“All you need is love”

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Hello there, and THANK YOU! Never before have the lyrics of a song had more meaning, "All you need is love", and I have been overwhelmed by your support, kindness and love that is so evident in all your comments that I needed to write and tell you. I have read them all, and they have truly inspired me and lifted my spirits. Again, thank you.

Talking of spirits being lifted, Sam had his surgery yesterday and came home today, and I am delighted to tell you that everything has gone incredibly well. In Sam's own words, he thinks it's "110 per cent improved" :)  Best thing of all is that once it's healed and he has a new prosthesis made to fit his new shape, he should be walking pain free! Nearly four years on from his accident that would just be wonderful :) 


He's got a month or so before he can walk again, and what with my treatment spreading over seven or so months, we've decided that next year will be our year for a fab holiday – Fiji beckons :) But then so do many of our beach bits here in the good old UK. No sunbathing allowed for me this year sadly, so I may have to invest in a large hat, linen clothes and a 'shade bathe' a la Alison Young :) I have already pre ordered much Beau Bronz!!!

I'm working with Breast Cancer Care so that we can get the forum up and running, so I can hopefully keep in touch with you there, but once again your kinds words, thoughts and prayers mean so much, and I am really grateful to you for taking the time out to think of me. 

I'll leave you with Helen's words 'cos I think they will work for all of us: "Don't wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain…" I'm going to keep on dancing…

My love to you, Ali xxx

174 Comments

  1. maria February 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Wow Alison I’ve never replied to these posts but have had many a laugh and a cry. You are such a nice person and have been through so much with your son. I’m glad to see he’s a fighter and will be walking again. WAY TO GO SAM. I can see where he gets his fighting spirit from , never give up Alison. I think Helen is right in what she says. For many reasons I have learned how to dance in the rain and let me say its the best kinda dancing. So Alison get those dancing shoes out …….
    Best wishes and good luck love Maria xx <3

  2. Christine Hodgson February 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    I will dance for you too Ali.
    Much love Chris Hodgson.xx

  3. Susan Kerslake February 18, 2011 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    I love reading your blog, you do it regularly even when you have so much rotten stuff going on in your life. Well done for being an inspiration, I’ve been made redundant and felt very sorry for myself, no more Alison, thanks to you it’s onwards and upwards for me! With best wishes for good treatment and a speedy recovery :) Please keep us in touch when you can.
    Sue

  4. Jenny Longworth February 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison!
    I’m so pleased to hear that Sam’s operation went well and that he will be able to walk and be pain free – fantastic news!
    You are amazing Alison! You are going through a tough time at the moment and are still able to to talk to us all. I remember your kind message to me with regards to my son going off to Uni last October and how sad I was feeling. Your words were so comforting to me. I do hope that with all your friends, family and everyone who loves you, you will get through this period in your life, quickly and smoothly. Yes, next year a glorious holiday awaits you ( nevermind the tan – you look beautiful without that). Lucy’s wedding also will be wonderful to look forward to. So Alsion, even though I miss you on QVC, you’re on my mind and many others all the time. Once again good news for Sam and a relief for you too that he’s getting better. Take care and my very best wishes to you as always, lots of love, Jenny May xx

  5. Julie February 18, 2011 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Ali, you’re such an inspiration to us all! Been thinking of you alot lately-as you know. Spent the day today with Lily which cheered me up no end-she sends you loads of hugs and kisses-albeit milky ones!Will send you photo’s.
    Don’t forget as far as holidays go Wales not that bad-if you like rain,gales,wind,snow etc.I know you share my sense of humour!!
    Good news about Sam,give him my love.
    Keep on dancing xx
    Take care and speak soon
    Julie xx Lily xxxxxx

  6. Christine Robertson February 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Thinking of you Ali and sending lots of love, Christine xxx

  7. Cheryl February 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I am so glad to hear that sam’s operation was such a success and also that you sound so upbeat. Your holiday next year will give you truly something to work towards whilst having treatment, I know it did me when I was undergoing my breast cancer treatment. Thinking of you every day and wishing you well.
    Cheryl

  8. Susan Winn February 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Alison. Take Care, stay positive. We all miss you and look forward to your full recovery and return to QVC.
    Much love. Sue Winn

  9. Pauline Johnson February 18, 2011 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison this is a sign that things are on the up and up you keep thinking positive my love and I know you will beat this.
    If you are going to Figi can I come as your carer ha ha.
    All my love Pauline

  10. valerie blake February 19, 2011 at 9:14 am -  Reply

    hi alison
    JUst think of bright blue sea and white sand,soon you will be there.
    take care
    best wishes
    valerie

  11. kate stevenson February 19, 2011 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Wonderful to read your blog and sense the positive attitude you have seeping through the laptop. Well done for keeping those lovely nostrils above the tide, and you will just keep rising, inch by inch, slowly, surely and to full health. So pleased your son is also making a good recovery, good news indeed. My dear old dad always used to say ‘its not what happens to you that counts, its how you cope’ ….well you are a shining example of that Ali. I agree with your sentiment, ‘all you need is love’, its so true, that the kindness of others pull us all through difficult scarey times. its like a human tug of war, and believe me, alot of people are tugging hard on your rope kiddo. keep going petal, spring is springing. xx kate x

  12. Kim Egan February 19, 2011 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So sorry to hear your news but, as can only be expected of you, you sound to be keeping your spirits up. QVC won’t be the same without you, but you’ll be back with us all before you know it! Take special care of yourself and God bless,
    Kim

  13. Helen February 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Ali for using my words ‘Dont wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain’. As I said in my previous note to you, my Mum had had breast cancer and lymphoma. But I’ve struggled with my own illness, not as major as cancer but just as debilitating. I had M.E. when I was 30 and now I am struggling through the perimenopause and I am 44. Life hasn’t dealt me healthy genes, but I am alive with a fab other half and a beautiful daughter. I’ve had to ‘dance in the rain’ for many years and I’m still waiting for the storm to pass. One day? Please write if you need any outside support, sometimes family are just too close to say what you are really feeling.
    Luv always Helen xx

  14. Anne Bertenshaw February 19, 2011 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Keep your spirits high.It is hard I know but you WILL get there
    Fondest love
    Annie x

  15. sharon hodgson February 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi, aLison, i too was diagnosed with breast cancer in january last year aged 40,having lost my mum to bc 12 yrs ago. Here i am now 12 months on, having had an mastectomy, node clearance, reconstruction, and chemotherapy.
    I have just had my 1st annual checkup, and its very positive, that all the cancer has gone.
    I’d just like you know, you will have your good and bad days, but you will get through it, with the love of your family and friends. Just keep positive, and be kind to yourself.
    Love and my best wishes for you, for the coming months.
    Love Sharon x

  16. Lesley davies February 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    I believe in those words too, my daughter has them stencilled on her bedroom wall,
    Wishing you a bright future ,Lesley

  17. Liz Clements February 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Great news about your progress, keep it up! Wonderful news too about your son. That must have given you a boost too as it was a worrying time for you and unable to help. I think Fiji sounds wonderful and what a terrific thought to aim for and plan for next year.
    You have such wonderful spirit Alison and I know you will soon have conquered the illness and we’ll see you back on our screens. How we miss you and your comments on life. You and Debbie Flint give us the best laughs in blogs. Keep up your input to Breast Cancer Care too as that is invaluable for other Girls experiencing your treatment. I have a friend who is having her lymph glands removed next week in preparation to having a mastectomy and reconstruction carried out at the same time. Your words will give her hope and help.
    Great to hear all about you and keep focused on the end of the road, Lots of love from all my family.

  18. wendy streatfield February 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Good to hear you are so positive and that sam’s surgery was a success. I have to admit after reading your blog telling us your news my heart went out to you but, knowing how very positive and inspired you always seem to be l have no doubt we will be seeing you on qvc telling us your latest happenings and making us giggle. As brucie says ‘KEEP ON DANCING’
    God bless you.
    Wendy xxx

  19. Una February 20, 2011 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    SO glad that Sams surgery went well. Hes not had an easy time has he, but hopefully, this will give him a much needed boost.
    I loved Helens words. I think we all have to keep on dancing. Sometimes it feels like there is a blooming huge storm overhead, but a wee shimmy seems to work wonders!
    You keep on dancing, we are all dancing with you!
    Lots of love to you and yours Ali.
    Una x
    P.s. Just a wee update. I had an invite to go and visit little Loosie. (the wee cat that Loops saved). She is just gorgeous. Shes so happy, and goes to work with her new Mum every day. She sits on the reception desk, and watches EVERYTHING that goes on. The receptionist is convinced she could answer the phone if she had to. Such a wee sweetie. her fur is gleaming and shes the picture of health. Apart from her crooked ear, you would not be able to tell that she had such a hard time. i was so chuffed to see her and have a wee cuddle.
    xx

  20. Helen February 20, 2011 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    I dont know if my messages to you are getting through but I’ll try again, 3rd time lucky. I hope my quote of ‘learning to dance in the raine’ didn’t upset you too much, you said it made you cry and laugh at the same time. I thought it quite an appropriate quote that I have tried to abide by. You see, as I mentioned before, my mum had breast cancer and then lymphoma and on top of it all I had M.E. at the time of my mums treatment when I was 30. I got over that have a lovely hubby and a beautiful daughter. NOW, I’m going through perimenopause and out of the 34 apparent symptoms, I have 40, I’m adding my own daily!!!!! I hope you get this message. Please keep in touch, sometimes a winge and a moan to an outsider is better that your immediate family and friends, sometimes they are just too close to share your burdens and worries. I’m always here and will check your blogs for updates. But for now KEEEP DANCING!!!!!
    Luv and hugs
    Helen S

  21. Rhona Fenton February 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I had to write to say that I have tears in my eyes but with joy with your fantastic news so glad everything went well with Sam and his op and that things have improved for him this is just awesome news please wish him the very best from us all here:)and as for you no words can say how amazing you are, you have been in my thoughts everyday not a day passes that my thoughts are with you Alison:)but you know you have so much to look forward too Lucy’s wedding not that far away:) and you bet a holiday next year with the family just what the doctor ordered:) and I know you like out in the sun topping up the tan but this year tell yourself you are having a year in my life when it comes to the summer as no hat is large enough, clothes thick enough or sun block strong enough with my colouring:( I am always the pint of milk that has been spilt on the ground when ever I try sunbathing:( the worst part walking next to my colin the colour he goes I give my back teeth for his winter colour it’s not funny sitting in a room and everyone wearing there sunglasses because of the glare coming off me Ha Ha!! But Alison keep strong you are doing amazing and our love is with you always:) sending much love to you and the family talk soon love Rhona xx

  22. Susan February 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so good to hear from you and thanks so much for taking the time to reply to all of us given all that you are dealing with. As you know, we all wish you well and will be following your posts on here and on the Breast Cancer Care Forum. So very delighted to hear that Sam’s operation has been successful and it must mean so much to him to know that once he gets his new prosthesis, he will be able to walk pain free. You both, and all the family, have many positive things to focus on and you will do it because you are a strong person who will wish to carry on looking forwards. All of your many QVC fans miss your presence in our homes very much, but we know that you will be back with us as soon as you are able to be. Our thoughts and love are with you and your lovely family. Be strong in the love and support from your family and many friends. Love Sue x

  23. Susan February 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Sooo lovely to hear from you! We are obviously all thinking of you all the time as is evident! You clearly get an insight into how much you are thought of by us all just by the wonderful comments so I imagine it does lift your spirits as you say. They will keep on coming! You absolutely should jet iff to Fiji next year! My word how you deserve it more than anybody! And I did chuckle at your faux tan comment lol. How lovely it is to hear that your Sam is home and through the op and even better that he feels it is so much better already! It must be an immense relief to you. I hope you and the wonderful kiddies and Colin are all doing ok – you sound chipper which is great. Oh and I have to say how much I love your title for the blog – so very right.
    You take care and much love,
    Susan x

  24. dee February 21, 2011 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    I am so shocked to read your news coming as it does a week after hearing the same from a good friend – I love the idea of dancing in the rain!!!

  25. Mrs Janet Jones February 21, 2011 at 11:18 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, such good news about Sam and it sounds like it has lifted your spirits to know your son will walk without pain, fantastic. Looking forward to a family holiday next year to Fiji is such a good idea as in your darker days it will help you through the tough times just thinking of the sun and white sand! But even before that you Lucy’s wedding to look forward to and organise so plenty of good things are coming your way to focus on.Your attitude is so positive, people used to tell me how brave I was but you have no choice you have to fight it and cope with whatever the treatment throws at you and you WILL get through. As well as family and friends you have so many other people thinking of you and wishing you well . You are in my thoughts Ali take very good care of yourself love Janet xxx

  26. Denise Murdoch-Smith February 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali so glad that things have gone well with your son’s operation. It is always a worry when your child is poorly and doubly so with your health problems as well. Hope everything is going well with you too and you will soon be back on our screens. I have missed my favourite presenter
    Love Denise x

  27. Mo Cowell February 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Alison ….. I was going to skip my Breast Scan but you have inspired me not to miss the appointment ….. hope that you are soon feeling on top of the world and until then you are greatly missed and much in my thoughts and prayers.
    Luv Mo x

  28. mary morphy February 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    So glad that Sam’s op wwent well and you both sound really positive and a luxury holiday sounds fab and the wedding is a great focus for you. I hope that my card and letter were forwarded to you. Much love Mary x

  29. Caroline Jones February 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thinking of you and sending you much love and light…keep on dancing! xxxx

  30. jennie February 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    you are in my thoughts and prayers keep your chin up Ali you are a lovely person inside and out and stay positive.You are an ispiration to be so open about your life s trials and tribulations and I have always enjoyed watching you on QVC.Good luck love Jennie x

  31. Del February 21, 2011 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Oh my goodness, what a shock, I had to re-read your blog a few times to believe what I was reading. I had been wondering where you were but had not checked your blog since the 21st Jan post. I feel so sad for you but you seem so very positive about the whole process that I’m sure you will sail through the coming months. I know from friends who have gone through the same thing that the ones with the positive attitude recovered much better. Happy to hear that Sams operation went well & that he feels better already. You have a lovely family who I’m sure will all be rallying around to help you. I feel quite guilty now as I have been very sorry for myself as I have not been well since Dec 21st with various infections & viruses and had blood tests/x rays all being inconclusive although have been tested again today for glandular fever & see my GP March 1st. All this seems very trivial compared to what you are going through. Take care Ali, let everyone pamper you & do keep out of the sun ( I don’t think you will feel like going in it anyway). You are in my thought & prayers. Keep dancing!! (this is a lovely saying from Helen) Lots of love Del xx

  32. Joanna Downey February 22, 2011 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Morning Alison, Along with everyone else I’m sending you lots of positive thoughts. Wonderful news about your Sam, at such a young age he’s an outstanding example to everyone. Your news was such a shock; it made me stand still and look at every aspect of my life. Even though I’m a “Live for today” person the odd moan and grumble do creep in so, when I feel negative, I now turn it on it’s head and it becomes a Spring flowers/blue skies happy thought for you. Unfortunately it hasn’t worked so well with the Half-term decorating because the wretched gloss doesn’t want to dry… I did wonder if I’d bought anti-vandal paint by mistake! Finally, Helen is so right about those closest to us sometimes being too close as we don’t want add to their concerns. I know that we all feel that we know you but we are at a distance geographically and I’ll absorb all the moaning you want to do. Happy thoughts. Love from Jo in Stourbridge.

  33. Susan Kinghorn February 22, 2011 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I have not seen you recently so I went to your blog, and was so surprised to read your news. Well this will cheer you up 7 years ago my mum had BC and had a successful operation and has just had her 90 birhtday cancer free. The drugs and the research they do today is so good, keep positive. Good luck with everything and keep smiling and dancing rain or not. All the best Suex

  34. Cherry Hampton February 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I don’t know what to say as I am going through treatment now and have been since last April, unfortunately my non-hodgkins is incurable but as long as they are treating me I WILL keep going. I am back at work and just had a weekend break in Cornwall. England really is beautiful, before this happened we always took our holidays abroad but since October I have been to Cornwall 3 times – the scenery and beaches are wonderful, the villages quirky and the people great.
    I always considered myself a very fortunate person and could not understand why I have been given this – but I now realise that cancer has no respect for anyone and we must live our lives to the full everyday as you never know what is round the corner.
    I am thinking of you and your family and know that you have a lot of support which is so important right now. Treatment for cancer has come along way and as long we all carry on giving money for research, treatment should get more successful and easier. Looking forward to seeing you again on QVC your outlook on life will have changed completely but I know from experience it is for the better. Take care. Cherryx

  35. Lola Gutteridge February 22, 2011 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I’ve never replied to any presenters blogs before but reading this has made me put ‘pen to paper’. You have always been my favourite presenter on QVC – honest, amusing and straightforward, as my Mum would have said “she’s got no side to her”. Anyway now I’ve waffled, all I really wanted to say was:-
    don’t change a thing about yourself, keep strong and remember that your family and numerous friends will be there for you through good times and bad, and when you feel up to it your admiring QVC viewers will be waiting for you too. Take care my love xx

  36. Susan February 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Del,
    I just wanted to send a wee post and say that your troubles are absolutely not trivial! It is awful being ill no matter what it is and especially if tests are inconclusive it is doubly frustrating I know. You take it easy too and don’t stop pushing if you think there is something else there. Our health is the most important thing in the world. Take care,
    Susan x

  37. patricia pelham February 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    hi ali i too had breast cancer did not find it my self but only
    hen i whent for a mommagrame i lost my dad my brother and my mum all with cancer i got the all clear this week but still have a check up every 6 months thank god.
    i have my dark days and good days but the song says always look on the bright side of life i think my mun dad and brother was looking out for me
    good luck and to your son too
    patricia

  38. Cheryl February 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Im so pleased to hear that Sam’s op went well and taking it all in his stride(sorry about the pun)and I know with his determination and family love and support he will be back walking soon and thankfully painfree.
    I was shocked to hear about your breast cancer and I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers with you. take strength from those around you as needed. Support when you need it, and knowledge love is with you always.
    Love Cheryl in Morecambe xx

  39. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Maria, have dusted off my dancing shoes (shoved into the back of the wardrobe following Christmas party) and plan to make the best of them. Thanks so much for replying, and my best wishes to you. Have passed on your message to him – made me smile, love Ali xx

  40. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Chris, bless you, Ali xx

  41. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Sue, lovely to hear from you, and I hope that the closing of one door will mean the opening of another. The very best of luck with your job search, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  42. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jenny May, I remember writing to you, when I too was really struggling with Sam going away. I hope now that your son is well and truly settled at University, and that you are coping better with the separation. My Sam has done really well following his op and hopefully, a month from now he will be scouting for jobs and moving on with his life. Your kind words are a tonic to me, and please do keep in touch, as I will do my very best to keep in touch with you, love Ali xx

  43. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Julie I think your suggestion of Wales is very apt as my friend Julie Williams is also from Wales, and although I’ve not been since I was a very young child, in a b and b where the owner complained about us shifting the gravel on the drive and also crunching the silver decorations on the trifle… happy days :) My sister is sitting with me laughing at the memory and reminded of the haystack we had ploughed into whilst there, and came home, looking like Worzel Gummidge with half a bale attached to every appendage, whilst hotly denying we’d left our bedrooms…. oh how we laughed :) give Lily a big kiss for me, and take good care of yourself. Also DO keep in touch…. it means a great deal to me to hear from you all, love Ali xx

  44. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Christine, and much appreciated, love Ali xx

  45. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Cheryl, so glad to hear that all is well with you following your treatment, and am happy to report that Sam went for his check up today and all very pleased, so we’re definitely moving in the right direction there :) Holidays have always been high on my list of priorities but never more so than now! Will give it a few months before I start reading up about Fiji, but already in my mind’s eye, I’m there….. Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  46. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Miss you too Sue :), but thanks for writing. Will be back as soon as I’m possibly able, love Ali xx

  47. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Pauline, thank you for your generous offer…..There’s quite a queue of delightful people offering to look after me…. but what a time we’d have eh?? :) Love to you too, and thanks for your support, Love Ali xx

  48. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Valerie I am there!!! With my huge sun hat and factor 50…. ok that’s an exaggeration…itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini more like :) Love Ali xx

  49. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Kate you’re an inspiration! Thanks so much for your kind words of hope… it is in truth a bit scarey, but I hope to stay positive, and am very lucky to have such an amazing network of family and close friends that I know all will be well. Please do keep in touch, and I’ll do my best to keep up with you. Love Ali xx

  50. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    I miss QVC Towers too!! Thank you so much for keeping in touch, and all the very best to you too Kim, love Ali xx

  51. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    My dear Helen, all storms have to pass eventually…. I hope for you it’s sooner rather than later, cos’ it sounds as though you’ve truly been through it. Love to your other half, your daughter and of course you :) Keep in touch and thank you again for writing, love Ali xx

  52. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Annie, thank you, Love Ali xx :)

  53. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Sharon thank you for your inspirational message, which is a very brave one considering your loss….. bless you. I am delighted to hear about your annual check up, and I know it will be the first of many :) I really appreciate you taking the time out to write to me, and do keep in touch, love Ali xxxxx

  54. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Lesley, what an insightful young lady your daughter must be :) Thanks for writing, Love ALi xx

  55. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Liz, I’m sure this must be a very worrying time but I know your friend will be OK…i hope that she too has contacted Breast Cancer Care as they are have all the information at their finger tips and are a great comfort. It’s great that she can have her reconstruction straight away, and I wish her all the very best with it. I’ll keep on looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, with love Ali xx

  56. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Yes Wendy, it was such great news about Sam, and no doubt in time, it will the same for me too :) bit of a way to go yet, but I’ll be back to QVC Towers as soon as I can, with love to you, Ali xx

  57. alison keenan February 22, 2011 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Una, that’s great news about Loosie! How dinky to be able to take your pet to work with you!! I don’t think Willows or Dodge would have sat still for two seconds! Your Loops is a hero, and clearly takes after you with her caring attitude. Thanks so much for your kind words, and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  58. Marg February 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I am so happy for both you and Sam, the idea that you are both progressing is so positive,you will be so good for each other.I was sure your dream holiday would have been a tour round the bridges of Madison County,but I suppose there is no guarantee Clint would be driving around. I still watch that film hoping the ending will change,never does. Are you thinking of taking up any hobbies you never got round to yet?
    I hope you get this message, I sent one earlier in the month but everyone was sending mails I’m sure some went astray, I really just wanted to share the hope for a good outcome from this shock with you, you brought me out of some down times with your mad blogs,and got me answering you and getting the will to write again.Thankyou for all your unknowing help, I pray you will keep on course and that Sam has found his answer to his problem,he must be a wonderful son. Take great care Ali, you are very precious to us, oh and there is a big black straw hat at QVC that Tanya and Goodie use, if your stuck get them to send it to you, better to be ready for the sun,blink and you might miss it.

  59. Carol February 23, 2011 at 3:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, You truely are inspirational!! Thought of you last week when Sam was having his op, knowing that you must have been feeling so anxious, not to have been physically at his side this time, but your lovely lad knows his mum’s love is always with him. So glad it all went well and he’s now on the mend. I’m still reeling from your news but you spirit and determination know no bonds, so I’m sure you will be fighting fit again soon. What with Lucy’s wedding to look forward to and Figi things can only get better from now on. Thinking of you – ‘dancing in the rain’ take care.
    Love Carol

  60. Linda February 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Ali you are a breath of positive fresh air – as i’ve said to you before – your an inspirationxx Such good news about Sam too. Just wanted to tell you i’m still thinking about you and wishing you the best of everything. Wonderful that you and the family are thinking of, and planning, your next holiday. Loving your strength Ali but for the odd weak(ish) moment(s) please remember we are all with you and sending you love and hugs(but not too tightly!!) Love Linda Glasgowxxx

  61. Helen February 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I am writing this in good old rainy South Wales, no chance of sun tan here at the moment, but some beautiful scenery of the Gower coastline. You should take some time out to come to my part of the country when you are well, its quite lovely. Whilst I’m thinking about it, after my Mum finished her treatment for Non Hodgkins Lymphoma she had a P.E.T. scan which shows up all the cancerous cells in the body. She wasn’t offered it, I done some research and found out that in America they offer this scan as part of the treatment to determine if the medication has been a success. My Mum mentioned this to her oncologist and he agreed that she could have and wanted to know where she got her information from! There wasn’t a P.E.T. scanner in Wales at the time and my Dad had to take her to Cheltenham. Perhaps now they are offered as a matter of routine, but at the time if you didn’t ask, it wasn’t offered!!!!! Hope you are ok, keep in touch and KEEEEEP DANCING!
    Luv and hugs
    Helen S in rainy Wales

  62. Dorothy February 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I hope you keep the positive attitude you are a strong minded lady. Just keep looking forward to your lovley daughters wedding and yr hollidays,Ithink of you everyday day and hope things are going well.All you went through with Sam you are one hell off a fighter. IM really pleased Sam’s opp went ok, he can start and look forward. Alison take care all our love best wishes.
    Dorothy xxxxx

  63. ida smith February 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    hI aLI. Iv just been catching up with the blogs and was shocked to hear why i have not been seeing you. I do hope everything goes well for you. Dont know about your son, but i wish him well too. Poor you having all these worries. Take care sand i will read blogs quicker next time!! Best wishes from IDA. XXXXX

  64. Gail February 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, thinking of you and so glad that Sam’s op seems to have been a success. I truly hope he will become ‘pain free’ in time as I live in pain every day and know how it can wear you down, mentally as well as physically. What can I say Ali that hasn’t already been said by so many lovely people out there?
    Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts. Take care, with love from Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  65. Heather February 24, 2011 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I always read your blog as i find you are so thoughtful and think of others all the time! But lately bad health has hit our family and i don’t get as much time to do the little things i used to. I was shocked to read about you and your own health problems. I have missed you on QVC but did’nt know. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.Take care of yourself and let your family take care of you.May you have a speedy recovery…
    And so delighted to hear that Sam’s surgery went so well and he will be back to his old self really soon. That will be a great weight of your mind as you are a loving mum always thinking of others.
    Take care and god bless.

  66. Una February 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Lovely
    So pleased to hear that things are going well for Sam, and yourself.
    I was reading debbies blog about your girlie weekend. What more can you ask for? If that didnt cheer you up, nothing will!
    It was lovely to get the invite to visit Loosie. I know for a fact Loops would not sit still for a second, but Loosie has her basket behind reception desk, and if she thinks shes missing anything, she just jumps on the desk, figures out whats going on, then snuggles back in her bed. So cute. She sits on the passenger seat in the car, on the way to work and home again, she just loves it. Her new Mummy thinks she is wonderful, but I think thats mutual!
    Magda, if you are reading this. We are all thinking of you, and sending love and good wishes. Hope you get good news. Love to you.x
    Take care Ali, keep on dancing. xx
    Lots of love
    Una xx

  67. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Marg thank you so much for writing and I am very sorry if I missed your comments before. It really cheers me to think that my blog has cheered you, and I very much hope that things are better for you now :) I too wish very much the ending of Bridges of Madison Counties would change, and it’s a film I will need to feel a great deal braver than I currently am to watch again!!! Yes Sam is doing very well, and he is a wonderful Sam – very proud of him. Hobbies, that’s interesting you should ask, as I have invested in a complete system to teach myself Italian!! I sooo love the language, and hope very much that when I get back to work eventually I can converse with the likes of Ginetta Martini in her native tongue… well at least say hello to her in Italian! :) Take good care, and I will keep in touch, oh and I’ll be in touch with Goodey re the hat:0 Love Ali xx

  68. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Carol, how kind of you to write, and yes you’re spot on re Sam, but I was driven up to see him on the night of his op, and although so I had my peace of mind, and was able to give Ruth a bit of a breather. I don’t think however old they are you ever really get over the wanting to make it better for them do you :)? I have to admit that Lucy’s wedding seems a long way off, but so good to have that to look forward to, and of course Fiji…. have to find out where it is first! :) Love Ali xx

  69. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Linda, a few of those weak-ish moments creeping, but I think it’s just fear of the unknown. Treatment starts next week, but thanks so much for taking the time out to write. I’ll do my best to keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  70. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Helen, I take my hat off to you for having gone the extra mile to find out that information, and to give your mum peace of mind. Also to you dad for driving all the way to Cheltenham :) Hope very much that the scan was clear, and that all is well with you and your family…. you keep dancing too :) Love Ali xx

  71. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to hear from you Dorothy, and I do hope that Laura and Davy are both doing well :) You’re right about Sam’s accident, it’s certainly helped me to cope with all this so far…new challenges and all that :) Take care, and I’ll keep in touch as much as I can, love Ali xx

  72. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Ida, lovely to hear from you, and thanks for your best wishes which I’ll pass onto Sam. Glad you’ve found the old blog site, if you read back, I’ve got a fair bit on Sam, but all this is good news for him, so very hopeful. I will continue to keep in touch as much as I can, and thanks again for taking the time, Love Ali xx

  73. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    As you are in mine Gail….. I think you’re very brave, and really appreciate you taking time out to keep in touch. Treatment starts next week, but I’ll do my best to let you know how things are progressing, probably on the BCC forum. My love to you, Ali xx

  74. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Heather, so sorry to hear that things have been difficult for you and your family, and do so hope that this situation will improve for you all. I have a bit of way to go yet, but am very lucky to have a great support network around me, and of course my children… not everyone’s fortunate enough to have them live so close. Look after yourself, and many thanks for taking the time to write, Love Ali xx

  75. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Denise, and bless you for your kind words, good to hear from you, and I will do my level best to keep in touch, love Ali xx

  76. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mo, Well done!!! So glad you’ve decided to do this, so much better to keep a check on these things. I’ll do my best to keep in touch, and hope to be back at QVC as soon as is humanly possible :) Love Ali xx

  77. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Mary, am hoping to pop into work this week to pick a few things up before treatment begins, and so will no doubt find your card and letter then. That is very kind of you, and much appreciated. Hope all well with you, and thanks for writing – twice!!, love Ali xx

  78. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Caroline, thank you….. I intend to :), love Ali xx

  79. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Jennie, thanks so much for your kind words. It’s been lovely to have so many of you write to me, and this week as I was feeling much more chipper, I’ve been able to write back to most of you. Those I’ve missed out, please forgive me!! Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  80. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    Del, nothing is insignificant when it’s happening to you, and I hope very much that your doctor will come up with an answer on March 1st! If it is glandular you have my complete sympathy as poor Sam was laid low with this last year, and it hung for quite a while. I wish you better as soon as, and I will be fine, as I am being pampered and cared for beyond belief :) Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  81. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    Joanna, you did make me smile :) Anti vandal paint – I think it’s the same sort my Lucy painted her window sills with! Thank you so much for your blue skies and spring flowers…lovely thoughts I’ll hold onto over the coming months….Yes, you are right about my Sam, doing really well, an inspiration to me certainly. Take care, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  82. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Wow Susan, that is great news about your mum. What a huge relief for you all. You’re right about the treatment, and the care. I have been very well looked after and am lucky enough to live relatively close to the hospital where I can receive my treatment. My mum is only 75, but doing very well too, so here’s to her 90th birthday!! You keep smiling too, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  83. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Cherry, what you’re going through makes my situation seem a great deal easier… I’m so sorry to hear about your illness, but really impressed with your attitude, so that’s two of us who WILL keep going :) I love Cornwall, and my friend Jo and I have already promised ourselves a long weekend away between treatments, to sit on the clifftops and listen to the sea…I’m glad that you’ve been able to get back to work… I think it may be a while for me, and I do miss everyone, but they’ve been brilliant at keeping in touch. As you say, the support of family and friends is so important. Stay strong, and positive, and remember there where there’s life, there’s hope, with my love, Ali xxx

  84. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Lola, I just wanted to say thank you…. your words highlight something that keeps niggling me; that something like this can change who you are, but I plan to keep looking ahead with the sun on my back, and know that with everyone supporting me I, like numerous others, will come through it. Bless you, love Ali xx

  85. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Patricia, I am so sorry to hear about your family…. so many to lose…so much to deal with. However, the fact that you got through your own struggles and have come out the other side is literally wonderful news. I’m sure you do have black days: you must miss them all so much, but as you say,they are looking out for you, and although not physically with you, I believe with you in spirit always. Looking on the bright side of life is the only way, and infact the monty python song of the same name was the last one I played when I finished my BBC radio shows… it says it all :)My love to you Patricia, and thanks so much for writing, Ali xx

  86. alison keenan February 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Cheryl, I love your message of strength, support and knowledge… thank you for passing it on to me. I will pass your good wishes on to Sam, and thank you very much for writing, love Ali xx

  87. Louise Hannam February 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    So sorry to hear that you are having a very stressful and worrying time. I do hope that you are feeling a little stronger each day after your operation the other week. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
    I do hope that Sam continues to grow stronger after his operation.
    I know whats its like to be stuck at home recuperating after an op as I had an Oesteotomy on my leg six weeks ago and still on crutches and a week after my op our son was taken into hospital for 9 days with a very rare immune syndrome. We wrote Jan off as a bad month and hope that the rest of the year is better for us.
    Send lots of love and I am really missing you on QVC.
    Lots of love,
    Louise xx

  88. Mrs Janet Jones February 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali I will be thinking of you as you start your treatment this week . I can remember my first chemo I had’nt a clue what to expect, but the nurses were fantastic and. they keep a close eye on you. I thought there was only one type of chemo but there are different types to suit your cancer. I had a terrible time with my chemo but I know others who have’nt been so bad. So don’t have any preconcieved ideas all you can do is wait and see how yours effects you. Good idea about going to Cornwall we went for a week after all my treatment was finished and stayed close to the sea and slept with the doors open listening to the sea, magical, just what the doctor ordered. Try and have things to look forward to in between treatments however small it does help. I also loved to watch Loose Women everyday that cheered me up and QVC. Take very good care Ali and keep positive lots of love Janet xxx

  89. janet February 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    Seeing Julia Roberts on the Red Carpet I thought how nice if you had been there too. You would have looked absolutely stunning and oh so elegant! Maybe next time??
    Much Love
    Janet Groves x

  90. Marg February 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, You mentioned your course of treatment starts this week,I just want to add my best wishes to those of the many lovely people who correspond through this blog, Try to think of us as one person holding on to your hand and helping to keep you strong through the difficult times for I am sure each one of us would be with you if it were possible,this is the next best thing.
    God Bless, keep in touch when you feel up to it,we are all with you, we will all be dancing in the sun and the rain soon,with you showing us how,
    Marg.

  91. Lynn March 2, 2011 at 1:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali Im really glad that alls gone well for sam.and that your still “dancing” i know we girls on the blog who have suffered ill health,still do, are walking beside you,let our warmth hold you up in darker days, remember ” its not the weight of the load its how you carry it” let yourself be and keep positive,you have alot to look forward to,your a brave strong beautiful woman, keep in touch when you can ok blessings to you
    Love lynn x

  92. kay March 2, 2011 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    allison wondered where you had gone, i wish you all the luck in the world and am sure you will sail through your big horror xxxx

  93. kate stevenson March 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    i hope your recovery, good spirits and enjoyment of life is continuing. I am about to join my husband on his tanker for 3 months (its like rehab at sea, no booze, only curry, and i’ve packed enough exercise dvds to ensure returning half my size). So i really wanted to say, before i go, keep going kiddo. You are sunny clever beautiful woman, and I am gaggin to see you on the screen again soon, bringing sunshine into the nation’s homes. You really are a star, so keep shining brightly. best wishes, kate x

  94. Debz March 2, 2011 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sitting here typing with Ainzley the cat asleep next to me and with tears in my eyes. What an inspiration you are! I have thought about you every day since I read about your breast cancer. Thank you so much for taking time to update us all with your progress.
    You always replied to my posts on your blog and I’m glad I made you laugh telling you about our trials and tribulations of taking Ainzley to the vets. He’s got to go again tomorrow for his 3 month check up so we are bracing ourselves and have our black bin liners and old newspapers at the ready for the inevitable “two exits, no waiting” experience he inevitably gives us at each visit!!
    You take care of yourself Ali. That holiday in Fiji sounds fantastic. You don’t fancy taking Ainzley do you as we cold do with the break!!!
    Lots of love and licks from Ainzley
    Debz XXXXXX

  95. Una March 3, 2011 at 8:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Think you may have already started your treatment by now. I REALLY hope its gone ok for you. As i said before, I had quite an easy time of it, and sincerely hope you are the same. By the way, its not “weakish” moments you are having. Its moments when everything hits you right between the eyes, and takes your breath from you. Normally when you least expect it, and thats ALLOWED. Just take a deep breath and if you are with someone, ask for a hug, if not, just remember we are all with you, all the way.
    I just read the comments from gail and Marg. Such lovely words, and heartfelt from all your “blogmates”.
    Hope Sam is improving every day, hugs to him too.
    Lots of love as always
    Una xx

  96. helen March 3, 2011 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hia Ali, just checking in to see if your ok? Its beautiful here in South Wales at the moment and I’m just looking out of the window at my favourite flowers, daffodils. I’m keeping everything crossed for your first treatment and will be thinking of you all week. Keep in touch and polish those dance shoes because you will be using them a lot. Keeeep dancing hunny.
    Luv Helen S

  97. Chris Page March 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Keep on smiling – you always brighten my day whenever I see you on the box. Take as much care of yourself as you do of Sam. I’m sure he’s been just as worried about you as you have about him. We’re all in your corner, whatever life chucks at you. All the best,
    Chris xx

  98. Susan March 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m also thinking like Una that you may have started your treatment now so if you have I hope you have your lovely family with you. Either way though I’m thinking about you and hoping it isn’t as bad as for you as some people. Every one treatment is one closer to the end though my dear! That’s a great thing!
    You take care,
    Susan x
    PS I agree with my fellow blogger about thinking about you on the Red Carpet when I saw the snippets of Julia. You would have shone so brightly – it’ll have to be next year. My word how YOU of all people DESERVE it!!

  99. Mrs Jane Smith March 3, 2011 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison Hope you are doing really well. You are going to help us all be tellin your story. I missed my first mammogram because i was on holiday. Will get on to my doctor to get me on the next list. Lots of love to you and yours and hope to see you back very soon. Jane Smith

  100. Penelope Scott-Rowley March 3, 2011 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, never written to you before, but always read your blogs. I also “dance in the rain” , been battling cancer (second time) and been in remission now for 6 years, hopefully will continue OK. I laughed about the no sunbathing – I have red hair ( well when I’m not bald thanks to chemo! LOL ) and never did sunbathe and false tan would look daft, just have to wait for the freckles to join up! I hope you keep battling on, and look forward to seeing you on QVC again, looking fabulous as always. Best of luck to Sam with his on-going battle too. Love and Hugs from Penelope x

  101. Janice Williamson March 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,so sorry to hear of all your troubles recently but take heart,my daughter(Alison too)also had breast cancer at the age of 34.She had 2 boys aged 2&7 respectively and to say I was worried was the understatement of the year.She was so brave and positive and eventually came through it all shaken but determined to get on with her life. I can empathise with you and your family and hope and pray everything will turn out as you would want.LOL Janice.Missing you on QVC.

  102. Una March 4, 2011 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    Ali & Susan, this is for you! (it could take a while!!)
    Knicker story No1!
    I was rushing (as usual) to go for lunch with “my girlies” Coat & shoes were on, but i decided i would take the laundry basket upstairs so i could put the clothes away when I got home. I got back downstairs, and found that a teeny weeny lace G string had “jumped” out the basket and was right at the front door. Next thing, i heard my friend beeping the horn, so shoved the jumping underwear in my handbag, ran out the door and thought nothing of it. UNTIL……..
    After lunch, and a couple of cheeky wee glasses of my favourite riocha! I decided that i had to nip to the supermarket for one or 2 bits and pieces, (as you do!). I had told my friend to go home and i would get the bus, so that I didnt hold her up. 5 shopping bags later, it dawned on me i would have to get a bus home. EVENTUALLY, I staggered on like a pack mule, and got the only seat left. Behind an elderly gentleman. I was literally hidden under all the bags, plus my handbag, which as usual is the size of a not so small suitcase! (apparently, the bigger the bag, the smaller the bum looks, so that works for me LOL)
    Trying to get myself together, but still feeling a bit fuzzy round the edges, thanks to my riocha, I figured i should get my keys out, so I didnt have to put all the bags down and rummage, when I got to my house. I started to fiddle around in my bag, (couldnt see a thing, as my bag was on top of everything, so i was actually reaching up, and inside it) After a good few minutes, i found them and started to lift them out, but they kept catching on something, so i was sitting there, tugging at them, trying to get them safely in my little paws, as we were by now, 2 bus stops away from my very own stop. All of a sudden, it just broke free and I had them all safe and well. Smiles all round, for a “brief” second, as i realised, my teeny weeny G string was flying through the air, over the head of the elderly gentleman, landing on his lap. I was MORTIFIED,and was trying to decide if I should just leave it or grab it as i passed. Remember, the bus is full!
    Under the weight of all my shopping, bright red in the face, and very flustered by this time. I stood up, tall as i could, chin up, shoulders back. I could hear sniggering from my fellow travellers1
    I stood beside him, and out the corner of my eye, i saw, he was looking at my lovely wee lacey item, I reached out and grabbed them, saying “thats my hankie, thank you” At which point, the bus lurched forward, and i landed in his lap too!! Calm as you like, he said “its not a hankie, its one o them G string things” I have never moved so fast in my life, I was up and off that bus like a whirlwind!
    Luckily, my house is a minute from the bus stop, and I ran all the way, got inside and just burst out laughing.
    Of course, the only thing I could do to calm my by now absolutely shattered nerves, was to pour another wee glass of red!!!!
    On another occassion, I had been working for 12 days in a row, and was shattered, I had to commute to get to work, and it could take up to 2 hours to get home, so by the last day, it had all taken its toll.
    I woke up to feel someone tapping my arm, and in the distance somewhere, a man was saying he had to get off the bus. I opened my sleepy eyes, to find that, not only was i leaning on the shoulder of the man sitting next to me, but I had my arm tucked through his, cuddling in, and had make up smudged on his shoulder!!!! He smiled so kindly, and said “long day?!”. i just nodded and said to him “you can go now”, then nodded off again!!
    See, told you. Its a wonder i wasnt banned from public transport!!!!
    Hope that cheered you up if youre feeling a wee bit rough.
    I have ANOTHER knicker/bus story, but thats enough for today, im a bit traumatised just remembering it all!!!!
    Lots of love and hugs
    Una xx

  103. Susan Ewan March 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison…..I am so sorry to hear that you are going through such a horrible time at the moment :-( and so this is to wish you well and a very speedy recovery. In your darker moments just think… Fiji and your daughters wedding, such lovely things to look forward to. I will miss seeing you on QVC, in the words of Brucie “your my favourite”. Love your jokey way of presenting so please come back as soon as possible. I will be thinking of you and look forward to hearing that you are making good progress. May I always wish your Son and Mom all the very best. Luv :-) Sue X

  104. angela white March 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    so sorry to hear your news. its the worst news a woman can hear but stay strong ali and you will beat it! i was diagnosed in 2008 and had a lumpectomy followed by chemo and radiotherapy. 3years on and im still here! take care of yourself x

  105. Carolyn, Edinburgh March 7, 2011 at 7:01 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    Have been wondering where you had gone and have just discovered why you are missing. I am shocked and saddened by your news but I feel sure that your positive and cheerful attitude will stand you in good stead in this episode in your life. I send you all my good wishes and look forward to seeing you again soon.

  106. Hannah Lynch March 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali this is my first time ever writing on a blog but i felt i had to as you are such a good and caring person.I am so glad your son is doing so well and theres light at the end of the tunnel for him.I miss your presence on screen as you always cheer us all up!Your positive and uplifting humour will ensure you get through this with flying colours i think and pray for you every day and am counting the days when your lovely smiling face will be back on our screens.god bless love hannah xxx

  107. Gail March 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, as always wanted you to know that I am thinking of you. Debbie on her blog mentioned you start treatment tomorrow (Wed.). I will be thinking of you.
    Much love, Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  108. Babs Dyson March 8, 2011 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have missed you terribly on QVC – so when I got in from work tonight looked on your blog- I am so very sorry to hear your news- I had no idea. You are a lovely person and you have so much to look forward to with Sam’s good recovery and your Mum and Lucy’s wedding in October and yourself looking foward to that holiday next year. Please know I am thinking of you and knowing we ALL want you back soon on QVC. I miss your clever wit and naughty laughter VERY, VERY MUCH. I have sent you a card to QVC for your Birthday and hope you receive it.
    Much Love and Thinking of You Always,
    Babs Dyson-Litherland.
    xxxxxxxxxx

  109. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Janet, and so sorry I missed your lovely comments about being positive… I do hang onto them, especially when I read your most recent ones about your own treatment. I think, having read between the lines over the last year or so, I knew you’d really been through it, and know how courageous you must have been. As you say all treatments are different – it’s just the length of time that seems rather endless to me, but each treatment is one less, as the nurses say :) Loving the thought of sleeping with the door open so you can hear the sea… hoping to hear the sound of lambs very soon, but watching Dinnerladies to keep me amused, when not catching up with ‘me mates’ on QVC. Take care, and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  110. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    Janice, I am so relieved to hear that your Alison has come through her treatment so well, and that you, her family and her little lads are moving forwards with your lives. Such a stressful time I am sure for you all. Thank you for writing to me, and please do pass on my best, love Ali xx

  111. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    Una, Una!! What can I say, except thank you so much for making me laugh out loud – literally! Never mind the old chap, announcing to all that knew it was your G string and not a hankie in his lap – I needed a hankie when I read it. Loved too, your tale of falling asleep on the bus…. how very generous of you to allow your fellow passenger to get off at his stop! I had a chap fall asleep on my shoulder when I used to travel by train, but he had a head full of Brylcreem, so I wasn’t best pleased :) Please keep on writing, and keeping in touch – I hope to have a photo of my new short hair do next blog, much love, Ali xx

  112. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Sue, bless you…. they are lovely things to say, and I too miss being there too! Take care, and keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  113. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Angela – well done you… hopefully it’ll be my story in three years time too :) So glad all worked out for you, love Ali xx

  114. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Carlolyn, just reading that you are from Edinburgh brought back some really happy memories of the weekend Colin and I spent with Suzi B and her Adam to celebrate his birthday. Can’t believe that was two years ago now! Cheered me up and so I thank you for taking the time, love Ali xx

  115. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hannah, thank you for your thoughts, prayers and comforting words… they all mean a great deal. I too hope very much to be back with you as soon as humanly possible :) Love Ali xx

  116. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, thanks so much for your kind words for Sam. I’ll pass them on to him tomorrow when he takes me for my treatment. So glad you’ve got the sunshine too – it’s been stunning here! You did make me laugh with the description of your alabaster skin!!! That’ll be me this year, unless the Beau Bronz wins through :) Lovely to hear from you as always, Ali xx

  117. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Louise so sorry to hear about your op and then subsequent struggle with crutches. Sam’s into his third week, and fed up already! Luckily for him he should be back walking at the end of the week. I hope very much that your son is better now – such a worry. I agree you should disregard January, and I hope that you’re having a very much happier March, love Ali xx

  118. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Janet, you so read my mind!! I would have given me eye teeth to have been on that red carpet with Jules!! Still, next year it is… now, what to wear….?? Love Ali xx

  119. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Marg, I’m holding tightly to your hand :) Thank you, love Ali xx

  120. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Kay, I like your analogy of sailing through this…. much better than the epic voyage I’ve sometimes felt it is! Thank you for writing, and I hope all is well with you and yours, love Ali xx

  121. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Kate – OMG!! A tanker on the sea?! For three months?! And I thought I was in for a rough ride!! :) At least you’ll be with your man for the journey, so I hope he looks after you well, even if it does mean no chocolate or curry for a while.. I think you’re very brave, and I hope that you’ll keep me in touch with how you get on, love Ali xx

  122. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

    Debz, how lovely to hear from you, and to find out that Ainzley is still purring away… how did you get on yesterday? Loved your expression ‘two exits, no waiting’…. I remember at least one of my three children having that kind of bug!! I hope Ainzley was well behaved, or at least if not, that the bin liner worked! Love Ali xx

  123. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Una, your metaphorical hug is very welcome…. always, Love Ali xx

  124. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen, good to hear from you and glad to be able to tell you that it’s been lovely and sunny here too. I have daffs in my garden too, and they’re just about to bloom. Kathy Tayler bought me some beautiful blue hyacinths too, and they are filling the house with their fab perfume. You’re right, first treatment tomorrow, so hopefully this time next week, I’ll know better how I’ll be feeling. Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  125. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chris, and thank you for writing. Sam’s offered to take me tomorrow which is kind, so I’m sure all will be well, love Ali x

  126. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan, yes treatment tomorrow, and so I’ll be thinking about the dress I’d like to wear on the Red Carpet next year :) Thanks for keeping in touch, Love Ali xx

  127. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Jane, promise me you will make that new appointment – please :) Take care, Love Ali xx

  128. Alison Keenan March 8, 2011 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Penelope, how incredibly brave you are…. Please keep on battling and keep on writing…. you’ve inspired me… I even feel better about my freckles!! (or age spots as Ali Young would say :) Love Ali xx

  129. Una March 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Im so glad my wee escapade made you smile, LOL. I needed to smile a bit that day, and remembering it made me smile too.
    I just couldnt believe he knew what it was, that was the funniest part of the entire shenanigans!!
    I felt a bit sorry for the poor manny who was my “sleeping” partner. Im sure he was in big trouble when he got home from work!!
    Brylcream on your shoulder is NOT a good look, I wouldnt have been best pleased either!
    Cant wait to see your new hairstyle. You, like me, have a wee pixie face, and Im sure it will suit you perfectly!
    REALLY hoping things go smoothly for you as regards your treatment. Positive thoughts. Lucys wedding, seeing Sam happy and in less pain, and future christmases with your lovely kids.
    Im so pleased to read your comment to carolyn. Edinburgh is my favourite city. I just LOVE it at christmas, when the castle and royal mile are lit up, and fairy lights on the trees in princes St, is so magical. Maybe when you feel a bit stronger, you should have another wee trip up here.
    Hugs and love to you and the kids Ali
    Una x
    P.s Remember, nail treatments. I was so focused on looking after my hair, that i didnt pay attention to my nails, and the treatment damaged them quite badly. that upset me more than anything, as i had ALWAYS had beautiful natural nails before. its taken me a good 4 years to get them back. Thanks to a certain Mr Denny!xxx

  130. elaine sallis March 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Ali Hope you are ok after your first treatment. Thinking about you all the time. Stay positive. Lots of Love Elaine

  131. Mrs Janet Jones March 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali. I am thinking of you as you go through your first treatment.One thing I learned was not to fight how tired and weak you can get. Go with your body if you feel tired rest sleep, be kind to yourself. Enjoy the views from your cottage.Spring is here and that it such a hopeful season as the garden comes back to life.Think of your beautiful daughter getting married and Sam hopefully being pain free, all good news.You will have your good and bad days, this is normal and just go with it.You’re right it is a long process, but it will be worth and you will get through it. I felt as though I ‘stepped off’ for a while while my body dealt with the treatment. Now I no longer look like uncle festor or an ecaped convict(lol)my hair,eyebrows and eyelashes are all back. You have Alison Young to ask for any skin or hair or nail questions and she knows her stuff!
    Take very good care of yourself Ali, you are in my thoughts,speak soon love Janet xx

  132. Marg March 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, hope things are better today than they were yesterday,I am sure you will take time to get a routine, its so good that Sam is there for you,I hope he is getting the feeling his long journey is almost over,a brave young man to keep going after all his setbacks,just shows if you have spirit nothing will stop you reaching your goal, he gets that from you Ali. My hand is still here for you to use with the other blogmates, use it.
    I was so pleased to hear you were shortening your hair,the times I wanted to ask you to shorten it were many, you look so much more attractive with it short,do you remember a cut way back named ‘the italian boy’? my sister got this cut before she got married and she kept it for years it was fab, it was sort of feathered and went into the curve of her neck finnishing in a little pointed flick in the middle of her neck. Sorry for the naff description but it was stunning,very Leslie Caron,you would look great with that cut,with your neat features you will suit most styles,please dont try long again, its too ordinary and a bit swamping.Now I have given you my hair styling tips I’m sure you will be so much more confidant to go short,bet everyone will love it.How is the Italian course coming along, my brother in law was Italian,never did understand much he said,I think my sister was very diplomatic when she interpreted conversations. Well Ali I hope things keep going in the right way,be strong,
    and let us know how things are when you feel up to it,
    God Bless,
    Maj.

  133. Alison Keenan March 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Una you’ve made me more determined than ever to get up to Edinburgh again, and maybe Christmas would be perfect timing :) Thanks for the warning re nails. Colette my lovely manucurist will be on the case, although I don’t think there’s a great deal that can be done til treatment finishes….beginning September. Mr. Denny is a star though, and I’ll look into his special treatments nearer the time. Thanks again for sharing your knicker story – at least it was a sexy g string, and not the ghastly crinkley knicker things I had to wear in hospital ….horror!! :) Love Ali xx

  134. Sheila England March 11, 2011 at 3:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, this is the first time I’ve ever posted a comment to anything but I was just browsing through QVC blogs and I read about your news. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2000 and had a full mastectomy followed by chemo and radiotherapy with all the side effects including hair loss. I was 42 at the time with two young daughters. I’m still here and well and my girls are now in college.
    The whole experience is a nightmare even with all the support you get from the medical team and the love from family and friends. However you do come through it because you have no choice but to keep going and keep positive for yourself and your loved ones.
    You will get through this and the fear will fade as time goes on.
    My heart goes out to you but you will be fine and I will be thinking of you over the next few months. Allmy very best wishes to you,
    Sheila xx

  135. Una March 11, 2011 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hello Lovely
    Was a nice surprise to read a comment from you this morning. I wasnt really expecting it. Im crossing everything that you feel reasonably human after Wednesday?
    Hehe, i have a wee giggle every time i think of it. No bridget Jones efforts for me, oh no!
    I know, they are hideous arent they, paper knickers indeed!! Talk about leaving your dignity at the door, when you go into these places! The staff are just so wonderful though, and take it all in their stride, thank goodness!!!!!!
    Just reading janets comments. I completely agree. If you have a “down day” and want to howl your eyes out, you do it. Dont try to be brave for everyone else, YOU are the important one right now, the family will be fine. If its a good day, you “dance in the rain” (or snow like we have here today) laugh, but if its bad, thats ok too.
    love and hugs
    Una x
    Magda, hoping you are well.xx

  136. Debz March 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thank you so much for asking how my Ainzley got on at the vets. Here is our current saga!
    Well, for the first time ever he made it to and from the vets without losing control of his bodily functions (A red letter day in our house I can tell you!!) I am convinced that he is lulling us into a false sense of security and is merely waiting until we no longer take all of our “Ainz’s little accidents” paraphernalia with us before he unleashes his bowels once more!!
    His check up went well. He has to be sedated for the safety of the vets and all those around him as, although he is nearly 14, he is quite a feisty chap and doesn’t like being interfered with in any way. As he has to have a blood test nothing short of an elephant gun is going to stop him from turning into a lion and taking your arm off!!! They even have to give him his sedation injection whilst I am still there as as soon as I leave he apparently becomes quite aggressive!! Caught sight of his vets file last time we were there and “EXTREME CARE TO BE TAKEN AS THIS CAT WILL BITE” was written all over it in bright pink highlighter!!! Oh the shame Ali!! I didn’t bring my boy up to bite. Mind you I also thought I’d litter trained him too so what do I know!!
    Anyway, his heart rate was OK, his liver readings were a bit high so more tablets for that. Also, he had sugar in his urine so we were packed off home with some special cat litter, a pipette and a test tube to collect a urine sample to check for diabetes. The vet thought Ainzley might just be a bit stressed so wanted some wee taken when he was calmer.
    The cat litter was the non absorbent type and they had only given us a small amount. Now my Ainzley, like his mom, is rather well equipped in the old posterior area and so needs a lot of space and a lot of grit to work with if you know what I mean. Anyway in his tray it went. Needless to say he wouldn’t use it. All day long he just sat or slept and didn’t go near his tray at all. He takes water tablets so quite how he managed this I don’t know! At 9pm we gave in and put a tiny amount of his normal litter around the edge of the special stuff just so it looked like he had a tray full of litter as we were quite concerned that nothing had “left the building” for nearly 24 hours!!
    Did he use his tray? Oh yes he did but, and I have no idea how, he managed to use the minuscule amount of his normal litter which, of course is absorbent so no wee sample for us!! The next day we gave him his water tablet directly instead of crushing it up in his food and waited. Finally, he had no choice but to use his tray and we then had the wonderful task of collecting his wee and then rushing it up to the vets as it has to be as fresh as possible. We were speeding up there with me holding the test tube in a hanky and praying that we don’t get stopped by the police as they’d never believe what we were doing – I had trouble myself!!
    The upshot of the story is Ainz doesn’t have diabetes but, because he “kept it all in” for so long he’s given himself a urinary tract infection so now he’s on antibiotics for 10 days and then, guess what we’ve got to do again? Oh yes, another flaming wee collection!! It’s a good job we love him is all I can say!!
    Anyway, I hope you are well and keeping that lovely chin up. Thank you again for taking time to reply to all of us and I hope all of our good wishes are helping you through this tough time.
    Keep dancing my lovely.
    Lots of love
    Debz and Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXX

  137. Susan March 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    No problem – we all love writing to you as you are so wonderful and funny even through all your ‘blips’ let’s say. I see you wrote yesterday to Una so I am hoping that you are not suffering too much from the side effects? Always thinking of you and I am so glad you are thinking of YOUR year next year on the Red Carpet! You’re just fab.
    Take care
    Susan x

  138. Una March 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi debz
    Just reading your pet exploits1 I have to say, I was under the impression you were harbouring some kind of wild animal, a leopard, panther type was in my mind!! Hehe, what a character you have there!
    We have one here too, our wee Loops! He isnt quite 2 yet, and quite a small wimpy looking boy, but he thinks hes Godzilla! he goes out, takes on all and sundry. Including a HUGE doberman, who turned tail and ran after Loops whacked him on the nose. Having said that. When he comes in around 10p.m (yep, we are sure he knows the time!) he snuggles up and waits for kisses on his nose and cuddles from everyone. Talk about multiple personality! He seems to think he may be part dog too, he growls if someone knocks at the door. I was signing for a QVC parcel, and the postman was quite bemused. His “is that cat actually growling at me?” while scratching his head and running down the garden path, kept me smiling for the rest of the day!!
    Godd luck in a few days when you have a certain WEE job to do, AGAIN!!!
    Una x

  139. Joyce Piper March 13, 2011 at 6:09 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I have been (and still am) working abroad and not keeping up to date with your blog or QVC. As a woman in my early 50’s I am always saddened & touched when I hear about another woman being diagnosed with breast cancer. As always you appear so bright & sunny even in the face of adversity. I so wish you the very best, and hope your recovery is swift and permanent. You are truly an inspiration, and I really miss being able to watch you on QVC. To you & all your family my very best wishes for good health and happiness.

  140. Alison Keenan March 13, 2011 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan, Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Yes, doing OK, and trying to keep busy – will have hopefully posted a blog up by beginning of week, cos loads been going on with Sam’s birthday etc. You take care too, love Ali xx

  141. Alison Keenan March 13, 2011 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    Babs, how lovely to hear from you, and thank you for remembering my birthday – I’d almost forgotten myself!! :) I will ask Kathy to forward your card on to me, so I can have it on the day. I’m missing you all and QVC very much too – first time I’ve not really worked since Lucy was born, so finding it all a little strange, but please do keep in touch, and I hope that your job continues to make you happy, love Ali xx

  142. Alison Keenan March 13, 2011 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Janet, just wanted to let you know that Ali Young has been on the case since day 1, and has set me up with some lovely oils and treats for my skin when I need them. I’ve been VERY spoiled :) So glad you’re feeling more human now, and I’m sure you look fab. I’ll hold onto that – Uncle Festor is NOT a good look :) Have a good week, love Ali xx

  143. Alison Keenan March 13, 2011 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Maj, I’ll be honest the ‘Italian boy’ is not something I recall sadly – in human form or haircut!! :) That said I’m sure it was lovely. It did make me smile though the other week when the latest news in hair was the Purdy cut! I had one of those when I was in my early twenties.. very cutesy. I have a pic of my new hair style which I’ll put with my blog this week, and thanks for your tips, much appreciated. Love Ali xx

  144. Alison Keenan March 13, 2011 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Sheila, I thank you for making the time to write to me, and understand how very hard it must have been for you to go through this while you were far younger than I am. That said, I am so pleased to hear that you doing well now, and that the uncertainty and fear are all behind you now. I’m just taking it a day at time, best coping strategy for me, but completely against the grain as I’m one for planning ahead. I wish you and your daughters well and hope the future is a happy and healthy one for you all, love Ali xx

  145. Alison Keenan March 13, 2011 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Debz, I feel a children’s book coming on “Ainzley’s Antics”!! Didn’t he do well?? So glad my days of litter trays are far behind me now – never could work out why they kicked so much of the bloomin’ stuff out of the tray rather than use it to cover the offending article – but then I’m not a cat :) Well done for your perseverance, I know he’s worth it. Take good care, and thanks for entertaining me love Ali xx

  146. Linda, Glasgow March 13, 2011 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – Just catching up with your blog. I hope this comment finds you positive and feeling well(ish). I’m really looking forward to seeing your new short hairstyle – although your longer hair was lovely i really love you with shorter hair(i feel it suits your face shape beautifully?) I used to love the series “dinnerladies” i love anything Victoria Wood produces – she’s a comedy genius.The other lovely contributers to your blog(Una to name one)are so funny(i cried with laughter when i read Una’s bus storyXX) it just goes to show that we can not only dance but laugh out loud with confidence and humour whilst dancing in the rain – we’ll all get there, one positive thought(and treatment) at a time X You(and all the lovely posters on your blog)are in my thoughts(and prayers) each day.Thanks for keeping us all updated Ali X and i sincerely hope your positive and well times are long and the weak(ish) and not so well times are short and get shorter. As always we are all behind you sending positive thoughts and loads of “soft” hugs and lots of love and respect. Chin up babeXX Best wishes to Una and other lovely posters on Ali’s blog who are an inspiration to me and make me laugh out loud – thanksxx Linda Glasgow

  147. helen s March 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, hope you are doing ok, thats one treatment out of the way. When my Mum was going through chemo, her oncologist at the time said that there was nothing betting to keep the blood up during treatments that bacon, full of minerals he said and CHOCOLATE!!! Well, that was music to my Mums ears. A self confessed choco holic, she carried out his recommendations to the last. I don’t know to this day whether or not he was joking, but what with bacon butties and tins of Cadburys Roses, and I mean tins, she never missed a single treatment!!!! Hope that you are doing ok, keep dancing my love, not long to go!!
    Luv and hugs always, Helen S xx

  148. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1680621288 March 14, 2011 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison I was sorry to here about Sam I hope that everything is ok now from Geraldine in Wandsworth

  149. Gaye Denyer March 14, 2011 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    What an inspiration you are to women of all ages.
    You are so bubbly and a support to your family and to us,the QVC viewers who are following your progress.
    Wishing you well,definitely missing you and your quirky sense of humour from our screens.

  150. Debz March 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I sometimes think I should write a book about Ainzley. I mean heaven knows he’s given me enough material over the years!! If I ever get round to it and it gets past a publisher, I’ll send you a signed copy!!
    Una, I sometimes feel that owning a panther would have been a lot easier!! Thanks for the good luck for the next sample collection as I think I’m going to need it!! I hate to break this to you but your Loops sounds like an Ainzley in the making!!
    Love to you both
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXX

  151. Una March 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    LOVE the hair, I knew it would suit you. I did exactly the same. I figured I would decide when it had to go, rather than sit and watch it fall out. Its always windy up here in Scotland, and I had visions of going round to get the paper one morning, getting caught in a wee hoolie, and coming home bald. I had even chosen some really pretty scarves rather than a wig, but in the end, it just got really wispy round the edges, and looked reasonbly ok.
    Your girlies weekend sounds just what you needed. LOVING the boats, candles, tena lady items and all!! Goes to show how resourceful and talented us ladies are!
    Glad Suzy found you eventually! How could she NOT love your wee cottage, it sounds amazing. Just being there must be good for you. Lovely walks and just watching as the landscape changes can have such a healing effect on the soul. (my, that was a bit profound for me!!!)
    Sam seems to be doing well, so that has to be a weight off your mind. 22 eh!!
    Linda, Im so happy to hear you laughed at my knicker incident. You are so right, sometimes we just have to laugh out loud, its most definately the best medicine. I have another story to tell, but have to psych myself up for it, I was even more traumatised with that one LOL!!!!!! (so was the man sitting next to me!!)
    Keep on dancing Lovely, you too Magda.
    Love as always
    Una xx

  152. Sue Morgan March 15, 2011 at 11:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I was wondering the other day why I hadn’t seen you on QVC and now I’ve just read about your health problems. I hope everything goes well for you and your family,you’re always such a cheery person on tv which I’m sure will help. I’ve taken an interest in you on QVC as I remember you from Radio Shropshire with Steven Rhodes when we first moved here and I loved your programme then.
    Best wishes to you and keep smiling,Sue xxx

  153. ann March 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    HI ALISON WONDERED WHY I HADNT SEEN YOU ON QVC NOW I KNOW WHY, HAD A MASTECTOMY SIX MONTHS AGO AND JM HOPEFULLY ON THE MEND NOW. CANT TELL YOU HOW DEVASTED I WAS AT FIRST BUT IM SIX MONTHS ON NOW AND FEELING MORE POSITIVE EVERY DAY. WISH YOU ALL THE LUCK AND LOVE IN THE WORLD AND HOPE TO SEE YOU ON QVC SOON, TAKE LOTS OF CARE AND GOD BLESS. LOTS OF LOVE ANN XXX

  154. Jan Rogerson March 17, 2011 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    I am not usually a blogger but I decided to do so today and was shocked to read your news. I knew a couple of years ago you were in a sad place but I think it was around the time of unhappiness in your marriage. You couldn’t disguise your hurt from me. I am going through a similar hurt in my marriage after 47 years!! I wish you happiness and know that ‘the best is yet to come’. Good wishes to you and your family. Love, Jan xx

  155. Nazmeen Ali March 18, 2011 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, how you doing. Just be strong and positive. I think you are a brilliant presenter and really miss you on QVC. Well you have lots of things to look forward to in the coming year. Any way do go to Fiji as i come from there and went back for the fourth time last year for my daughters wedding it is a brilliant place out of this world i think you will have a great time and need a place like Fiji to blow away all the sad and unhappy times and look forward to a new mind blowing experience. The people of Fiji are always smiling and will definetely lift your spirits. Take care – all the best always love & kind regards Nazmeen.xx

  156. laura cowan March 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, god bless you darlin & bring you safely through your treatment, your such a beautiful lady & I wish you a very speedy recovery with a strong spirit & the help of your loving family & friends, take good care, love Laura xox

  157. Janet Slater April 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so very sorry to hear what you and your son are going through, you are my favourite presenter,your beautiful, always well dressed, and humerous and you have the knack of being down to earth with sophistication. Some of the presenters on Q.v.c.drive me up the wall ! ha ha, but i could watch you all day. sending you and your son the best wishes ever.love from Janet Slater.x

  158. Sharon Rosenwould April 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    Saw you on QVC briefly this afternoon,…and you looked amazing….sending you lots of hugs xox

  159. janet thompson April 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I am truly inspired by your positivity. Keep smiling and brave and I wish you happiness and love. Janetx

  160. rita jay April 14, 2011 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    hi ali iwondered why i have not seen you on qvc now i know why i wish you well my husband had chemo last september so i know how draining it can be i am doing the midnight breast caancer walk on 14th of may so i shall think of you and other suffers on my way around may god bless you and keeep you well ritaxxxxxx

  161. Elaine Ann Baker April 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali,
    I don’t know where I must have been been recently but I had no idea you were going through such a trying time. I realised that I hadn’t seen you on air for such a long time and when I looked at your blog, I fouund the reasons why.
    Firslty, I would like to say that I am so pleased that Sam is doing so well and I hope he continues to do so.
    But I am so sad to hear that you have also had to deal with such daunting news about your own health. I know exactly what you are experiencing as I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2003 aged just 42. I had always been healthy and looked after myself, but have been in the Police for over 20 years and worked long and unsocialble hours on a 24 hour rotating shift system.
    I endured 6 months of chemotherapy, lumpectomy and lymph node removal, sadly my lymph nodes were infected and so I then had to have a mastectomy followed by 3 weeks of daily radiotherapy. It has taken a while to get back on track, but one thing is for sure, I will never works shifts again!
    I know that you are a strong and determined person and have a wonderful sense of humour and this helps enormously at times like this. During my darkest times, I used to stand in front of the mirror and smile back at myself for being such a strong girl and knowing that nothing would stop me from beating the cancer and here I am, nearly 8 years later, in remission and loving life.
    I send you and your family all my love Ali and if I can be of help to you, please contact me, it is always good to talk about things at a time like this.
    My very kind regards
    Elaine XXX

  162. Sue Gammack April 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Had breast cancer 19 years ago and had many down days, but I
    know I am truly blessed to have a special family who pulled me
    through especially my wonderful husband.To still be able to
    laugh is a gift and you always make me laugh.QVC is not the
    same without you.Fiji sounds great,my husband asked me where I
    wanted to go and I said Hawaii so thats where we went. It was
    amazing. Lots of love Suexx

  163. caroline wessels May 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    I wondered why you werent on qvc, so looked you up and spent the evening crying.You kept the whole show on the road for as long as you could. A huge inspiration to the rest of us. QVC has been a good friend to me and whatever I can do for you Allison, let me know. My children are 22 and 24 and I have gone through an unwanted divorce. Trying to get a teaching job in Middle East as British children dont want to learn anymore. You are in my thoughts!

  164. Chris Stringer June 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Really thinking about you Ali.
    I had breast cancer (grade 3), 5 years ago. My husband left me between chemo and radiotherapy, – horrendously worse than the cancer!!
    I think black humour about the cancer made it much easier.
    The fact that when you have the reconstruction surgery, – they can take fat from your back or stomach, – a free tummy tuck!!
    Chemo fog, OMG, you totally loose your memory! I could be in a shop, looking at the object I wanted, but be totally unable to remember the word for it! Just remember not to feel stupid, it’s totally normal and although it is frustrating, it does slowly get better. Laugh at it!!
    Total exhaustion, this almost equates to holiday time! Lazing around catching up with reading, watching old films, and of course qvc! And no one can really moan at you for taking time out!
    The wig……it’s brilliant not having to mess with your hair, you just shower, put it on and forget about it, and…….and, when you get stopped for speeding, all you have to do is make your wig slip a little, and no policeman could actually give you a ticket!! (I have actually used that trick a few times to make life a little easier!)
    Good luck with everything Ali, you will get through, just take your time.
    With affection,
    Chris x

  165. iris walker August 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I have really missed your cheerful presentations and just had to look on the blog for the first time to see why you hadn’t been on.
    Please be assured I will be praying for you and your son and look forward to seeing you back on screen. Your indomitable spirit is truly amazing. God Bless Love Iris

  166. Pauline Heathcote August 11, 2011 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    Only just heard about your fight Alison. I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 1997 at the age of 49 years old at the same time my mum was dying of Cancer. I live alone and the days seemed very bleak as I arranged my Mum’s funeral and tried to keep my Dad going but I’m still here and Dad is now 89. I thought of nothing but getting through day by day but I’m still here and in touch with many wonderful friends I met in hospital. I vowed I would never have my hair cut again or colour it but when it grew back curly. I went back to colouring and cutting.It all seems so long ago now but I CAME THRO and I know you will too. Missed you loads on QVC. Take care, you have now joined a very “special” club,.Love Polly X

  167. Philip dogwalker August 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison.
    So sorry to learn of your news, was wondering where you had gone! I’ve been through kidney cancer recently and got my one year all clear this July. Alison, I spent long days watching QVC whilst ill and you never failed to cheer me up. Thank you for that. I do hope things work out for you and I know you’ll be back better than ever. Really miss you. With love………..XX

  168. louise October 9, 2011 at 1:53 am -  Reply

    With lots of love xx louise

  169. Cath Devonport October 12, 2011 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Ali, your speech was inspirational at the show, as a women I was touched by every word. You made me laugh and cry, I was pleased to see you looking so well. There are so many of us taking this journey with you, and dancing in the rain. God Bless, thinking of you .lots of love and hugs cathxxx

  170. Annette Jasper October 13, 2011 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I had missed you on QVC but had no idea that you had been fighting such a battle in your absence. I think everyone these days can relate to breast cancer as we all seem to know somebody who has had it. In my case that is the wife of my husbands right hand man.She found it very hard to deal with at first, I think mainly because she never had children and I think they focus you in such a situation. Anyway she got her head around it eventually and 12 months after her first op started reconstruction, just a few weeks ago. That is why the professional support is so essential as different people cope in different ways and they are always there to help all. I always support the breast cancer cause as I have 6 children and 5 of them are girls. What a wonderful and inspiring speech delivered with such conviction, I honestly don’t know how you got through it as it was obviously very emotional, well done. I wish you all the best and look forward to your return to the TV screen at QVC in your own time. I do hope that you enjoy Cornwall, I presume that your daughter is getting married there. It’s a wonderful part of the world and I should know as I live here! Best wishes, good luck and take care, love Annette Jasperxx

  171. Val Bradshaw October 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Ali is was so lovely seeing you back on our screens you looked amazing. Your speech was so touching and like everyone else I cried. Enjoy Lucys wedding and birthday roll on November,looking forward to seeing you back with us.
    Dont know where this little poem came from but thought you might like it.
    Share a Hug Today.
    Heres a little hug for you
    To make you smile when you feel blue
    To make you happy if your sad
    To let you know life aint so bad
    Now i’ve given a hug to you
    Somehow I feel better too
    Hugs are better when you share
    So pass one on and show you care
    Could you pass one on To Amica for me missing her as well
    Love Val.B Liverpool

  172. Jane Evans November 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Have missed your glamor on QVC!!! Wonderful to see you back looking fab this week.
    Stay well
    J.

  173. anne jeffries March 22, 2012 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    dear alison watching you on qvc tonight and you look so lovley i admire you so much you really are an inspiration to many people god bless you and keep well you are a joy to watch and i love your hair the way it has grown back it really suits you take care annex

  174. Louise Hannm January 31, 2013 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I have tried to send you a message for some time and hope this time you receive it. I must say you have been so strong over the past year or so and you have been through so much. You are an inspiration. I love watching your shows n the Q.
    I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer yesterday. It’s in the early stages and will be having a lumpectomy. thank goodness it was picked up on the mammogram as I wouldn’t have been able to feel the lump.
    Hope you have a great year and continue to recover.
    Love Louise xxx

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