Toilets, drains and rats – what a week!

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Ali and Nina1

Hello there, hope this finds you well and enjoying our few fleeting and precious moments of summer weather. Can't believe July has almost gone, and after huge excitement yesterday believing that I only had two more treatments left, I realised I had miscalculated and there are three! :(

However, all was not lost as I did receive a fascinating leaflet through the post entitled 'Important Legal Changes to the Ownership of your Sewers'!

Believing myself to have been specifically chosen to receive this noteworthy legal document, I texted Kathy Tayler (she likes to be kept in the loop) who – as gently as she could – explained that she too had received the same document so I was clearly not alone..!

No doubt there are many of you reading this who may now ALSO be a fountain of knowledge when it comes to private sewers and lateral drains, and so I'm sure you'll have technical insight when I tell you of a recent evening out…



With Lucy and Richard's wedding only two months and three weeks away, we had organised an evening with Richard's parents. They were very kindly providing supper and Richard decently picked us up and drove us there.

Colin and I had met them before but this was our first 'official visit', so you can imagine my horror when at 2pm I had to rush to the loo with an upset tummy and then made many visits again before 6pm… I didn't feel poorly inbetween, just a bit dehydrated, and I put it down to the antibiotics I was on for my cough and ulcers. 

However, I was obviously a little nervous about being away from home and my own loo! I hadn't needed to visit the little girl's room for over an hour by the time Lucy and Rich arrived, so I quietly explained to her how I'd been (and how many times!) and we agreed that as long as I felt OK, we could always go home at any time should we need to.

So you can imagine my horror when we were greeted on the drive by Rich's dad, who informed us immediately that although it was lovely to have us there, we wouldn't be able to use their toilets at all because they had a 'problem' and they were waiting for the 'Drain Man' to come!

I think I must have gone a rather strange shade of pale at that point because we were ushered in and I was offered a glass of wine immediately! However I was too worried to drink it in case I needed to go to the loo!! 

All that being said, my tummy behaved in an exemplary fashion and when the 'Drain Man' did eventually arrive, the problem was cleared up in around 10 minutes. Lucy, Colin and I breathed a sigh of relief which was replaced by hysterical laughter from Lucy when she read the sign on the man's van which read 'Drain Clearing and CCTV Services' – "Imagine watching that footage back?" she wheezed…

My new walking partner

Enough about poo I hear you cry, so I will move on and introduce you to my new walking partner Nina :) Isn't she beautiful? She belongs to my neighbour, and has been my incentive on many occasions in the last few months when I've struggled to get out for my daily walk.

We'd been doing really well until this blooming numb hands and feet thing started last week with the Taxol as I've not been able to hold her lead. I'm hoping it will lessen a little this week as I miss her panting and drooling – there's only me doing that now… :(

I have to admit to doing a lot less these days as I'm getting more and more tired, but I did manage to build a three brick high compost heap in the garden! No mortar required just stacking and I only carried three bricks at a time too so I didn't wear myself out.

I'd done it to stop the rats getting into the rather small log enclosed compost heap which I'd made some months back with Ros. I put two large slates over the top of the contents and held them down with a spare brick, but was livid to move them yesterday and to see a very well fed rat leap out over the brick wall. There are now four bricks on top of the slate – wish me luck!

One final thing to mention is that following on from Marg's suggestion to get prints made up of my poppies photo to sell on Breast Cancer Care night, I'm going to talk with a friend of Colin's who runs a gallery and may well be able to help. 

So glad it gave so many of you pleasure and it would be nice to think I could do something useful with it too – thanks again Marg :) 

I hope if you've got a summer holiday planned now the children are home from school that you have a wonderful time, or if you're going to 'Stopatome' like me then the sun will shine for you. 

Take care and as always thank you for the beautiful cards you send me and for your entertaining, insightful and downright lovely comments you continually post here – they mean so much. Until next time…

Love Ali xx

165 Comments

  1. Mrs Janet Jones July 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,it warms my heart to think of you living in a cottage just like the one from The Holiday, were you can rest and get well with Colin looking after you. I am turning a dark shade of green as I love that cottage(lol).I can almost feel how tired you are as I have been there and the problems with the upset tummy as well not nice.I didn’t have numb feet but my feet did become very painful,making it difficult to walk. I was on antibiotics for a chest infection during chemo, my doctor said he didn’t need to ask me what was wromg as he could hear my wheezy, rattely chest as soon as I walked in the door!!Glad you still managed to enjoy your evening with Richards parents, I can’t believe it’s only 2 months to The Wedding,a good reason to keep looking forward.
    I have also just stocked up on some logs for the comimg Autumn(my favourite season).I would love to downsize but my husband says he’s not ready yet! So we have decided to knock through the playroom into the kitchen to have a open plan kitchen/dining room. Well that is the plan! Some of my kitchen cupboards have already gone and my food store is now a bookcase in the hall(which is quite small) I must admit I did shed a tear as we have emptied the playroom.We live out in the sticks so it used to be the meet and general hanging out place for my son and his friends. But as he is now 21 and living away the room became a bit of a dumping ground!Time to move on my husband says but I think we mother’s have a hard time doing that!
    You are on the countdown now Ali, so keep strong and I hope your ulcers and cough have improved. Enjoy this warm weather, take good care Ali, speak soon, love Janet xx

  2. Alpa July 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Lovely photo of you and Nina and yes, she is beautiful :) I always did wonder about those Important Legal Changes to the Ownership of your sewers/drains etc.’ leaflets and letters and I am reassured to find I’m not the only one! Never thought to ask anyone about it before though!
    I’m happy to hear that your supper passed without incident! I had an upset tummy and found out today that I have gastroenteritis, which explains the tummy cramps! It will pass though. I hope that your tummy is behaving itself now :) I did laugh at the sign on the Drain man’s van and Lucy’s comments. How very funny!
    Please don’t worry about doing less Ali, in case you were :) Feeling more and more tired is not much fun at all and I hope you are trying to take it easy and resting when you need to :)
    May your reinforced compost heap be safe from the rats!
    Take care,
    Love Alpa xx

  3. Susan July 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a funny blog…you still have your sense of humour girl! Vital I think in life. We don’t all have the same sense of humour though and I must remember that as I think Julia got annoyed at me. Oops. Anyway, I’m really glad you got through your night with the in-laws and all was well. That’ll be a great story to tell in the future and look back at and laugh!
    Your little doggie friend is adorable. And a much loved source of pleasure I imagine. I’m glad to see you’re looking your bright and gorgeous self still in the photo with Nina. An adorable name also – I may have to steal it! Reminds me of Nina from Father of the Bride – and of course Fronk!!! What a hoot he is! Bet you can’t wait for the big day now…well I’m sure nerves are there also. I hope you take it easy, watch our funny comedians we have laughed about, and of course some lovely easy films. While you were sleeping is a fav. Keep your pecker up!
    Much love to you and of course Kathy too. I do miss her funny blogs also.
    Take care,
    Susan x

  4. Julie July 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    A lovely and funny blog as usual(I wrote bog at first-honest-sorry about pun!) Did you get the recent photo’s I sent? Only 3 weeks to Christening and nearly everything ready.( bought Lily’s dress today-soooo cute)
    You know the nature of work I do Ali and Composts are the worst things to attract rats. Following on from your Loo experiences have to say I haven’t been too well lately as my Colitis is back (well hope it’s “only” that)Dr’s apt next Wednesday. Went to Optician yesterday and Dentist next week too-so all in all I’ll be topped and tailed!!
    A lovely photo of the dog,they are great to get you out of the house. If it wasn’t for our Lexi we would be lost.I love labs and my nieces’s name is Nina-yet another coincidence!
    Hope you’re feeling loads better and hopefully the next few weeks will fly by for you.
    Will let you know how things go on Wednesday.
    Much love and take care as always
    Julie xxx Lily sends loads of hugs xxxxxxxx

  5. kay salisbury July 30, 2011 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali-you really have had it tough recently, haven’t you? The treatment sounds so harrowing BUT it is going to make you well so you can live ’til you are 100. Keep going-I suppose the more your body takes of the treatment the more it strips you of vitamins etc but almost there and when all over and a clean bill of health-how proud and brave you will feel-and all your family will share those feelings with you. The upset tummy sounds terrifying-like instant I.B.S—I know the sudden terrors of that!!!!Looking forward to pictures of the wedding-have a wonderful day-2 of mine are married and 1 left— but not for a while so I’m savouring the thought of 1 last wedding—happiest day to see your babies so happy and all grown up. Take care and keep smiling-your difficult ‘fighting-year’ will soon be over. Love K.X

  6. Kim July 30, 2011 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Once again, it was lovely to read your news – you remain so upbeat you put many to shame. Missing your cheerfulness on TV, but looking forward to welcoming you back when you are ready.
    Take care,
    best wishes
    Kim

  7. Linda Marshall July 30, 2011 at 1:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,Glad to see you still have your sense of fun.I can just imagine you building the brick wall around your compost heap,have you thought that they might be digging underneath.You might want to borrow my tortoise as he follows me all round the garden no lead required.
    THERE’S A GUARDIAN ANGEL BESIDE YOU EVERY DAY
    IF YOU TRUST IN HER SHE’LL TAKE YOUR HAND
    AND GENTLY SHOW THE WAY.
    love Linda xxx

  8. Magda Chetty July 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi wonderful Ali
    My inspiration, you are! whenever I feel down or tired I just put on my computer and read your blog and Iam fine again.
    Glad that you only have a few treatments left, like you everyday when I leave the hospital I tell my self; one down less to go.
    Iam glad the weather is good for you in England, here is been up and down, we had lots of rain this summer.
    I know how you feel about being tired, now that I had 14 treatments I feel tired all the time, I can”t do much, I read and rest as much as I can, and always think of the light at the end of the tunel, as you told me.
    Iam planning to visit London this Christmas, when iam better and hope to come to QVC, and by then you will back and i so much look forward to see you.
    Thanks again to all my wonderful QVC ladies who keep on asking about me, Alpa take care, I had gastroenteritis for the last 3 years, trust me it gets better in time, you take care my love, and thanks Susan,Una,Gail,Helen,Debz and everyone, sorry if I left anyone out.
    Also Ali I had the bad cough for 2 weeks now and I find that chewing gum helps a bit, you take care, all the very best to you and the family, love to Lucy and sam.
    Magda.

  9. Julia Hayden July 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    I’d simply like to wish you all the very best with your remaining treatments and hope that you have a wonderful summer :D
    Love ‘n’ lite
    Julia x

  10. ann cain July 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Good luck Alison on the rest of your treatment,I had kidney cancer some years ago and I thank god every thing went well.Hope to see you soon back where you belong.Good Luck Good Health and God bless you.x

  11. Mary Lock July 31, 2011 at 7:38 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali,
    What a comical blog I really enjoyed it. I have never written a comment on the QVC Presenters blogs but you deserve one. You are always so professional. Make sure you relax and read some books which make you grin and some some funny films. I wish you all the best and I will keep looking at your blog.
    Lots of love
    Mary x x

  12. Joanna Downey July 31, 2011 at 7:46 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali, Thank you for the latest glimspe into your life and the lovely photo of you with Nina. I’m so glad you thought you were singled out to receive the sewer missive because I felt that way too when I read it and wondered, out loud, if it had been sent to me because of the “blockage” our 1930s drains had experienced last year. My spoken thought was greeted with much derision and comments that my sewers and I weren’t so important that we’d deserve individual correspondence! From things nasty to those that are truly scrumptious… You’re now in wedding countdown and last Friday we had Rebecca’s BIG DAY which was perfect. We stayed in Bath from last Thursday and came home yesterday, with me being very much ‘morning after the night before’. It was cloudy but warm, our girlie looked so beautiful, simply glowing with happiness, and everyone involved made it a magical day. Our two daughters never got on when they were children but as they’ve got older they’ve become friends and Ellie was an outstanding bridesmaid and huge source of support to her sister. I was reading “Guess how much I love you?” and so I didn’t want to get emotional and have quivering voice and I was alright, I was told that I was very expressive and I loved doing it. Bex was beyond organised and I’ll keep my copy of The Schedule for ever but in the week before the wedding things started to unravel. The Best Man decided he wasn’t up to the role and pulled out, the cakes didn’t arrive so it was Mum, Ellie and her fab boyfriend Dave to the baking rescue and finally my husband tripped in a fell race (aptly named) on Snowdon and smashed the left side of his face, I asked for a Johnny Depp look-a-like stand in but didn’t get one! I’ll send you photos as soon as they’re available. That’s more than enough from me. I’m so sorry that you have one more treatment than you were expecting to have but you’re on the final lap, the bell has been rung and we’re all on our feet cheering you on to the finishing line! I’ve no idea were that came from must be Olympic fever starting early. Stay strong my sweet and lean on all of us. Love and hugs, Jo x

  13. Jean Carter July 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I was so upset to hear of your illness a month ago(I am always behind the times!!) You are such a beautiful elegant lady and I am so pleased to see from the photographs that despite difficult times you still look as gorgeous and are managing to keep your sense of humour.
    Good luck with your last 3 treatments and once they are over a very speedy recovery. We need to see your lovely smiling face back on our screens.
    Ginny C.

  14. Pauline Johnson July 31, 2011 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    Sorry you are not so good at the moment,as far as the sewer letters,could not make head or tail of it,but guess it will end up with us having to pay more! look after yourself my love.
    Pauline

  15. Jeannie July 31, 2011 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – great to hear from you again and am delighted to hear you are nearing the end of your awful treatment (I know how bad you feel some days as I have been there!) The mouth ulcers are so painful and makes it difficult to eat anything. However, I went through bottles of antiseptic mouth washes which really were a great help. I think having Lucy’s wedding to look forward to in a couple of months is a great insentive for you as it gives you something to really look forward to and, by that time, you will be over the worst. It is amazing how time passes and already I have had ‘the all clear’ at my 5 year check up and, like you, it was keeping my sense of humour and my positive attitude towards getting better which got me through the gruelling treatments. Keep your chin up, girl! You look amazing in your photographs.
    Love to you all!

  16. SUE RADFORD July 31, 2011 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I think of you often my ‘inspirational’ friend. Soon your treatment will be over and you’ll be back to tip top health. Stay strong.
    Take care,
    Sue Radford xx

  17. Debz August 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thank you for a very entertaining blog! I too received the sewer letter and wondered if we had been singled out as Ainzley’s poo is flushed down the loo as he has special flushable litter. How mad are we all thinking our sewers are special enough to receive special treatment!!?
    Sorry you tum has been playing up. How awful for you to arrive at Lucy’s future in-laws to be told their facilities weren’t working! Good for you for braving it Ali. What a trooper!
    Ainzley has offered his services should you need that rat teaching a lesson. He may be old with poorly innards but I’m sure he’d give that pesky rat a run for his money!
    I like the look of your walking partner Nina. I’m sorry that the numbness means that you have to pant and drool on your own for the moment. Don’t fret that you can’t do as much. Maybe it’s natures way of telling you to look after yourself and slow down a bit. We will still love you just as much if your next blog is telling us which books you read or how comfy various chairs in your cottage are!!!
    Alpa, I’m so sorry that you’ve got gastroenteritis. I hope that you are resting and taking care of yourself. I’m sending you a very gentle hug and I do hope that you will feel better soon. X
    Magda, how wonderful to hear from you. I too read Ali’s blogs when I’m feeling low and I also read the lovely comments form the lovely ladies on here and suddenly life doesn’t seem so bad. Keep on looking at that light Magda my love and we are all willing you on.
    A big hello to all my other lovely blog sisters out there. I hope you all had a good weekend.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  18. Mrs Janet Jones August 1, 2011 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali hope this finds you feeling a bit better after your taxol on thursday, only 2 more taxol to go,I am on the countdown with you. Yes you’re right nobody can tell you, you won’t get breast cancer again. I asked my oncologist recently how do I know it’s gone and has it gone any where else and he said you don’t know you just have to hope the chemo has done it’s job and be vigilant.So the worry will always be with us, but hopefully in the meantime we will get on with our lives and enjoy the moment.Speaking of which we
    went to see Tom Jones at Tatton Park last night, what a fantastic night, which ended with a firework display. What a fabulous voice he has, he is 71 hard to believe. His singing was effortless and perfect, I looked at my husband and the crowd and gave thanks that I was there to enjoy it.You really do appreciate life, family, friends after a cancer diagnosis and gruelling treatment. So keep going Ali, not long until you have that month ‘off’and you can start to regain your stength again.
    I am holding your hand, look after yourself speak soon Love Janetxx

  19. angela white August 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    you alright! hi ali, how are you doing? lovely photo of you and nina labradors are so lovely we had a choc lab-toby, he was gorgeous so loving and good company. he died in 2008 soon after i was diagnosed i wonder sometimes if he knew and decided it was time for him to go so i wouldnt have to worry! silly i know another classic from dinnerladies when brens doing quiz twink says “what was bing crosby doing when he died?” bren-“clutching his chest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” love norm as well-fell off a diving board in guernsey! im shaking with laughter as i write! we had letter as well about sewers still cant make head or tail of it! we to are having a “stopathome” we actually planning kitchen extension at last,we had to put it off while i was poorly cos of brick dust etc cos of my immune system so its back on now getting in touch with council,architects,builders etc. have a good week ali, 1 less again this week take care love to you and family and all ladies who blog xx

  20. mary morphy August 2, 2011 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am happy to reveal that we in sunny Westgate-on-Sea also were kindly educated about drains, pipes and all things watery and my husband declared that it would save us money; our pipes are covered on some sort of insurance that also covers electrics, gas mains and everything else barring tornadoes and earthquakes so we can knock the water pipes off the equation!
    Your toilet drama made me giggle…I agree you need your own loo in these situations; I have been caught out a few times and have sat desperately hanging on in a public loo waiting for everyone else to leave before ‘letting go’! A mean feet in itself.
    The sun has finally shone this weekend and I have been watching the children play cricket and topping up the tan, however its only the front as its not etiquette to lie on your tummy in star fish pose to get the back done during an innings!!
    The beginning of the week was shocking but, desperate to get as much use out of our beach hut as possbile, we were there all day in wind, cloud and at times rain showers. The kids amused themselves with their friends or decided enough was enough and left us to it and went home. As nobody was out my sister and I played yennis on the prom until all the balls had been lost at see due to a terrible shot and the tide being in. We have however been hampered by the stench of hydrogen sulphide from the huge amounts of seawed covering the entire beach…you do get used to it but the hairs in your nasal passage are shrivelled away. Fortunately, the sun didnt shine and heat it us last week but as the sun has been shining over the last few days the smell is drifting inland!! Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!
    Only three treatments for you then Alisin, I do hope it goes well. Keep up the fab blogs, much love Mary.
    ps. Was your drain van bright orange? We had to call them out Christmas day one…very expensive and highly embarrassing as this day glo orange van with DYNO ROD wrtten acroos the sides in big bold black letters was parked blocking the road for an hour…definately got the curtain twitchers going!

  21. Rhona Fenton August 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison you know you amaze me what with everything your going through you always find time to make us all laugh and smile with your storys:) nice to hear you are about finished this course of treatment even though you got carried away with yourself and miss counted but who can blame you! not good about the toilet carryon and don’t you think the more you think about it the more it seems to make you want to go? not good and they keep telling you its all in your mind my answer normaly is no its all in the other end:( but on a happier note I agree nina is beautiful and so much company for you out on your walks:) and lovely to hear colin and the family are all looking after you, and not long till Lucys wedding, I will wait for the wedding pictures:) did you get my email about our Alison and what she has been up to? I don’t know that girl, shes fed up now Alison and still a good few weeks to go yet! lovely to hear from you and keeping us all up todate on how you are doing and colin and the family love to all, love Rhona xx

  22. Eileen. August 2, 2011 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,lovely to read your latest blog and see that your treatment is nearly finished. You must be getting really excited about Lucy and Richard’s wedding being as its so near. With a bit of luck most of the side effects of your chemo will have eased off by then. (fingers crossed) I was diagnosed with severe Osteoporosis two months ago and the medication I have to take gives me dreadful pain in my bones and muscles but the Dr says it will get easier in time. I was feeling really sorry for myself until I read your blog and suddendly realised I needed to give myself a good shake and get on with life. The photo of yourself and Nina is lovely and I bet you have missed taking her out on your walks but hopefully soon you will be able to. My friend had the same reaction as you to the Taxol and she put the lead over her hand and put a velcro strap over the lead and around her wrist. Her dog is a little terrier and was quite good on a lead so didnt pull or try to run off. Take care, hope all goes well with your last treatments. Love Eileen. xx

  23. Sue Joynson August 3, 2011 at 1:09 am -  Reply

    Oh Ali,
    You are always making us smile. Nina is lovely and I hope she enjoys taking you for walks. My son too had the peripheral numbness after his chemo/radio therapy so I know exactly what you are going through. You look fabulous with your headscarf, dont worry about wigs, the headscarves are glamorous in themselves, but on the other hand, dont be afraid to go ‘naked’ it is the fashion nowadays, and lets face it, it is far too hot to cover up. Take care Ali, my thoughts are with you every day.
    PS. how are the ‘numbers’
    love Sue x

  24. mary morphy August 3, 2011 at 6:34 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison, apologies for the terrible typing errors. Blog written in dim light early in the morning!!! Maryx

  25. elaine sallis August 3, 2011 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    hi ali
    Are you blogging about everything I hate?! Fish eating your feet, rats running round the garden!! I have a real fear of rats watched a programme once about rats and they showed them coming up out of someones toilet that freaked me out for years. What a lovely dog Nina is, my poor springer has to go to the vets tomorrow to have a tooth out, he makes me feel so guilty when I hand him over and walk away. Have Cali and Poppy to look after tomorrow and Friday and at the moment Poppy is not sleeping so may well be e mailing at four in the morning. Hope
    the numbness has improved and you are able to walk the dog again. You look lovely in scarves, but then you always have looked so elegant and you even manage to go through this awful time with style.
    Magda sorry you are feeling low at the moment 14 treatments under your belt hope there are not too many to go.
    Not many to go now Ali. Are you going to manage to get away during your months break? Keep smiling you are such an inspiration.
    Love Elainex

  26. una August 4, 2011 at 10:45 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison
    My name is Jackie. Im a friend of Una.
    Una has asked me to write to you as she is unable to do so herself.
    During emergency surgery on her back, she unfortunately suffered a stroke. Luckily, she is very likely to make a good recovery. Her balance is affected and, is suffering badly from double vision. The power is coming back slowly in her arm and that is very promising.
    I have to tell you that her speech is NOT affected and she would still be able to compete in the Talking for Scotland Competition!!
    Sending our love and hoping you are all well.
    Una & Jackie x

  27. Debz August 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    Thank you so much for letting us know about Una. Please send her my love and tell her that Ainzley sends her a very special lick.
    We all miss her on here as she always makes us laugh and I am so glad that her speech isn’t affected by the stroke. She has certainly been through it has our Una but she’s certainly a fighter so I have every confidence that she will come back from this bigger and better than ever.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  28. sarah shayshutt August 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    dear ali. im so sorry to hear you are unwell, i wish you all the very best and hope you get well real soon. you sound like you have a very loving family around you and lots going on with the sewers . take care Ail, and wish you all the very best xx

  29. alison keenan August 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    My dear Janet, I think I answered your lovely comment previously – although with my cotton wool brain I may well be mistaken, but I remember thinking how tough your treatment was on you, and how brave you’d been. Apologies to all who read this, for not getting back to you sooner this week.. Having a REAL problem with numb fingers and thumbs so typing takes longer and is somewhat painful, but I have spoken to my oncologist, and we agreed rather than tinker with the Taxol – which would in turn reduce its efficacy – I’m going to stick with it for the next three weeks… I’ve also had a very fetching bright red rash all over my hands and forearms – can’t explain it, but I think my body is at the “Enough Already!!” stage :) My right arm is starting to swell up due to lymphodaema so a compression sleeve may be in order, but I keep thinking only 21 more days……just 21…. :) I do hope your kichen refurb is going well and you haven’t lost the kettle or the toaster!! I’ve just got back from treatment today and will attempt to write to all the other girls over the weekend, so do forgive me for leaving you all in the lurch – I will get back to you and thank you ALL for taking your time out to write to me.. Thanks Janet for letting me hijack your reply :) Much love, Ali xx

  30. Marg August 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, Hope you are getting through the week without too many new surprises, you certainly have had a few, and still you can smile, brilliant.
    We have been laid low with a very severe tummy bug so imagine how I felt about you future in laws visit,you really cant explain to people you dont know too well the restrictions a problem like this places on you,I’m so pleased everything turned out well,I’m sure they would have been very understanding, its the explaining that causes the problem, best if it can be avoided as you did.
    Well thats another week under the belt, is this the last one? Then you will have a little breather, then the wedding, and before you know it it will be C-, almost said that word that has everyone in a spin.
    I was very pleased you were getting together with Colin to see about printing your poppies, I really didnt mean it to be for any date, I thought they would make lovely C- gifts, the money raised is always needed,so the date shouldnt matter,they will always be welcomed, so with such a lot going on just now there is lots of time when weddings and all that goes with it are over.I think your daughter will make you very proud, she seems to be a very sensible grounded person who knows exactly how to stamp her personality on her very special day, I am so looking forward to seeing some pictures.
    I saw a sign that I thought would make you smile, poster says Jesus SAVES, working man walking by says ‘not on my wages he doesnt’ it raised a smile on my face.
    Still havent got as far as the beach,my little dog is getting on a bit and is taking longer to get over her little bout of problems,never mind we still have time she has to go back to the vets in a month.Hope she’ll be alright by then or we will have to get her some warm boots before we can go down to the sands.I know it sounds mad but I love that little piece of nothing and I am really hoping we get her back to nearly normal,she and I are the female section of the household.
    Keep on holding on Ali,this may be the start of better times.
    Hello to all th ladies, Gail, Una, and all the other beauties who make up ALI’S ARMY,

  31. Mrs Janet Jones August 5, 2011 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, you are going through it at the moment.Like you say only 21 days!! I bet it seems like a lifetime to you, but you will get there I promise.I’m sorry Ali I don’t know what happened with my replys back to you, I think I have repeated myself in one and I told you about going to see Tom Jones in another.I blame the tamoxifen,and my raging hot flushes(well I’ve got to blame something lol)
    The kitchen wall is going to be knocked through next week and our side door will be blocked up, so until a window is turned into a door my only exit into the garden is via the kitchen window!!!So if you don’t hear from me in a while I could be stuck halfway though the window(not a pretty sight!!!)
    Hope you are taking it easy after your treatment and if it gets too painful for you to type back to us don’t worry I’m sure everyone will understand. Take very good care lovely girl.Speak soon Love Janet xxx

  32. Jan Burnley August 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Ali,Ali,Ali!!!! What an inspiration you must be to thousands of folk,I guess not only to those who read your terrific blogs but to people you meet too.We’re all here for some reason or another I suppose.Perhaps this is yours. What a burden to bear,but my are you carrying it well. Bless you Ali.
    Love and Prayers. Jan Burnley.

  33. Marg August 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    ALI, I am sure you wont mind if I send my message to Una through your blog.
    Well Una, another fine mess you got yourself into,there was me thinking you were off to some tropical paradise with at least one of the handsome young Doctors you had ensnared with your’pure dead brilliant Glasgow patter’ you could charm the birds from the trees when you start. Please do exactly as told to make a full recovery and ask Jackie to keep us up to speed, remember, slowly slowly catchee monkey. All my best wishes go with you Una, you are such a lovely careing upbeat person this is just your time to let people help and care for you,
    Just find strenght in knowing there are hands for you to hold on to, and all the friends you have made through Ali are wishing you back amongst us with only the stories you can tell,
    Good Dreams,
    Maj.

  34. helen August 5, 2011 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, my mum has lymphomdema and has a sleeve, please slow down, your body is telling you to chill. I’ve been poorly this week, spent my birthday on wednesday in casualty. Had a really odd turn, i felt like a rabbit stuck in headlights. Heart racing, tingly hands, adrenaline rush, oh gosh what a mess. All the tests came back ok, the dr said it might be a virus. Now i’ve such a bad headache i can just about open my eyes. My whole face is pounding. Oh woe is me!!!!! I think i’ve been over doing it a bit. Trying to fight M.E. hanging on to these blooming hormones and I do get stressed. I’ve spent the last 2 days in bed. Anyway, enough of me. You chill too, no more walking, just rest.
    My dearest Una, I am so sorry to hear of your stroke, please take care and look after yourself. Our friend has just got over one and he’s 48, you will too!!!
    Love and hugs to all my other blog ladies.
    Helen S xxxx

  35. Marg August 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear ALI, please take it easy, I am sorry that you have yet another side effect re., your arm, they are not going to let you forget this treatment, are they. I hope you will find that having come through this course the hard way you will get through the rest without too many surprises, well mabye a few nice ones would be welcomed. Please dont ever worry about answering, just when you feel like it will be great,we really only want to know how you are not to give you added ‘must does’ as I call them. Just keep your good days to enjoy things around you,and leave us for the times you have to keep your mind busy.
    Love to you and the family,
    Hold on,
    Maj.

  36. Suzanne Thurlow August 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    I’d just like to wish you all the very best with your remaining treatments, you will be in my prayers.
    Please get back to where you belong that is on my TV, you are one of my favourite ladies and always look so glamorous

  37. Alpa August 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Thank you very much for letting us know about our lovely Una. I am so sorry about the emergency surgery on her back and the stroke and I am very glad that her speech has not been affected.
    Una, sending you lots of love and wishing you well during your recovery.
    We do miss you and are thinking of you.
    Lots of love, Alpa xx

  38. Susan August 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie and Una, and Ali,
    I am so sorry to hear about Una’s stroke and surgery. Una you better take it easy now! I imagine you may not like that lol?! But as said above you will hopefully be well recovered soon enough and glad you have every chance as Jackie says.
    Ali I’m just wanting to say do not reply to us!!! Save those fingers!! You will get to reply if you want in time but just take it easy too.
    Thinking of you both – amazingly strong, elegant and funny funny ladies.
    Susan x

  39. greta wilkie August 7, 2011 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, i missed you on qvc and only recently realized that you had been poorly love, a girl i work with had breast cancer a while ago and has just had her all clear, she was of course anxious at first, however now she has moved on and is enjoying her life as you will, can’t wait to see you back on tv with your down to earth presentations and humerous comments.Hugs and good wishes to you love,greta

  40. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Alpa, it seems reading through all these lovely comments that the entire nation were sent the leaflet about the sewers so clearly the water companies have done their job! :) So sorry to hear that you’ve had gastroenteritis! You poor thing – I very much hope you’re completely better now. You’ll be pleased to know that the additional bricks have kept the rats at bay so my compost is fermenting nicely. You’re right about doing less – I find it hard because keeping busy keeps my mind off things I don’t want to think about, but I have a large supply of books and DVD’s and also my Italian course, so there’s no excuse now :) Take care and lovely to hear from you, love ali xx

  41. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Susan, I’m glad my blog made you chuckle, and that you liked the photo of Nina – I love the name too, always reminds me of Nina Simone. I also thought Father of the Bride was a hoot – every wedding should have a Fronk!! I’m not too nervous about the day itself, it’s just not knowing what to wear and praying that the livid red rash I now have all over my hands and forearms will have gone by then or it’ll be elbow length gloves! :) I’m racking my brains about the film “While you were sleeping” which I’m sure I’ve seen, but can’t remember…but would highly recommend 21 to you – not a comedy but a very clever film. Take care and thank you for writing, as always it’s lovely to hear from you, love Ali xx

  42. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Julie, hope you’re feeling better and that your colitis was ‘only’ colitis :) Thank you so much for the photos – I had meant to reply, but seem to have a sieve for a brain at present! Just working out it’s only two weeks to Lily’s christening so you are probably very excited about it all. Well done for getting the dress. I remember Lucy had the same christening gown that I had worn, and it was made from the sleeve of a Victorian nightgown – big arms those Victorians!! Lexi is a great name for a dog, and you’re right about Labs – they beautiful. Still struggling a little with the hands and arms so haven’t been able to take her for a while, but as soon as I’ve finished treatment I’ll be there! Take care and lovely to hear from you, love Ali xx

  43. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Kay thank you for writing, and although I currently feel like 100 years old, your comments made me smile :) Yes the treatment unfortunately strips all the good cells as well as the bad, and my body has reacted rather badly to it, that said, it’s there to make me better, and only two more treatments to go so everything crossed :) Can’t believe we’ve only got just over two months before Lucy’s wedding – how lovely for you to have already had two fab occasions, and still one more to go. You’re right, to see the children happy is the best thing. You keep smiling too, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  44. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Kim, lovely to hear from you and glad you enjoyed the blog. I think trying to stay positive is the only way, and I’m very lucky to have friends and family – and all of you who write – to help me do this :) I’ll be back on the Q as soon as I’m able, love ali xx

  45. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Linda thank you for your lovely verse :) Thanks too for the offer of borrowing your tortoise – are they good at scaring off rats?? You worried me to death when you said that the rats might burrow under the compost heap! I had to take Lucy’s Richard with me today to put my latest peelings on there – he was very brave, and clearly the rats hadn’t been strong enough to move the bricks so all was well. Do keep in touch, Love ali xx

  46. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello wonderful Magda :) Lovely to hear from you, and so glad you are enjoying the blog still. I’m delighted to know that you are nearing the end of your radiotherapy. I’m not surprised you are tired, but am glad that you are being good to yourself and taking it easy. My mum has told me that when my radiotherapy finishes I should take myself to bed for at least five days!! As I haven’t even finished chemo yet I’ll have plenty of time to choose some good books eh? :) I am thrilled to think you’ll be over at Christmas, and all things being even I should be back at work so I will look forward to hopefully meeting with you then. It would lovely to meet all the girls wouldn’t it?! Stay strong, rest up and keep in touch, with love, ali xxx

  47. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Love and light to you too Julia, and I hope that wherever you spend your summer you have a wonderful time. Thank you for your good wishes, love ALi xx

  48. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ann, I hope that you are still in good health, and I’m really glad to know that you beat your cancer :) Stay strong, and God bless to you too: thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  49. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Mary I am delighted that you’ve taken the time out to make a comment for the first time, and I hope it won’t be the last!! Do keep in touch, and I will take your advice re the books – still reading Julie Walters biography which is very good – and funny :)Love Ali xx

  50. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Jo I loved reading all about Rebecca’s wedding, although it’s made me realise that even the best laid plans can go awray!! Pretty dramatic having the best man step down, but Ellie and Dave sound amazing when it came to rescuing the day. Your poor husband! Here I am worrying about a wig, false eyelashes and this ghastly red rash that I have, and poor chap, he had to have his photo taken with a smashed face!! (I hope he didn’t know about your Johnny Depp request..!) I am leaning a fair bit on all of you now, but as you say the finishing line is in sight.. not a moment too soon.. My love to you and thanks for keeping in touch thru all these months – all of you make ALL the difference, love Ali xx

  51. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ginny thank you for your kind words – I love the word elegant, but if you could see me now with my hat on, sitting under my electric blanket and with bright red hands and arms they may be another word that springs to mind! :) Only two more chemo then a month off before radiotherapy – can’t wait. Please do keep in touch, and I promise I’ll be back as soon as I can. With love, Ali xx

  52. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Pauline you’ve made me laugh ‘cos I’m pretty sure NONE of us could make head nor tail of the bloomin’ leaflet!! Still it was kind of the water board to keep us in the loop eh? You look after yourself too, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  53. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Jeannie that’s great news, and thank you for sharing it with me, and all the other girls :) I’ll remember your positivity as each year passes… you all give me such hope :) Take care, Love Ali xx

  54. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Sue that’s very kind of you to say – and with only two more treatments to go, am very much looking forward to feeling well again. The numb fingers are such a nuisance – couldn’t undo my trainers yesterday!! I feel so sorry for anyone with arthritis.. For me, at least there is an end in sight, and things will go back pretty much to normal. I hope that you are in good health and are enjoying the summer love ali xx

  55. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz, Ainzley has gone up even higher in my estimation what with his own special cat litter, and also rat catching skills! I think though the additional bricks on top of my compost is keeping the rats at bay, so you can thank him for me, and say I’ll keep him posted :)I haven’t actually seen Nina since the photo was taken as my hands are still bad, but know that it won’t be too much longer before I’ll be able to pant and drool again in unison with her! So glad that our social network here brings you as much pleasure as it does me, and that life is pretty good for you at present. Stay positive, and do keep in touch, we ALL love hearing from you, love Ali xx

  56. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Janet, lovely to hear from you again, and particularly glad that you’ve had such a great night out! I remember doing a series for Granada TV where we filmed in Tatton Park – shame Tom Jones wasn’t there then ! I know tho he’s a fab live singer and it’s good that on a night like that you can thank the Lord you’re still there to appreciate it all :) As I did today when Lucy and Richard came round and made lunch for Colin and I which was delicious :) Take care and enjoy the good weather when it comes, and I hope that you’ve had the chance to spend some time with your son too. Love Ali xx

  57. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Angela I think that the chocolate labs are sometimes even more gorgeous than the black ones!! Toby sounded lovely :) We had Taxi – our black lab – years ago when the children were small. Mad as a hatter, and called Taxi because he never came when you called him! The kitchen extension sounds exciting – good luck with it. Definintely a good call to delay it until you were better – brick dust is horrendous! Stay well, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  58. alison keenan August 7, 2011 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    My dear Janet, thank you SO much for letting me know about Una. I, like many others, have been concerned that we’ve not heard, and I’m truly sorry that she’s had to go through yet ANOTHER trauma! How upsetting for her to be suffering with all the side effects of a stroke, but I am delighted to hear that she can still speak. Delighted too that she has a friend like you to look after her. Please pass on my love, and every good wish to her. I pray too that it won’t be long before she’s back home and in her own bed. Thanks again Janet, with love Ali xx

  59. Jennifer Day August 8, 2011 at 1:45 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I was so very sorry to learn that you are having treatment for Cancer. I do not make a habit of writing to TV Presenters. However, you have been in my lounge so many times over the years, it feels as though I know you. I wish you well and hope you return to full health very soon. You have always been one of my QVC favourites. Hope it’s not too long before you are back in my lounge! Take care Ali.
    Much love
    Jennifer x

  60. Tracy King August 8, 2011 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Hi again Ali, your exploits at the ‘outlaws’ house reminded me of the scene in Dumb and Dumber where he goes to the toilet after his drink has been tampered with laxatives, and has the most explosive episode only to be told the toilet isn’t working! Always makes us laugh but wouldn’t it be your worst nightmare? You have to laugh eh coz if you don’t you’ll cry and nobody will listen! or is that just me? I like to look on the bright side, if people see you jolly they find it easier to handle you and your ‘special visitor’.
    on a cheerier note have you started looking for your mother of the bride outfit yet? you are bound to have some funny stories in that department! My nephew is getting married next year and has asked me to make his stationery etc and said i can be his coordinator and i will get a clipboard and he will call me Fronk! haha.
    Take care, luv n hugz n stuff
    Tracy & Cath (by proxy!!) xx

  61. Alpa August 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I’m so sorry about your numb fingers and thumbs and the rash and lymphodema. You are not to worry about replying to us, Ali and please take it easy :) If it makes you smile, I am sporting a big tummy at present, what a sight!!
    Jackie, my message to you and Una has disappeared so I will try again! Thank you so much for letting us know about our lovely Una. I am so sorry about the emergency surgery and stroke and I am glad that her speech has not been affected. Una, sending you lots of love during your recovery. We miss you very much and are thinking of you x
    Debz, thank you for thinking of me my friend. I hope you had a good weekend. Sending a big hug to you and Ainzley x
    Helen, so sorry that you are not well and have spent your birthday in casualty. A virus when battling M.E. is horrible I know. Take it easy x
    Love to my friends here x
    Ali, I’m away to lie down. For some strange reason, being horizontal feels more comfy than being upright at present. It’s only a pesky virus, and on top of that badly behaving M.E. I have been out of sorts!
    Take care and I am counting down the days with you. As our lovely Debz said, think of us shaking our pompoms cheering you home :)
    Lots of love,
    Alpa xx

  62. elaine sallis August 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie
    Thank you for letting us know about Una. I was wondering what had happened as we hadnt heard from her for a while. Please pass on my best wishes for a speedy recovery to her.
    Elaine

  63. Alpa August 8, 2011 at 1:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thank you for replying although you know you don’t have to, given your poor fingers and thumbs and tiredness :)
    I think the gastroenteritis is on its way out and I see I am in good company with a funny tummy! Said tummy is rather uncomfy and a pain literally but it will get better!
    Anyway, this grumplestiltskin has a hot date with a hot water bottle!!
    Take care xxx

  64. Debz August 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Ali
    Thank you so much for replying to us all even though your poor fingers are numb. This time next year all this will be a memory and you will be getting on with your life doing everything at a million miles an hour as usual. This horrid time is just as small part of your life and over the years to come all the wretchedness you’re feeling now will have disappeared. Hard to believe at the moment I know but you hang on in there. As my Nan used to say “This too shall pass”.
    I have told Ainzley to “stand down” from rat duty for now!! He used to be a good mouse/bird/moth/butterfly/fly catcher in his day so rest assured, should his services be required he will do his level best!!
    Helen, I’m so sorry to hear about your funny turn. You must have been so frightened with all that going on. Please take it easy and take good care of yourself.
    Alpa, I hope you are recovering from your gastroenteritis and are looking after yourself too.
    Love and best wishes to everyone else in Ali’s army I hope you all had a good weekend.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley Rat catcher Extrodinaire (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  65. Susan August 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I knew that you’d love Fronk! He was hilarious…as I see Tracy has also written about him, it’s not just us! If you can see While You Were Sleeping you should – it’s just lovely and Sandra Bullock is fab as usual. She’s gorgeous too. So au naturale. I am really sorry to hear your fingers are still bothering you and I’m not surprised you feel 100. You soo deserve your break. You’ll no doubt sleep for 100 years after! At least you should feel a bit more refreshed though.
    I’m so sorry to hear about Una too and I know we’ll all wish her the best recovery possible.
    Take care,
    Susan x

  66. Susan August 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Oh and another thing…you’ll have to get the gorgeous new look Anne Dawson round for some Italiano conversations!! You would be a hoot you two! x

  67. Sharon English August 9, 2011 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I always read your blog but this is the first time I have posted a comment. You are such an inspiration to us all and makes us appreciate what we have in life. I really hope things improve for you soon and that the horrible treatment will be over. I too have a lovely walking friend, my dog Bailey who is a Golden retriever. He keeps me going when life is a bit challenging at times. Keep your chin up Ali, better days are coming. Looking forward to seeing you fit and well on QVC Take care. Sharon

  68. Karen Whenman August 9, 2011 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just read your blogs and sitting here shedding a few tears. You are so inspirational and we all miss you presenting QVC, hopefully it won’t be too long before you are at full strength and able to return. You manage to keep looking beautiful and this in itself must inspire other sufferers. Keep positive Ali and remember you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many of us. Looking forward to your next blog.
    Love Karen xx

  69. Rhona Fenton August 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison just to add to you and sue’s chat about numb fingers, not just people with arthritis but what about a shout out for us poor MS people it’s a pest I myself along with god knows how many others alike have numb fingers and toes all the time so I know what your going through Alison nothing worse than not being able to tie shoes or fasten buttons or even do a zip up some days but then other days I can:) oh just trying to have a laugh about it all thats what keeps us going eh:)hope you get better soon Alison and get rid of the numb fingers you don’t need this on top of everything else I mean you have gone through enough already you are such a brave Girl along with the rest of the lovely people who write to you also I wish everyone well and hope you all keep strong:) love to colin and the family also keep your chin up Alison your doing great:) love Rhona xx

  70. helen August 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali and all my other blog friends. Whats happening to Ali’s army, were all coming down with one thing or another. Imagine putting us on the front line, oh my, one look at me at the mo and the enemy would surrender immediately. I think I’ve gone and got the flu/sinus infection. Saw my own gp on Thursday and had a full page of blood tests done, all of which have come back clear. My mind was working overtime after my ‘strange turn’, but as my left nostril is now devoid of any air, i think that my sinuses are well blocked, hence these lovely headaches!!!
    I’m cwtched (welsh for snuggled)up in bed and my lovely daugher is out with my sister and niece. I dont think I’d feel so guilty being poorly if I didn’t have my little one, she’s not used to seeing her mum looking so grim, even the lippy has failed me this week!!!! And thats bad.
    Anyway, my spelling is so bad, I’m on my laptop and I hate it. Hope you are coping ok Ali.
    Love to all my other chums, Una, Alpa and your tummy and all you other lovely ladies. I’m off to sniff some Vick now, nice eh, what a vision, stuck under a towel!
    Take care all
    Love and hugs
    Helen s xxxx

  71. Sheilah Walsh August 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,just to say it is lovely to hear your voice doing the pro-mos on QVC. Glad the treatment is nearly finished and you are “coping” with the side effects with gritty determination.It’s over ten years since I had breast cancer and fortunately didn’t have to have any treatment other than Tamoxifan, so my thoughts are with you this year. Keep smiling and Good Luck with your daughter’s wedding

  72. Liz August 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello everyone,
    Just been catching up a bit – thanks Jackie for posting about Una. I don’t know her other than what I’ve read on here but she sounds like she will have the strength to get over this hurdle, especially with friends like you.
    Magda – hope you are still managing ok. Nearer to the end of treatment now!!
    Ali – another one nearly over another huge hurdle! Hang in there with the side effects and watch the lymphoedema. I developed it in one arm soon after surgery and although it’s not horrendously bad, it is horrible to have. I have had physio on it and have a sleeve I should wear all the time. Have to confess I don’t and do notice the difference. After an increase in swelling the other week and some excellent physio from a massage lady, I’ve started to wear it again and it has helped a lot so I am making more of an effort to be a good girl!! It doesn’t help with the hot, tropical sweats though.
    I’ve just been to Paris for a long weekend with my partner. It was a trip delayed from June when his Mum died. We enjoyed it and walked miles and miles and miles (all very slowly I hasten to add!!) seeing so much and that got rid of the cakes I ate!! Must go again before too long….Mum wants to go back so that will be my excuse. Plus we want to go to Venice/Florence/Rome….lots to look forward to, I hope. I just need a bit of a rest first and get my next scan out of the way without any little blips!
    Well, take care all. Keep as cheery and positive as possible through the things life throws at you. Enjoy all those wedding plans Ali – hope you’ve got outfit ideas sorted. Oh and hair growing back is very exciting. The grey hairs I had started to get beforehand didn’t grow back until comparatively recently so that’s been over 3 yrs with no grey!!!
    Love and affection, Liz x

  73. Mrs Janet Jones August 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, I am thinking of you as you have your penultimate Taxol tomorrow.Your last one next week, something positive to focus on and celebrate!You’re doing so well keep going and look forward to your month off to regain some of your strength.I have just got back from my voluntary job at Cancer Research, and a couple of them are leaving over the next few weeks. It is making me think that I need to get back to work(part-time)but keep going with the voluntary job as well, as I really enjoy it and feel I am giving something back.
    Must go as I have a Doctors appt, I am glad that all our blogs help you, and my hand is always there to hold. Take good care Ali speak soon love Janet xx
    p.s Just a note to let Una know I am thinking of her and wish her a speedy recovery.

  74. Marian Bolton August 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I hope you’re one more treatment down (or at least much nearer to that) by the time you read this blog.
    I also got ‘that’ letter. “Get me” I thought, “I own a private sewer”. How incredibly sad!!! Of course, within a day or two, my very dear 82 year old Mum phoned me (as she does about all letters). She was totally baffled bless – trouble was, so was I! I thought about telling her to shove it down a place where it would end up in the very subject matter, but I resisted.
    I have a ‘poo’ story that’ll make you giggle. (I bet the staff at QVC that check these blogs before they get posted have got me down for a right ‘been there, done that’ know-it-all!) Last year, we had the block paving around our house replaced by some rather attractive burly workmen. (That was actually part of my Contractor selection criteria though I didn’t tell my husband that!) Anyhow, they had to take up the sewer manhole covers. Imagine my embarrassment as they took up one of the covers to reveal ‘a floater’! Of course I looked at it in total disgust tutting and totally denying any remote chance that it could be one of mine. Luckily, my neighbours sewer runs into ours so I could blame her (she’s in her late 80’s!!!!) How wicked am I??!!!!!!
    Love the idea of your poppies print for the BCC event. I take it the Presenters still haven’t braved the ‘Calendar Girls’ style calendar then??!!! Blooming cowards!!
    Hope I’ve made you smile Ali.
    Lots of love M
    X

  75. Estelle Dutton August 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Wishing you a very speedy recovery and you look beautiful.
    I hope you are feeling better very soon, and wish you Good Luck and very good health. Stay smiling and keep strong.
    Love Estelle

  76. Angela August 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just wishing you all the very best in your journey. Have been watching QVC and have heard your voice as you have been undertaking the captions for the upcoming shows.
    Take care, remember all your fan club are waiting to see you back on screen.
    Much love
    Angela

  77. Susan August 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Hope you’re weekend isn’t too awful after your treatment..though I fear it may not be the best. I just thought I’d say I was thinking about you yesterday as I was watching Father of the Bride 2 where the Nina and Annie are both pregnant…brilliant as ever especially hilarious Fronk! Ironic as we had just chatted about it not long ago. Look after yourself and rest up.
    Susan x

  78. helen August 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    My dear Ali and chums,
    Well what an awful couple of weeks its been here, as I can imagine for you too Ali and all my other friends who have been struggling with health problems of late.
    Today is the first time in almost 2 weeks that I have ventured into clothes, not that I have gone about with no attire at all you understand, its just that my pj’s just seemed the better option and my bed also. Oh dear if this has been a virus I do hope that nobody else gets it, the terrible headaches and aches and slight sickness. Although I have problems with M.E and tiredness, I don’t usually get much else, until now that is. Oh good grief, its been beyond, I even packed a hospital back ready convinced that this was it!!!! A little dramatic I know, but its been horrid. Thank goodness my sister has been on holiday and has taken Olivia out every day and my poor hubby had had do do the cleaning (?), well of a fashion anyway.
    I do feel a little better but no where near 100%, I could just sleep for Wales!!!
    Enough of me, how are you all doing, Ali, hows the treatment? Any news on Una? Magda I do hope that you are ok? Debz, Alpa and all the other girlies, I hope that life is treating you fine.
    Keep in touch all and keep holding hands, take care
    Luv and hugs
    Helen S xxxx

  79. Hilary Morgan-Riddick August 15, 2011 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, In January this year I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and underwent a full Hysterectomy followed by 6 cycles of chemotherapy. I had my last treatment three weeks ago ( carboplatin and plaxitaxol ), like you I had numb fingers and toes, but after the dose was reduced my hands and feet are back to normal, so don’t worry the numbness and tingling will go way. I do sympathise with you with you with regards to the ulcers they can make eating so painful, I found mouthwashes on prescription from the doctor very helpful. Try not to overdue things or feel bad about being very tired, just go with it as towards the end of your treatments you will fell more and more tired. It is very frustrating I know, to not be able to do more but listen to your body and rest when you can.
    You have been so brave and following your blog has cheered me up so much, especially on the ‘bad’ days when I felt too ill or was overwhelmed by the treatment. Not long before your daughter’s wedding, how lovely and exciting for you and your family and something positive for you to look forward to. Take care Ali, you are in my thoughts, tick off the treatments one by one and before you know it, you will be on the road to a full recovery. Keep on writing your blog because it has helped me and I am sure many others to keep going in times of darkness. You are simply just amazing!
    Much love Hilary :)) xxxxxxxx

  80. Lynne Searle August 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Your blogs have made me laugh and cry in no particular order. It was great to hear you voice overs on QVC and look forwards to your bolgs and I hope your return to QVC as soon as you are ready.
    Keep smiling Love Lynnexxx

  81. alison keenan August 15, 2011 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Hello Mary, you did make me laugh with your tales of public loos! I used to try and line the loo with paper to avoid tinkling noises or anything worse! Loving the beach hut too -although the smell of the seaweed would certainly put me off :) I’m hoping that our Bank Holiday weekend in Brighton will have a little sunshine (although I’m not able to sit in it any more) but I love playing with the stones on the beach – never short of a few there!! Do hope your drains aren’t playing up and that you’ve had a little more sunshine since you last wrote – for which I thank you. Always good to hear, love Ali xx

  82. alison keenan August 15, 2011 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, sorry not to have written before, but these blasted numb fingers have made typing rather slow and painful! A little better today, so thought I’d have a go :) Yes I’m very much looking forward to Lucy’s wedding – we have our weekend in Brighton ‘en famille’ before that – and then I can start looking for an outfit before radiotherapy starts…Question is hat, scarf, wig or paper bag?? :) We’re all well here, and I’m hoping that with my compres sion sleeve my right arm will look less like Colin’s!! Take care, and thanks for writing, love to all, Ali xxx

  83. alison keenan August 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Oh Eileen that sounds very sore – bone and muscle pain is horrid, and not many pain killers make a difference. Sometimes it’s easier to deal with things when you know there’s an end to it…you are having to deal with this long term so I think you’re brave :) I’m sorry your friend had the same thing with Taxol, but until I get my compression sleeve which will hopefully help the swelling in my right arm, I don’t think I can take Nina out even with your kind suggestion. Also toenails are lifting, so wearing walking shoes not possible at the moment. Just one more treatment though, so watch this space :) I very much hope your pain will ease soon, and thank you for writing – it was lovely to hear from you, Love ALi xx

  84. alison keenan August 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sue, good to hear from you, and I very much hope that your son recovered quickly from the numbness after his treatment. Sadly I think I’ll lose several toenails, but I’ve been assured that this and and the rash will go after my LAST treatment this Thursday! Woo hoo! :) Thank you for your kind words about my scarves – I was really spoiled when Pipa bought them for me and they’ve been fab. I find it too chilly to go without anything, although I have occasionally braved the garden looking like Yoda :) Love to you and your boy, Ali xx

  85. alison keenan August 15, 2011 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Elaine, Sorry about the rats etc., I dreamed about a giant snake last night!! Huge it was and in the bath! Heaven knows what the theory behind that one is, but I woke up terrified I have to say! Stuck with the numbness for at least another two weeks, but then it should wear off, along with the rash which will be good :) And yes the children, their partners, Colin and I are all off to Brighton for the Bank Holiday weekend, so that will be fun. We’ve rented a town house, so can all cram in there. Hope to have supper at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant one night, so that’s another thing to look forward to. I hope you’ve managed to have a break this summer, and that Poppy hasn’t kept you up too many nights!! Love ALi x

  86. alison keenan August 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sarah,
    Thanks so much for your kind words, and yes, you’re right, I do have a great many people, including family, who have been doing a wonderful job of looking after me. I hope that you are in good health and have had a chance to enjoy the summer. Love Ali x

  87. alison keenan August 15, 2011 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Lovely Marg, so sorry that you’ve been suffering with a tummy bug – rotten and very painful I know and so I hope you’re completely recovered by now. Yes you’re right, I have my last treatment this Thursday – can’t believe the six months is over.. in some respects it seems like forever, but in other ways it’s all moved really quickly. At least I escaped the worst of the side effects of Taxol until this last month, so will be very relieved when they start to wear off – can’t even do my own buttons up at the mo! However, with two months before Lucy’s wedding that gives me plenty of time to work out what to wear, and yes you’re right about her stamping her own personality on the wedding – it will be unique and beautiful, and I will love to share the photos with you. Take care and do keep in touch Marg, love Ali x

  88. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    Janet as I write this I have visions of you climbing in and out the kitchen window to bring in the washing etc! :) Do hope the building work is going to plan and there’s not too much dust and disruption! I had to give in to a slight tweaking in my treatment as hands and feet so bad last week, but I can angle my keyboard which makes typing less of a chore. Lovely to read thru all the comments especially when I can’t sleep :) Have my sister staying with me and she’s been really kind doing the ironing etc. so I may not let her go home! Last treatment on Thursday…. still remember you writing about the Treatment Finished stamp they put in your chemotherapy book…Result!! :) Thanks for keeping in touch, and speak again soon, love Ali xx

  89. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Jan Bless you :) I’m inspired by all the lovely folk who write here on this site… amazing how often it puts life and this bloomin’ disease into perspective. There is always SOMEONE far worse off, and far braver, and that is very grounding. All that said, I shall be mightily relieved when the chemo finishes and I can look forward to a month off before radiotherapy. I do hope you are in good health, and thank you for your prayers, love Ali x

  90. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 12:08 am -  Reply

    Marg, I’m going to add my love and best wishes to your lovely message to Una, ‘cos I like you miss her humour, insight and wonderfully entertaining comments. Be strong Una, and keep looking ahead…. we’re all there waiting for you :) Love Ali xx

  91. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    My dear Helen, it sounds as though we should both slow down! How awful for you to end up in hospital.. that must have been a scare for you, and I very much that you are now feeling much better and your ME has stabilised. A couple more days in bed wouldn’t go amiss I’m sure. Not walking much at present cos of these sore toes etc., and last treatment on Thursday, so diligently looking ahead…Please try to relax – as you say to me – it’s your body’s way of telling you to take it a little easier. Take care, Love Ali xx

  92. Susan August 16, 2011 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just wanted to say I will have a little toast to you on Thursday when you finish your chemo!!!! Wahay! You have been a trooper…not many of us could cope with what you have been through. I so very much admire you and always will. Debs said she spoke to you the other night and I am so glad you have always got her and Kathy to keep your spirits up. Both fabulous ladies. I just wanted to add I am thinking about Una too.
    Take care on Thursday.
    Susan x

  93. Mrs Janet Jones August 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, I know what you mean about how strange the time is when you’re having chemo, But the important thing is it’s your last one this Thursday YIPPEE !!!!! I think we will all breathe a sigh of relief for you. I hope you are taking plenty of rest as I know at the end of the chemo just how awful and tired you feel.How lovely that you have a family get together planned for the bank holiday and a meal at Jamie olivers restaurant, a well deserved treat for you Ali.
    When you gain a bit more strength, you will feel more like choosing an outfit for your daughters wedding.You have done so well Ali and I will raise a glass to you(in my case sparkling water) on Thursday to the last of the chemo. Remember my hand is always there for you to hold, take very good care,speak soon love Janetxx

  94. Cheryl August 16, 2011 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Just wanted to say hi and I am so glad that this week is your last chemo, I remember the feeling of relief that it was over, unless you have been through it you cannot understand the way that it makes you feel, but at least you are having a break before the radiotherapy, unfortunately I had mine at the same time as the last 3 chemo’s, which got it over with but was very exhausting. The side effects will start to disappear very soon and you will start to feel more like your self, I know it is hard too believe but it will happen. It is now 31/2 yrs since I was diagnosed and all is going well, have just been put onto yearly check-ups and have changed from Tamoxifen to Arimidex so fingers crossed that I won’t have too many side effects. Enjoy your break to Brighton and have plenty of rest, ready for your daughters wedding.
    Best wishes to you and all your family, how is Sam doing now?
    Love Cherylxx
    p.s. How is Amica?

  95. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jennifer I feel very privileged to have ‘been in your lounge’ over the years, and even more so that you’ve taken the time out to write to me :) All things being even I hope to be back with you come November once all the treatment is finished. All the very best to you and yours, Love ali xx

  96. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tracy (alias Fronk) and Cath (by proxy :) I have watched Dumb and Dumber with my boys, and have to admit to laughing at the explosive toilet scene – nearly as excrutiating as the the one with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston that has ‘Polly’ in the title! Stay jolly, it’s the only way :) Nope not started looking for my wedding outfit yet, but will as soon as I’m a little normal shape wise and the steroids et al have worn off… probably the beginning of September. Good luck with your nephews wedding plans – I look forward to hearing them hot from your clip board! Love Ali xx

  97. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Alpa, you and all the other lovelies who struggle with ME – my heart goes out to you. What a nightmare! I so wish you better and hope very much that by being horizontal and resting you will start to feel more ‘normal’ I’m fine – only one more chemo to go, and then a month’s respite before radiotherapy. Thank you for all your support over these months: you and everyone who’s taken the time out to write have got me through it. Bless you, love Ali xx

  98. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Suzanne, thank you very much for your prayers and lovely words. You’ve made me smile this evening. Very much hope all is well with you, love Ali x

  99. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Debz bless you for putting Ainzley’s rat catching skills ‘on hold’! Have to make you laugh though – I went out to put my veg bits onto the compost, and just at the back was a little burrowing hole where a rat had clearly tried to get into the compost thru under where the bricks are! What was funny was that clearly the weight of the bricks on top of the slate cover was too much for him and he’d had to turn back without even getting any orange peel! All that effort for nothing hee hee :) Am completely trusting your Nan’s words, and I thank you for them. You take care and I hope you have been having a good week. Love to you from me xx

  100. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Susan a 100 years sleep sounds delightful – but do you think I’d be awoken by a handsome Prince, or by someone accusing me of being lazy?! :) will try and hire “While you were Sleeping” and let you know what I think. I am a big fan of Sandra Bullock and if you’ve not seen it, I highly recommend Blindside – not surprising she won the Oscar for her performance in that. Have a good week, love Ali x

  101. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Sharon I am delighted that you enjoy the blog, but even more chuffed that you’ve taken the time out to comment. Really appreciated :) I love the sound of Bailey – a handsome partner for Nina no doubt! Your kind words are much appreciated, and I’m very much looking forward to the ‘better days’ that I KNOW aren’t too far away. With love, Ali xx

  102. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Karen, those are really kind things to say, and I know that many of the lovely ladies who write to me here have been where I am now, and they are MY inspiration :) Thank you for your prayers too – a constant source of comfort to me, with love Ali xx

  103. alison keenan August 16, 2011 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    My dear Rhona you are absolutely right to flag those of you who suffer with the dreadful symptoms brought about through MS.. you have my complete sympathy. A close friend of mine in her late 30’s is really struggling with this illness, and as I have often said, it puts my ‘temporary’ discomfort into perspective… I know that in a fortnight or so my numbness should be a thing of the past.. you and other sufferers don’t have that to help strengthen you..Something YOU do have though is compassion and a cracking sense of humour, for which I thank you :)Love to you, your colin and family, and I hope that you’ll be feeling much better very soon. Love Ali xx

  104. Lorraine August 17, 2011 at 12:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am not good on computers but have been saying to my husband, why is Alison not on QVC. So I had to fumble around this computer to try and find out. And now I realise why. I hope your chemo ends soon and you get back to the QVC studios soon. You are such a lovely part of the programme and it seems not the same without you there. So get better soon Mrs. Wishing you all the best Ali.

  105. Susan August 17, 2011 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali me again…I just read your reply to me so I had to quickly say I adore The Blindside!! I have it on DVD…amazing story…all the more as it’s true. Sandra Bullock is fabulous and oh so attractive. Chat soon.
    Susan x

  106. angela white August 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,you alright! only one more to go your doing so well. you can get some rest for a month before radiotherapy. sorry to hear your suffering with your fingers and toes, its awful isnt it i couldnt pick cutlery up and broke so much crockery!!!! it was like a greek restaurant in our house sometimes-the sound of breaking plates!!!!!!!! well we have made a start on extension got the architect to draw plans up so now its more waiting for council approval. i hope you will feel better soon at least it shows treatments working it wont last forever and you will soon have your gorgeous hair,nails,eyebrows etc back. take care ali,love to you,your family and ladies who blog xxx

  107. Debz August 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Ali
    Your last chemo tomorrow – Yay! Like the other ladies on here I shall be raising a glass tomorrow evening in celebration. I might even let Ainzley have extra cat biscuits so he can celebrate too!!
    It’s been a long, hard slog for you but you’ve made it and a month off before your next lot of treatment will be a blessing I’m sure. We will still all be holding your hand however, and I hope that light will be getting brighter.
    It’s been so good to hear you on the voiceovers at QVC. It’s good to hear your voice even though we can’t see you.
    Glad you seem to have gotten the better of those pesky rats. Let’s hope they don’t start weight training to lift those bricks!!
    I love Dumb and Dumber. There are some truly fantastic one liners in it. I like the bit where they’re in the Dog van and a policeman comes up alongside them and shouts “Pullover” and one of they guys says “It’s a cardigan but thanks for noticing!” Classic!
    If you like Sandra Bullock, have you seem Hope Floats? It really is such a good film of hers. Not one of the biggest box office hits for her but still my favorite. It makes you laugh and it makes you cry but it does have a happy ending.
    Love to all my other lovely ladies. Alpa, I hope you are starting to feel better my friend, Una, thinking of you and holding your hand, Magda, I hope you are hanging on in there. Helen, Helen S, Gail, Hilary and all you other inspirational ladies I send you my love.
    Good luck again for tomorrow Ali.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXX
    P.s. Ainzley is back at the vets on Friday for a check up and a blood test. Wish me luck!!

  108. Alpa August 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. It is very much appreciated. Last Taxol tomorrow… YAY!! :) I will have a toast to you to celebrate the end of chemo.
    I am slowly starting to feel a little normal (as normal as one can be with the misbehaving M.E.!) Funny tummy is not so funny anymore and if you ever have tummy cramps (hope you don’t) try buscopan, as suggested by a friend who is a nurse.
    Helen, I hope you are feeling a little better than before, poor thing x
    Debz, thinking of you and hope you and Ainzley, Rat Catcher Extraordinaire are well. Take care my friend x
    Una, missing you and sending my love x
    Marg, hope your tummy bug has cleared up and you are feeling better x
    Love to my friends here x
    Ali, take care. You are such an inspiration :)
    Lots of love, Alpa xx

  109. Rhona Fenton August 17, 2011 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, just been thinking since your mother of the Bride big roll to play that day I think you could push the boat out Alison and go for Wig and Hat why stop at just one thing to wear on your head that day:)and better still you can choose your hair to match your Hat:)or the other way round:) but one thing I know no mater what you decide to do on the big day you will look amazing as you always do Alison:) and I hope your arm will be ok also but what an excuse to wrap it around your Colin:) hope your feeling better? and thank you for your kind words, please pass on my best to your friend Alison thats not good to hear! and I hope your next lot of treatments not to hard on you! enjoy your trip away and shopping for your outfit for the big day:) love to your colin and the family take care and will talk soon lot’s of love Rhona xx

  110. Elaine Sallis August 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Last treatment tomorrow am so pleased that at last the chemo will be behind you. Jodie will be getting married the Sunday of the weekend you are in Brighton. Getting really nervous now but am so proud of her and so looking forward to it. It seems very strange though thinking she will soon have a different surname. That bit feels very much like the end of an era. Poppy has kept me up on numerous occasions over the last couple of weeks but have loved every minute of it. We took her to the Cotswold Farm Park today and she loved all the animals. Am trying to rise above the fact that she said Grandad as plain as anything today. He is gloating at the moment!!!!! Am sure she will say Granny very shortly!!!
    Hope tomorrow is not too bad. Look forward to your weekend away and your month without any treatment. Hope the sun shines for your break and our wedding.
    Love Elaine

  111. Marg August 18, 2011 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Ali, its just after midnight on the 18th, your D DAY, I have been wishing you through this day for so long. This is the last of the treatment that is going to give us ALI back, You have gone through so much but can still be aware we had a tummy bug, I shrivel with shame when I think of mentioning such a trivial upset when I read what you have go through, well this is the last one, its up now all the way,everything is going to start improving after this weekend. Then its countdown wedding, excitement and happiness,celebrations and champers,and a wonderful time ahead for the whole family. I dont know which is the holiday weekend for Brighton but it sounds like a super idea whatever the weather, I hope you have a wonderful free of side effects weekend, and even if they are still hanging around the company will be the best medicine you could have. I will be thinking of you today, I hope you find strenght in our group grip, hold on Ali, we are almost there,
    With all the love and strenght we can send please get through this horrible episode and we can soon consign it to nightmare alley, and only love and happiness going forward from this place is my sincere wish for you, hold on ALI,
    Lovely Dreams,
    Marg.

  112. Lynn August 18, 2011 at 1:30 am -  Reply

    Hey Ali, you are doing so well and being incrediably brave,i send you all my love and good wishes for a speedy recovery to full health. I hope the wedding goes beautifully and look forward to seeing the pictures and your news!
    Until then i send you my love
    Lynn xxx

  113. Marg August 18, 2011 at 1:45 am -  Reply

    To all the lovely ladies who are part of Ali’s blog, I hope you,the walking wounded are on the way to recovery, Alpha you seem to be having someone elses share of problems as well as your own, I have a friend with a similar condition and she has lost so many ‘good friends’ because she has to cancel days out at the last minute, it is hard for people who dont understand you are not in charge and just have to give in because theres no other way.Never mind it saves your time for those who have your best interests first. I hope you are coping Gail and your new treatment is still having the desired effect.
    You are such a lovely group, I know we are all thinking of Una and that Janice will get back when she has news, also Magda whom I read about but feel there are others who can help more than I, it doesnt mean I dont care Magda, I really wish you well. For all the blogging buddies I havent mentioned ‘Heres thinking of you folks’ I hope you are all feeling better and stronger despite this summer weather.
    Lets all wish Ali starts the road back to a better future,Its a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful group of Ladies,
    My best wishes to all,
    Marg.

  114. helen s August 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, woo hoo you’ve done it. All chemo done, I’m so very, very proud of you. When my Mum finished her chemo I arranged to have some lovely flowers sent to her, as I don’t know where you live I will send you all my love and hugs instead. Well done!!!!!!! Your on the home straight now my love.
    Take care and love to all my other buddies,
    Love and hugs and always
    Helen s xxxx

  115. una August 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Honeys, IM HOME!!
    All my lovely wee soldiers, how are you?
    Ali, last one today, Im SOO happy for you. Tears in my eyes as I type this.
    Helen, you poor soul, Im so sad to hear you have been so poorly, I hope Olivia is back home now, and giving you hugs and making you feel better as only they can. And Alpa, my lovely, i hope you are well.
    Marg, Debz (& Ainzley), Susan and Magda, hello to you too, and thank you so much for thinking of me. To everyone else i havent mentioned, thank you to you also.
    Well, where do i start!!!! Basically, the last thing i remember is laughing at Julia and Ali on the desert Island show, and then nothing for about 5 or 6 days. Its been a slog these last few weeks. I though i was done with “adapting” but ive had to adapt the things already adapted!!!!!! My wrist had just gotten back to normal after the damage I did earlier when I hurt my foot and wrist at the same time, and now its the other one thats causing all the hassle.
    I even had to go without any make up for almost 2 weeks, HORRORS! I apologise now, if i scared any small children who may have seen me at that time!!!!
    My double vision is just the worst thing. I feel dizzy, sick, and a bit seasick really (but without the med cruise!!) I got some weirdy spex which is meant to help, but it just confused me more (not difficult I have to add!) I told my Mum they were putting a “pringle” in my spex, and my friend that it was a “pixie” its is however, actually a PRISM!! They were absolutely in stitches, my excuse. I just had a stroke!! i think I might use that excuse for the next 15 years LOL. Im sure it will get out of every scrape for the forseable! So, between my little Angel Allikka on my shoulder and spex with pringles and pixies, my life is just wonderful right now!
    I figured out though, that if i squidge my eyes,tilt my head to the side, and scrooch my nose up, my husband looks like George Clooney. RESULT!!!!!!!!!!! I must look SOOO alluring, Im sure George would think I was hot!
    Its taken me almost 50 minutes to type this, so Im going to go for a little rest now. Moderation is the word of the day.
    Debz, i hope the visit to the vet is not too eventful. thinking of you!!
    Ali, holding your wee hand tight, that light at the end of the tunnel is getting close now.
    To all my lovley friends on here, Ive missed you. Jackie has been reading the blog to me, as I couldnt read very well until Monday with the spex. So Ive been keeping up with things now and again.
    My love to all of you.
    We have a lot of dancing in the rain to do, and theres plenty of it about!!
    Love Una xxxxx
    Ainzley, be good for your mum!! x
    P.s, sorry if theres loads of erroers in this, i dont want to push my luck and read it all again, but i have had a stroke you know!!xx

  116. Liz August 18, 2011 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Woo-hoo, last chemo done and dusted and another stage ticked off the list!! Congrats Ali on getting this far and remaining so upbeat. Enjoy the break before radiotherapy starts and remember to still take things easy – you will be more tired than you expect. Trust me!!
    Liz x

  117. Wendy Clews August 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Chin up Ali while coping with them awful side affects, l was lucky last year as l only had a “heavy head” for 5 days after treatment. I had 2 breast cancer ops chemo and radio therapy while caring for my dad last year who passed away on my birthday in October! But l stayed strong and am living proof there is light at the end of the tunnel and its all worth it! Enjoy the little things in life on good days and rest on bad days just dont expect too much of yourself.
    Please take care Wendy xx

  118. alison keenan August 19, 2011 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Crikey Helen it does sound like you’re going thru the wars!! Good job that Ali’s Army is on hand to cheer you up :) I’ve been a little tardy in replying to you though and so am very much hoping you are over the worst of it now. Will read on thru the comments now to update myself. Had last Taxol yesterday so aside from my bright red face and chest and upset tummy not too bad :) Just taken delivery of The Ella Fitzgerald Songbooks – Cole Porter and Rogers and Hart…. beautiful. Have a good weekend with your sweet girl, and talk next week, love Alix

  119. alison keenan August 19, 2011 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    Sheilah wonderful to receive your news and it always heartens me to read how many of you recover so well from this. Delighted that you managed to avoid the somewhat debilitating side effects of chemo, and long may you enjoy your good health. Stick with me and I’ll keep you in touch with Lucy’s wedding…almost two months to the day now, love Ali xx

  120. alison keenan August 19, 2011 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Liz so pleased to read that you got to Paris and had a wonderful time – hard not to in such a city. Pleased too to hear that you still plan to go to Rome, Venice and Florence… you will love them :) I’ll be thinking of you when you have your scan, and keeping everything crossed, but feel confident with your positivity and attitude that all will be well. Thanks for your advice re the sleeve. I’m not able to have the physio for another couple of weeks til Taxol has died down, and unfortunately until my fingers are better I can’t get the sleeve on unless someone is here to help me! DOH! I am looking forward to the hair growing back… a little fuzzy stuff has grown thru this last treatment, but it seems to ALL be grey!! Fingers crossed it’ll go and the long blonde hair I dream of will appear :) Stay well and rested, and good as always to hear from you, love Ali xx

  121. alison keenan August 19, 2011 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Janet that would be great to keep the voluntary job going if you possibly can…such a good way to give something back as you say :) Good luck with the part time job hunting too – you’re very employable from what I know of you :) Hope the doc’s appointment went well, and that you have a chance to enjoy the brief bits of sunshine we’re having here, love ali xx

  122. alison keenan August 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Marian you’ve had me laughing out loud with your ‘poo’ story.. I fear I would have shifted the blame too!! :) Oh and burly workman are usually the only bonus of having work done around and outside the home, don’t feel bad! Yes still waiting to hear re the poppies print idea, but I seriously suggested the Calendar Girls idea in 2010 but wasn’t taken seriously…. I would still be game to do it – but maybe after reconstruction, otherwise they’d only need one ‘bigger bun’!! :) Have a great weekend, love Ali x

  123. alison keenan August 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    Estelle, beautiful name, and beautiful sentiments. Thank you very much, you’ve made me feel stronger, love Ali x

  124. alison keenan August 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    My dear Una, my editor mailed me to tell me you’ve written, so I’ve lunged forwards through the comments and am Sooooooooooooo pleased to hear from you and that you are out of the woods and on the mend :) Mind you sounds like you’ve been thru hell, and are coping incredibly well with all the grotty symptoms. The double vision sounds terrible – I hate any form of dizziness or sickness, but with your magic pringle glasses it sounds as though you’re making progress. Could I be cheeky and ask if you’re wearing them to bed? Just thinking about the ‘George Clooney effect’ – got to be worth a go eh? The dancing in the rain sounds excellent and it’s been lashing down here too, so plenty of puddles :) We’re all happy to wait until you’re stronger though, so stay settled and resting and love to you and your dear friend Jackie, who’s done all that would have, given the chance. Much love, Ali xx

  125. Alpa August 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    All done now, hey and how well you have done, our brave little soldier :) My heart hurt when I read your BCC blog and I very much hope that the next month brings you some respite. If we knew where you lived, the inside of your cottage would be like a garden from all the flowers we would send!
    Una, you are home… YAY! We have missed you so much and I do hope that with every new day you may be feeling a little better than before. Spex with pringles and pixies, I love it! You are not alone in being easily confused, I am right there with you! Seriously though, I hope that they will help with your vision. My latest word mishap, Una was reading ‘egg fried nice’ instead of ‘egg fried rice!’ I am ok… This wee soldier is marching on in a fashion, although if you were to see that you might just run away at the palaver!!
    Debz, hope all goes well with Ainzley at the vet today! I hope he will be on his bestest behaviour for you! x
    Helen, hope you are feeling a little more like ‘you’ if that makes sense and Olivia is helping to keep your spirits up. Take it easy x
    Marg, thank you for what you said. I think these things are sent to try us even though at times they may make us crazy! I did like what you said about friends who disappear. How very true that it saves my time for those who have my best interests first! I hope you are feeling better yourself and the friend you mentioned is doing ok x
    Magda, we are all holding your hand and thinking of you x
    My love to all my lovely friends here x
    Ali, I hope that you are doing something nice this weekend if you are up to it. As always, thank you so much for keeping in touch. I am holding your hand and wishing you well :)
    Take care
    Lots of love, Alpa xx

  126. Debz August 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    As promised last night I raised a glass to celebrate your last chemo session and then raised another (well, I’d opened the bottle so you have to drink it right?!!) Was wishing I hadn’t drunk almost a whole bottle of wine at 7.15 this morning when I had to get up and get ready to take Ainzley to the vet but hey ho, it’s not every day that someone special finishes her chemo eh?
    I’d like to say that the journey to the vets was uneventful but I would in fact be lying if I did! After three visits now with no visible signs of wee or other “items” from Ainzley I was almost relaxed, that was until I heard a tremendous retching sound from his carrier. I whipped off his blanket (we have to cover him up when he travels, rather like a fugitive from justice!!) to find that he’d left the biggest furball I’d ever seen surrounded by at least 4 pints of spit (sorry if you’re drinking folks). We stopped the car and used our stash of kitchen towel which we keep in the boot “just incase”, mopped up Ainzley and his carrier. We got a few funny looks from people as they drove past but we carried on regardless!!
    We got him to the vets and Ainzley was booked in by a student vet nurse. We warned her that, cute as he looked, Ainzley was in fact a Tasmanian devil in a cat costume. Ah, the arrogance of the young. She looked kindly at us as if to say “Yes, yes but I’m sure he can’t be that bad. You just leave him with me and he will be fine.” We went back to collect him this afternoon and the same nurse was sporting a rather fetching animal print plaster across her hand and on one finger. The culprit? Yes, Ainzley. She’d made the fatal mistake of trying to stroke him before he was sedated!!
    The head nurse bought Ainzley out to us and then proceeded to regale the whole sorry tale of how they’d tried to use a lighter sedation which hadn’t worked at all so they had to catch him (I know!!) and give him another dose. He threw up on them, pooed on the treatment table and then weed all over the floor!! A dirty protest and then some!! I apologised profusely but she seemed to think that Ainzley was a cat with “spirit” and no one was seriously hurt so all was well!!! I on the other hand wanted to die of shame as everyone in the waiting room heard this story and was trying to catch a glimpse of Ainzley to see if he did look that wild which of course he didn’t. He looked like an angel!!
    I have now calmed down and am watching Ainzley eat a “light” meal or in his case, what he usually has for breakfast!!
    Thank heavens no more vets for three months!!
    Una, so lovely to hear from you again. I am so glad you’re back with us. This place has been so quiet without you!
    To Alpa and all my other lovelies I hope you have a good weekend.
    Love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  127. isabel tiernan August 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali miss you from qvc hope you are soon back on our screens. I enjoy your blog and I too love the poppy picture (was Richard Jackson) in the background. Hope your celebration goes well.
    Love Isabel Glasgow

  128. elaine sallis August 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Una how lovely to hear from you. Look after yourself and rest as much as you can.
    Ali last one out of the way. Well done you. Enjoy the respite from all the treatment for the next few weeks. Elaine x

  129. Joanna Downey August 20, 2011 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    Ciao Bella, Arrived back just after midnight after perfect holiday in Sorrento and just wanted to say how delighted and downright emotional I feel that you’ve come through all that chemo, my admiration for you Ali is indescribable. I’ve only “talked” to you through this blog but to celebrate, and believe me I did do just that with you on Thursday, I’m sending something to QVCland at the main address so I trust it’ll get to you. Love and relief, Jo x

  130. Wendyb August 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali just wanted to wish you all the very best and hope you feel better soon. Ive never posted on here before but just wanted to share the video on the following link called I’m gonna love you through it by Martina mcbride : http://martinamcbride.com/ all the best xxx

  131. Susan August 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Una fabulous to hear from you and what a mighty blog! You must have been exhausted afterwards! Strokes run in our family so I really sympathise and I do all I can to hopefully avoid them myself I must say. You’re amazingly strong though and deserve the biggest dose of luck – as does our Ali. Here’s hoping you both get it.
    Wendy also another star. I can’t believe what you had to contend with while you were so ill yourself. My mind boggles at how strong you too must be.
    Take care ladies.
    Susan x

  132. alison keenan August 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Angela, thanks for taking time out to write. Yes it was good to pop back and see everyone and to do the voicers – hopefully will be back some time in the autumn… only radiotherapy to go now. Love Ali xx

  133. alison keenan August 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Susan, last weekend, was pretty much the same as this weekend, but NEXT weekend should be a great deal better having had the last of my chemo on Thursday… and to top it all the sun’s come out, so a beautiful blue sky this afternoon, and I’ve had a visit from Kathy, so all is well in my world. Hope it is in yours too, love Ali xx

  134. alison keenan August 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Helen, I’m so sorry to hear that you wretched virus dragged on – it sounds truly grim. Very glad that your sister is so kind and that she and Olivia get on well, and also that your husband is a good sort to ‘attempt’ the cleaning! Bearing in mind the date you wrote to me, I have high hopes that all is OK for you now, and you’ve managed to enjoy this weekend. Do take it easy though, love Ali xx

  135. alison keenan August 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Hilary, I am so sorry to hear all that you’ve been through, but feel really pleased that in some small way, reading the blogs and keeping in touch with us all has helped you through your op and subsequent treatment. You’ve helped me too by telling me that the numbness will wear off. I had my 12th and final Taxol treatment on Thursday and my hands and feet are still incredibly sore yet numb, so your words are a tonic to me. Ulcers still here and the red rash, but after six months my regular visits to the chemo unit are over, and I have a month off before radiotherapy :) You’re right about the tiredness… so frustrating, but as I can’t walk too far I’m having to rest which is rather lovely this afternoon with the blue skies and sunshine, and Kathy Tayler’s company :) You take good care, you are the amazing one, and I wish you the very best on your road to complete recovery, much love Ali x

  136. Julie Pearce August 21, 2011 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali .. what an inspiration you are and how proud of you your family must be … I dont’ know you… although like lots of us QVC viewers feel that we do, but I feel extremely proud of your truely honest, yet always witty recounts of the highs and lows of your life at the moment. I look forward to seeing you back on air when your well again and just wanted you to know how truely brave you are and have been and how I am sure it has helped so many people going through what you are now.
    Love and hugs Julie xx

  137. una August 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    How has your weekend been? Im hoping the numb hands are a bit better. Its so debilitating, and its awful when you have to depend on someone just to help you with the simplest of tasks. Hopefully, it wont last too long now that that particular part of your treatment is done.
    I cant believe we are hurtling toward September, and soon it will be “THE WEDDING DAY”. SOOO much to look forward to.
    How are the nails doing? Im sure Ali is keeping you supplied with all sorts to help you through.
    Debz, what can i say. That boy of yours is just hilarious. I bet he looks like butter wouldnt melt under normal circumstances!! He is a right character, and had me in stitches reading your post this morning.
    Hehehe, i bet its been quiet!!!! But, IM BACK………. Im trying to behave myself, but its not easy you know LOL!!!!!
    Elaine, thank you for thinking of me, very kind. Not sure about the rsting bit though, not promising anything there LOL!!!
    Susan, strokes run in my family too, so i suppose it was going to try to get me at some point. BUT, its not got me yet HAHA!! I really hope you manage to avoid it, i know they can do so much, but I just pray you dont have to go through anything like that. I must be stronger than i thought, but Im just taking it a day at a time as they say. Trying to be sensible (not a word in my normal vocabulary), and will deal with whatever comes along.
    Helen and Alpa, i hope you are well, and feeling a wee bit stronger. You have been through a rotten time too. M.E. is just horrendous. Something as simple as just a little virus, that most people recover from in 48 hours, can leave you almost completely helpless. Im so sorry you have that to deal with.
    Did you have a nice weekend. I wish I stayed closer to you guys, but maybe its a good thing we dont stay near each other LOL! can you just imagine!!
    Have to go take my pringle/pixie spex off for a wee while. im still trying to adapt, and when i take them off, I look like Ive been on the red wine for a fortnight. I have another eye check up this week, and i think theres an improvement already, so thats good. Onward and upward.
    My love to our little army. Marching on as only we can.
    Love Una xxxx

  138. michelle doggett August 22, 2011 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,
    just read your blogg and was totally moved to tears, not of sorrow but of sheer admiration for you. hearing of all the side effects youve had through your treatment and yet u still managed to make me smile and laugh. you are a very brave woman and i totally admire your courage and determination to beat the big C. sending loads of love your way and carnt wait to see you again in front of the cameras smiling and back to health.
    love michelle xxx

  139. Magda Chetty August 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad that you had your last treatment, enjoy the time out till you start the radiotherapy, and take it from me it will be much better than the chemo, the first few you do not get any side effect, then you only get tired, but not much else.
    I have finished all my treatment and spent a few days in bed to rest and I feel much better now. Only last week we had a heat wave and it was around 39,40 every day, and keeping away from the sun here is not easy, I had a very bad rash, which kept me up a lot at night itching, seen the doctor and he said it could be the tablet, so I just have to get on with it and he gave me some cream, it is getting a bit better and I hope it cools off a bit this week so I can get some sleep.
    Una so good to hear from you, and have you back on the blog, look after yourself and stay well. Thanks Alpa for asking about me, and thanks to all Ali”s army for holding my hand, I could not have made it the last few month without your caring.
    Ali stay well and hope you will be fit and in good health for Lucy”s wedding, my love and prayer are always with you.
    Much love.
    Magda.

  140. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 7:38 am -  Reply

    Hi there Lynne, so glad that you are enjoying the blogs – I have to say there have been a number of occasions when I’ve been in tears having read some of the comments too!! A great deal of laughter too, and so I hope you’ll stay in touch as it’s lovely to hear from you, love Ali x

  141. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 7:48 am -  Reply

    Susan, I too am very glad I have Debs and Kathy – who incidentally came to see me on Sunday – they, along with so many others, including all of you here on my blog, have made what could have been an interminable time, that much easier – thank you!! Yes, Thursday came and went, and I have to say I was sorry to say goodbye to my wonderful nurses, but I’ll tell you all about them next time I write. Thanks for your kind thoughts and words, Love Ali xx

  142. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 7:50 am -  Reply

    Dear Janet, thank you for being with me thru this – sounds like we ran a fairly similar course, what with the chest infection and all – the anti biotics helped get me thru the 8th week no doubt about it! Sparkling water sounds good, although I hope for a glass of the real thing while we’re all away this weekend :) You take care, and do keep in touch. I’ll be writing again soon, love ALi x

  143. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 7:55 am -  Reply

    Dear Cheryl, so glad that you are well and getting stronger having been on the same journey. I hope the new drug will suit you better than Tamoxifen.. I begin taking that in September, but it is so good to hear that the side effects will disappear quite quickly – can’t be soon enough for me! :) Sorry you had to have radiotherapy at the same time as chemo – gosh you must have been shattered. I plan to stay horizontal for at least a few days afterwards!! Stay well, and please do keep in touch. p.s. Sam is doing well and has started a part time job, and I believe Amica has had excellent results from her treatment so all good, love Ali x

  144. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 7:57 am -  Reply

    Lorraine, I’m very chuffed that you faffed around on the computer to find the blog – and hope that now you know where we are, you’ll keep in touch! :) Chemo now finished and radiotherapy til the end of September, but then I have every intention of getting better and getting back to work – I miss it too! Love Ali xx

  145. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    Susan, you’ve got me going now on films with Sandra Bullock in , and I can’t remember the one where she is an incredibly successful business woman who pretends that her male secretary is her fiancee, just to avoid being deported!! Funny yet poignant – just can’t remember the name!! :) Have a good week, love Ali xx

  146. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Anglela Y’am alright!! :) You are funny, and made me laugh with your Greek restaurant analogy. Worst one for me was having to ask a cashier to take my credit card out the wallet to pay – I think she thought I was drunk!! :) Good luck with the extension and the approval – I hope they don’t leave you waiting too long. Yes, had the last treatment on Thursday, and am looking forward very much to the weekend away with the family now – onwards and upwards eh? :) Love Ali xx

  147. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    Hi there Debz and Ainzley :) Yes, chemo all done and dusted, and it’s a good feeling to know this Thursday I won’t be taking another dose! I hope Ainzley enjoyed his extra cat biscuit and that you had something ‘refreshing’ to raise in a glass! As far as I can tell my bricks have got the better of the rats so far unless they’re attending boot camp in preparation for the underground atttack! No I haven’t seen Hope Floats, but will look out for it – sounds lovely. It’s a rather grim morning here today – a bit like autumn…. you’re right it has seemed sometimes like a long slog, but as you also say, that much closer to the end. Thanks Debz, and do keep in touch. I’ll be writing again soon, love Ali xx

  148. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    Hello Alpa – so hope your tummy cramps have worn off now and you are definitely on the mend. Kathy Tayler came to see me on Sunday and had been having a rotten time of it with her tummy – wish I’d read your comment as Buscopan may well have helped! It’s funny too as my friend Ros who is a nurse had mentioned it to me before, and I’d forgotten! Yes Thursday is now but a distant memory… a little sad too to say goodbye to the lovely nurses who have been so kind throughout the six months, but job done, and now just the radiotherapy :)Please look after yourself, and thanks for continually keeping in touch – “the ladies who blog” … I feel a song coming on… much love, Ali xxx :)

  149. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:17 am -  Reply

    Rhona I’m liking your style!! Hat AND wig – why not?? This could be just the solution for Lucy’s wedding day. I’ll just have to make certain that one comes off without the other – that could be disastrous – if you get my drift! The compression sleeve is definitely helping with the ‘big arm’ so I feel hopeful that maybe the chemo agitated it a little, but that it will now improve. Red rashes lessening on my hands, but have appeared rather bizarrely on my feet now! Easier to cover though eh? Have a good week, love Ali xx

  150. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:23 am -  Reply

    Elaine I have ordered sunshine for us both on Sunday, so all will be well :) I can’t believe that your Jodie’s wedding has come around so quickly or that Poppy is now speaking! It’s always the men who get the first mention – mine all said Dada WAY before mama :) I remember all too well the story of Poppy’s delivery into the world, and the beautiful photograph you sent to me of her :) I am sure she like you will have a few nerves, but it’s going to be a magical day, and I can’t wait to hear all about it :) Yes, last Thursday I spent in my little room in bed, watching the rain drip off the leaves, and the Taxol drip in… for the final time… I know the worst is over now, and am very much looking forward to my weekend away with the children and Colin. You have a FABULOUS time, and please give my very best to Jodie and all your family. With love, Ali xx

  151. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:31 am -  Reply

    Dear Marg I’m struggling to write this… you’ve made me cry, but in a good way :) Love and happiness sound the VERY best way forward, and I can never thank you – all of you – enough for getting me thru ‘nightmare alley’ as you so brilliantly put it…Your lovely stories, encouragement and support have been second to none, and really have made all the difference. I will keep moving forwards, and I won’t look back… as I know there are truly good times ahead. With my love, Ali xx

  152. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Dear Lynn, thank you :) I saw Lucy and Richard yesterday and already the excitement is building for the wedding…Lucy is shopping with Richard’s mum today to find her the right outfit, and then I’ll know what she’s wearing so I won’t clash when I set out on my spree! I will make sure I have plenty of photos for you of the wedding, but should have a few of Brighton for my next blog too :) Love Ali xx

  153. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:38 am -  Reply

    Helen that was a lovely thought, but your words will last forever and are truly appreciated. Woo Hoo indeed!! Will write again soon and let you know how we get on in Brighton. Rain or shine, I know it’s going to be fun :) I hope you too have a cracking Bank Holiday weekend, love Ali xx

  154. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:41 am -  Reply

    Liz you are the oracle!!! By jingo I feel exhausted! Didn’t manage my walk on Saturday or Sunday (red rashes on feet now don’t help), but did two loads of washing yesterday and a short bike ride instead… Walloped!! I’m planning very little apart from what to pack for Brighton in truth, so thank you for your additional warning :) I do hope you are well, and will enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend, with love, Ali xx

  155. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:44 am -  Reply

    Wendy you sound a remarkable person, strong and an inspiration to me… I am so sorry to hear about your Dad… and for you to have had to deal with that as well as struggling through all the treatments. It puts my lot into perspective most definitely. I will take your advice, and hope very much that you have turned your corner and are well and staying positive, with love, Ali xx

  156. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    My dear Alpa, I love reading all your comments to all the girls – I don’t know how you manage to remember it all!! I have to confess to running two screens at one time so I can answer in some sort of order! I was thinking of you all though as I left the chemo unit with Lucy – can’t believe it has been 6 months – but as I’ve mentioned many times, you have ALL made the journey that much easier. To better time eh? :) With my love, Ali xx

  157. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Debz I had to re read the beginning of your comment as I thought you’d drunk a bottle of wine at 7.15 in the morning!! How bad could this visit to the vets be?! Having now laughed and wheezed my way through your brilliant description of Ainzley’s latest trip, I truly feel you have the makings of a children’s book or TV series – never mind Horrid Henry, what about Awful Ainzley?! And you know I mean that in the nicest possible way :) I take my hat off (and I am actually wearing one as I write this) to the vet who said she thought he had spirit – I would imagine she’d need to drink some pretty strong spirit before tackling the clearing up! You are a star Debz, and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying how much I enjoy reading your regular installments. So good to have you as part of ‘The Army’. Enjoy the bank holiday weekend, and extra cat biscuits to Ainzley, love Ali xx

  158. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Isabel, missing QVC too, but plan to get back as soon as I’m able. Glad you liked the poppies, but no Richard Jackson wasn’t in the picture ….. at least I don’t think so!! :O Love Ali xx

  159. alison keenan August 23, 2011 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Buongiorno Joanna! So glad you had a great time in Sorrento, and I hope that the memories will last far longer than the tan. Yes, last treatment came and went and although a part of me felt I should have banners and balloons, it was more a quiet kind of relief if I’m honest :) That is very kind of you to send me something and yes, all the cards etc. that are sent to get to me – sometimes it takes a little while – but I will look forward to it very much. I hope you will enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend, and look forward to hearing from you again. Love Ali xx

  160. Mrs Janet Jones August 23, 2011 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,enjoy your bank holiday trip with your family and Colin you soooo deserve this treat. I hope the side effects of the chemo start to improve for you very soon.
    My son was home at the weekend and we all enjoyed a meal together catching up on all the news, it was like old times ‘the three amigoes’ as we used to call ourselves!
    I could probably reply to your blog with smoke signals with all the dust being created at the moment and it’s not finished yet!!
    Lovely to hear your voice on the yankee candles promos.
    Take good care Ali and have A FAB weekend speak soon love Janetxx

  161. helen s August 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali and all my chums, well the horrid virus thing has gone yeh, but the tiredness still lingers as Alpa will probably understand. The make up is firmly back on my face now so that must be a good sign. Oh I hope none of you get it, yuch! Olivia has had a ball, her and my sister and niece get on so well, its lovely. My babe won’t sleep out yet and after her daily adventures likes to come home, bless. I have so missed taking her out but am so glad that she has had a ball. Oh going back to school next month is going to be soooo boring as she said yesterday.
    Una, your back. Well done for being another brave lady, oh my this blog boasts so many doesn’t it.
    Alpa, I do hope that your pesky M.E. is easing up a bit and Magda, glad all is well with you.
    When I was having my ‘off’ few weeks my friend sent me this, I’d like to share it with all of my blog chums.
    Can you remember how our friendship began?
    If you think really hard, you probably can,
    A smile, a few words thats all that it took,
    Get back in that memory now had have a good look.
    Friendship like ours is as prescious as gold,
    Always remember to keep a tight hold.
    Things in this world can change really fast,
    keeping in touch, helps a friendship to last!
    Thinking of you all ladies, Ali have a fab weekend away.
    Take care now, keep holding hands, keep dancing, keep in touch.
    Love and hugs as always
    Helen s xxxx

  162. Susan August 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Soo pleased you’ve had your last one and it’s now been a few days so hopefully you’re feeling a bit better! Just had to say yes I love The Proposal too – with our Sandra Bullock! That’s the film you were talking about. It helps that the lovely Ryan Reynolds is in it all the way through too! Have a lovely weekend with your family this coming weekend and let them spoil you!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  163. una August 24, 2011 at 9:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    i think the film you are thinking of is The Proposal. I love it, in fact any Sandra Bullock film is fine by me. The Blindside is just such an amazing story and her Oscar was well deserved.
    While you were sleeping was a favourite of ours when Allikka was in her coma. We used to write little post it notes for her,if we had little bits of gossip to tell her, and started them with “While you were sleeping”. Joe saved them all up for her, put them all in a little organza bag, and she has them with her now. I thought that was alovely thing for him to do.
    Hoping all my lovely wee soldiers are marching on. My love to you all.
    Just a short one today, have to go get another eye check, then physio for my stupid arm, which is stubbornly not doing what I tell it to do. It hasnt realised yet, IM, THE BOSS!!!!
    Lots of love
    Una xxx

  164. tracy russell October 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    dear ali! i think i must have been in a bubble these last few months! I have just flicked channels to qvc and did not realise it was breast cancer care day and there you were, catching the end of your conversation about how u were doin so had to ring 0800 number to see if it was right you had had breast cancer and it was confirmed to me. i have to say i was shell shocked but now reading your blog i can see your progress and want to wish you well. i have had two friends in the last two years who have had it and recovered so i know that it can be beaten. we live our lives at such at fast pace that when something like this takes over you have to take it in your stride. with best wishes on your recovery and your emminent return to the big screen! tracy. xx

  165. helen atkinson February 1, 2012 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Ali
    lovely to see you back on air.You look fabulous and are an inspiration to all.What alovely lady you are.
    Helen

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