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep in touch, Love Ali xx” Sylvia “thank you for your lovely positive story. I have to wait til after treatment for my reconstruction, but your words all help ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx” Gail “Sam loved your words too. Your perception touched me, so please keep in touch, love Ali xx” Sharon “So sorry to hear of your losses, but thank you for writing. May you remain forever healthy and positive ๐Ÿ™‚ love Ali xx”
    Again, so many thank to all the rest of you who’ve taken the time out to write. I have read them ALL, and you’ve cheered me up no end, Love Ali xxx

  16. Shauna February 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I an so sorry to hear your news. In December 2009 I was given the all clear….the day before my Dad died and then Mum became poorly (Julia’s November blog.
    Ironically, I had my biopsy just hours after my grandson Cole was born, he being at the same hospital I went to for my breast screening (50 – by invitation) me at the hospital where his Mum and Dad had been having IVF treatment and it worked first time, so he has alsays been my little ray of hope along with my 3 other grandchildren of course!
    I will keep you and your family in my thoughts. Good luck to Sam, and you dear Ali stay strong and positive.
    Much love

  17. Linda February 14, 2011 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Ali – your an inspiration with your humour and positive attitudexx No need to reply – just get healthy and back to your usual beautiful(in mind,body and spirit) selfxx and get back on our tv screens – your colleagues are doing a great job but you are very much missedxx Thinking of you and wishing you positivity(as if you need it) and much love Lindaxxx

  18. Alison Peacock February 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    So sorry to hear your news. Sending you my very best wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Take care. Love Alison xx

  19. Una February 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear dear Ali.
    What did I tell you? No need to reply (specially 890 words a minute, thats just showing off!) you use all your strength to get well. We will all do the talking!
    To be honest Ali, I sometimes actually forget it happened. I remember when the Dr told me. I felt sorry for her, as i was the first person she had to break that kind of news to. She was in tears, and I was trying to comfort her! It seems like a lifetime ago, literally! I was so lucky, my body handled the treatment extremely well. i lost a little hair, it was a bit wispy really, and i went back to work as soon as I could. My nails seemed to suffer, and that upset me a bit, as I had always been so proud of my nails, but thanks to a certain Mr Denny, Im getting there.
    In my mind, if I could go to work, there was nothing wrong. I dont know if that was a smart move or not, but it certainly worked for me. I, like yourself, had so much support from my family, and I thank them at every opportunity, THATS when I found out who my real friends were, and still are.
    I still have my knicker story to tell you. Im saving that for a rainy day! If you feel that its raining very hard one day, and its a bit cloudy in your head, let me know!!!! Its a goodun!! In fact, I have 2 knicker stories, oh my goodness, its a wonder I wasnt banned from Stagecoach buses!!! Thats got you wondering, hasnt it?!!!
    Enjoy you champagne girls night in, but for goodness sake, hide the chocolates, Miss Greenwood is on her way!!!!!!
    My love as always Ali
    Una xxx

  20. Julie February 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Ali,you seem to stay so positve throughout your ordeal-as usual. You know my family sends their love and wish you all the very best.
    It’s nice to see you still have your sense of humour. Through your blog I think it will help others no end.
    Take good care of yourself
    Julie xx

  21. Susan February 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Shauna,
    What a lovely story/stories you shared. So glad you have little Cole. All you positive ladies out there! You’re wonderful! Take care,
    Susan x

  22. Christine Jones February 14, 2011 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    Just wantec to send my love to you as you go through this difficult time.. Six years ago exactly I was diagnosed with a rare tumour that meant I had to have 12 hours surgery and put on life support to get rid of the thing. I remember so much, coming home after so many praying for me and my close friend came to nurse me every morning at 7.30 and helped me shower and made me breakfast and made me lovely juices to build me up.. I was just thinking about your rabbits and it reminded me of an incident when I was recovering in bed and looking out through the window…
    My neighbours rabbit had escaped and there was pandemonium outside as everyone ran up and down the road trying to catch the rabbit!!! I laughed so much it wasnt good for me!!! My pastor from church who had called to see me (probably thought i wouldnt make it!) ended up joining in the chase.. it was decided he was rubbish at catching rabbita and was given a baby to hold instead.. I watched all this hilarity and boy it did me good as we all shared in the laughter of this little black bunny successfully escaping everyones grip.
    Keep watching your bunnies Alison they will do you good..
    Oh and please dont ever call it MY cancer because its not!! You didnt choose it its not yours it doesnt belong with you or to you, I never say my cancer it was invading me but it wasnt mine. i didnt choose it or ask for it!! Dont own it Alison, its gone.
    . My boys found it hard but they had their girlfriends to help them and I had the best support. in family and friends. I learned to accept help for the first time ever as there were so many things I couldnt do.. They were blessed in helping and I was blessed by their efforts.
    Also, I remember seeing a fridge magnet saying “Youll always be my friend , you know too much” I could relate to that as my friend used to help me shower (how close can a friend be to cope with that!!) I will be forever thankful.
    We are all here praying for you Alison and your family. Your mum has shown you the way and I too have a mum who has faced challenges and I hope I have just a bit of her courage. Our mums are of a generation the likes of which we will probably never see again, give her my love and I hope she is recovering well too. I struggled with my physical appearance for a while and once the tears had dried I learned to live with the new me..
    6 years on I still here having been blessed with two beautiful grandsons and I know that you have a lot to look forward to and you wil look wonderful at Lucys wedding!!
    You are blessed to have a great support network at QVC and we out here all love you too for just being you!!
    Day at a time Ali.. Just go with how you feel and your instincts will guide you. Youll be fine I just know..
    With love and understanding..
    Christine xx

  23. Pauline Johnson February 15, 2011 at 1:04 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison so sorry to hear your news,know you will get better you have such a positive attitude to life with all the hurdles you have had in the past few years.Thinking of you and your family love Pauline.
    Sounds insignifience after your news but we did have a great golden wedding anniversary on the 4th.

  24. Una February 15, 2011 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Christine
    Just read your message with tears of laughter running down my face.
    You paint a very clear picture. Its a wonder you didnt burst your stitches. So very very funny. I think someone sent that rabbit your way, to remind you that you have to laugh at life even when its not very funny.
    Where would we be without our friends? I had BC 5 years ago, and wasnt particularly worried about losing my hair, but i just didnt want anyone to see me without make up! Silly I know, but thats just me. A few times I was very weak and couldnt even lift a blusher brush. My best friend came in as she did every day, and i was in tears as I knew some people were coming to visit later that day. She grabbed the make up bag, and 5 minutes later announced “your done” Was I ever, i looked like a clown!! A make up artist she is not, she will not challenge Ali Young anytime soon. I looked in the mirror and was in absolute fits. Her answer… “knew I could make you laugh” Needless to say, she has NEVER been allowed near my make up bag since.
    Pauline, CONGRATULATIONS, its not insignificant, its lovely news.
    Magda, i hope you are bearing up, thinking of you.
    Lots of love to everyone
    Una xx

  25. Lynn February 16, 2011 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    Hi dear ali im so so very sorry about all the “awful stuff” thats come your way, im praying for you and all of us and that you heal quickly and youll keep in mind,we are all walking your road as well as our own with you,and, if the days are difficult ahead remember my dear our hopes and smiles are there to give you the strength to get through it, we cant hug you personally i know, but, your lovely family can! god speed you back to full health and qvc well all be on the forum and hope to pop in and find you love Lynn xx

  26. joanna pocock February 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    hiya alison,I really hope you make a quick recovery,you are such a positive person i just know you will do well !! hugs to you lots of love jo xx

  27. Susan February 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una,
    What a funny story about your make up incident! You are so right though…we have to find a little humour in our sometimes awful situations. God knows there’s enough doom and gloom around us! Hope you too are doing ok.
    Take care
    Susan x

  28. Una February 17, 2011 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Laughter is most definately the best medicine. I sometimes had to be the making everyone laugh. People would come to visit me, and creep around, watching what they were saying incase they upset me. Its just so hard to know what tp say sometimes. I remember being at a BBQ, and everyone was being so polite, TOO polite. I stood in the doorway, and shouted to the hosts, “do you have any sunscreen, I dont want to get cancer”!!! There was huge gasp from everyone, then they just all burst out laughing, ice was broken, and we all got back to normal!
    All is fine now, thank you. As you maybe read in previous blogs. we had an awful tragedy just before xmas, but we are getting there.
    Its amazing how resilient we are isnt it? I hope all is well with you too Susan.
    Love Una x

  29. James (Breast Cancer Care) February 17, 2011 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hi there everyone,
    My name’s James and I’m one of the website editors at Breast Cancer Care, the charity that Alison mentioned in the post above.
    We’ve posted a blog post from Alison about her experience of breast cancer and her recent operation and I just thought it would be nice to let you all know.
    You can read the post and comment on our website here:
    Best wishes to you all,

  30. Siรขn February 18, 2011 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    I am so sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I am sure the next months are going to be a difficult road for you but you have a lot of people who will be helping you on your way. I pray for your recovery and hope you’ll be back with us on screen very soon xxxxx

  31. Gail February 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I do hope you are feeling a little more comfortable and truly hope that Sam’s op went okay and is successful. Life is definitely full of challenges but it’s amazing how strong we become when we have to. Sink or swim comes to mind. Some truly amazing people replying on your blog, with some pretty amazing life experiences. Take care, thinking of you.
    Love Gail xx (p.s. can’t wait for the lovely Una’s knicker story).

  32. Gail February 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi James,
    I have tried to comment on your website but, unfortunately, I’m not very technically minded and wasn’t able to find my way around the site to log in/register. Any suggestions and help would be very much appreciated and I’m sure I don’t speak just for myself.
    Thank you.
    Best wishes to you too,

  33. February 18, 2011 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I was sorry to here your sad news I hope that everything will get all right soon love from Geraldine in Wandsworth

  34. Anita Westney February 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have just read you’re blog on BCC,oh my word it brought tears to my eyes but you’re PMA is amazing. Keeping everything crossed and sending up a prayer for you and you’re family.
    Love to all you;re family

  35. angela white February 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, i was so shocked tohear your news. im certain you are going to be fine! chemo and radiotherapy not nice but as long as it does the job and gets rid of it. iwas diagnosed 2008 and had lumpectomy,chemo and radiotherapy. get plenty of rest and let people help if they can. you certainly find out who your friends are! take care and im sending love and prayers to you x

  36. Jill March 10, 2011 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    So sorry to hear your news. I have never posted a comment, but felt compelled to do so to let you know I’m thinking of you. You will be fine as you seem to me to be a very positive lady. My Mum too has had breast cancer (10 years ago) and is thankfully doing well. Look forward to seeing you on QVC soon. My best wishes and take care. Jill x

  37. Veronica Reid April 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali im so sorry to hear about what your going through, my thoughts and prayers are with you all the way. Just to cheer you up! At the moment im hand rearing 5 little pups they are 3 weeks old and i have been feeding and cleaning them all since they were 2 days old. they belong to my son and ive been staying with him while looking aftr the pups his dog was so big and heavy she was suffocating them as she did 2 of them she had 9 in total 4 died but the 5 remaining are great. Well Ali dont want to bore you to much you stay posative and get well soon and come back to us all we miss you smiling face on QVC. Lots of love to you and your mum and all of your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. God Bless xxxx From Veronica xxxxxxx

  38. margaret barker April 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison,just a note to wish you well,we are all thinking about you,laugh when you can ,cry when ever you need to,try and stay brave and positive as you can,look forward and try and look forward to the time when you are fully recovered.May God bless you with good health again very soon.I am Thinking about you and sending you a big hug.:) look after you, all my very best wishes.Margaret xxxxx

  39. Stephanie Jackson May 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Recovering from a badly broken wrist (broken radius and shattered ulna) which has resulted in me spending more time watching QVC, I suddenly realised that I had not seen you on screen for some time. I am so sorry to read about all the terrible things that have been happening to you and members of your family recently. My prayers (albeit belated) are with you and your family and wish you a speedy and 100% recovery. With love Stephanie

  40. May 23, 2011 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I missed seeing you on QVC for quite a while, so I rang customer services and asked where you were and was shocked to hear the news. You are a strong and positive lady and you will come through this with the love and support from your family. I will light a ‘Yankee Candle’ specially for you and your family and will remember you all in my prayers.
    Lots of love

  41. Gill Jones May 25, 2011 at 3:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, been reading your blog. Its 3.30 in the morning and a lot of the comments have made me smile and a few come close to tears. One of the last outings I had before I lost my leg was to dance in a large puddle with my boyfriend. Picture 2 leather clad bikers messing about in a puddle in the rain at a petrol station near to Newark. Lids were not an option, they were in the dry. Did I say rain, it was more like a small storm. It made a lot of miserable car drivers laugh, and gave me a great memory of a very happy moment. 50+ and still growing old disgracefully. My thoughts are with you.

  42. dave n June 5, 2011 at 6:38 pm -  Reply


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