What a difference a year makes!

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My funky sleeveAs I write this, I am reminded that it was exactly a year ago that I had my last radiotherapy treatment – what a difference a year makes eh?! For those of you who picked up on the fact I'd had to have an isotopic scan, I'm happy to report that it came back clear of cancer in the bone, so the aches and pains are probably old age – or the Tamoxifen!

It's silly how worried you get about it all though – laying still for 40 minutes while the scanner moved incredibly slowly over me – and I'd convinced myself of all sorts! I feel very lucky my fears were unfounded…

Having got that out of the way, it was a very busy week, and thanks for all your lovely reponses to my last blog – I have to say it feels like an eternity since I was in Crete, and I've had to resort to hiding my tanned legs in Emu boots and leggings cos it's been so chilly! My summer wardrobe is back in my biggest suitcase (I don't have a loft in the cottage), and as with every year, I feel I should really cull some of it, otherwise I end up wearing exactly the same things year after year!


The fashion roomHowever the outfits I will be wearing on Wednesday for The Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show are very different to pretty much anything I've ever worn before, but were chosen specifically for me by the delightful designer Hilary Alexander.

Last Wednesday saw me and all the other models from The Show, gathered together at BCC's head offices in London, and after a lovely lunch – where we met the hair and make-up artists – we were ushered into this very large room, where we were to be kitted out for our very special night :)

As you can see it was FULL of clothes rails, and there were mountains of shoes and boots, hats, bags, shoes, jewellery, hoisery – you name it, they had it! Once the outfit had been decided on, it was bagged and named and then put to one side while each of us worked with Hilary to choose the next one!

Sam suited and bootedI have four changes in all, but can't really give anything away – except to tell you that there's a Stella McCartney dress, fishnet stockings and a bright red evening gown all bagged with my name on!!! I will also be sporting this fabulous sleeve (see top photo) to contain my right arm and its lymphodema – looks real eh?! It was a lovely day, and great to meet up with the other girls and also Chris and Doug, the two men who have breast cancer, and will be on the catwalk with us.

You'd think after that much excitement all I'd want to do was lay down in a darkened room, but no, I headed off in the autumn sunshine to Debbie Greenwood's home, as we were all meeting up with Colin that night in a wine bar in Wimbledon. I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned before, but Colin is a musician and has just brought out an album under the name of Sonny Walters – you can find it here. It's country music and he's written every song himself, and sings them too… I think he's brilliant, and so did the crowd in Wimbledon that night – a good time was had by all :)

We stayed over with Debbie and Paul, and then Deb and I headed off the next day to Buckingham Palace (as you do) to see the Queen's diamond exhibition and to generally have a nose around. It was my birthday present to Debbie, and we really enjoyed our day. Along with many beautiful tiaras, crowns, scabbards and even fans, there were seven incredible pieces of jewellery, which Her Majesty is often seen wearing on State occasions.

They were simply beautiful, and had been created using the Cullinan Diamond – a completely flawless stone, weighing 3,160.75 carats, which was discovered in South Africa in 1905. The play of light through these stones was mesmeric, infact almost blinding, which may have been why I had to borrow Deb's glasses to see the settings properly :)!

Spider in the bathNo glasses needed to see my boys suited and booted in preparation for Wednesday night. Both Sam and Jack will be coming this year, and so on Saturday we went to hire their outfits.

Jack's had to be ordered in as he is tall but incredibly slim, but Sam was easier to fit – looking very hench these days – and was very pleased with the result , as was I! Handsome lad eh? :) I'll make sure Colin takes plenty of photos of the night so you can see Jack and Lucy too!

I think that's all my news – oh except to admit to having to sit on the sink until this rather large spider skulked away behind the cistern in the bathroom! I wasn't there too long, but had a rather fetching red mark across my behind that took ages to disappear!

The last rose of the summerI'll leave you with this photo of my last summer rose – picked just before the rain came down in torrents.

Next time I write, the Fashion Show will be behind me and all your kind wishes, lovely sentiments and constant support will have got me from one end of the catwalk to the next, as they have got me from my diagnosis to this point.

I can't thank you enough… but always know how much it means…

With my love, Ali xxx

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87 Comments

  1. Mrs Janet Jones October 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,I saw you on This Morning you looked fab and so did Amica. But I was shocked and saddened to hear that Amica’s breast cancer has spread to her lungs and she has to endure more chemo, I know she doesn’t know me but please let her know I am thinking of her and I wish her all the strength and luck in the world.
    Speak soon Ali love Janetxx

  2. kath lindsay October 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, it was great to see and read about your great fight back to good health. Can I ask where you got the funky lymph sleeve from, I have to ware on but its just the skin tone and would love to funk it up over the christmas season. Again, well done for putting yourself in the public eye with your treatment, haveing gone through the same at 37 years old was alot to take in. 6 years done the road and I am healthier and fitter, you can’t keep a good woman done for long is my motto. If it is at all possible to get the info on the sleeve that would make my day, many thanks, take care, stay positive, love and hugs, kath

  3. Susan October 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Have a wonderful night tomorrow night! You will all look beautiful. The process sounds like something none of us will ever experience so thank you for bringing it to life. I am so sad to hear that Amica’s cancer has spread. Just shocking. Please pass my hope and love on too.
    Love Susan x

  4. Julie October 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    As you know I’m so pleased your results were clear and yes what a couple of years it’s been for you. It’s only natural for you to be worried but sorry to say it’s probably old age!! (only joking)
    Have to say here in Wales we didn’t put our boots or leggings away! what summer??
    Hope everything goes well for you tomorrow and Sam does look smart no wonder you’re so proud.
    You must also be proud of Colin-would you tell him I know someone who would do a duet with him? a certain Lily who makes up her own songs.
    Give Amica my love too.
    I’m going now as recorded Clogau Gold today-not patriotic am I?
    Take care as always,speak soon
    Julie xx Lily xx

  5. Elaine sallis October 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad you had good news from your scan. Was really worried about you when you wrote that you were awaiting results. Have got shingles at moment so not great but nothing compared with what others are going through. So sorry to hear that amica is having more treatment would you please pass my best wishes to her. Baby molly is gorgeous although still not sleeping. Poppy is keeping us all entertained. Her latest being that when the family went out for a meal daddy had poopy poopy chicken (peri peri chicken! ) . I hope the fashion show goes well love the sleeve!
    Lots of love Elaine xxxxx

  6. Linda October 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Through all your treatments and trials, you still manage to write these wonderful blogs, you must truly give
    lots of inspiration to other people with breast cancer. Can’t wait to see you and all the other wonderful models at the Breast Cancer Care event on QVC. Love to you and your family.
    Linda xx

  7. Marg October 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    HI ALI,
    lONG time no type,I did type out a comment to you before you went of on holiday but it dissapeared, I was so happy to see Una had been in touch,if you read this Una I think of you often,
    I’m so pleased everything is good with you Ali,its like being given a great big breath of fresh air. It was very nice to see your family all together,and what a super cake you made for the little one.
    We had a little cake of our own as we celebrated our Golden Wedding on the 15th of SEPT,a very quiet affair as we are both the youngest of our families and we are on our own now, my son still stays with us part of the week so we are very lucky,he and his girl have horses so they take time,but we are all happy with the arrangment. I was spoiled with beautiful gifts, I was given a crossover diamond band, and a string of white south sea island pearls, a lulu Guiness bag and a beautiful real rose treated with gold,it takes 4 months to complete the process, its a beautiful thing to have, I had a beautiful day with my husband and we were taken out for a meal in the evening to complete the day. Between bouquets and jewellery and all sorts of surprises it was a day I will never forget.
    Well back to the present, I hope you enjoy the evening modeling and hope we might see a few clips, show them how its done Ali,
    Love to your Mum
    Take care and be good,
    Maj.
    Im glad we got through last year, everything seems to be on the up, Hi to all the ALIS army gals

  8. Denise October 2, 2012 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Great blog as always.I just caught seeing you on This Morning today as I came back from my Zumba class. You looked lovely and I know you will be a stunner on the night.
    Pleased to hear you enoyed the exhibition of the Queens Diamonds. I went to see this a few weeks back with a friend and yes it amazing. We especially liked the cakes at the end too mm mm mm! I’ve done the tour 3 times as I love it so much!
    WeLL Ali good luck with the BCC evening – can’t wait to see footage etc.
    Lots of love
    Denise xx

  9. ANN NOON October 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, like Janet I just caught you and Amica on This Morning.Good luck to both of you for the fashion show. Well done for all you have coped with this last year and stay positive !Please also send my very best wishes to Amica and tell her I send her lots of love and best wishes to her and her family.You have both shown us all how to cope and carry on when life becomes difficult and I thank you for that.With much love and admiration Ann xxxx

  10. Teresa October 2, 2012 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Good luck Alison – you will be great.
    Enjoy every moment you deserve it.
    I remember when I got married 14 years ago a friend said to me “the day will go by so quickly so every now and then take a deep breath and take it all in”. I took her advice and remember my wedding day like it were yesterday.
    Try the same on the “catwalk” and enjoy every moment. You are a special lady.
    Regards
    Teresa

  11. Anne Clements October 3, 2012 at 12:58 am -  Reply

    I to would like you to pass on my best wishes to Amica and she does not know me just like Janet before me…But i was sad to hear that she has to go through more chemo!My thoughts and prayers are with her and wish her well and all the luck in the world..Take care Ali…Love Anne.xxx

  12. Babs lincsxxx October 3, 2012 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali What a sleeve, it looks so real at first glance and i thought “What has Ali been up to now” but on a closer look i realised it was a sleeve, Phew thank goodness, not that i thought you would have your arm tatooed. Wow what a handsome young man your son Sam is, very smart.Great your isotopic scan was clear, such a relief.I will look out for Colin’s album, where has the name Sonny Walters come from?.Maybe he can be on QVC promoting it? Enjoy your Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show you will look amazing, what a great night you will have with your family being there it will make it extra special.As Amica does’nt blog i do know she has breast cancer but i do’nt know it has spread to her lungs, so sad, please tell her i am thinking of her and wishing her well. Stay well, keep smiling love to you, Colin and your family babs xxxxx

  13. Arlene10 October 3, 2012 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    The very best of luck for tonight u will look fab and feel fab Alison, so glad ur on mend and road to recovery can’t believe how fantastic u look, I always look forward to breast cancer event & overcome by all the stories& bet of luck to amica to lol & have a sensational night <3 xxxx

  14. Linda Marshall October 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just a little message to wish you good luck for your show on Wed, you will be great as usual. My husband sadly passed away on the 21st of September but he is now at peace and pain free.
    love Linda xx

  15. Pamela Andrews October 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    I had no idea about Amica. Such a lovely lady. Please pass on my regards.
    Good luck with the Breast Cancer Care event Alison

  16. Sue Radford October 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    What wonderful news about your scan – it has made my day – you must be so relieved. Sadly aches and pains do come with age, as I know too well, but have you ever worn a magnet – I swear by them! I have recommended them to several friends, and my husband who is very sceptical, and it’s made a difference to them too. Try one – the best one to wear is a “lady magnet”, or a bracelet. Try and take a little time to read up on the “lady magnet”, as it made a huge difference to me while going through the menopause – I’ve worn one for the last 5 years now.
    It’s lovely to see Sam looking so happy (and handsome) – that also made my day Ali – wonderful, just wonderful!
    I’m looking forward to seeing you “strutting your stuff” on the catwalk – have lots of fun Ali – they are so lucky to have such a great role model. For everyone to see how you’ve progressed so much in such a relatively short space of time will give everyone so much hope for the future – that’s for sure!!!
    Glad you had a great time with Debs (I love her sense of humour, and can understand why you love spending time with her). I saw the crown jewels years ago and was mesmerised – stunning is the word that comes to mind. I love all gems, but diamonds are my absolute favourite and the ones on show there are really breathtaking aren’t they?
    You made me smile about your wardrobe comment, as I have tried to sort out my wardrobe several times recently, but every time I take things out I put them straight back – just can’t bear parting with any of them – some are years old. Will have to though as my wardrobe is bulging and I can never find anything. I also seem to wear things over and over again because of that – a clear out is definitely on my “to do” list (well, maybe) LOL!
    So sorry to hear about Amica – I’m sure she has lots of support from family and friends and will come through this. Isn’t she such a classic beauty Ali?
    Just one other thing, I was intrigued about the stone benches you came across – I wonder who put them there, and the meaning behind it all. Whatever the reason – I think the one you showed on your previous blog was beautiful and who ever placed them there must have had some special memories of that place – the intrigue goes on!
    Best wishes for today – will be tuning in to see you. Just enjoy every minute Ali.
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  17. Jean October 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Fantastic, most wonderful news from the last scan.You & Amica are two very beautiful & special ladies & i wish you both all the very best for a long , Happy & Healthy life. You both deserve the very best life has to offer.
    Best wishes to both of you & your families
    loveJean xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  18. Mark White October 3, 2012 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Just back from a terrific afternoon at Grosvenor House. What a fabulous show you girls and boys put on. I’m so pleased to have gone – I took my two best friends as a treat, and a treat it was.
    The catwalk show was really splendid and we clapped like mad for you. Congratulations ! It was a real pleasure to be there (so many people !!!) and I do hope you could feel the warmth and love from everyone in the room.

  19. Rhona Fenton October 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, not long now before your fashion show is here super excited for you and everyone taken part:) my Alison saw you on this morning and text me right away to let me know, she thinks you are looking amazing and I said I would pass on her best wishes to you from our Alison:) like the other lady I didn’t know that about Amica, I thought all was going well with her also as she looked amazing when I saw her on air, and as the other lady that wrote to you said, she doesnt know me either Alison but could you please pass on our very best to her and let her know our thoughts are with her and wish her a speedy recovery, thank you:) can’t wait to see all the pictures from the fashion show so colin hope you are at the ready? to which I am now away to look up colins CD and a big congratulations on your CD! well enjoy your big night, hope QVC are showing it on the BCC evening also? have fun love to you all Rhona xx

  20. Rhona Fenton October 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Sorry Alison meant to say Sam does look rather Dashing!! you must be so proud, looking forward to seeing Lucy and Jack also, luv Rhona xx

  21. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen October 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    all the best for the fashion show alison.your boy jack looked looked good in asuit

  22. Karen Whenman October 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, you will be fantastic, you are such an inspiration and always look gorgeous. I am sure the evening will be hugely successful, but mostly enjoy it.
    Please give my love to Amica, my sister in law and I met her at the QVC fashion show and she told us of her very sad news, she is always in my thoughts, such a beautiful lady and I, along with everyone else, wish her well.
    God bless you all.
    Love Karen xxx

  23. Dorothy October 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison.
    Hope all goes well on Wednasday, I’m sure you will look stunning as you always do. You have come so far and really pleased your scan was clear. So Colin’s not just a pretty face…don’t tell him that, but will look out for his cd.
    What a handsome lad Sam has turned out to be, you have a lovely family and they will be soooooooooo pround of you.
    Keep smiling and Hope you have a great night Ali you deserve it, look forward to seeing your pictures.
    Love best wishes
    Dorothy xxxx

  24. jen October 3, 2012 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali I’ve been reading your blogs for some time, shedding the odd tear or two and praying all would be well for such an amazing lady. I lost my mum(another amazing lady) to cancer exactly a year ago and just wanted to say how pleased I am that your recent results were all clear. Please let Amica know how inspirational she was to share what she is going through on her recent this morning appearance.

  25. mary morphy October 4, 2012 at 7:04 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali..WOW how handsome is your son!! Simply Gorgeous..what a busy week you have had and so so glad that your scan was clear and everything is good..the light at the end of the tunnel has finally shone for you and I am sure that the fashion show will be a success for you with tears of happines and not to mention thewell deserved opportunity to wear wonderful clothes and the odd saucy outfit or two..are you allowed to take them home..Colin could be in for a treat!! He may even write a song about you…I always admire musicians and singers. If I had the choice of being given one skill it would be to be able to sing (although I think i am ok but one that is not shared by my family. Supposedly, as a part of a twin we should have natural harmony..ha ha,we sound mnore like Hinge and Bracket…remember them! However I am not sure which one of us is Edna and which one is Evangeline…)I have a complete block with music and never mastered the art of learning which notes correspond to which note that was dran on paper…it must be music dyslexia..give me a quadratic equation and I am a hppy bunny but music is just a pretty print on paper!
    Been busy this week..painted the first coat of flexible white celing paint on the kitchen ceiling on Saturday despite having funny turns due to low blood pressure but these things need to be done. My ladder is much less sturdier than me and it rocked a bit especially as I had my MP3 on with some of my fav dance tunes on,,makes me paint a bit quicker. Felt a bit ropey Sunday and the indoor cricket season has started afetr a very short break from the ourside stuff finishing so have to do the second coat Saturday,,still however trying to wash out the paint from my hair due to headbutting the ceiling because of a wobbly ladder moment.. I have a mallen streak..remember them too?
    My Aunt who you may remember had dementia now has full blown alzheimers and needs to be moved to a specialist nursing home so we have found a lovely place a few miles away and the ball is in motion. She no longer knows who we are but when we saw her Friday, she sat for an hour singing loudly..and in tune..to The Greatest Hits of Vera Lynn which was playing in the dining room. Admittedly, the residents that had remained in there after lunch all eventually left,she cleared the place, but she was word perfect and held the long notes just as well as Vera. My sister and I laughed with her and when we left she said,”I don’t know who you are but its been such fun, do come again!” It was her 82nd Birhday yesterday and she had a lovely party put on for her.
    Well, good luck Ali for the catwalk, and LOVING the arm,,its a work of art. Have a good week..we are clearing my mum’s garden on Sunday, we have a 12 yard skip coming for Operation Cut Back Everything..wishing for dry weather but it looks like its going to pour down..oh well, it will be a nice hot bath in my L’occitane after then. Lotsa Love Mary xxx

  26. mary morphy October 4, 2012 at 7:07 am -  Reply

    PS. We had a spider on our lounge wall for three days but I like spiders..his name was Sydney and he was larger than a ping pong ball. We know this because we stuck one up next to him with blue tack. He wasn’t very active and moved three inches in two days then all of a sudden disappeared…….Mary xx

  27. Gwen Tugwell October 4, 2012 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Once again you have found the time to send us another inspirational blog, I am really looking forward to seeing you on
    the catwalk in all the wonderful clothes, what a celebration for you and your lovely family and Colin. Please give my warmest wishes to lovely Amica I am sure she is in so many peoples thoughts.
    lots of love and best wishes,
    Gwen.

  28. Pam Richardson October 4, 2012 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope the fashion show went well and you had a wonderful time, I remember watching last years and your fantastic speech. You look so healthy and positively glowing now.
    Sending you lots of love and best wishes.
    Pam x

  29. Debz & Ainzley October 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad your scan was ok. I’m sure that every ache and twinge must scare you after what you have been through so it must have been such a good feeling to find out that all is well with your bones.
    I do hope last night went well for you and that we get to see you strutting your stuff on the catwalk soon!
    Talking of cats, can’t remember if I told you that Ainzley’s urine sample was finally collected and he too has been given the all clear on not having diabetes!! Yay!
    Your son looked very handsome – must be in the genes!!
    That spider was something wasn’t he? Blimey, I know they live on flies and insects but he looked like he’d had a few proper 3 course meals!!
    Hope all is well with the rest of Ali’s army.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  30. mary morphy October 4, 2012 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    PPS. Please pass on my best wishes to Amica and hope she soon has better news soon. XX Mary

  31. Pamela Ambrose October 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    I have watched you for many years, firstly on This Morning
    and now QVC. You are so lovely in every way. So sad to hear Amaica s news. Best wishes to her. I have a dear friend who
    has been told bad news, she too has breast cancer. I hope she will be as strong as you have been. I know she will come through
    it. In the meantime I think it is time for prayers.. I will tell her of your long battle and how you are now more lovely then ever. Take care. Pam A

  32. Lynn October 5, 2012 at 1:10 am -  Reply

    hi ali you are going to look terrific im sure, ive seen the stills on the mail web page you look stunning,bet the old heart will be pumping lol, just picture all of your ‘army’ cheering you on! and youll just strut it :)
    my heart goes out to amica, i dont know her like you do, but im sure shes one frightened lady,and feels very sad, i do wish there was a way that the ‘ali army’ could comfort her and support her here on the blogs, please ask qvc if they can set something up for her so we can encourage her too ali,i hate to think of her ‘lost’ you have us we are a good bunch and could help her along her road too,
    linda, my heartfelt sympathy for your loss, we have just put my husbands mum to rest after a long cancer battle we feel as you do but it still hurts take care ali love ya girl
    p.s want to see the video of you!
    love
    Lynn :)xx

  33. mary morphy October 5, 2012 at 6:42 am -  Reply

    PPPS just watched the BCC Fashion show clip on You Tube..WOW Alison you looked INCREDIBLE as did all the other fantastic ladies and gentlemen that took part. Reduced me to tears..you should be very proud and what fantastic clothes and incredible support you all had. I hope you were able to enjoy it once the nerves went…MASSIVE well done. Mary x

  34. Joanna Downey October 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Oooh Ali, What a handsome son, amazing sleeve and horrid spider you really see life in all it’s variety don’t you? The Fashion Show sounds so exciting and your selection is just what I’d want. I had no idea that you had to experience that scan and all the concerns that went with it. Those of us who haven’t faced this disease forget the fact that, for some time, it’s not really “over” and that life still has to include so much medical involvement. It’s only as I’ve got older that I’ve truly appreciated what having good health really means and how we should never waste a day. We lost Kizzy, our beautiful 17 year old cat cat, two weeks ago and we miss her but I’ve accepted it by thinking about what a wonderful, fun-filled life she had and how much we all loved her. I’ve also decided that we’re not having any more pets so Bertie is the last cat and Buzz is the last rabbit, both now spoilt “only ones”. I’m so sorry to hear about Amica facing more treatment and worry, like all the others I’m sending her love and support. Have an amazing debut as a model, you’ll be a sensation. Love, blue skies and sunshine, Jo x

  35. Joanna Downey October 5, 2012 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    2nd reply, got dates mixed up so read 1st reply comments about The Fashion Show in the past tense NOT the future, it’s my age!
    Love from Jo.

  36. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, thank you so for writing, and I will of course pass on your best wishes to Amica. It has been a struggle for her, but the chemo is tablet form, and so far, she tells me, she has had no side effects – long may that last! You take care, love Ali xx

  37. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Kath – yes it is funky isn’t it?! Just one of literally hundreds that Chic Compressions make…. their website is http://www.chic-compressions.com and Nicole is the lady who runs it – delightful. So glad to hear you are fitter and healthier now – Stay Well!! Love Ali xx

  38. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Susan, bless you, and yes it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, and will write all about it over the weekend…. I feel very humbled to have spent time with some very brave women and men, and to have been given the chance to look straight ahead and smile… it was wonderful, love Ali x

  39. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie and Lily, do hope you might have had a touch of sunshine yesterday – it was glorious in London :) The evening was a huge success and the boys and Lucy ALL looked amazing! Colin looked drop dead gorgeous in his tux, but sadly, as always seems to happen – we didn’t get a photo together :( Hope you enjoyed the Clogau and I will of course pass on your love xxxx

  40. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Oooh Elaine, shingles is awful! You poor thing! I hope that you feel better very soon. How delightful for you to have baby Molly with you and what a sweetheart Poppy sounds – they definitely keep you young eh?! The Fashion Show was extraordinary and some people even thought I had a tattoo – the sleeve was so realistic :) Love to you and yours, Ali xx

  41. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    Linda, I thank you, and as I said only recently, my writing these blogs, and your response to them, has gone a long way towards my feeling so much better. I will look forward to your company on the 17th October – with love, Ali xx

  42. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Marg CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR GOLDEN WEDDING! Wow, what fabulous presents your were given too, and very deserving I am certain :) I hope you took lots of photographs and can relive the day over and over again. The Fashion Show is something I will be reliving every time I see the pictures – an incredibly memorable occasion. Here’s to the BCC Show on QVC on the 17th – as you say – onwards and upwards! With love, Ali xx

  43. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Denise, if you just caught me on This Morning, then you may well have missed me almost tripping up the catwalk! It was a very pink dress, but that said, I thought it looked pretty good! So glad that you too enjoyed the Diamond Exhibition – I think it finishes this Sunday, but I may well pop back to the Palace another time anyway :) Hope you’ve found the footage from Wednesday night – a splendid time was had by all. Love Ali xxxx

  44. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ann and thank you for taking the time out to comment. I will indeed pass on your love and best wishes to Amica, and between us we will stay positive – there’s always hope :) With love to you too, Ali xx

  45. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Teresa, luckily my editor told me about all of your lovely comments just prior to the afternoon show, and as I had been feeling a tad jittery, they cheered me up no end. I did thoroughly enjoy the day and evening, and the memories will stay with me for always, love Ali xx

  46. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Ann, as promised I will pass on your best wishes to Amica – infact I am going to ask her to write on here for you all, as she was very touched by your interest. We’re keeping everything crossed that she handles this next lot of chemo as well as the last – her only side effect was a cough, which was amazing. She’s a very strong lady :) Love to you, Ali xx

  47. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    You weren’t the only one to think my sleeve was a real tattoo Babs! My sons were most impressed :) Both Sam and Jack looked fab on the night, and I hope to have some photos from some source to show you next week when I write about The Show. I’m not sure how Colin came up with the name of the Band, but I have asked my editor to add the link into this page so you can hear some of the tracks. Stone Rolling home and Easy were written for me – how exciting eh??! I will of course pass on your best to Amica, and will give you all the details re The Show in my next blog – suffice to say it was a corking night!! Love Ali xx

  48. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Aaaaaw bless you Arlene :) Feeling a great deal better than I did this time last year I can tell you!! I very much hope you’ll enjoy the footage of the show, and will be with me for QVC’s show on the 17th. I will let Amica know you asked after her :) With love, Ali xx

  49. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    Linda, I am so terribly sorry to hear about your loss…. I am sure that although you are relieved there is no more suffering for your husband, you must miss him dreadfully. I very much hope that you have the love and support of your family and friends. Sending you a big hug and my love too… Ali xxx

  50. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Pamela I will certainly do this, and I hope you enjoy seeing the footage of The Show – it was a day I will never forget :D With love, Ali xx

  51. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, how lovely to hear from you and to catch up on your news too. thanks for the advice re the bracelet – I will definitely look into it! We sound so alike when it comes to jewellery and fashion – lusting after diamonds, and hoarding our clothes!! I do hope you enjoy the footage of the show – it was a blast :) Yes Sam looked fab as did Jack, and Lucy looked beautiful too. It was incredibly emotional having them all there with Colin and my friends from home and QVC – just the best time. Re the benches, they are infact made of wood, but I am going to do a little investigating and hope to have the answer for you next week! Take care and have a great weekend – I’m on at 1pm Sunday with Martha Steward, so see you then, love Ali xx

  52. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Jean thank you….. yes such a relief to get the all clear. I will indeed pass on your kind words to Amica – it’s going to be a long list!! I am sure she will want to write a few words to thank you herself, so hopefully it will be here for you next week. Love and best wishes to you and your family too, Ali xx

  53. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Oh Mark, I am so glad that you were actually there and yes I did indeed feel the warmth and love from EVERYONE in the afternoon and evening :) It would have been great to have met you, and all those who watch QVC, but sadly time didn’t allow, that said, it was an amazing day and one I will never forget. Thank you for your support, Love Ali xx

  54. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Rhona! Bless you for your comments and yes it was an incredible event – super excited we all were – and the most amazing response :) Yes Amica does look amazing and feels well, so we are all praying that her new treatment will be effective. I am having a link to Colin’s web page set up here so you can listen to his music – it’s an incredible album, so I hope you enjoy it, oh, and the footage of the show. Love to your Alison, and the rest of the family, Ali xx

  55. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Rhona – he definitely did, as did Jack on the night too! Lucy also looked fabulous in a taupe and black dress – photographs to follow!! xxxx

  56. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Martin thank you !!! Yup both the boys looked Fab on the night – I will try and find someone who took pics of them as I didn’t have my camera with me! :) I hope that you are well, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  57. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Karen, Thank you so much for your kind words, and I do hope that by now you will have had a chance to see some of the footage on our website and in the Daily Mail article :) It was indeed a day like no other, and one I will always remember. I will of course pass on your best to Amica – she is a beautiful and very brave lady – we are all praying that this new treatment will be as good as it sounds and make her better. With love to you too, Ali x

  58. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Dorothy, yes I too was very relieved that the scan was clear, and it made Wednesday night even more enjoyable :) Sam, Jack and Lucy all looked amazing, and Colin cut a fine figure in his tux too – photos hopefully to follow :) We’ve also added a link to Colin’s web page so you can hear his album – he wrote two of the songs for me! Exciting eh? Love and best wishes to you and yours, Ali xx

  59. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Oh Jen, I am so sorry to hear you lost your mum last year…. I am sure for you it still hurts as much as it did then, but I hope you are surrounded by those who love you, and you can lean on them. I will let Amica know you asked after her. Thank you for your kind words, sending you my love, Ali xx

  60. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Mary, as always a real treat to hear from you, and catch up on your ladder moment!! Yes, Colin has written several tracks for me on the album which is very exciting, and there should now be a link up so you can listen to them :) The fashion show exceeded everything I thought it would be but sadly no the outfits had to stay there, although the overknee boots were my own so happy days!! I’m sorry to hear that your Aunt now has Alzheimers – it is such a cruel disease – but it sounds as though she is making the best of things, and entertaining all and sundry at the same time – bless her! As you will probably have gathered the Fashion Show was a huge success and I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the catwalk – a little more in the evening than in the afternoon as the family were there – but something I will never forget… I am sending you luck and wishing you well with your Operation Cut Back Everything! Lotsa love, Ali xx

  61. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Ooooh Mary too much information about Sydney!!!! I would be worried to death that he’d reappear with a ping pong bat!!! :) xx

  62. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Gwen, thank you for taking the time out to write to me and I am glad that you enjoyed the blog :) By now you may have seen some of the footage, but suffice to say it was an amazing day, made even better with the arrival of my family and friends in the evening. I will of course pass on your best to Amica – she is a very lovely and brave lady. With love, Ali xx

  63. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Pam I have to admit to feeling a great deal better this year than last! Great to have my own hair and eyelashes too, and it was a rare treat to be styled by someone as lovely as Hilary Alexander :) The day was a great success and one I will remember always. Thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  64. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Debz and Ainzley – you made me laugh out loud with your spider comment! :) Delighted that Ainzley has avoided Diabetes and that all is well. Yes not just Sam but Jack too looked great in his tuxedo, and Lucy had a fab evening dress too – it was wonderful sharing the occasion with them, Colin and so many of my friends too :) Check out the footage on QVC’s web page and do join me, Julia, Miceal and Dale on the 17th for our very own three hour fundraiser! With love to you and yours, Me xxxx

  65. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Will do Mary – we are all keeping everything crossed for her :) xxx

  66. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    My dear Pam, I am so sorry to hear of your friend’s news but I hope very much that she can take heart from knowing that I, like so many others in her position, have come out the other side, and feel so much better than I did. I too will pray for her, but she is lucky to have you as a friend – please let me know how she gets on with her treatment, and anything you think I could do or say, just let me know, with love Ali xx

  67. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    My dear Lynn I was indeed thinking of you all as I set off down the immensly long catwalk! It was an extraordinary day and one I will never forget. I think the link to some of the footage is on QVC’s webpage, so I hope you enjoy it. I think your suggestion re Amica is a lovely one, and I will ask her to place a comment on my blog so that you can write directly to her… I am sorry to hear about your own personal loss, and hope very much that your husband and the whole family are able to gain comfort from each other at this sad time. Wtih my love, Ali xx

  68. alison keenan October 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Mary THANK YOU!!!!! It was less nerve wracking in the evening I have to confess :) So glad you enjoyed watching it – more on our Fundraising night on the 17th :) xxxx

  69. Pearl Emery October 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    S0 glad your results came back clear,and so sorry to hear about Amica’s having gone to her lungs,please give her our love and best wishes,and i echo what the other lady said could qvc set up a blog for Amica and then we can support her as well.
    Ali you have been a real credit you have been so positive,but i must admit it is so nice to see you back on screen,and you look fantastic. love to you and Amica and both families, love Pearl xx

  70. Sue Radford October 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Linda, So very sorry to hear your sad news, but I’m glad you are comforted by the thought that he’s now at peace and free from pain, which we would all want for our loved ones.
    Lynn, So sorry to hear about your mother-in-law too.
    Love Sue Radford xx

  71. edna munro October 5, 2012 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi,Ali,You looked great in the kinky boots on Debbie’s blog!!!So glad the scan went well though I cannot imagine what was going through your mind whilst you were in the scanner.I had no idea that it took so long to go through it.I am sure I’d have had a panic attack being in such an enclosed space for so long.So sorry about Amica.Do please pass on best wishes and I hope the chemo is over by Christmas.Son looks fabulous in his dinner suit!Hope Colin’s cd does well.A writer and a performer!!!My husband used to do the odd gigs at the folk clubs before life with Alzheimers.He doesn’t play the guitar but I am amazed at how he can sing along and remember most of the words to the songs he used to sing.
    As always,best wishes,take care and keep these very uplifting blogs going.
    Love,Edna

  72. Norma Smithson October 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali I just had to talk to you Have just watched the video of the show and you were outstanding and so was Anika, I’m afraid the tears came again. the last two years seemed to ebb away, and yet obviously tinged with sadness regarding Anika’s news, yet there she was smiling away, please Ali give her my love and my positive thoughts, I know “ali’s army ” will be with her all the way as they continue to be with you. Doubley ironic has thank the lord you had just had good news. You really did look sassy especially in the little grey number, just wish I’d been there with you. More later but just had to let you know much love Norma xx

  73. Lin Dezulian October 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, seen the pictures in the mail on-line you looked stunning. you are a true inspiration to people who have been diagnosed with cancer. Please pass on my thoughts to Amica.
    Lin

  74. Nikki October 9, 2012 at 1:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I’ve just seen the clips of the BCC Show and you looked stunning, sassy and sophisticated. You are an inspiration and proof that with the right treatment at the right time, determination, love and care we can overcome so much. I hope that Amica is encouraged by not only your progress but also by the kind wishes of so many of us (myself included) who feel that we have come to know her over the years with QVC. I am so sorry to hear that her cancer has spread; please pass on my best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. I’ll be saying a prayer for her. All those in my family who have suffered cancer but sought treatment have come through it; always with love and support and sometimes from unexpected quarters. I’m so glad that your recent tests have shown the right result which must have been a massive relief to you and your loved ones. Best wishes, stay well. Nikki.

  75. Liz Yuille October 9, 2012 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I am so pleased to hear your bone scan came back clear, I know when I had mine shortly after my BC diagnosis in July, I was VERY relieved to hear that it was clear. So far ALL the edition am scan have also come back clear and I am hopeful that we have caught it all early. I had my second (of four) cycle of EC Chemo on Friday, so am feeling suitably ‘fuzzy’ today, but it is good to know whatthe next couple of weeks will look like, and I keep reminding myself that this is halfway through the EC part of the treatment. Next I will have Taxol, but not sure on the exact regime yet (all depends on whether tha cold cap manages to freeze enough hair to my head, which it is so far).
    I had my temporary implant pumped to almost full last week, it looks better (with clothes on) but is very strange; I understand your description of ‘rugby ball’ well. But as you say, it is a means to an end and will produce a better result in the end.
    Still no decision on whether I would benefit from Radiotherapy, I seem to be a borderline case. What I do know is that it would only be on the breast, not under my arm, so would not increase the Lymphodema risk, so that is good news if I do have to go down that route.
    I am so pleased that BCC event went well, but am devastated to hear about Amica’s news, life just sucks sometimes. My father has a chronic form of leukaemia and is on tablet Chemo, he has no side effects at all, other than not being allowed his G&T while he is taking them. Do send my best wishes to Amica.
    As ever, Ali you are an inspiration, reading your journey is certainly making mine easier. I have also found that keeping a blog about what my journey is like has been a great help for me, and was recently really touched when I received an email from a work colleague who’s mother in law has just been diagnosed. He told me how inspirational and positive he has found my story so far and how much help he is sure it will give others. I almost makes it all worthwhile, although I would not wish this on anyone.
    Keep blogging, you really do make a difference. Sorry this is a bit long.
    Take care. Liz xx

  76. Amica Pavey October 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    I have just been reading all the lovely comments you have sent me via Ali’s blog. Yes unfortunately my cancer has spread to both my lungs, it’s a very cruel illness but one that i am determined to beat. I will now be on medication for life and if thats all it takes to keep me well then i consider myself incrediably lucky.I am so grateful to qvc for still booking me as a model despite my illness. I hope that i can be inspirational to other people facing this nightmare. love to you all, Amica.x
    I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your love and support. Amica

  77. alison keenan October 11, 2012 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    My dear Liz, You sound so positive, and doing so well! Excellent that you’re already half way through your first bit of treatment and looking ahead, which is the only way :) I’m pleased that the implant is helping you to look more normal when dressed, although we both know it feels a little odd!! I will keep everything crossed that your stint on Taxol will be short and that they may not need to give you the Radiotherapy… Lymphodema is a nuisance but could well be avoided if you didn’t lose your lymph nodes under the arm, and if they just zap the breast. I’m keeping everything crossed for you, and so relieved that your scans also are coming back clear. Yes, Amica has had to be very brave, but I shall pray that her new tablet form of chemo will sit as well with her as it does your dad….She did brilliantly with the original form and as she says, feels very well in herself, so we just have to hope. She is planning to write on this page and my new blog asap to thank you all for your good wishes. From me Liz, lots of love, and I’ll be thinking of you, hoping your hair stays put (!) and that the fuzziness wears off soon. Ali xx

  78. alison keenan October 11, 2012 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Dear Nikki, thank you so much for taking the time out to write to me, and for your incredibly positive words and kindness. I am so relieved to hear that all those in your family with cancer have come through, and like you, I pray that the same will be for Amica. She has certainly done incredibly well so far on the treatment, and this new one sounds really effective, so everything crossed for her and her family :) Yes my last result was a huge relief to us all, and I’m hanging on to the fact that if I feel well, then I must be well…! Love to you, Ali xx

  79. alison keenan October 11, 2012 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Hello there Lin, and thank you for your kind comments about the Daily Mail article – I was rather chuffed too if I’m honest and she was a very sensitive interviewer. I will of course pass on your good wishes to Amica, love Ali xx

  80. alison keenan October 11, 2012 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    Oh Norma, you are a sweetheart :) I’m so glad you enjoyed the piece on This Morning – to be honest I don’t remember anything I said, but I know that Amica’s news has shocked many, although to see her, as you say, you know that she is doing really well :) I wish you had ALL been there at The Fashion Show – we had such an amazing night – photos on my new blog when you have a minute. I hope that life is treating you well, and thanks again for writing to me, love Ali xx

  81. alison keenan October 11, 2012 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Edna, I’ve just read your comment and wanted to assure you that the scanner actually moved over me, so unlike an MRI where you have to lay still in a tunnel thing, once it had scanned my head, chest and tummy, my face was out of it – phew!! Colin was also sitting in the room with me, and he has admitted, his thoughts were very much my own… what if…But it was good news, and last Wednesday’s fashion Show was a wonderful way to celebrate. I have told Amica of the many good wishes you have sent her way, and she has promised to write on here to you. Check out the new blog as there are photos of Lucy and Jack as well as Sam! Yes we are keeping everything crossed that Colin’s CD does well – I will include a link next week to the album so you can listen if you like – it’s good that your husband inspite of his Alzheimers still sings along and remembers all the words to the songs he used to sing at gigs… memory is a strange thing. I hope that you are coping and that life is good for you Edna, with love, Ali xx

  82. alison keenan October 11, 2012 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Hello Pearl, and thank you for writing again. The suggestion of a blog for Amica has been made, but she is going to write on here to thank you all first off, and has read all your lovely postings. It’s good to be back on screen, and last Wednesday was an amazing day – I’ve just posted my new blog, so hope you get the chance to see that. Have a good week, love Ali x

  83. Barbara Harrison October 26, 2012 at 12:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison just wanted to say you are such an inspiration to all who are going through this awful illness, I myself am going through a similar journey, I have cancer of the osephegas(gullet), I have followed your blog for quite a while now and when I’m feeling down and thinking what’s round the corner you seem to cheer me up, you have come so far, at the moment I’m on my 3rd (of 6) chemo after having 6weeks of radiotherapy which produced really good results by shrinking the tumour, it was going to be to dangerous to operate, I have another c.t scan coming up soon so as you well know everyone will be holding their breath!!! Thank you again Alison for your inspiration please send Amica all my love and best wishes on her journey back to being well xxx

  84. christine kings November 1, 2012 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    dear ali i have been following your blog for a long time and think you are brilliant how you have been so strong throughout your cancer treatments and truly for your honesty today i have had the news that i have breast cancer i know i will fight it as you have done sadly my darling husband peter passed away 20 months ago we were married for 46 years i have a wonderful son and daughter and grandchildren family and dear friends ali YOU are my inspiration God Bless you and beautiful amica you are both in my prayers and all who suffer from this dreadful disease love christine xxx

  85. Anita Radford November 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Please could you wish Amica well for Monday from me… was so sad when Stacey mentioned on air about more treatment, but really glad she did mention it..
    You look amazing right now and I hope all is well with you, so glad to see you on air again:)
    Warm Regards ;)
    Anita xxx

  86. james December 15, 2012 at 2:22 am -  Reply

    In a previous message I mentioned my uncle passing away from cancer and that I’d be praying for Amica’s well-being. Sadly just heard today my aunt (other side of the family) has stage 4 lung cancer (she previously beat breast cancer 25-years ago), so looks like there’ll be two people I’ll be praying for now :(. Have faith though:)

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