As 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!
However 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!
I 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 :)!
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!
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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