Thank you for all your support!

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Alison Keenan, Claire Sutton and Debbie GreenwoodSuch is the excitement following last night BCC show that I can't sleep, and so I've downloaded all my photographs and wanted to share them with you while I say THANK YOU!!

Unbelievable support from you all to bring the amount raised to the highest total ever, and as the phone lines stayed open after 'normal' programming was resumed with Ali Young, I am certain we will have set the bar even higher!

What this money will bring to other women who, like me, have needed support is vital and your money is so much appreciated. I know I managed to say thank you to a number of 'Ali's Army', but obviously not all of you, for which I can only apologise, as you have ALL been inspirational to me…

Alison Keenan and Simon BiagiThank you too for the incredible response to the speech I made at the BCC Fashion Show last week… I am humbled by the things you say, and moved to tears to read all your comments. You are so kind, and I didn't expect in a million years to have such a response. It was an amazing evening, and I felt afterwards that I'd really turned a corner… 

Being back at QVC Towers last night brought about a mix of emotions. Can it be a whole year since I was all dressed and ready, heading upstairs with Craig to 'man' the auction and donation lines? I remember Mum didn’t want me to mention her recent diagnosis and treatment, and I was worried I might cry with the emotion of it all…

Alison Keenan and partner ColinSo much has happened since then, but the buzz around the building last night was no different. Being in our presenter lounge rushing about getting changed, collecting notes and catching up with everyone was wonderful. I had my make-up expertly applied by Amanda Harrington, and as I sat in mine and Kathy's dressing room, the woman looking back at me in the mirror smiled, and reminded me of who I was, and who I am determined to be again… 

I'm keeping everything crossed that I'll be back on the schedule in November, but in the meantime I am getting ready for Lucy's big day. A week tomorrow we'll heading down to Cornwall – can't wait. Thank you for the photos you've sent in so far – and please don't be shy!! I need plenty more to make my 'Rogues Gallery' and then it will be there on the wall in my dressing room to remind me how lucky I am to have you all in my life.

Have a great weekend, and thank you again.

Love Ali xx
P.S. Here's my speech for any of you that missed it… 

 

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222 Comments

  1. Rhona Fenton October 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, WOW you were amazing and so beautiful my hankies were at the ready as the heavens opened up when I saw you on air last night it was so good to see you back you have been so missed my girl let me tell you:) and a big thank you for your thank you on air that started the tears all over again, you are so very welcome and like all the others that were mentioned last night I am so glad I can be off comfort to you when needed:)but Alison you have my email address anytime you need to just drop me a line only glad to help:) you have an email from me in your email bag waiting for you at the moment:) back to last night what a fantastic night:) and so glad QVC added the donations by text now wow that was awesome so here we were, Colin, Rebecca and myself each on our phones texting in our donations to help add to what was amazing total:) but not forgetting everyone at QVC who all helped make it such a wonderful evening as alway’s:) please also pass on our Happy Birthday’s to Lucy hope she had a lovely day? love to all the family and to your colin, have a fantastic time at Lucy and Richards wedding next week I will be thinking off you all:)which I know will start my tears all over again but happy ones for you all on what will be a special day in more way’s than one:) keep strong Alison you are amazing, lot’s of love to you and yours from me and mine alway’s Rhona xx

  2. Mrs Julie Thorogood October 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I just had to post a comment after last night. You looked absolutely lovely and it was such a joy to see you back on screen. The whole event was wonderful and I have to say I shed quite a few tears. You are all so brave and inspirational. I wish I had your strength.Very much looking forward to your return to our screens.I wish you continued success in your recovery.Love to you and your family. Enjoy the wedding.

  3. Susan Hughes October 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,i was so shocked to hear your news i had been wondering for a while where you were as i had missed your laugh and your 100 mile an hour chatter.I have just watched your speech and i cried buckets as so many other people also would have done.You looked wonderful and you are an inspiration to everyone i wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to November when you are back in our lives
    Take care lots of love & hugs xxx
    from
    Susan Hughes

  4. Elaine Marr October 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I did not realise until last night watching the bcc event on qvc that you, yourself have been diagnosed this year. I had been wondering where you were! I have just watched your speech and feel very humbled. I have been unemployed for a couple of months and it is getting me down, however hearing what you and other women (and men) go through regarding treatment and how cancer affects their loved ones I have nothing to complain about.
    I already give a monthly donation to cancer research in memory of a much loved uncle. Last night I was able to get the Leighton Denny T shirt, as its always who is fastest wins.
    All the very best for your daughters wedding and heres to many many more big family events. Take care of yourself, with every good wish to you Elaine oxo

  5. Debbie October 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Alison,
    I have been a QVC viewer for many years (I remember when you joined!!) and have been following your blog updates as you have been going through the last year. You have my greatest respect for how you have been dealing with such a frightening experience and I wish you all the luck in the world.
    I felt an enormous need to email you having watched you BCC speech – what a beautiful speech; so personal, so from the heart and so dignified. You are an inspiration.
    May you have the strength and support to carry you through the remainder of your treatment.
    From Debbie x

  6. claire sutton October 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    GORGY GIRL, it was the best having you there last night. I have to say tho my sweet that with that new hair emerging you looked killer sexy with Amanda`s fab make up without the up do as we strode, well limped out of QVC last night, but I so know what you mean about almost forgetting as you truly just look so brilliant.Last week at the Grosvener and now last night were such huge evenings for you and that light at the end of the very dark tunnel, (or pin prick as it used to feel….) is really sparkling for you Ali, I am so proud of you, words can`t even begin to explain……All love Always, Claire xxxxx

  7. Shauna October 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali….you beauty!!!
    Watched the whole three hours last night and managed to buy quite a few things too and shed quit a few tears after hearing your amazing speach.
    What can I say? The night was fantastic, you where brilliant, you looked beautiful and you’ve been SOooo brave.
    I would like to thank you for sharing these past months. You say we have help you, well I say you have kept us going!!
    Your unselfish caring for others, answering blogs and worrying and supporting those in need I feel is just typical of you. I have been proud to be part of Ali’s Army and may it continue now on your journey to recovery.
    Right, that out of the way, down to the future stuff.
    I’m going to be thinking of you 24/7 and mind, you have to savere every minute of the next few weeks.
    I send my love and best wishes to you and your family, especially Lucy and Richard on their big day.
    You just sit back and take care my lovely.
    Much love
    Shauna
    xxx
    PS Well done to the rest of the team for last night. x
    Ali’s Army will keep on marching!!!!!

  8. Sue October 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    It was wonderful to see you back where you belong last night Ali. You looked stunning and it was so good to hear your voice again and to see you in person. You really are an inspiration and your courage, bravery and positivity are just awe inspiring. I am sure that you have had your moments, as you said, in the small hours of the morning, but you really have shown such courage and determination. I hope that your daughter had a lovely birthday and that the wedding in Cornwall will be fantastic. I am sure that you will look fabulous and be a very proud mum. Please give love and best wishes to Amica also and I am sure that you are a great support to her. I really do hope that you will be back on QVC and in our homes once again from November as we have all really missed you. Debbie and Kathy have been such fantastic friends and have kept us updated with news of you in addition to us being able to read your great blogs. Please post pics of you at the wedding. It was lovely to see you last night on the BCC hours and delighted to know the fantastic sum of money raised for such a vital cause. So delighted to see you given a lovely bouquet as the show was closing – well deserved. Well done to you, the kind suppliers, the hard working presenters and to QVC for a fabulous show and event. Didn’t Debbie look beautiful in her evening dress? You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Sue xx

  9. dill October 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    wow if i can see thekeyboard i would just like to say what a wonderful speach my eyes are full of tears i can hardly see but i had to sya how wonderful your speach was Ali, it was also fantastic see in you back on qvc last night tehn again you had me in tears, I wish you everything you wish yourself and more and please would you pass on my best wishes to amica and tell her i hope she reovers too and like your daughter saud may you both be better for ever. all my love and admiration to you and the tears are still falling xxx love dilys gray

  10. dill October 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    told you i could not see the keyboard sorry for all the spelling mistakes in the last post

  11. Debra Ward-Harris October 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    You looked really lovely at the Breast Cancer Care last night. It was lovely to see you back again and to hear your lovely voice again. I do wish you a speedy recovery and I hope that everything work’s out alright for you.
    I have been a QVC Customer for twelve years now and I have loved all your shows, particularly the jewellery ones. I have recorded everyone you have been on. I hope you are able to get to Greece next year again. I was fortunate to go in May to Zakynthos and Kefalonia and I enjoyed every minute of it. I went swimming every day and it was like getting into a spa bath! I met some nice people too. So I will be going back next year! The water was a real turquoise colour and I went to Shipwreck Bay. I would say I had nearly ten weeks out there.
    I thought the amount raised for Breast Cancer Charity was GREAT!
    I alway try and purchase something every year. You are amazing Ali, keep going and I send my love and light to you.
    Love Debbie
    XXXXX

  12. judith sowden October 13, 2011 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    dear alison, what an inspiration you are!, i have been following your blogs throughout your treatments and have never ceased to be amazed at how you have been able to write with such honesty, humour and bravery. i have never replied before as your blogs are so interesting that i felt my reply wouldn’t even begin to express my admiration for you, however after last nights bcc show my admiration for you have trebled!, you were amazing!!!and looked beautiful, your speech at the bcc had me in tears. I was thrilled to read you are hoping to be back in november, i have missed your happy presenting. Have a wonderful day on the 22nd at your daughters wedding, lots of love and best wishes for your continuing return to good health, judithxx

  13. Ann Noon October 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    although this is the first email to you , I have followed your news avidly .I just want to say how amazing you have been throughout and how inspirational you are . Have a wonderful time at your daughter’s wedding, your whole family deserve a spectacular day !!!!!! God bless you.
    love Ann xxxxxxxxx
    love to Amica aswell if you speak to her soon !

  14. Tim Lamb October 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I had to write after seeing last nights BCC show & watching your amazing speach (I’m not ashamed to say I cried like a baby), you are incredibly brave & such an inspiration for so many women!! I wish you all the best & do truely hope you do get better forever!
    lots of love & the very best wishes
    Tim xXx

  15. Julie October 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    What a fabulous night. Do you know in some ways it was as if you’ve never been away. You know I think you looked fab but honestly Ali you would never have known what you’ve been through-you were shining!Obviously helped by the support you’ve had from your Colin and of course your marvellous children. Also very pleased that you were wearing Clogau-not patriotic am I?? I think it was quite poignant what you said to Craig “who would have known this last year?” (words to that effect!)Well done everyone concerned.
    I’ll send hugs from Lily (but not too close!-still not well I’m afraid) and loads of love from me
    Will keep you informed
    Julie xxx

  16. Alpa October 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Everyone,
    Ali, WOOO HOOO!!!! It was so lovely to see you last night and yes, tissues were at the ready, I tell you! You looked stunning Ali, you really did and it was truly an amazing night :)
    Aaarghhhh !!!! Booo hooo!!!! I am so sorry, I missed the ‘roll call’ for Ali’s Army! I am very chuffed though to hear my lovely friends mentioned and how wonderful you are to do that :) Fab photos and I do like the one with you and Simon, you look incredible and I am so pleased that your hair is starting to grow back :)
    I had a look online for a pair of ‘killer heels’ for you and there are wedding shops that will dye the shoes to match your outfit, which you probably knew! Some of the ‘heels’ (non wedding related) were very scary and looked more like foot armour, than the elegant ones I had in mind!
    Una, I do hope that you are being very well looked after and will be home by the weekend with your lovely husband. I laughed at the ‘superman’ comment you made on Ali’s speech and I see no reason not to do a ‘superman’ at all! Sorry to say I have been behaving myself, so I hope you are making up for it! Forget oggling, I should just have asked you to send any gorgeous doctors to me instead, to pay a home visit!! I promise to send you lots of LilyoBrien chocolates and a nail file of course, if anyone even dares to think of arresting you!! x
    Debz, I have been thinking of you my friend. I do understand how low the ‘low times’ of depression can be and I do hope you know that you are never, ever alone, not even for one minute and even when it feels like you are. You are always so kind and thoughtful to all your friends here and I am lucky and honoured to have you as my friend :) Sending you a very big hug and a stroke for Ainzley, the extraordinary, who has very fine taste I must say! x
    Marj, I do hope that this month is a little less rocky for you than last month. Let’s see what we can do with the power of sending positive thoughts to each other x Susan, hope you are doing ok x Gail, how I love your positivity and I hope that when the lower dose of your meds kick in, it will be of some relief to the RA x Magda, sending you my love and so thrilled to hear Debbie mention you last night, another brave and courageous lady x
    Ali, a very big thank you to Colin for taking care of our very special girl, for us. Apart from hearing you look good in a pinny Colin, I believe you also make delicious bacon sandwiches!! What a man :)
    Ali, take care and as always thank you for the making of Ali’s Army, which is definitely a highlight for me :)
    Holding your hand tightly,
    Lots of love, Alpa xxxx

  17. Alison October 13, 2011 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    So good to see you on tv last night-my very best wishes for your continuing recovery.

  18. Louise October 13, 2011 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    How amazing were you last night? Great to see you back on our screen – it was as if you have never been away. Can’t wait until November and you’re back on a regular basis. I really appreciate you alluding to us – “Ali’s Army” is a term I’m sure we are all honoured to be referred to as – but we have done nothing to be thanked for.
    I know you will be pleased when you can get back into your usual routine of work and home life; I had my work’s medical today and have been declared capable to do my job – although I was never in any doubt of my fitness, it was still a relief when the doctor said he would have to inform my employers that he had no hesitation in confirming my good health – as if that wasn’t what I wanted to hear! I can’t wait to get back to work.
    At the doctor’s today, I read a poster which said a woman had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and she hadn’t found a lump! I never knew that – it’s a good job the information is out there as we ought not to assume that everyone knows all there is to know about any form of cancer, even the most basic of facts.
    Can I wish you all the best again, Ali, for the wedding. I’m sure Lucy will be a beautiful bride with a most glamorous mother. Enjoy the day and perhaps you can post some photos!
    Take care and speak soon.
    Louise.

  19. Susan Skinner October 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have been reading your blog over the past few months and quietly admiring your positivity and strength of character. I’m not one for blogging but just felt I had to say how much I admire you. Your speech at the BCC fashion show was perfectly pitched, you painted a picture of what it is like to go through that tunnel – without losing your great sense of humour.
    I am so pleased that you feel you have turned a corner, you looked beautiful last night and the “old Ali” is still very much there. Be encouraged, you will probably never know just how many people you have helped by sharing your story with such honesty. I pray that your recovery is a speedy one and that you have a wedding day packed full of joy and precious memories. I look forward to seeing you back on our screens soon.
    Love Susan, Co Down.

  20. Susan October 13, 2011 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a fabulous night you hosted with Debs, Simon, Claire and Craig! And like you I thought I cannot believe that you and Craig were manning the phones last year too. Unbelievable that your Mum and you have both fought this awful disease in the last year. You have had way too many bad cards in your life so it’s damn about time that your tables turned!! And you’re right about your Lucy’s wedding and the massive 2 events that you’ve attended are a great start. Your speech was stunning…and were you. And I soo agree with Claire about you looking killer sexy in your gorgeous makeup and new hair coming through!! Not that many women look soo stunning with such short hair but we’ve always said how stunning your face was that you so suited your short funky hairdos…just like Kylie! You take care this week and enjoy the build up to lovely Lucy’s special day! You deserve it more than anyone.
    Love Susan x
    PS Thanks for the mention and we’re always happy to be here for you.x

  21. ANGELA BRADLEY October 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Alison , you looked fantastic and what an evening –one of the best BCC events ever –great feeling throughout the whole show .I hope Amica was watching too so she could hear just how much she is missed .
    As you say –what a lot can happen in just a year, and what a lot will happen in the year ahead . You will get well , you will. We — the viewers –are rooting for you and Amica .
    Every good wish for Lucy`s wedding , enjoy every single minute, and see you soon
    Angela

  22. Gail October 13, 2011 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed watching the show and was thrilled to see you looking so well. Mentioning us girls by name is a reflection of what a fab lady you are; you knew how much it would mean to us – you’re a star xxxxxx

  23. Alpa October 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Helen,
    Thank you so much for the message and thinking of me. I went to my appointment on Tuesday instead, just didn’t have the strength to do it last Thursday. It would have been lovely to have you come with me and keep me company. I took myself to a late luch after that, picked up some groceries and came home. I have stayed very close to home for a while and it did feel strange to be out. I was just relieved to get back home in one piece and without anything happening!
    I don’t think that M.E. is treated seriously here and it is a horrible disease. Although research into the biomedical cause has been almost non-existent here due to funding, it is being done in other countries, which is a good thing.
    I have been a member of a M.E. self help group for about 18 months, called Network Mesh and based in West London (a member in name only so far!) One of the things they do is send out a magazine every season which is handy to keep up to date with what’s going on. I think the latest magazine has been put onto the website. If it helps, it’s no trouble at all to copy the magazines that I have and to send them to you. You are my friend and I am more than happy to do it :)
    Apart from that, I have been doing my own research and have to chase up a referral for osteopathy (there is evidence to support it may be beneficial in managing M.E.) I have had to be very insistent with my doctor!
    I hope that Olivia enjoyed her harvest festival, it sounds lovely. Helen, I will share something that a friend said to me and that is, you are doing the best you can, no one can do more than that – be kind to yourself.
    Take care and I am always here for you,
    Lots of love, Alpa xxxx

  24. Pam October 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Great to see you looking so well and happy.
    Amazing amount of money,huge effort from presenters,Ali back on screen.That was a good night!!Summed up by your brilliant photo-shoes off, glass in hand, sat with buddies – job well done ! ha ha
    Bet you’re still on cloud nine.Like you say,that corner well and truly turned.
    Much love to you all,
    Pam x

  25. MRS TERRY BELL October 13, 2011 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Alison, you are an inspiration to all cancer sufferers out there. I didn’t know why your beautiful smiling face had disappeared from our QVC screens until last night and was so sad to know what you have been through but very uplifted to see how amazing you looked. Your speech had me crying buckets.I’m so pleased you have so much love in your life from your wonderful family and friends to carry you through this. God bless you and hope Lucys wedding goes well. Wishing you good health and as Lucy wishes for you GET BETTER FOREVER ALISON. Can’t wait to see you back on our screens but make sure you are well enough-do not rush back. LOTS OF LOVE TERRY XX

  26. Norman October 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Alison, I was able to catch some of last nights event and have to say that you looked wonderful. Having also saw your speech, I was moved by your courage and had huge admiration for the humour that you could find in such a terrible time for you and your family. I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you on QVC again very soon. Love and best wishes xx

  27. Joanna Downey October 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, It wonderful to see you last night, just like old times and hopefully normal service will soon to be restored. You looked lovely and all the enthusiasm and intonation came back into your voice when the jewellery was placed in front of you. It was great to hear you say; “This isn’t work” and I knew then how much we have missed you. I also love the photo of you taken with Simon, the girl who smiled back at you from the mirror never went away and she showed her true and beautiful self this year. The loss of so many aspects of a woman’s femininity must be a huge part of the ordeal of this awful disease and I trust that time returns all of them. I don’t know if you still read an old blog once you’ve posted a new one but I wrote earlier this week about your photo collection, if you received the one’s I sent from Bex’s wedding please use one of those, if not I’ll bombard you with more. Only a week and a bit until THE BIG DAY, enjoy MOTB! Love from Jo x

  28. Val October 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    I always read the presenter blogs.Yours has always been a particular favourite,so interesting and so witty.However, I have never contemplated adding a comment, until now. I just felt I needed to say how brave and strong you have been,whilst maintaining your sense of fun. I hope you continue to improve and look forward to seeing you back presenting. Take Care.

  29. Lisa Kellet October 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    I have been reading your blog for some months now – I started because I wanted to know why you no longer graced the QVC channel. So I know how you have borne the battle but honey you looked so fabulous last night I felt I just had to drop a line or two! Alison your speach was inspired and rang with sincerity and as such was made all the more powerful – you are amazing. Please have a wonderful wedding – I’m sure all that happiness and joy and love will boost you. Take care not to over do it you beautiful woman you need to build up your reserves again! Love and prayers. Lisa

  30. Sylvia Wilkins October 13, 2011 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Alison, you take my breath away with your elegance, humour and grace after all you have gone through – and still going through. You make us realise that we should relish every second with the hectic, busy lives we lead as we don’t know what we have to face round the corner. I know you will continue to live life to the full and I send you healing, loving best wishes and may you continue to grow stronger every day. I look forward to the day when we see you back on QVC as a regular. In the meantime enjoy your big family event that’s coming up, knowing that we are all smiling with you. With very best wishes, Sylvia x

  31. madeline October 14, 2011 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    what a heartfelt speech you gave ali, I new you were going through the mill with cancer, but I did not realise the severity of it. you have my utmost admiration to have gone through what you have but still able to put a brave face on and inspire other sufferers to look forward and see the light at the end of the tunnel. I wish you all the very best and I hope that each day you feel better than the one before. Enjoy the wedding, my congratulations to the happy couple. take care,

  32. anne McArthur October 14, 2011 at 12:15 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I have been reading your blog this year and have been amazed at how cheery your comments have been throughout your ordeal. I have also watched your speech at the Breast Cancer Care event,(along with several hankies) and just wanted to let you know how dearly you are thought of.
    My sister has special needs and tends to talk about TV personalities, famous people etc by using their first name! It’s quite hard to get used to a conversation when she suddenly drops the name of Kate into a normal conversation and she actually means the Duchess of Cambridge! However the first time she said, “I wonder how Ali is doing?”, I knew instantly who she meant as you have been so much in our thoughts. I hope this explains how much we and others think of you and how your vivacity and personality comes through when we have watched you on the television. And it’s heartfelt thoughts we send to you on your recovery and the very best of wishes to your family for the upcoming wedding. Just to know that there is someone in the world like yourself with your lovely stories and quick quips (easy for me to say), makes us humbled and grateful. Get well soon Ali, you are much loved!

  33. Jill Dowding-Walker October 14, 2011 at 1:01 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, I was thrilled to watch you on BCC show – what a stunner! Watching your speech last week was immensely touching. Like everyone else, I was moved to tears by your humility, gratitude and sincerity. You have been through the wringer, but emerged even more beautiful, dignified and loving. We all have battles in our lives and mine are different to yours, but I could never have gone through all you have experienced this past year so bravely, giving so much support back to others who have been or are affected by breast cancer. I think your message that we do not need to feel so alone in our struggles applies to anyone suffering any form of disease who finds themselves up in the middle of the night, worrying, praying, or crying. Thank you for encouraging those individuals to get online to reach out and seek comfort, information and inspiration. Brava Girl!!! I deeply wish you a continued recovery and a healthy, happy future! Enjoy the wedding (take plenty of hankies!) and let us know that you will return on air from time to time in the near future? Onwards and upwards sweetheart! Much love and respect, Jill in Peterborough x x x
    P.S. I asked Debbie Flint to give you a hug from me, so you let me know if she did, alright?! :-)

  34. Pam Hackett October 14, 2011 at 6:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, you looked so beautiful at the Breast Cancer event and your speech was so moving. We are so lucky to know such a brave, wonderful incredibly brave lady and your family must be so proud of you. I was so happy to hear that you may be back on screen in November and look forward very much to seeing you back , not least as it will mean you are feeling so much better in yourself. Before that enjoy Lucy’s wedding and know that we are all with you each and every day. Very best wishes, love Pam xx

  35. Mrs Linda Coleman October 14, 2011 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali – I’ve been away on holiday so missed the B. Cancer Care Event. I had no idea that you had been diagnosed & had gone through all the treatment. I do know a little of what its been like as a very Close Friend of mine has just done exactly the same – she had a mastectomy over 22 years ago and had been clear, but then this year had to do it all again with the other breast. She is now looking forward to the final part, her reconstruction surgery, and also to the Wedding of her only daughter next Spring. I do so wish you well, and hope its all over and done with soon, so that you can get on with your life. If you are only half as brave as my Dear Friend, you will be fine. All my Very Best Wishes, dear girl. Linda x

  36. Karen October 14, 2011 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Alison, I watched the BCC event on QVC this year as I have always done and managed to get myself a few of the items on air. I must say it was a delight to see you on our screens again. After everything you have been through, you looked so happy and radiant. Your speech was so heartfelt, touching and inspirational and I also shed a tear. You are so brave and always seem so positive. I sincerely hope that you enjoy your daughter’s wedding and look forward to your return to our screens. You brighten up so many lives with your lovely smile. Best wishes to you and all your family, Karen xx

  37. Linda Marshall October 14, 2011 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, What an amazing speech you gave,i sat there with tear streaming down my cheeks listening to you. You looked amazing on the night,you should be very proud of yourself.
    THERE ARE ANGELS ALL AMONG US
    SENT DOWN FROM UP ABOVE
    TO OFFER GUIDANCE AND PROTECTION
    AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
    lots of love Linda xxx

  38. Kim October 14, 2011 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    What a difficult year this has been for you and how brave you are. We are a family that has had its share of breast cancer and I know how much it takes. It is such a devastating illness for a woman, as it steals so much of what makes us who we are during its reign. It comes from nowhere often and undermines all that you thought you knew. Your speech was so strong. You held yourself together with such dignity. I’m sure that all women, myself included felt so proud of and for you. You seem surrounded by a very devoted family Alison and you know how much of a gift that is I am sure. Enjoy your wedding, and keep getting well. God bless.

  39. elaine sallis October 14, 2011 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You looked lovely the other night and look lovely in the picture without your wig. Only you could carry this off as you have. You are a beautiful person inside and out and we are very lucky that you share your life with us and count us amongst your friends.
    I hope the wedding is wonderful, if you are anything like I was at Jodies your nose will run lots!!!
    I will send you a picture of her wedding when I get them printed. Looking forward to see your gorgeous pictures from the wedding.
    Lots of Love Elaine

  40. Linda, Glasgow October 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali(you lovely ladyx)
    I do hope you managed to read the comments left on your last blog in the last week as there are some lovely messages from your pink soldiers(Ali’s Army) and when i say that i mean everybody who left a comment wether it be once or a million times as i know you appreciate every word(thats what makes you so specialxx)Well,i take a breath,wasnt the QVC BCC night absolutely brilliant and can you believe over £500,000 plus raised – this year more than any other year this one was extra special because of a certain lovely lady who we all love and respect(can you guess who?) but i must say(and i know you agree) that every year is special and so essential to such a brilliant charity.In a more humerous vain,i bet you were happy,at the end of the night to get your high heels,eyelashes,wig and tv makeup off and to have a lovely hot cuppaxx. You mention that you are aiming for November re coming back on the QVC schedule – that is such good news but make sure your ready,please dont rushx – but i must say seeing you the other night it felt as if you hadn’t been away,you looked(but i bet didnt feelx)like our Ali as if you had never been away – i’m so looking forward to joining you on your first hour(and many more after) back and buying something from it just to remember the occasion(i know it sounds daft but thats just mex).I watched a Channel 5 documentary last night(you may have caught it) about another inspirational lady(Hayley,who has just celebrated her 13th Birthday) she suffer from a syndrome called Progeria which means that her body is ageing faster than normal meaning she is basically an old lady in her 70/80’s even though she is 13!! – she is brilliant,so mattter of fact and to the point – such an inspirationx Her life expectancy is anything from 13-18 and she very calmly told us that during her documentary – she has written a book which is in the bookshops now. Some people thrive through adversity and you and Hayley certainly prove that – you are both very special human beingsx I bet you and the family are busy getting ready for Lucy’s big day? – if you feel its appropriate – i’m sure we would all love to see a piccie of Lucy and yourself on the day because this was the day we were all aiming for just after your diagnosis and we’ve made it!! – now lets go for the telegram(i’m sure its a text these days) from the Queen as our next target eh!! I send my love and respect to the rest of Ali’s pink soldiers(inc Ainsleyx) and hope your all feeling as well as ablex Look after yourself Ali – Speak to you soon Love and respectxx Linda,Glasgowxx

  41. Sue Gammack October 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Your speech was wonderful,made me cry,and you looked amazing,will
    look forward to seeing you back on the screen in November,have
    missed you greatly.Lots of love to Lucy on her special day,I hope
    you all have a truly wonderful time.Enjoy life and be happy.
    Lots of love Suexxx

  42. Mrs Maria Johnson October 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    HiAli, No words can express fully how delighted I was to see you on screen again! Your recent journey has been a tough one and typical of you, you managed it with humour, hiding well the the true awfulness of it all. You have been such an inspiration to us all and shown such a brave face to everything thrown your way. You looked ravishing as always and have done more good by involving us all on your perilous cancer journey than any drugs could ever hope to achieve. Thank you so much for allowing us to travel with you and I can’t wait to see you back at work again! Enjoy your daughter’s wedding and post photos as soon as you can. Loads of love Maria XXX

  43. Una October 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Ali, i dont know where to begin. My husband recorded the BCC show for me, and I watched in the wee small hurs when i couldnt sleep. I think I cried from start to finish.
    What an absolutely amazing achievement, to raise over half a million pounds in such a short time.
    You all looked so glamorous, you and debbie were stunning in your evening dresses and didnt simon and Craig look so smart too. Its hard to imagine what yu have been through, and are still going through, you look so well. Please take a bit of rest time over the next few days though. Its been a busy couple of weeks for you, and you need to make sure you are tip top for next weekend. Sound like your mum, sorry, hehehe!!
    Was LOVELY that you mentioned our wee army of friends, all by name, especially Ainzley. I have to say though, my wee Loops did have a strop cos he wasnt mentioned LOL!!!!! Ainzley, you are a
    legend in your own misbehavingtime!!!
    Just watching debbie with Maryanne, and she just slapped the guest and told her to “get your hands off the chocolate” OMG, she is hilarious.
    Was nice to see Claudia too, she is looking glam as ever. The team back together again. was strange not to see Julia there, shes ALWAYS at the BCC event. The entire QVC gang work so hard to put these events together, and its appreciated by so many people. Many thanks to everyone for the effort.
    I think I have to go and break up an “argument” between loops and 2 magpies. You have no idea how loud they are!!!!!!!
    Have a lovely weekend Ali. My love to you and the family. Em…….did we ever see the photo of Colin in his pinny?!!!!!!!!
    Love Una x

  44. Denise October 14, 2011 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Well what can I say? I’m not usually lost for words ha ha. You are one amazing lady it was great to see you on BCC night with that wonderful sunny disposition of yours you are so inspirational. I’ve been a follower of you on your blog for a while now and the courage you have shown is remarkable.
    Like some of the other comments I agree that seeing you on screen it was like you’ve never been away and I look forward to seeing you back in November.
    I know that you will make a radiant Mother of the Bride and I send all my best wishes to your daughter and all the family. Have a fab,fab day – you so deserve it.
    Take care dear Alison
    Lots of love
    Denise xx

  45. SUE RADFORD October 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I think my last email disappeared somewhere!!
    I won’t rest until I write and say what a great fundraising night that was! It was so lovely to see you looking so well and happy amongst your friends. Thanks for mentioning all us bloggers. I love the photo of you and Simon – you look just as lovely without the wig, but it’s great that your hair is now starting to grow back!
    After trying to purchase several items without success – hooray! I did manage to purchase a lovely mother-of-pearl heart pendant at the end of the night before it sold out.
    It was lovely to see Claudia, and I hope she has great success with her jewellery designing. I thought of Amica on the night too, and hope she will soon be fit and well and back to good health.
    The song that the sweet and gorgeous Joe sang at the end of the night certainly ‘struck a cord’ with me.
    Hope you are resting a little, as the last two weeks have been so hectic for you. Have a great time at the wedding on the 22nd in Cornwall. I love Cornwall and visited St.Ives twice this year!
    (Also, thanks for giving an honest and ‘down-to-earth’ account of what you have been through at the BCC Event – I certainly learnt a lot and I’m sure so many other women did too. I didn’t know that certain types of cancer don’t show up under various hospital tests, making it even more important that we check ourselves regularly).
    Hope you received my photo etc.
    HAVE A GREAT DAY AT THE WEDDING IN BEAUTIFUL CORNWALL!!
    Love,
    Sue Radford xx

  46. Marian Bolton October 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    It was great seeing you back on QVC and what a fantastic night for you, QVC and Breast Cancer Care. I did miss the usual ‘pampering with Ali young’ auction though! Amazing inspirational speech you gave at the big event and you looked really beautiful :-))))
    I hope all goes wonderfully well at Lucy’s wedding and I can’t wait to see you back on our screens regularly from November. I’ll send you a photo of me with my ‘babies’ Casper and Suki-Pie.
    Lots of love
    Marian
    xxx

  47. Sue Jennings October 14, 2011 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You are truly inspirational to us all..I was deeply moved as I listened to your speech which showed your great inner strength and outward exceptional personality. I have been a fan since you joined QVC and always think of you as a friend when I share your slots on air, I have really missed you, and look forward to your return. Please continue to “Get Better Forever” Alison and I mean that with all my heart..God Bless and have a wonderful day at Lucy’s wedding xxx
    Sue J
    xxx

  48. helen riley October 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Fabulous speech and you are fabulous, I have followed your blogs since the beginning and you have been such an inspiration as i too have been through a worrying time and hopefully have come through it now so i can appreciate all your emotions, have a fabulous wedding and can’t wait to see you back on tv.
    Love Helen Telford

  49. Liz October 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Ali – LOVE the photo of you with your hair growing back!! I think it looks great short, allowing for the reasons behind it of course. It’s so exciting when it starts to grow back isn’t it??
    Have an absolutely fab wedding and this is the start of a much better time for you all, I’m completely certain.
    Love from Liz xx
    PS – Do remember not to do too much even if you feel up to it. The tiredness can suddenly sneak up and smack you when you are least expecting it. I fell asleep in the bath tonight after not doing a lot today. Fortunately my bath isn’t full size so there was no chance of me drowning!! I was only woken by my other half shouting to see if I’d fallen down the plug hole!!

  50. Magda Chetty October 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali ( MY INSPIRATION )
    Where to start, great BCC show, the best part was seeing you looking fantastic. I cried tears of joy for you,for getting to where you are now. You inspired me to fight and get better, I have to say I could not have done it without your positivity, your blog and your kind words helped me to no end, so is the love and support of the GREAT ALI”S ARMY.
    Iam going to a breast cancer dinner here in Mallorca which is been arranged for the English ladies on the Island who had cancer, and hope to get more support for them.
    I will be thinking of you on the 22nd, have a great time, and I wish Lucy and Richard all the very best. Iam also going to a friend”s wedding on the same day,so you will be on my mind. So happy to hear that you”ll be back on QVC in November, you are the best there is my love.
    Much much much love.
    Magda.

  51. Christine Robertson October 14, 2011 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    You are an inspiration to every woman who has had to be strong in their life – you looked fantastic last night and your speech was incredible. Please come back to QVC again soon and I pray you will continue to remain strong and all your courage will be rewarded a hundred fold.
    love Christine xxx

  52. june libby October 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    Am on holiday in Spain and just seen the fantastic speech you made last week.
    I have been following your progress with your treatment, and what a tough time you have had. Having finished my personal little struggle with breast cancer last year I have some idea of what you have been through. I am also on tomoxifen for the next 5 years but feel lucky that there is all this wonderful treatment available now. You are one very brave lady and give everyone out there a lot of hope. Being diagnosed with breast cancer is like a big punch in the stomach and it is such a help when there is so much support – it takes away some of the panic.
    Looking forward to seeing you back on QVC.
    with much love and all my good wishes
    June xx
    ps You looked absolutely stunning!

  53. Eileen. October 14, 2011 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I can only echo what everyone else has already said. On the QVC BCC night you looked stunning as did the rest of the team It was good to see Claudia again. If you see Amica wish her good luck and a speedy recovery. I miss her on screen. Try and rest up for a few days and then have a brilliant day at Lucys wedding. Love Eileen. xx

  54. Penelope Scott-Rowley October 14, 2011 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I have been following all your blogs willing you on with your battle with this foul disease, your speech was fabulous, told it how it is [ been there, done that, got the tee-shirt,] it looks like I’m on the treadmill again, as you say, there are no promises, so I hope you “get better for ever” and me too [eventually] and Amica and all the rest of the brave, gorgeous women out there. I hope to see you soon in November, but take care and rest a lot, getting well is hard work! P.S. I agree with you about the “slippy” wig – nothing to fasten it to when you’re bald! Gotta laugh girl! With bestest love to you and to all our “sisters” Penelope xx

  55. Linda Duffy October 15, 2011 at 12:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Lovely to see you on QVC again, have been following your journey through this illness and you are truly amazing and have given lots of positive feeling to others in your position too. Lots of love for your continuing recovery.Best wishes for your daughters wedding. Linda

  56. mary morphy October 15, 2011 at 7:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,,,what a week! I watched your speech at the BCC Charity fashion show on the web and was in tears before you had started..you looked beautiful, composed and very very proud. What courage you showed and gave a speech truly from the heart and you looked happy and ready for anything. Then, on |Wednesday, I watched 3 hours of QVC on my computer in my bedroom ordering far too many items on the Breast Cancer Marathon ( all in the best interests of the charity you understand)and in tears again at the courage, determination and pride of all the lovely ladies and gentlemen who appeared on the show. Truly inspirational people who made my horrendous day at work disappear into a mere insignificant blur,,,what did I have to moan about?
    The photo of you without your wig is stunning, I know your hair is short but you look but I have always liked you with short hair, I hope we see more of it soon.
    Had a minor landmark of my own this week…3 stone now off and half way to my goal so I am a bit chuffed with myself to be honest. We have my daughters Kent under 11 cricket presentation this weekend and I feel good in what I am wearing, a feeling I have not had for years!!
    I am sure Lucy’s wedding will be full of tears and laughter and I will be thinking of you all. With lots of love Mary xxx

  57. Marie Irwin October 15, 2011 at 7:37 am -  Reply

    Alison ,it was great to see you back on our tv screens ,back where you belong.Glad to hear your treatment is going well Have a great day at the wedding Im sure you will be a fab mother of the bride SLAINTE to you and all your family

  58. patricia pelham October 15, 2011 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    as having brast cancer now with skin cancer i can relate but you and every one was wonderful well done to you all and ali you look and are a wonder and looking at you i’m sure i speak for everyone if you can come through this we all can well done to qvc for the great support again this year wote would we do if we do not have people like them and you to help
    god blessyou all and thank you
    patricia pelham xx

  59. Dorothy October 15, 2011 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I have said it before and I will say it again…you are one amazing lady.Don’t konw how you got through that speech it was sooooooooo moving, not a dry eye in the house. It was good seeing you back at QVC even for one night..and what a fantastic night it was, well done everyone at QVC the amount raised was marvelous for such a worthy cause.Hope all goes well at the wedding..and IM sure Ruth will be PROUD of you as you will be of her..have a fantastic day will be thinking of you all.
    Hope Sam is still doing well and enjoying life.
    Love Best Wishes
    Dorothy xxxxx

  60. kay salisbury October 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Oh, Ali-just watched your speech on your blog-one of the best speeches I have ever seen-my eyes are very ‘blurry’ but I loved it-you are amazing and get better all the time. When your voice started to get emotional I wanted to jump through the computer screen and hug you— but you summoned up the strength and determination to carry on and that is what has kept you going these hard months—and will make you well and keep you well-to quote your daughter-I think-“for ever”.God bless you-lovely lady-to hear your voice again was pure joy(ever thought about doing those talking books?)Please rest now and gain strength for your next emotionally charged day-that wedding on the 22nd.Keep well and thanks for always replying and making people aware of how brave all those people with cancer must be to go through so many awful reactions-both physical, mental and emotional.Enjoy your big day with your ‘baby’,and live,live,live. Love K.XXX

  61. Kristina Moore October 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, an amazing speech and I hope that all those being treated for cancer, whichever one it is, takes inspiration that you can fight it and win. I have known people with cancer of the: colon, oesophagus, stomach, ovaries, bladder and two people with breast cancer and each and everyone of them needed support as did their family. I am sending white light, rainbows and lots and lots of love to each and every one of you being treated for cancer as I know that you are all fighting your hardest to survive. Keep up the fight and can we stretch Ali’s Army out a bit please?
    I hope Lucy’s wedding goes as planned and that there is no snow in Cornwall. Otherwise put Winter Trax on!
    Hugs and love
    Tina X0

  62. Kristina Moore October 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    I forgot a bit – I’m with Claire Sutton in stating that the new hair look is stunning. I think you look amazing.
    Hugs
    Tina X0X0

  63. Margaret Upton October 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Have just watched your speech, overwhelmed by it, this disease is something we all worry about, to hear you talk so openly about your diagnosis and traumatic treatment makes me realise that it can be got through, you are an inspiration, I’m so glad you have such a wonderful partner who you mentioned on the BCC night, not many men can cope with womens’ minor difficulties so he is one in a million and you deserve nothing less.
    Love,
    Maggie
    xx

  64. michele child October 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    you are an inspiration and i wish you all the best for the future take care lots of love xx

  65. Emma October 16, 2011 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Have just watched your speech. You are amazing and inspiring, most of all for being so honest about what the treatement does to you BUT also because you have made it so clear that all that pain is worth it.I hope and pray that you get well soon and live a VERY long time.x

  66. Sheila tarn October 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Ali I just had to let you know how inspirational you are your such a special person , you have been greatly missed but until the breast cancer care event on qvc I really didn’t no what a battle you have had to endure , I really carnt find words to say how much I admire you , you give other woman hope with what you said in your speech your such a strong person to stand up in front of thousands and speak from the heart like you did , I cried buckets . So now all we need is for you to get better and back where you belong good look to Lucy and hope the sun shines through for you all lots love love ali from your biggest fan Sheila xxxxx

  67. edna munro October 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi,Ali,You looked fantastic on Wed,with wig and without!It was great to see you back on the screen.Your courage,determination and strength are amazing.You have been a great support to your family in times of sorrow and distress and had some really hard times that would have knocked many another person sideways.I am so glad that all your family,friends and colleagues and viewers have been a support to you at this time.Hope you all have a super day next week and keep up the good work with your recovery.All the very best for a long and happy life.You deserve it!
    Edna

  68. alison keenan October 16, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, Colin and Rebecca, thank you all for your donations, and for the lovely things you said about the speech! :) Delghted you got your mention too, and I meant every word. Lucy had a lovely birthday – I popped in with her cupcakes and present the night before as I was with you all on the night itself, and today I have been with her getting her little boxes of favours ready for the big day. I’ll have photos on the blog as soon as is possible, but til then take care and have a good week, love Ali xx

  69. alison keenan October 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julie, i’m so glad you were able to spend the evening with us, and that you enjoyed it. We were thrilled at the amount raised, as were Breast Cancer Care, and thank you for your support. Only five more days until Lucy’s wedding – I promise to write as soon afterwards as possible. Love Ali x

  70. alison keenan October 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Susan bless you :) It was very difficult not to race through my speech with my usual 100 mile an hour chatter as you say, but was delighted it was so well received. I too am looking forward to November when I will back doing what I love :) Take care, love Ali xx

  71. mary morphy October 17, 2011 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali..I have already posted a blog but I am not sure where it’s gone…several have been lost like those of other Ali’s Army bloggers so I really hope this gets to you but apologies if its a repeat!!
    i watched QVC Breast Cancer Care show in the peacefull calm of the bedroom….no need for my husband to see the amount of stuff I ordered BUT as I keep telling myself, its all in a aid of ab essential and fantastic cause. You looked radiant, elegant and it was like you have never been away, can’t wait for you to be back. I also watched your speech on the previous Wednesday at the fashion show with lots of tissues that were soon put to good use! You were confident, brave and very sincere and honest about the battle you have had and how you are winning the war. A true inspiration as to were the stories from the models..my horrendous day at work pailed into insignificant embarressment as I really have nothing to complain about. I was moved to tears.
    I am thinking of you this week with the excitement leading up to Lucy’s wedding on Saturday..may the sun shine and I am sure as the tears will ineviatably flow, magical memories will be made and it will a great family celebration in more ways than one. On a ‘personal triumph’ note, I know I have mentioned my battle with weight but I am pleased to announce that I have now lost 3 stone and am half way to my goal…Have a fantastic day on Saturday Ali, lots of love Mary XXX

  72. linda Steele October 17, 2011 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Alison, what a wonderfull inspiration you are !!! you have been to hell and back this year and yet you are so amazing!!!!! God forbid, that i would ever find myself in your position, but * if i did i would remember you and feel the greatest inspiration given by you. I pray for you, your family and your friends, Alison go to your daughters wedding and WOW them all , you really are such a wonderfull Lady and i hope you have many many many more years of good health and happiness, you have to get well forever , think of grandbabies to come be strong be well and be happy xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  73. Debz & Ainzley October 17, 2011 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Are you ready for the big day? Have you got your shoes?
    I have to agree with the other ladies that you look so beautiful without your wig, very elfin like (you look beautiful in your wig too) I’m guessing that your wig is a bit of a safety blanket at the moment but hopefully, once your hair has grown a little more you may be brave enough to go “eau naturel”!!
    Thank you for the mention on BCC night. I was really chuffed and Ainzley has now gotten ideas above his station since being mentioned on the telly!!!
    I have re-watched your speech and this time I cried buckets!! How brave you have had to be and how brave you must continue to be with your surgery in the spring. Ali’s Army will be right along side you every step of the way.
    I do so hope to see you back where you belong on QVC in November. It will mark another milestone in your recovery I’m sure, as you will have a purpose again. Please let us know when you are due back so we can be there to support you from the other side of the screen.
    I wish Lucy & Richard all the best for their wedding and their life together. I am sure that you will be the most beautiful mother of the bride ever!
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    P.s. Hope you got the photos.XXX

  74. Debz & Ainzley October 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Alpa, Gail and Helen
    Hope you all had a good weekend. I am sending you all a big hug and Ainzley sends a special lick too.
    Una, I hope you are OK my love and that you haven’t been giving those doctors too much trouble!
    Magda, it was so lovely to hear from you again and sounding so positive. Isn’t our Ali an inspiration?
    Love to all my other blog friends.
    Love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  75. Beverly thompson October 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali I have never commented before but I follow your blog constantly. I felt the need to let you know that i thought your speech was both inspirational and emotional it moved me to tears. Your courage knows no bounds, you must have been so frightened yet somehow you manage to be so upbeat and positive about what you are going through. You looked so beautiful for the BCC events, absolutely glowing.I am so looking forward to your return back in my living room in November, I’ve really missed you you are such a lovely person. I’ll keep praying for your full recovery my darling, hope to see you very soon.
    With much love and admiration
    Bev xxxxxx
    PS. Have a fab time at Lucy and Richards wedding.

  76. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen October 17, 2011 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    a brilliant speech alsion good to see you are geting better day by day.looking forward to you coming back on qvc.

  77. Julie October 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    All the best Ali and Lucy of course for this weekend. I’m sure you’ll all look stunning. I know you’ll be a very proud Mum on that day and not a dry eye in sight.Looking forward to the photo’s-tell Colin to get his camera ready!!
    Lily had the “ok” today so she can now give you “cwtches” as we say in Wales.
    Speak soon,
    Take care as always
    Julie xxx Lily xxxx

  78. angela white October 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,you alright! glad you got post ok and debs enjoyed menpause dwarfs to!just to wish you all the very best for saturday and hope all goes well,wishing the happy couple health,wealth and lots of happiness. ok i will sent a photo for the “rogues gallery” but dont say i didnt warn you! i hope your getting plenty of rest before the big day (and after!) have a lovely time in cornwall it is lovely there especially polperro and looe take care ali, love to you family and all ladies in ali”s army! xxx

  79. Julia October 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Alison, God bless you. I unfortunately did miss the breast cancer QVC show – and believe or not I had missed you but just assumed that you were presenting during the times i do not tune into QVC. However, today I just missed you…and decided to enquire. Reading your blogg i can hardly see the keyboard to type – sorry to learn about your troubles…but you have been absolutely incredible and i am sooooooooooooo proud of you. I wish you so much for the future and I too just like all the other well wishers will be praying for your steady recovery.
    Your speach was just the best..all the best for the wedding..Love Julia

  80. margaret toland October 17, 2011 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Alison it was wonderfull to see you again on qvc, you looked beautiful. Can’t wait to see you back on air soon, have a great time next week can’t wait to see th photo’s, Take care and God bless. Lots of love Mags xx.

  81. angela white October 18, 2011 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    hi ali just read that it was me you mentioned on bcc night!!! im absolutely thrilled! thank you and im so proud to be a member of ali”s army! will be thinking of you on saturday at 3pm hope you have a wonderful day love to you family and ladies who blog x

  82. Mrs Norma Smithson 15, Ashley Close Wrenthorpe Wakefield WF2 0JU October 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Sorry I am bit late with my comment, but unable to see the show as my husband is in hospital, but just watched your speech on your blog, I didn’t cry but the hairs on the back of my neck bristled, you always were one for saying things as they are and I love you for it, in that speech you did more good for the cause than you can ever imagine, I am sure Lucy who loves you to pieces was so proud of you, and I hope you have a wonderful wonderful day in Cornwall at her wedding. Take car Ali I can’t wait for November it’s not been quite the same without you. Much Love and admiration Norma x

  83. Ann MacDonald October 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, firstly thank you for taking the time to reply to my first post – and at such a busy time too, it truly made my day.
    My earlier post hasn’t appeared, so I’m back again to send you my love and admiration for what must have been a wonderful and yet tough BCC evening for you, you carried it off so well!
    And yes, I was there on BCC night too, along with so many others. I now have my 3 (count ‘em!)BCC t-shirts for my ‘walking in the park’ mornings and my aero-pilates, they’re lovely and I’m proud to wear them.
    I hope you all have a wonderful time at the wedding this weekend and I look forward to seeing the photos.
    I also wanted to send my love to all of Ali’s Army – those who post messages and those who read them – this is such a supportive blog to read, even if I do end up with a tear in my eye sometimes, those menopausal dwarfs have a lot to answer for!
    Take care Ali, Love Ann xxx

  84. Alpa October 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,
    All ready now?! So pleased that you found your shoes and I hope that you have not been overdoing it and resting when you needed to.
    I’d like to wish your lovely Lucy and Richard a beautiful wedding day, one that I am sure will be filled with all the love, joy and happiness in the world. You will be a stunning mother of the bride :)
    I have not forgotten about digging up a mugshot for the Rogues Gallery and I am on the case!
    Take very good care,
    Lots of love Alpa xx

  85. DEE CAINES October 18, 2011 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    DEAREST ALI I AM SO, SO, SORRY I HAD NO IDEA WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH, I HAD WONDERED WHY YOU WERE NOT ON QVC, I THOUGHT YOU HAD LEFT, AND IT IS NOT THE SAME WITHOUT YOU, THERE SEEMS TO BE VERY BIG GAP!!!!!I THOUGHT YOUR SPEECH WAS JUST BRILL!!!!!I LIKE MANY I AM SURE WAS WEEPING BUCKETS. YOU ARE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING AND YOU WILL FIGHT THIS! AND COME BACK EVEN MORE STRONGER AND BEAUTIFUL AS YOU ARE INSIDE AND OUT. YOU WILL BE IN MY PRAYERS AND SPECIAL THOUGHTS AND HEALING PRAYERS, ROOTING FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVELY FAMILY, MY LOVE AND HUGS, FROM DEEXX

  86. Cheryl October 18, 2011 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    How wonderful to see you back on the QVC screen you look stunning. What a fabulous BCC event. Breasr cancer is such a terrible disease that can touch anyone it isnt ageist or sexiest or care what creed or colour you are. Two of my family have been affected by it. Everything should be done to fight this awful disease. The event was even more poignant this year as it has touched two favourite faces on QVC both you and Amica. My thought and best wishes are with you both as you continue to fight as it is with all the fighters and survivors.
    Love Cheryl in Lancashire xox

  87. Mrs Janet Jones October 18, 2011 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,you did it, you got through all your treatment and now you will be the beautiful mother of the bride.I wish Lucy and Richard every happiness and I hope the sun shines on Saturday. I know you said you and Colin might stay in Cornwall after the wedding,so relax and enjoy it,it’s a beautiful part of the country.I noticed you said your boys have dealt with your breast cancer in their own way. My son started uni about 2 weeks before my treatment started and the night before he started I lost all my hair. I remember wearing my scarf for the first time and sobbing when me and my husband got home. My son did come home at weekends to see me, but he never wanted to see me bald, so whenever he was home I had to wear my scarf, as I think the reality of it all was too much for him. But you certainly find out who your friends are.A friend I had known for 20 years wanted nothing to do with me after I was diagnosed which was very upsetting, but I have 2 very good friends who have stuck by me and for that I am very grateful.Take very good care Ali you will be tired for quite some time, so don’t do too much too soon. As I always say, be kind to yourself and my hand will always be there for you to hold. Speak soon lovely lady love Janetxx

  88. Julia Coombes October 18, 2011 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have been wondering where you had got to for quite a while now and kept meaning to ring QVC to ask after you. I rang them this evening to ask where you had dissappeared to because you are one of my favourite presenters. I was advised to check on the presenters blog as they were unable to say where you had got to and when you were coming back. I am so shocked and sorry to learn of your illness. However, i am really glad you have come through your treatment and will be returning back on QVC. I am sending you my best wishes and love, and i hope to see you really soon. Julia xxx

  89. alison keenan October 18, 2011 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debbie Thank you :) Gosh fancy remember all the way back when I joined QVC – the year 2000! – and I am really touched that you’ve been following the blogs and have taken the time out to write. It’s lovely to know you, and I thank you for your kind words, love Ali x

  90. alison keenan October 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    My dearest Claire, who’s been there for me when I’ve felt frightened and at a loss, has bought me brunch, and made me smile, and given me time with Joe, Maddie and Tom….all of which have made me feel human and stronger, and more ‘normal’ …. It seems a very long time since I sat in your car and cried, and I will always be so very grateful for your love and kindness. Always, Ali xxx

  91. alison keenan October 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Shauna, it has been my absolute pleasure to answer all the lovely, kind and caring comments you’ve written, although i will admit I am somewhat up against it this week, with Sam’s hospital appointment, mine and then of course THE WEDDING!!!! but I am going to do my utmost… I have the shoes, the dried rose petals, and pretty much the complete wedding present now… it’s taken a bit of collecting! This is my reality… the rest of it is now firmly behind me… soooo much to look forward to, take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali x

  92. alison keenan October 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Sue thank you for mentioning all the other people who worked so hard to make the evening a success, and can I also say that behind the scenes, a great many departments raise money with cake sales etc., so it really is a team effort. Vernoica, one of our back stage experts dressed in a pink tuttu for an entire 10 hour shift and raised £1,200!!!! You’re right about Kathy and Debbie. They like so many of my other friends at QVC have gone the extra mile and kept me strong and determined… far too much to look forward to to give up now :) I will of course pass on your best wishes to Amica, and it was lovely to hear from you, take care, love Ali xx

  93. alison keenan October 18, 2011 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Dill do so hope you’ve dried your eyes now and thank you very much for your lovely words. I will pass on your best to Amica, and am sooooo looking forward to Lucy’s big day. My list of things to do is sort of dwindling, but still a bit to go! Will post my photos as soon as I can, love Ali xx

  94. alison keenan October 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Debbie I can’t begin to tell you how flattered I am that you are so keen on the jewellery shows….. bless you for recording them! I have to say jewellery is an absolute passion of mine, and I can’t wait to get back to work and enjoy all that QVC have :) Iwould so love to get to Greece next year – maybe an early holiday for colin and I… fingers crosssed. Kefalonia is somewhere I would love to return.. Take care and thank you for writing, love Ali x

  95. alison keenan October 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Judith I am hugely flattered that you have taken time out to reply to my blog, and thank you for it. I hope that you’ll keep in touch, and I will be back on air presenting again soon. I have missed it so much although I have been amazed by the response to the speech, I am moved beyond words…. Take care, with love, Ali x

  96. alison keenan October 18, 2011 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    Ann, bless you for taking the plunge and writing for the first time… I hope it;s the first of many… I am soooooo looking forward to the wedding especially since my shoes have arrrived :) I will pass your love on to Amica xx

  97. Gail October 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, wishing you and the family a safe journey down to Cornwall. Lots of love and best wishes to Lucy and Richard and I sincerely hope their special day is all that they hoped for, and more. You’ve found your shoes Ali – hooooooooooray. I’m so looking forward to the photos. Have a wonderful time and don’t forget the tissues. Take care, lol, Gail xxxxx

  98. jackie October 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    it was great to see you back on screen for the breast cancer care event you looked stunning as usual. i watched the speech you done on the breast cancer fashion show and all i can say was how brave you and all the other ladies and gents are the tears were rolling down my face hope it wont be to long until you are back on set
    jackie northern ireland

  99. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Tina thank you for your lovely comment, and for taking the time out to write. It is really very much appreciated. Love Ali x

  100. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Julie that was pretty much how I felt – as if I’d never been away – and that’s how I want it to be once I’m back on the schedule…. as if this has all been a bad dream and something i can put behind me :) Love to you and Lily xxx

  101. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Alpa thank you! Got the killer heels and have also treated myself to an amazing pair of thigh length suede boots – fab!! But not for the wedding obviously! LOL My mum would have a fit! I’ve passed on your thanks to Colin who is very chuffed, and thank YOU for the making of Ali’s Army… a definite highlight for me too, love Ali xx

  102. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Louise I am so glad that you are going to be able to return to work – probably around the same time as me! You must be very relieved :) Yes I’m pretty much all set for the wedding and very much looking forward to it. Photos of the occasion?? But of course :) Will write again soon, love Ali xx

  103. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Susan, can I just say that although you’re not one who usually blogs, I am very glad that you took the time to comment and say such lovely things :) I feel so much more like my old self too, so I’m glad that you could see that. Take care and do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  104. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Susan you are more than welcome for the mention, and it’s because you’re always here for me that I wanted to thank you. Bless you for your compliments – a little too chilly just yet to go without my scarf, but I may well be having the hair dyed and spiked as it gets longer! Take care, Love Ali xx

  105. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Angela, it was a corking evening wasn’t it! Stunning how much was raised too. Amica was watching and I’ve been in touch with her since and she’s doing well, so thank you for asking. I will enjoy every minute of Lucy’s wedding – can’t wait!! Love to you, Ali xx

  106. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Gail, it was the least I could do….. for always – thank you xxxxx

  107. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    I can tell you Pam those shoes came off not a moment too soon, and NONE of us would have been able to put them back on afterwards!! It was the best night with a terrific result. I can’t thank you all enough, Love Ali xx

  108. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Terry it was lovely to be back on screen again, and in front of a camera, although a little nervewracking I have to admit initially! It was so lovely to be made up and dressed up though, and with my friends…I won’t rush, but should be back in November. Planning to make the very best of Lucy’s weekend though, love Ali xx :)

  109. alison keenan October 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Jo, I do indeed read a previous blog and managed to write all my replies the night before last, so i hope you knew that I had indeed received your beautiful photos – thank you!! Your words ring true, and I have to say that as my eyelashes and brows grow back, and my hair is beginning to cover my baldness I am gaining confidence and feeling more like a woman again… but bless you for your empathy and understanding. Off to gather more things for pack for the wedding, so not sure how many more replies I’m going to get through tonight! Love to you, Ali xx

  110. Kristina Moore October 19, 2011 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I hope Lucy and Richard’s wedding goes according to plan and that a great day is had by all. Good luck to Sam for his continuing improvement with his leg. When will he be in the para-olympics I wonder? Keep going and make sure you do everything you want to in life.
    Also could I ask that you pass on white light and rainbows and encouragement to Amica for her recovery too.
    I hope you are feeling strong. If not just look for white light and rainbows. They will be sent.
    Hugs and love
    Tina X0X0X0X0

  111. Julie C October 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Results day today! I am very pleased to report that prognosis is good as I have been told that my lymph nodes are clear!! I was a little panicked when my surgeon told me that he had found another small tumor and some pre-cancerous cells during my operation. At that point I thought he was going to suggest a masectomy but he said that although it was more than anticipated everything which had been removed was very small so has recommended just radiotherapy which will start in approx 7 weeks therefore all treatment should be complete by Christmas. I have really appreciated the time you have taken to correspond with me, you are beautiful lady, inside and out and I wish you much luck and success for the future. I very much look forward to seeing you back on QVC, hopefully in the near future.
    xxx Julie xxx

  112. helen October 20, 2011 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, hope you have a fab time and i send all my very best wishes to Lucy, I bet she will look just as beautiful as her mum!!!! Oh my, the weather has turned cold here in Wales, but my daughter seems to have developed an allergy to coats. I was told they just don’t wear them in juniors mum, mmm, we’ll see about that. I think, that she thinks, she’s about 18 not 8, she’s lovely though and I still go into her bedroom every night before I go to bed and just stand there and look at her sleeping, love her to bits.
    I hope that you got our picture for the ‘gallery’?
    Alpa, how are you feeling, any better. I did have a read of the website that you suggested, very interesting, thank you. I’m still ‘crawling’ along and at the moment I wish I had a chef, really gone off cooking and I used to spend a lot of my time in the kitchen but have to rustle up a meal every night to feed my two starvers!!
    Magda, so lovely to hear from you and you to Una, how are u doing and developments since being in hospital?
    Debz, how are you my lovely? Any news from you?
    Well, I have to get the energy to go shopping now, my fridge looks rather sorry for itself and the last banana and apple in the fruit dish look rather sad, and I have to buy a check shirt for madam as the school is dressing up as cowboys tomorrow, oh my what next?
    Ali, have a ball and love and hugs to all of my chums.
    take care all
    Helen s xxxx

  113. louise October 20, 2011 at 10:23 am -  Reply

    Wow!What a truely brave and inspirational lady you are.Your family and friends must be so very proud of you.
    Have a fantastic day celebrating your daughters wedding.
    Cant wait to see you back on our screens,you are such a joy to watch-whatever you are selling!
    Lots of best wishes to amica.
    Love Louise.
    (Brighton)

  114. alison keenan October 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    HELLO THERE! I JUST WANTED TO SAY…….Having found my laptop in and amongst the confetti, champagne, shoes, wig and hat box, please accept my apologies for having made barely any inroads into answering your lovely heartwarming and wonderful responses. I have been up to my eye balls getting things ready for Lucy’s big day, not helped by my car failing its MoT, and then Sam’s car springing an oil leak!! Yesterday found me on my bicycle trying to buy special ribbon!!! :) I have however read every one your lovely comments and I will take your good wishes, love and prayers with me to Cornwall for Lucy and Richard’s wedding. I will also take my camera, and PROMISE to have as many photos as I can post, on the site for you to share with me on my return. This day has been a long time coming, but it was always there, just like the light at the end of the tunnel… I’ll make the time to write to you, which is always such a pleasure. Stay well, be happy, and have a great weekend! My love to you as always, Ali xxxxxx

  115. Maureen MacTaggart October 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    I have just heard your speech and you are absolutely an inspiration to all. I am looking forward to seeing you back on our screens soon and wish you so much wellbeing take care and please give Amica my heartfelt thoughts for recovery too.
    much love and thinking kindly of you
    Maureen MacTaggart XXXOOO

  116. Alpa October 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thank you so much for replying when knee deep in wedding preparations, how lovely are you?! :) I love the sound of your thigh length suede boots – I have always wanted a pair of those and not got around to it yet! They sound fab!
    I am so sorry that I missed Ali’s Army being mentioned last week, so much for being glued to the tv for that and stepping away at the WRONG time! Thank you for your kind words Ali, we have YOU to thank so much for the making of Ali’s Army. So pleased that Colin was chuffed, I think it takes a very special man to take such good care of our very special Ali, for us :)
    Helen, lovely to hear from you. It’s pretty cold here as well and I am not liking it! I’m glad that you found the website interesting and if you would like me to copy and send the magazines I have from Network MESH, please let me know. I haven’t been sleeping well, so feeling wrecked at the moment. Never mind, it will pass. I am crawling along with you at the moment! You are so right, how handy would it be to have a chef – we can but hope :) I also have to find the energy to go shopping, as my fridge sounds like yours before you went shopping! I hope Olivia is well, she sounds adorable :)
    Una, hope you are taking it easy at home and feeling a little better x
    Debz and Ainzley, hope you are both doing ok. Thinking of you my friend x
    Love to you and to Susan, Gail, Marj, Magda and all in Ali’s Army xx
    Ali, sending you lots of love and have the most fab time at THE WEDDING! :)
    Lots of love, Alpa xxxx

  117. Sue Hickman October 21, 2011 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I have only just seen this as I have been away for the last 3 weeks. You looked stunning & so so well.I sobbed my eyes out at your wonderful speech. Can’t wait to see you back but do take care & don’t push yourself too hard. Its you thats important not work !!
    Take care & much love
    Sue xxxxxx

  118. helen s October 21, 2011 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Oh my dear Ali, all is forgiven for not writing, you have a wedding to get to you know!!!
    I just wanted to say, that you have always been there for everyone of your ‘army’ with kind words and thoughts, and I just wanted to let you know that I think you are so brave supporting us when I know how down in the dumps you must have been at times and trying not to let is show. You, your Mum, my Mum and all the other very brave and strong ladies, I admire you all, everyone of you.
    Have a fab weekend, have a ball and enjoy. Chat soon my lovely.
    Lots of luv and hugs and everything else I can think of
    Helen s xxxxxxx

  119. Pam Richardson October 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Just wanted to write and say well done for your speech at the Breast Cancer care ball. I watched the video on the web site and have to admit I cried my eyes out. It was very moving and as one of the many people who have shared your journey via your blogg it is fantastic to see you leaving the worst behind.
    It was also wonderful to see u back on our screens and i have to say looking as glam as you always did.
    I know it is Lucys wedding tomorrow have a wonderful day.
    Love Pam

  120. Patricia Kurton October 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Have only just returned from my visit home to see my Mum so am a little late joining in with this Blog. Today you will be on your way to Cornwall for your Daughter’s Wedding. I hope the sun shines on all of you and hope you have a wonderful day. I managed to catch most of the BCC Show at Mums and was so inspired seeing you look so well and beautiful. It was a lovely Night and I can understand how much it meant to you. Thrilled to hear you may be back on our screens in November.Carry on getting better and enjoy your lovely Daughter’s Wedding.
    Much Love to You, Anne x

  121. Diane October 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    Ali you are a true inspiration. What a speech and done with such poise. You had me crying buckets. I am glad you have your wonderful support network of family, friends and colleagues. You get what you put into relationships and I do not doubt that you have and do offer all your support group the same as they now offer you. You are a wonderful lady not many like you around.
    I look forward to seeing you back on QVC as you have been very sadly missed.

  122. Susan October 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I am soo excited for you as I have JUST realised that TOMORROW is the BIG DAY!! I just checked your blog and suddenly though flip it’s the 21st today!! Had to send you all a message to say I will be thinking of you all, weeping away with happiness no doubt and I am soo looking forward to seeing your photos of your beauty. I hope you all have a wonderful day. My goodness don’t you all deserve it!! You’re all stars in your family!! Warriors I would say! I really hope it doesn’t rain for you…but as my Mum says you don’t care when it comes!!
    Lots of Love,
    Susan x
    PS I think you wrote Susan instead of someone else in the post above mine – as I had 2 mentions!

  123. Susan October 21, 2011 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I just realised my post vanished again!! Gremlins!! Oh well..again I can’t remember what I wrote but here we go quickly. I just though flip it’s the 21st today! Thought I’d better leave a quick message to say I’ll be thinking of you all tomorrow and I hope you all have a wonderful time. My my much deserved by all!! You’re warriors I said before!! And you are. Amazingly strong and tight family.
    Much love,
    Susan x

  124. sandra October 21, 2011 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, you made me cry watching you do your beautiful speech for cancer , what an
    interspersion you have given to other suffers,
    I showed my neighbour it as she has yet to tell her family that she needs keymo which was her first today, she is so brave as only a handful of us no but looking at you and seeing how much love you have for your family i promise you i will always be there for her even if don’t know what to say or do, i miss you on QVC and wish you a very speedy recovery and lets have your smiling face and happy laughter again soon take care of your self.
    Love
    Sandra

  125. Marg October 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Well Ali, I hope everything went well today, You will be able to breath out that big sigh of relief, kick those d…. shoes off and relax.
    I hope Lucys wonderful day will give you lots of lovely memories to take you through the days you need to have your mind filled with lovely thoughts.
    I wont bother you any longer as your blog is long and so beautiful, you have inspired so many,I am proud to have travelled a little of your frightening road with you,and to see you smile and look so lovely is giving hope to so many people
    Bless you ALI,my hand is still there for you,
    I think of all the Ladies I have met through this blog,they have a little of me every evening and I hope those who were not too good are gradually climbing to better health, they are all such lovely brave people, bless all of them,
    I hope you are happy to be home when you read this,
    Love and Respect Always,
    Marg.

  126. Marg October 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Hope all you ladies are behaving, miss reading your blogs.
    Wasnt it great to hear from Magda,
    I think positive thoughts of you for a little time each evening, hope Alpha,Gail,Una,Debs and everyone else who was feeling down are feeling a little better. Best time of the year for us who are not so perfect we can get away with any look at Halloween,I know I fit in better at this time of the year, and I dont need mally for special effects, I have all my own.
    Well lets hope ALI gets home safely and we can see all the photo’s of the wedding and with any luck Colin in his apron.
    Look after yourselves,and UNA BEHAVE ,
    Loving thoughts,
    Marg.

  127. Hilary Morgan-Riddick October 23, 2011 at 1:34 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I have just watched the video of your touching but inspirational speech and I must admit that I shed a few tears. Like you I was diagnosed with Cancer in January this year, a form of Ovarian Cancer which led to a hysterectomy and six cycles of chemotherapy. I am now thankfully in remission and know just how lucky I am to still be here. The battle was long and hard and at times that light at the end of the tunnel seemed to be so far away, but here we are hopefully over the worst and slowly finding our way back to normality. You are a very brave lady and have been through so much. I did not have radiotherapy and cannot imagine what it must have been like to face this after your chemo, you have shown great courage and determination and I admire you so much.
    Your blogs have helped me get to through a very difficult time Alison, here was someone else who knew what it was like to go through chemo and your positive attitude cheered me on. You looked so beautiful in your lovely dress and I look forward to you returning to our tv screens, you have been missed! Take it easy my lovely and god bless.
    Hilary xxxxxx

  128. Janet Finlayson October 24, 2011 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    God Bless you Alison, you are beautiful and I miss you on TV. Continue getting better.
    With Love
    Janet X

  129. Debz & Ainzley October 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Ali
    Well, I bet you thought that Lucy’s wedding day would never come. I bet a tiny part of you was wondering if you’d make it. Well, you did my lovely and your life can now hopefully begin to get itself back on track. I am so looking forward to seeing the photo’s. I bet you all looked wonderful.
    Time to look to the future now Ali and I hope with all my heart that your future will be a happy one. I know that there are still a few hills to climb but we will be there for you willing you on, but for now, just enjoy the fact that there are no more treatments and throw yourself into getting ready for Christmas!
    Hi there Alpa, Helen, Gail, Marg and all the other lovelies. I hope you are all well and Una, I hope you are (miss)behaving yourself! I have been struggling a bit for the last few days but my Slanket arrived this morning and that, for some reason, has cheered me up no end! Ainzley is eyeing it up for future reference and is now asleep in the box it came in! Bless him, he looks so peaceful.
    Julie, that’s wonderful news that your treatment will be over by Christmas. That’s the best present you could have I bet. Take care of yourself lovely lady.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    p.s. Ali, I like the sound of your thigh high boots!!

  130. Chris Page October 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali
    Sorry I missed you on the BCC show. The pic of you with Signor Biagi (and Cousin It from The Addams Family on the stand there) looks terrific. I hope you’re tempted to keep the short ‘do for a while, as I think it really suits you. My Mum has the same cut (but by choice rather than circustances) and it looks good on her. And I double-dar you to wear your newe boots on-air when you’re back full-time.
    Go on – you KNOW you want to!
    All the best, and lots of Love
    Chris x

  131. Marg October 25, 2011 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Ali, and all the lovely ladies of Ali’s Army, I was given this little poem a long time ago and I feel I would like to share it with you all,it says how I feel much better than I can,
    If I could catch a rainbow
    I would do it just for you
    And share with you its beauty
    On the days your feeling blue
    If I could build a mountain
    You could call your very own
    A place to find serenity
    A place to be alone.
    If I could take your troubles
    I would toss them in the sea
    But all these things
    I’m finding impossible for me.
    I CANNOT build a mountain
    Or catch a rainbow fair
    But let me be what I know best
    A friend thats always there
    Loving thoughts to all,
    Marg

  132. DEBORAH ROSE October 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    DEAR ALISON,I HAVE JUST SAT AND WATCHED THE VIDEO OF YOUR BREAST CANCER SPEECH YOU ARE AMAZING AND AN INSPIRATION TO ALL THOSE SUFFERS EVERYWHERE. ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS DISCOVERED THAT SHE HAD BRREAST CANCER AND LIKE YOU STATE IT IS THE SUPPORT OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT GET YOU THROUGH A VERY DIFFICULT TIME.SHE HAD TO ENDURE CHEMO AND RADIOTHERAPY FOR A YEAR.THANKFULLY SHE DIDNT LOSE EITHER OF HER BREASTS.THAT WAS A YEAR AGO AND LIKE YOU SHE IS JUST PRAYING THAT SHE STAYS IN THE REMISSION.MY MOTHER IN LAW ALSO HAD BREAST CANCER AND SHE UNFORTUNATELY, DID LOSE HER LEFT BREAST AND UNDERWENT TREATMENT.SHE WAS TAKING TAMOXIFEN AND WAS GIVEN THE ALL CLEAR LAST YEAR AFTER 5 YEARS AND NO LONGER HAS TO TAKE TAMOXIFEN.IT BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE WATCHING YOU.YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND IT WILL BE SO LOVELY TO SEE YOU BACK ON OUR SCREENS BEFORE XMAS AGAIN.IT HASNT BEEN THE SAME WITHOUT YOU.LOVE AND BEST WISHES FOR THE FUTURE.FROM DEBORAH ROSE

  133. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Alison, Norman and Val – I do hope you don’t mind me replying to you in the same comment, but thank you so much for your kind words, wishes and compliments. I am very much hoping to be back on screen beginning of November, and am feeling a great deal better each day. Love Ali x

  134. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Lisa thank you so much for your love and prayers. The wedding was every bit as perfect as I had hoped it would be and the last nine months melted away a I watched Lucy and Richard together. You’re right though, I do feel pretty shattered now having started the week with Hospital visits and Sam’s appointment. all good though, which I hope is the case with you too. Love Ali xx

  135. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sylvia, your words are so kind, and mean a lot. I have had a wonderful weekend at the Wedding, and am hoping very much to be back on screen the second week in November. I think the only way forward is to put the last nine months behind me and pray! Whatever will be will be, but I feel a great deal better than I have done for a long while. Love to you, Ali x

  136. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Madelaine I have been blessed with a great deal of support and love – not least from all of you who write to me here! – and I know this has helped me hugely. Each day is definitely better than the one before, and the Wedding was wonderful… new blog tomorrow! Love to you, ali x

  137. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    My dear Anne in reply to your lovely comment it is I who am grateful for the constant support and kindness. How lovely that your sister mentioned me, and it’s lovely to know I am thought of in this way. Yes it has been a long haul, but my hair is growing back, I feel stronger, and each day I pray that this was a one off… I will be back at work soon and then my life can become a little more normal… then it’s Christmas!! such is the circle of life eh? Take care, and thank you again, Ali xx

  138. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jill, you’ll be pleased to know that I did get my hug from Debbie Flint – she was in early because of the TSV and told me about you :) I am so glad you felt the speech would help other women in the same position as me… none of us know quite when we’ll be needing the help or support of others, but it’s wonderful to know the network is there IF needed. the wedding was wonderful… blog to follow with photos tomorrow :) thanks again Jill, love Ali xx

  139. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Pam, bless you, and I feel lucky to know you all too! The last few weeks have flown by what with the Speech, and then our own Fundraiser and of course Lucy’s wedding. I haven’t had any time to think about the down side of treatment which is wonderful, and the wedding was perfect. Lovely to know you enjoy reading the blogs and yes I will be back mid November come hell or high water :) Love Ali xx

  140. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda I am so sorry to hear that your friend has to go through all of this again. I am ‘lucky’ to be having my second breast removed next Spring as my oncologist felt it was too much of a risk as the cancer was very difficult to detect. I am sure your friend will be fine, and will – as I have done – use her daughter’s wedding as something to fight for and head towards. With your love and support I’m sure she can do this. Love to you both, Ali xx

  141. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Karen, thank you… your words are very much appreciated, and yes I am, and have always been positive. I believe very much that your life is already mapped out for your and as one of my lovely bloggers once suggested, nothing would be given to me that I couldn’t cope with… I pray that is right :) Take care, love Ali xx

  142. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Linda – thank you….. for your Angels and their unconditional love.. I know they’re there :) love Ali xx

  143. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Kim I am sorry that you too have been touched by this wretched disease, and as you say, it is its innate ability to destroy so much of what makes us women that I have struggled with…That said, I am getting better – I even have short eyelashes now and some hair!! :) The wedding was a reminder to look forwards – as there is so much to look forward to. I hope that all is well with you and your family, and thank you for writing, Love Ali xx

  144. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, it will be lovely to see a picture of Jodie’s wedding! Thank you. Yes Lucy’s day was everything and more than we could have hoped for. Seems such a long way forwards from the worry and ill health earlier in the year :) I think I may wear the wig on air for the first few months, but hopefully by February I should have enough hair to go without!! Love to you, Ali xx

  145. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Linda, and thank you for your lovely long newsy comment. It’s great to catch up on all that’s been happening, and I’m delighted that you were able to join us for the phenomenal fundraising night – I don’t think any of us can yet believe that much money was raised!! Incredible kindness and generosity :) I have seen the documentary about Hayley and I agree she is an amazing soul. As I have often mentioned… you don’t have to look too far to see someone who is far worse off than you are, and it is a great leveller. I did read and reply to all the lovely comments on the previous blog and you’re right, they were inspiring. I feel very humbled and grateful to have you all in my life, love ali xx

  146. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Linda – I LOVE the idea of the telegram….. Here’s hoping :) xx

  147. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, I’m so glad you enjoyed the speech, and I too am looking forward very much to seeing you all again in November… it’s been too long, love Ali xx

  148. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Maria, I would love to believe what you’ve said, and know that in my own situation, being in touch with the huge number of inspirational women on this blog has helped me no end. It has been my absolute pleasure to have you alongside me over the last 9 months, and I hope that once I’m back at work you won’t become strangers :) Love Ali xx

  149. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    My dear Una, so glad that you got to watch our special evening – even if after the event itself, and I have to agree with you 100% – Craig, Debbie, Simon and Claire were awesome, and no doubt their work and enthusiasm helped raise the target to the heady heights it reached! I’m so glad you got your mention, and please do give Loops an extra treat for me – I am SO sorry I forgot to mention him!! Julia was in Spain this year while the event took place, but I know that QVC do try and swap the presenters around each year so that all of us have an opportunity to be part of such an awesome event :) I very much hope that Loops and the magpies parted friends, and that you’ve had a good weekend. The wedding was FAB! However, I do feel shattered still having been on various hospital appointments and with Sam… Still, I’m planning to rest until my return the week after next.
    Love Ali x

  150. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Do you know Denise the funny thing was, it was as if I’d never been away either :) As soon as I was sitting with Simon in the studio and the jewellery was in front of me, I had the urge to talk about it – wonderful!! As was my weekend for Lucy’s wedding – blog to be posted tomorrow. Thank you for staying with me, and I look forward to hearing from you again, love Ali xx

  151. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    My dear Sue, Thank you for your lovely photo and also your comment. So glad you got the mother of pearl pendant and that you enjoyed the evening. Yes Claudia did look grand, and Amica is doing well too – I was in touch just today, and have passed on your best. Lucky you being to St. Ives twice this year! We did manage to spend some time in Looe before we had to be at the Wedding venue, and the sun shone for us. The wedding was wonderful – but you’ll be able to read all about it in tomorrow’s blog. Love Ali xx

  152. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Marian, I shall look forward very much to receiving the photographs of Casper and Suki-Pie and you’ll be able to see photos of Lucy’s wedding in my new blog – I hope you enjoy them :) So glad you enjoyed our Breast Cancer Care night, and thank you very much for your support. Love Ali xx

  153. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Sue – two things…. firstly thank you for taking the time out to listen to the speech, and secondly, for writing as you did having seen it. Your words mean a great deal, and I too am looking forward very much to getting back to work and remaining ‘better forever’ :) Love, Ali x

  154. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Helen I hope very much that you are now completely free of any worry, and are fit and well :) It really is a roller coaster ride isn’t it?! the wedding was fabulous and I hope very much you enjoy the photographs, love Ali xx

  155. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Liz bless you! I bet you were freezing cold when you woke up in the bath! Yes i do feel shattered now, what with the wedding then Sam’s hospital and other appointments and my car failing its MoT! That said, I have nothing to do tomorrow, so will take it easy and make Colin’s daughter’s birthday cake :) And yes I am loving my hair growing back, but it’s nowhere near as exciting as my lashes and brows reappearing!! Love to you xxxx

  156. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    My dear Magda, soooo lovely to hear from you, and to know that you are getting stronger each day and leaving all that was so negative behind you :) I hope very much that your wedding on Saturday went as well as my Lucy’s – we all had a ball! I hope too that the special dinner you are arranging to raise funds for Breast Cancer Care goes well – you are a very kind soul :) and I am so pleased to hear how much support the girls in ‘Ali’s Army’ have given to you, and how much it’s helped. Onwards and upwards Magda…. there is always hope, love Ali xxx

  157. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    June I am so glad that you are out the other side of your struggle with breast cancer, and hope that the Tamoxifen isn’t disagreeing with you… you’re right about all the wonderful treatment that is available to us – we are lucky to be given the best chance :) Stay fit and well, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  158. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Eileen thank you, I did rest up and the day itself was wonderful! All of Lucy’s planning paid off, and not only did she look wonderful, but EVERYBODY had a fabulous time. You should be able to see the photos tomorrow. It was lovely to hear from you Eileen, Love Ali xx

  159. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    My dear Penelope, I am so sorry to hear that you have ‘fallen foul’ of this wretched disease again, and only hope that with the medical care and expertise that is available and the support too, you will be supported through it. Your situation is my worst nightmare, and I pray that you will be well again. My love to you, Ali xxx

  160. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Mary, firstly thank you for all your support during our Three hour BCC fundraiser – very much appreciated and secondly, WELL DONE! Three stone is an amazing achievement, and you have every right to feel proud. I very much hope that your daughters’ cricket weekend went well, and that you had every reason to be proud :) thank you for your compliments about the bald head = still a little shy to think about going out in public with no scarf, but it is meant to grow half an inch a month, so Christmas could be a cracker!! So glad you are feeling good in your skin, and I can tell you Lucy’s wedding was a great day for everyone to feel glad. Love to you, ali xx

  161. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Slainte to you too Marie, and yes thank you we did have a wonderful time at the wedding. I hope life is good for you too, love ali xx

  162. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Patricia I am so sorry to learn of your struggle, and very much hope that the treatment will once again get you through this…. you are an inspiration to me, and also a wonderful role model for anyone else in the same position. Stay strong, and I send you hope and love, Ali xx

  163. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Dorothy, do hope you Davy and Laura are all keeping well, and I thank you for staying in touch. You’ll be happy to know that the wedding went off a treat, and there should be some photos tomorrow to show you how the day was spent :) We had a settlement for Sam’s insurance on Monday, and then hospital today so emotional days… he has more surgery to come which again we hope will help him to walk more comfortably… they keep on trying which is all that matters :) Love to you, and do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  164. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Kay thank you for your ‘cyber’ hug! Bless you – it was an emotional night, and I truly hadn’t expected the response I received…. such a wonderful evening – here’s to next year when I hope to be on the catwalk!! Yes I have thought about the talking books, and got very close a number of years ago to recording several and then the author jumped ship! Hey ho… plenty else to keep me occupied like returning to work for one :) Can’t wait. do keep in touch, and thank you for your caring and supportive comments – they mean a great deal, love Ali x

  165. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Kay, I LOVED my big day with my baby girl – I hope you enjoy the photos :) Ali xx

  166. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Tina it takes no stretching to include you in Ali’s Army – we would all be delighted to have you amongst us!!! :) I am sure that those of your friends who have been poorly have been comforted to have you in their lives, and I very much hope that they – like me – will continue the fight… although sometimes it’s more like sitting waiting, which I hate…there was no snow in Cornwall, just good times and happiness and a wonderful white wedding. My love to you and I hope you enjoy the photos in the new blog. Thank you so much for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  167. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Oh, and thank you for your kind comments about my hair!! I feel more like a seal at the moment and it has rather more grey than I like but I am thrilled :) xx

  168. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Maggie I thank you for writing, and for making a very valid point. I have visited The Haven several times (a wonderful place where women with breast cancer are given complementary treatments) and I read a book there about women in a similar position to me. Many of them had had relationships break up following their diagnosis or treatment because their partners just couldn’t deal with it…. I have been so very lucky and will never forget all that Colin has been to me over these months.. my saving grace….. love to you, Ali xx

  169. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Michelle, thank you… So much to look forward to in the future, so no time to be poorly :) Lucy’s wedding was wonderful, and I hope you enjoy the photos. It was lovely to hear from you, love Alixx

  170. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Emma thank you so much for your prayers, and yes I hope very much too that the treatment will have worked and I can get back to a full and happy life – not one ruled by treatment schedules and hospital visits :) The treatment is so very worth it though and I believe has given me my best chance… Take care, love Ali xx

  171. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    My dear Sheila, thank you so much for your lovely kind words, and all the things you write…. you have made me smile and I will think of you when I am back on QVC, the other side of the camera :) I so very much hope that having been in the position to ‘tell it how it is’ it may make it easier for anyone else heading down the same road I’ve just been on. Lucy’s wedding was a joy and I hope you enjoy the photos. thank you again for writing, Love Ali xx

  172. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Edna Bless you !! It was lovely to hear from you and I am very glad that you enjoyed Wednesday night – it’s one I will always remember. I guess many of us are sent things that challenge us and trouble us, but as you say I have been more than blessed with the love and support from all those of you around me. Thank you – it has been unbelievable. Love to you, Ali xx

  173. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Linda, that is such an exciting thought – Grandbabies!!!! I can’t wait – although I think Lucy and Richard may have something to say about that! They aren’t planning to have their proper honeymoon until next year so it may be a while yet, but I am just delighted to have so much to look forward to :) The wedding was fabulous, and I do so hope you enjoy the photos that will be posted tomorrow. Love to you, Ali xx

  174. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    My dear Debz I did indeed get your lovely photos and have them inside a plastic folder ready to add to the others on my special board which I will have in my dressing room – how gorgeous are you??!! Thank you for all that you write – your words are lovely and I’m so glad you got your mention – I hope Ainzley has come back to earth a little too! Yes I did get my shoes – although they crippled me on the day – but the wedding was a complete success! Wonderful in every way – but then you can read about it tomorrow anyway and I hope you like the photos :) My plan is to come back to QVC the week of 8th November, and I may well be on the schedule then, although I’m not sure how many hours a day to start with… it’s a little unknown at this point. They have been marvellous though, and we’ll just have to play it by ear. Love to you Debz, and do keep in touch, Ali xx

  175. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    My dear Bev, I am so flattered that you took the time out to make this the first blog you replied to, and your words are very kind and thoughtful. I was frightened at the very beginning but then in truth the enormity of it all took over, and each week and month was governed by treatment and the grotty side effects. It is wonderful now to be free of that, and to have enjoyed the most fabulous time at Lucy’s wedding – almost as if none of the last nine months had happened :) Thank you too for your prayers – they are much appreciated, love Ali xx

  176. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Martin, thank you… I shall be back in a couple of weeks hopefully. Lovely to hear from you, Ali xx

  177. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    That’s great news Julie! Give her a hug for me. The wedding was sublime :) I hope you enjoy the photos… colin was rather busy being best man to take too many shots but we managed anyway :) I will have the official ones soon enough, but lovely to hear from you, Ali xx

  178. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela, and thanks for your good wishes. We actually made it down to Cornwall early and had time to visit Looe which was lovely. The sun shone and so we wrote in the sand and climbed on the rocks and even found a cave!! I would love a photo of you and I will be more than proud to have it hanging in my gallery of valued friends!! the wedding was fab and I very much hope you like the photos. take care, and thanks for writing, love ali xxx

  179. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Julia thank you! Lovely to hear from you and I’m glad that you’re now up to speed although I totally understand how you hadn’t realised I wasn’t working – I remember a whole year passed without me seeing Jilly Halliday once!! The wedding was wonderful and I hope to be back with you mid November, love Ali xx

  180. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Mags and Angela – thank you both for your kind words and lovely comments. The wedding was wonderful, and I am very glad that you got your mentions on Breast Cancer Care night and did such a sterling job of supporting such a great cause. Love Ali xx

  181. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    Norma, thank you …. it took a while to write the speech as I felt I needed to take into account as many different scenarios as possible, and not to offend or upset anyone. The fact it was so well received was quite unexpected and I thank you again for your commments – they mean a lot. the wedding was fab and I very much hope you enjoy the pictures. Love Ali xx

  182. alison keenan October 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    My dear Julie – trying to stay awake and have just come across your fabulous news! That is such a result! soooooo happy for you and your son, and the radiotherapy will be over before you know it. This means you have a happy Christmas ahead and a wonderful New year… you so deserve it. My love to you, Ali xx

  183. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    Dear Norma I’m sorry to hear that your husband is in hospital and hope that he will be home soon, as I remember when Sam was ill, how exhausting visiting can become. Thank you for your kind words about the speech, and having Lucy, Richard Colin and so many of my friends there too made the evening so much more memorable. It’s only a week or so before I’m back to work and I am feeling a lot better each day, so hopefully everything will be as it once was – within reason! :) Love to you and please do keep in touch, Ali xx

  184. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    Hello there Ann, and thanks for posting again – I and all the other bloggers I am sure, appreciate your patience! :) So glad that you enjoyed the BCC night, and yes, it was a little tough, if only remembering the year before, when all I had to do was focus on the night itself … It was lovely though meeting the other girls and there is nothing quite like the atmosphere there on the night. Thank you for your support and I’m sure you look fab in the T shirts – wish I’d managed to get one before they sold out!! Love Ali xx

  185. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 7:31 am -  Reply

    Dear Alpa, I am so very much looking forward to seeing your photo – I have four photos of the ‘girls’ so far, and it’ll be great to add yours to them – oh and Ainzley’s of course!! Yes, shoes, hat and outfit all worked on the big day, and I hope you enjoy the photos that should be posted this morning along with my blog. I hope too that you are well and things are good for you, love ali xx

  186. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 7:33 am -  Reply

    Dee thank you for your kind words, and I too am looking forward very much to returning to QVC in the next couple of weeks. It’s been the longest time I’ve not worked since having Lucy as a baby… I have missed it greatly. Thank you for your healing prayers… they are much appreciated, Love Ali xx

  187. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 7:36 am -  Reply

    My dear Cheryl, I am so glad that you enjoyed the BCC night, and thank you for your support. It was a phenomenal amount of money that was raised and it will all go towards helping other women who sadly find themselves in the same position as me. All that said, I am feeling better and stronger every day – still a tad tired! – and am looking forward very much to returning to work on a regular basis. Love to you from me and I’m certain Amica too :) xxx

  188. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 7:42 am -  Reply

    Janet thank you for your continued support and understanding. I know how hard it must have been for you with your son, especially as he was away from you for the first time and you had your treatment to contend with. I too have tended to hide my baldness from the boys but now that my hair has started to grow back they think it’s cool :) Colin and I couldn’t stay in Cornwall as Sam’s case for the accident was to be heard on Monday, and then more hospital appointments yesterday, but we made a day of the return journey with Ros and Chris and the sun shone for us then :) The wedding was wonderful and everything went according to plan. I hope you enjoy the photos that should be posted later today. With love to you, Ali xx

  189. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 7:46 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia, that’s very kind of you to be concerned, but as you will have seen, I am now hopefully over the worst of it all. I do hope you’ll start reading the blog having now discovered it, as it’s a really lovely way to keep in touch with so many women who have so much in common :) Love Ali xx

  190. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 7:48 am -  Reply

    Jackie, thank you so much for taking the time to write to me. I am glad that you enjoyed the speech, and it was an honour to be there on the night and to meet so many other people who have fought this wretched disease. It would have been so much harder for me though without the constant support I’ve been lucky enough to have. Thank you for adding yours, love Ali xx

  191. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 7:52 am -  Reply

    Hello again Tina, and thanks for posting :) Sam was back with the consultant yesterday as there has been more bone growth, but we’re hoping – as always – that an operation will help with that and make walking more comfortable again. He’s very stoic though, and I’m very proud of him. I will certainly pass on your white light and rainbows to Amica whom I hope to talk to today, so thank you from us both, love Ali xx

  192. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 7:58 am -  Reply

    Helen I did get the lovely photograph of you and Olivia – like mother like daugher, both beautiful :) It was bloomin’ chilly in Cornwall too on Saturday afternoon which was a shame considering the morning was sunny, but to be honest the weather didn’t matter a jot because the day was perfect in every sense. It’s funny about the coat thing with your girlie… I do remember Jack from about 14 refusing to wear a coat and as the bus stop to school was just outside on the village green I used to get him to wait until the last minute so he didn’t stand in the cold… crazy eh?! I hope you enjoy the wedding photographs and that you will start to feel stronger very soon… ever thought about having your shopping delivered to you rather than having to stagger around? I know that a checked shirt may not be on the cards, but it could save your energy for food shopping! Love Ali x x

  193. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    Louise thank you for your lovely comments and I did indeed have a wonderful time last weekend at Lucy and Richard’s wedding, as did the entire family. A lovely stress free happy day :) I hope that you enjoy the photos which will be posted later today. Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  194. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:02 am -  Reply

    Dear Maureen thank you very much for your kind words and I will of course pass on your best wishes to Amica when we next speak :) I hope to be back at QVC around the middle of November, and will look forward to ‘seeing’ you then! Love Ali xx

  195. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Alpa, I too am really sorry you missed your mention, but there’ll be plenty more opportunity to talk about you all on air once I’m back on the schedule! I think I’ve measured my legs wrongly as the boots aren’t thigh length, they’re over the knee! Similar to a pair the delectable Debbie Greenwood owns, and I was desperate to borrow! We have Lucy’s after wedding party tomorrow and so I’m going to wear them to that – may not be able to do too much dancing though – VERY high heels! You should go for it and get yourself a pair – I dare you :) The wedding was everything I could have wished for, and I really hope you enjoy the photos, love Ali xx

  196. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:08 am -  Reply

    Sue, I hope you had a wonderful time away, and came back refreshed. Yes the BCC evening was a fabulous night, and thanks to my wig and some expert make up I felt very glamorous! Mind you my eyelashes and brows are growing really well now, so I am hoping that by the time I get back on air, I may be able to dispense with the false eyelashes altogether – I find them a nightmare to put on! It’s been a very busy start to this week with appointments for Sam and me still not having a car, but all is sorted now so I intend to take it easy before I am back on the schedule! Love to you, Ali xx

  197. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    Pam, thank you for your good wishes and kind words. It was lovely to be dressed up and part of the BCC night, and better still to have some of my friends and family with me. The wedding too was a huge success and I do hope you enjoy the photos that I’ll be posting later today. Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  198. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:14 am -  Reply

    Hello Anne, I hope you enjoyed your time with your Mum on your recent visit, and thank you for supporting us all on the Breast Cancer Care night. It did mean a great deal to be there, and hard to believe a whole year had passed since I was where Claire was – it felt as though I’d not really been away. I’m feeling a little better each day and will look forward to ‘seeing’ you in November, love Ali xx

  199. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:17 am -  Reply

    Diane, never a truer word spoken!! :) It’s always been a pleasure to have people in my life who have needed me from time to time, and I have been more than fortunate in the love and support I have received back from them over this difficult time. Please do keep in touch, and thank you for taking the time to write, love Ali xx

  200. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan, you were right, not a dry eye in the house – or barn as it was!! :) The wedding was everything we had all hoped it would be, and such a relaxed happy atmosphere too. I’m posting my blog and photos later today so I hope that you enjoy them. It didn’t rain but was jolly chilly so only a few photographs taken outside, but as your mum would have said, it really didn’t matter :) I hope all is well with you, and thanks for writing, love Ali x

  201. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    Sandra you sound like a lovely friend to have, and your friend will no doubt get through her treatment so much more easily with you there to support her. There are no right or wrong things to say – just a hug or time spent together means the world…. She will be fine I am sure and I send you both my love. Please let me know how she gets on, Ali xx

  202. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:26 am -  Reply

    My dear Marg it’s always so lovely to hear from you and yes I was more than happy to kick off my shoes – well more like prise them off at the end of Lucy’s wedding day! Such a wonderful time had by all, and both Richard and Lucy so happy. It is lovely that through this blog we’ve all been able to share a little of our lives, and I will always be grateful to have had you alongside me through the darker months this year… It’s time to move forwards now though and that’s what I intend to do, but thank you as always for your continued love and support, Ali xx

  203. alison keenan October 27, 2011 at 8:28 am -  Reply

    Girls, due to popular demand I will try and take a photo of Colin in his apron this Saturday morning following Lucy’s after wedding party tomorrow night!! I think bacon butties will definitely be required :) Love to you all, Ali xxx

  204. GAIL WILLIAMS October 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, simply had to write on your blog and send my best wishes to you and your family during your ongoing recovery. Considering QVC is on our tv screen almost daily I was totally unaware of the battle you have been facing since January. I suddenly thought recently that I had not seen you on our screens, and decided to look on the presenters blog and discovered your news. Having watched my younger sister face this disease and come out the other side with plenty of battle scars ie permenant lymphodema and a reconstruction that had to be reversed, she is well and happy and know works as a weight watchers leader. She feels that if she had not of lost weight with WW she would have not noticed a lump. After all her battles she found herself in a position to be able to try and become a leader for WW after getting to goal.She is now an inspirational leader championing other aspects of healthcare of losing weight. I watched your speech for breast cancer care on youtube and you were brilliant and inspiring. I am sure with the continuing love and support of your friends and family you will continue to get through this battle and we will once again see you gracing our screens again. Once again best wishes Gail.
    PS Congratulations on your daughters wedding you both looked wonderful and I am glad all went well. In the last two months I have seen the last two of my four sons get married within 7 weeks of each other, the former was local but the latter in the states as my son met beautiful american girl. My other two boys married within 6 weeks of each other two years ago. So I am all weddinged out now. lol

  205. Angela Boyd October 31, 2011 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I have been in the US for several months so only just found out your news, to say I am shocked is an understatement, I watched your video and am so proud of how you handled your illness, I know I wouldnt be that strong. I have never had a mamogramme even though I am 52, but believe it or not an invitation fell on my doormat only 2 hours ago. So after watching your film I have decided that this time I will go. wishing you all the best in the future and hope your back soon.
    Angela xx

  206. Mary Fabian November 1, 2011 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, I had wondered where you had gone to..I can’t begin to tell you how proud of you I was and so delighted to see you on the road to recovery!! your speech had me in floods of tears you are an inspiration to us all :-) keep on fighting the fight my love.. I know first hand the heartache, anger, even guilt of this terrible thing they call cancer..the why me! or us! It makes you wonder and question what you ever did to deserve what you’re facing and going through..I sadly lost my Aunt to breast cancer many years ago, but as early as 8th April 11 this year I lost my soul mate, friend and dear husband Brian from a cancerous brain tumour..I’ve felt all the above feelings..I send you my heartfelt love and warmest wishes for continued recovery..and look forward to seeing you back where you belong “on our screens”..a QVC customer for well over 10yrs..much love. Ms.Mary Fabian.xxxxx

  207. christine young November 1, 2011 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    hi ali
    you look amazing for someone who has been thro so much, well yukky stuff. i had a cancer scare some 3 plus years ago – bowel tumour – its amazing where you do get the strength from to get thro the yukky stuff in life. i was very very very lucky in that my tumour was benign and so were all the limph nodes around it. i count myself as blessed and that my gran was watching over me in the op theatre – i am sure your angels must be watching over you too and hope they continue to do so. look foward to seeing you back at qvc soon – chatting and giggling on our screens again.
    i wish as a country we could spend decent money on real devoted cancer research – this dreadful disease is like a bolt of lightning into so many peoples lives! take care ali!
    love and hugs from christine in tyneside
    and love and licks (and belly scratches!) from my little rescue dog patch (he’s having a second chance at life and enjoying his new life with me and my hubby – enjoy every minute of what you will no doubt value as your second chance at life – live it to the full hun!!!!!) x x

  208. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gail
    thank you so much for writing, and I am very glad to hear that your sister has done so well with her recovery and has made a career for herself, where she will no doubt inspire others. You are so right that one must never underestimate the importance of self-checking and I am so relieved that your sister had lost the weight and was therefore able to find the lump. She has my total empathy re the lymphoedema…. I have to say I am really struggling, and very much hope it’s not going to be difficult when I go back to work next week..I am dilligent with the massage and wear the sleeves every day, but it still is far larger than my left arm and hand, still it could be worse, as we all know. How wonderful for you to have four married sons – rather close though the weddings were! Did you wear different outfits each time?! :) Thank you for writing, and please do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  209. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    Angela I am really proud of you!! :) My NHS invitation was what motivated me to have my mammogram, and at 52, it’s perfect timing for you. Take care and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  210. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary, I am sorry to hear not only about your aunt, but also that you’d lost your husband Brian… I can’t begin to imagine how devastating that must be for you.. You have every right to feel all the emotions you so accurately mention, but I very much hope that as each day passes the pain will ease a little for you and you will find the strength to keep moving forwards… I will be back at work next week and I thank you for your kind words and good wishes :) Please do keep in touch, and stay strong, love Ali xx

  211. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Christine I’m so glad that your ‘scare’ was just that, and you are living life to the full with your husband and Patch – who sounds delightful! :) Yes I believe my angels were looking out for me, and as you say, I intend to make the very best of life…. after all I have been given the best chance I have of beating it, so fingers crossed :) I will be back with you, and on with the lovely Charlie, next Tuesday at 7pm for a Diamonique Spectacular – can’t wait. Thank you for writing, and do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  212. Patricia McCracken November 8, 2011 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I walked in this evening after a meal with some friends and was pleasantly surprised when I turned my TV on to see you! You look wonderful. You are really an inspiration to many other ladies who have been and are in your position. You probably know by now, reading all the many messages, that you have a great following of people who care.
    You have a good support team in your colleagues at QVC and they must be very proud of you.
    Take caare.
    Love from
    Patricia McCracken

  213. Alex B November 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Ali having had the honour to meet you through Lucy and being disappointed at missing you return to your programme this week I’m so glad to have found your blog here. I have just watched your speech and think yet even more of you and how strong you are. I do hope to see you soon, John and I have both had such a blast with you and Colin
    Love Alex x

  214. OLLIE November 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    LOVELY TO SEE YOU ON THE DIAMONIQUESHOW 8.11.11 I AM WONDERING IF THE BLACKLACE DRESS YOU WERE WEARING IS FROM QVC? LOOKED FAB! WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHERE I CAN BUY. XX

  215. Tracey Trickett November 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    I wondered where you had gone to! Now I know, and watched your speech, it was very inspirational and I wish you and your family all the best for your future.

  216. Lorraine Greathurst November 16, 2011 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,I did not realise the reason for your absensce from QVC,until I read your blog.I watched you on tuesday last,when you did the Emu boots.I thought you and your hair looked amazing.Its lovely to see you back on qvc.I wish you a speedy and full recovery,and look forward to seeing you more in the future,as you are one of my favourite presenters.Lots of Love,Lorraine.Cornwall xxxx

  217. Lin Craddy November 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    I am simply going to say FANTASTIC to see you back, well done, you were so missed, love and light

  218. Karen Hibbart December 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    To say you are an inspiration to us all. I lost my mum to breast cancer and miss her every day. As a result I became involved with a group of ladies called ‘By Invitation Only’ meeting once a year on the first Saturday in March. This year saw our 10th Anniversary, in which time we have raised over £110,000 for cancer charities, predominantly CRUK. In 2012 I will be starting my own branch of the group, in Crawley and am wanting to choose Breast Cancer Care as my chosen charity and it would mean a lot if you were able to attend either on your pown or with a few of the girls from QVC as it is a ladies only lunch. Please come back to me and let me know, or give me an alternative address to contact you on.
    Take care and with much love.
    Karen xx

  219. Edna December 12, 2011 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I had been wondering why i did not see you on air But i would have never thought of you going through such an horrible time.
    It is nice to see that you have come through the other side and so positive.
    It is lovely to see you back on air and looking so great
    wish you all the best for the future
    And hope you have a lovely Christmas with your family and friends all the best for 2012 x

  220. Jules December 16, 2011 at 11:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. i’ve been watching QVC since about April, and in recent months it’s become apparent to me, a little , what your situation must be. How strong , glamorous and inspiring you are, and i love your speaking voice
    Hi also to Alpa if she happens to read this, the reason being i too suffer that intensely debilitating but often misunderstood condition that you do. fortunately it fluctuates quite a lot, but i have some very difficult circumstances in my life , and know how it feels to be isolated. However i am slowly battling to change my life, move, and reinvent my work to include freelance work from home. hope you’re both doing well take care and love, Jules xx

  221. sandra January 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    dear alison, i was shocked to hear of your illness, and feel compelled to drop you a line to wish you a very speedy recovery. you look wonderful, and are a true insperation to others sufering this awful condition. may you continue to recover well…………….and alison,…….its wonderful to have you back on qvc. keep well dear lady. i wish you a very happy and healthy new year x x

  222. sandra simpson February 17, 2012 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Glad to see you looking so well again sandra xx

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