What a week!

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Ali with her sister at Lucy's weddingI can't tell you the number of times I've thought about coming back to work and being on air – sometimes with apprehension, other times with longing, but always knowing that as soon as I was sitting there in front of you, I would be able to put the last nine months behind me :)

Of course Lucy's wedding was the pre-cursor, and once we were home from Cornwall I made the call and then the decision to put my life back on track. I have to say that all those behind the scenes at QVC who have kept a gentle network of support there for me could not have been kinder, and although I'll start with just a couple of days a week, I'm hoping that by December it'll be more.  

There are two entrances to QVC at opposite ends of the building, and I chose to park at the far end so that I could sort of sneak in with my bags and my wig, before meeting up with everyone. It's not that I didn't want to see them, it's just that I wanted to take a deep breath…


I'd been shopping the day before to buy something new to wear. I talked to Kathy as I was worried about my arm and hand looking ridiculous, or that the rather large dent on the right side of my chest would show… oh, and that my make-up would melt if I had a hot flush!  

Delighted though to have my eyelashes and brows almost fully grown back (thanks hugely to Revitalash!) I have also developed a fuzzy covering over my face and neck  - blonde fuzz yes, but more like kitten fur than peach I felt… I was worried I might look like the bearded lady if there was a close up shot of any earrings! :) Of course Kathy's response was as always – kind and considerate… "Ali nobody cares about those things, it will ALL be fine" – bless her :)

And of course she was right. I saw Charlie first and he chose the dress I wore and, as you will have seen, was an absolute star during the show. Wendy backstage was there with a fan for the first sign of a hot flush, my Producer and Director were brill too… and as I said on air, it was like coming home :) 

Thank you ALL so much for the lovely texts – I do want you to know that even though we weren't able to read them all out (well over 300 of them!) Gavin very kindly printed them off for me and so I DID receive them all, and read them all, and they made a perfect end to the day.  

So much has happened to change my life over the last nine months, but with your help and support I have always held on tightly to the positive, and know that with my treatment, I have been given the VERY best chance of getting better. Being back at work this week, has compounded my sense of relief and luck at having been given that chance.

Something else that has really cheered me is to have been asked to make another speech at the Breast Cancer Care Carol Concert by Candlelight on the 5th December at St. Paul's Church, Knightsbridge. I am really honoured to have been chosen for this very special occasion, and plan to start writing my Reflection this weekend…
 
I thought I'd leave you with a few more photos from Lucy's wedding, and hope that you'll find time to send me your photos for my gallery… thanks to Jo, Liz, Gail, Debz and Ainzley, Sue, Helen and Olivia, and Babs – you're ALL looking great. I'll see you next Tuesday at midday with my snuggly Emu boots on!

With my love, Ali xx

Lucy's wedding bouquet Ali on the dance floor with Colin

 

193 Comments

  1. eileen hurley November 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali it was good to see you back on the tele, you looked very well, nice phots of lucys wedding, look forward to seeing you next week, take care eileen x

  2. caroline wessels November 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    welcome back. I rang from Bahrain, hope someone passed my very best wishes on. x

  3. julie November 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali. I have never stopped thinking of you and praying for you the entire time you have been poorly and I can tell you that it will continue.
    You did amazing back on tv and you really did look amazing, and NO i am not just saying that, you are a true inspiration tou us alland we love you dearly. You are like a friend to us who watch qvc all the time. You are just such an amazing lasy inside and out. And to anyone not knowing what you have been through – to look at you there is NO way of telling whatsoever, seriously.
    You take it easy and continue to recover, and I hope you have the wonderful Christmas you deserve.
    Always here for you.
    Your friend,
    Julie with love.
    xxx

  4. Jenny Morrison November 11, 2011 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Alison. You looked absolutely stunning on your Deck the Halls show.
    A Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Christmas to you and your family.

  5. Julie November 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    As I previously mentioned you were & looked fab on Tuesday. I totally agree with Kathy & would probably have said exactly the same.
    Loved the bouquet,it’s something Rebecca would choose as it was different. Talking of photo’s-practicing for Strictly next year are you??
    Lily’s much better thanks-she’s a new hobby now-dancing! to every bit of music on TV & radio and everyone has to join in too!so if you want lessons!!
    Speak soon
    Julie xx byeee from Lily xxx

  6. mrs jenny beresford November 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    I am not one of your regular bloggers but I have missed seeing you on the Q.I was feeling excited for you at your come back and thought you looked brilliant. Loved the dress and thought you looked smashing.Its lovely to have you back.Take your time and dont try to do too much.Good luck for the future. Love Jenny B XXX

  7. Liz November 11, 2011 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful to have you back at QVC, Ali. What a great night you had with Charlie and you looked relaxed and calm, unlike Charlie! All your friends at QVC must have been thrilled to have you back in a working capacity as you are a favourite with staff and customers alike. Do not overdo things, Love Liz.

  8. edna_munro@hotmail.com November 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,Glad to see you back on screen looking gorgeous,confident and happy…as though you had never been away.Do take it easy though!!!
    Edna

  9. Liz November 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Ali,
    It was so lovely to see you back on air. I felt like a mother hen being proud of her little one venturing out into the big wide world again after going through the last few months ‘with’ you, in spirit if not physically. I was out at the last minute on Tues so missed THE return but saw your Xmas hour yesterday afternoon and was very envious of you looking so glam in that dress. No-one would ever know what you’d been through. I did take a sneaky peek to see if you were wearing your sleeve – much though I dislike mine and think it looks obvious, it helps a lot with my puffy arm. Needs must I suppose. That familiar voice back on telly was lovely. Just DON’T do too much, too soon !!!
    You have written about being back at work so eloquently and reflects so much of what I felt at the time I tried to go back after a year off. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for me but my life has turned out brilliantly anyway. I was granted early retirement (20 yrs early!!) and I just love the new experiences I’ve had since then, the wonderful new friends I’ve made via the BCC forum and the stronger friendships with those lovely people who were there for me from my ‘previous’ life. I feel so lucky and try to remain positive as often as possible.
    Will be looking forward to seeing you on screen again next week.
    Lots of love, Liz x

  10. Sara November 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Ali! I can’t tell you how pleased I am to see you back, pleased for you of course that you are doing well, and pleased for us viewers too. We certainly needed you back. Your shows have been fab – I watched the diamonique and recorded Deck the Halls! I hope the transition is feeling ok for you, I know even though it is wonderful it must be challenging too, and the most important thing is that you feel good with everything so take care of yourself. You looked so good, and I think people would have been texting that in even if you’d never been away – your complexion looked absolutely incredible, I saw no trace of anything other than amazing looking skin. I think honestly when people say you look beautiful they don’t mean ‘considering you’ve been ill’ they mean, ‘gosh, even by the most exacting standards this woman is stunning and here’s an opportunity to say it!’. That probably goes without saying, but I thought I’d point it out. I was a bit thrown when Kathy T’s text first came in, I thought some viewer was having QVC piped into their dressing room! Which sounds quite a nice prospect, if I had a dressing room..

  11. SUE RADFORD November 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dear Lovely Ali,
    It was so lovely to see you back on our screens. There was no need to be worried, as there was certainly no signs of nervousness – you looked radiant and relaxed to me, and I can assure you there was no sign of fuzz on your face! – radiance yes, but definitely no fuzz!!. By the way, I loved your boots. Ali, like lots of others, I missed not seeing you ‘on air’ – I always liked tuning in to see what you were wearing as you have such a good sense of style and natural elegance.
    I hope Lucy and Richard are enjoying married life. What a lovely wedding gift – a trip to America in the summer to look forward to – they must be so excited.
    I visited my Dad at the Nursing Home today, and as he seldom remembers me these days, I was so surprised when he greeted me by saying “Oh here’s my beautiful daughter, you look so much like your Mum”, as you can imagine I had to gulp back the tears. It was a mix of emotions for me, as he’s failing fast, but still remains the most pleasant and lovely man – amazing isn’t it?
    Anyway, I’m getting carried away again! WELCOME BACK ALI – ALI’S ARMY ARE SO PROUD OF YOU, and we all look forward to seeing lots more of you!! Best wishes to all the other bloggers.
    Bye for now,
    Love Sue Radford xx

  12. anne November 11, 2011 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    you are an inspiration, and my favourite presenter, missed you loads, and so glad your’e back,
    keep well and god bless

  13. Yvonne White November 11, 2011 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Sadly I didn’t see your shows live this week as I was looking after my gorgoeus baby granddaughter – and cbeebies is more her style!! But I wanted to add my voice to the hundreds and thousands of people who are so pleased to see you back in front of the camera. I have held you in my thoughts and prayers this past year. It is just wonderful to see you looking so beautiful and serene, though I am sure inside it must feel very surreal and slightly nerve-racking to be back. But back you are and looking fabulous. I enjoyed catching up with your shows and have to say I smiled from start to finish. Welcome back to your qvc family Ale. We’ve missed you xxxxxxx

  14. Jill Thompson November 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    So very glad that you are on the mend.
    My lovely mum had breast cancer when she was 59, she is now almost 80, and so full of fun.
    Wishing you well and love
    Jill x

  15. Jill Foster November 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Thrilled Thrilled Thrilled for you and everyone that you are back – well done – one step at a time and you will get there – AND you look FABAROO
    Love Jilly
    xxx

  16. Mrs Jane Smith November 11, 2011 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    So glad to see you looking wonderful. Is onward and upwards now 2012 will be fabulous for you and yours. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Lots of love and best wishes Jane Smith x

  17. caroline hopley-froud November 12, 2011 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    hi Ali
    It was so good to see you back on air. I had a mastectomy in July and also have a big dent but no-one seems bothered these days. I am of course, but am not going to have re-con so will have to live with it. I was fortunate enough not to have any further treatment but my friend who had a lumpectomy had the same as you therefore I know what you went through. Hard and horrid but you are out the otherside now and on the road to normality (whatever that really is).
    Hugs and kisses for you and I am always available as a shoulder.
    Caroline

  18. JACKIE SANDERSON November 12, 2011 at 7:46 am -  Reply

    LOVELLY TO SEE YOU BACK ON QVC ALI YOU LOOKED LOVELLY AND CHARLIE WAS A JEM YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME LAUGH I LOVE IT WHEN YOUR ON AIR WITH DENNIS BASSO LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU MORE OFTEN ON AIR KEEP UP YOUR POSITIVE ATTITUDE IM A BIG FAN OF IT .LOTS OF LOVE JACKIE X X X

  19. TINA SHADDICK November 12, 2011 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    DEAR ALISON, YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO THOSE OF US WHO HAVE HAD SOMEONE OR KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO HAS GONE THROUGH THIS HORRENDOUS ORDEAL. SADLY MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY IN 1969 AND I OFTEN THINK IF SHE HAD HAD TODAYS ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A DIFFERENT OUTCOME. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE YOU BACK ON Q.V.C. SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED TO YOU IN THE PAST 9 MONTHS THAT I CANT IMAGINE THE ANGUISH YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES HAVE GONE THROUGH. BUT YOUR POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND THE LOVE OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL I’M SURE SEE YOU THROUGH. ALL THE VERY BEST WISHES FROM GOD’S COUNTRY (WALES!!!) FROM, TINA-WEST GLAM.

  20. susan stone November 12, 2011 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Welcome back Alison, having been through Breast Cancer twice myself, I know just how hard it is to keep going, but you realise just how wonderful it is to be alive. So great to see you back again.

  21. carole wright November 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to see you back, your looking good.

  22. ann cain November 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Ali you look amazing it was lovely to see you back were you belong,all you have to do know is concentrate on getting better,Ali have a lovely christmas,god bless you ali.x

  23. helen November 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Ali what a delight to see you back you have been missed, i know how you feel going back to work after such a life changing situation and I too felt happy to be back to a normal routine after being off for such a long time but after a few weeks it will all seem like a bad dream, my very best wishes to you and your family for a lovely peaceful christmas and happy new year.
    Love Helen

  24. elaine Sallis November 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Watched the show and you looked lovely. My friend struggled at first as her hair came back grey and she felt lopsided but the first thing I thought when I saw her with her new short grey hair was how much like annie lennox she looked. I told her that and she has kept her hair the same ever since. And to the people who love you it does not matter if you have hair, whether you are lopsided or have a dent, you and my friend are here and thats all that matters.
    I hope you received the photograph of jodies wedding, you havent just got a picture of me but the whole blooming lot of us!!!
    Lots of Love
    Elaine

  25. Rebecca Brown November 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    So Lovely to see you back on our screens. Wishing the you very best in your recovery. Warmest Wishes Becka xxx

  26. kay salisbury November 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Ali-you had no need to doubt anything about your return-even for one second-it was as if you had never been away. You were calm, in control and very comfortable and confident-the professional as always and I could tell you loved it-it was the best therapy for you and I could sense that it made you realise ‘you are back girl’. I kept thinking what a fab figure you have and didn’t notice or think about your arm or hand ’til I just read this latest blog. Well done-I was so happy.Pace yourself and enjoy Christmas and then the start of a true New Year-New You. God Bless. Love Kay.XXX

  27. Sharon Fielding November 13, 2011 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,Its so good to see you back on QVC LOOKING SO WELL you are an inspiration to everyone,The wedding photos are wonderful and you look extremely chic and stylish in all your finery.All my best wishes for the future.

  28. Jeannie November 13, 2011 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    Welcome back to “normality” Ali! You have coped so well over the past 9 months and are looking really well! Looking back, I remember saying to you, at the beginning, how Lucy’s wedding would give you something to look forward to and I am sure you can’t believe that Lucy is now married and you are back at work! As for me, the last 6 years have flown by, after my similar ‘journey’!! Onward and upward Ali, and have a wonderful Christmas this year with your family!
    All very best wishes.
    Jeannie

  29. Liz November 13, 2011 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Ali,
    Quick question – what have you used on your nails? Has it been a QVC product? My nails were ok through chemo and afterwards but recently have gone soft and weak with ridges going down so they split. Think it’s probably drugs/age/time of year but someone suggested I ask you as yours looked great on the jewellery show with Charlie.
    Thanks a lot in anticipation!!
    Lots of love, Liz xx

  30. Steven November 13, 2011 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    Fantastic to see you back Ali and you look fabulous. All the very best for the future. You are an inspiration
    Lots of Love
    Steven xx

  31. Sandra November 13, 2011 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali you looked fab you had nothing to worry about Charlie choice was fab what make was it so good to see you back take care love Sandra xx

  32. Joanna Downey November 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Ali, this is 4th time lucky as netbook’s having a paddy and keeps losing everything. It was lovely to see you back on Tuesday, just as I knew it would be, AND you sold me a stunning eternity ring which is sparkling away as I type. Ellie arrived home as your show started and said how amazing you looked and that “There’s more sunshine now!”. I’ve also written your return on my list of things to tell my husband when he gets back from climbing in Ecaudor. I can only imagine your concerns about the physical changes from the surgery and treatment and the way they must affect your confidence plus taking up time so that you look as good as you can. Television is an intrusive media, especially when shown on these huge screens, and I’m delighted to say that everything about you looked First Class; dress, nails, make-up and I wasn’t even aware of your right hand because I’ve always remembered you showing rings on your left. Love, love, love Lucy’s bouquet, a wonderful part of that special day. I’m so pleased you’re back with us and can end 2011 on a positive. Love from Jo who’s got a new favourite Diamonique ring until the next one…x

  33. Rhona Fenton November 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison fantastic blog as alway’s and I agree with Kathy, all we care about is you and how well you are doing that is the main thing:)not if there was a wee bit fuzz showing which there was not let me add, but it is lovely to hear that your hair is coming back:)but I still stand by what I alway’s say to you, your such a beautiful and amazing lady and we love you the way you are:)you alway’s make me laugh with your funny jokes and story’s and it’s so great to see you back on air again now that’s what I call a QVC Christmas surprise:)I will be with you again on tuesday:) and enjoy your speech on the 5th wow that will be amazing hope you will put it up on your blog page so we can tune in to see how it went please:)thank you for the new pictures off Lucy’s big day, keep strong as alway’s love Rhona xx

  34. Eileen Archibald November 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alison it was lovely to see you back on air and I managed about ten minutes of watching before the tears came…. You looked really lovely and if we did not know would not have guessed what you have been through these past months. Not only your own health but worry about your son, fingers crossed for good results for him. I thought Charlie was wonderful to you – like a big brother all protective. So glad you got all the texts that were sent in 300 of them, wonderful. I wonder if that is a record for a television programme? You will probably be feeling much better now that you are back on track and long may it continue. I know future hospital appointments will be a worry but fingers crossed you continue to be a wonder woman. Take care and once again welcome back oh forgot to say the wedding photos were fab. Thanks for sharing.

  35. mary morphy November 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison and may I astart by saying…weyhey!! You looked abosolutely sensational on air this week, and you slipped back into the swing of things like you had never been away showing what a true talented professional you are. I watched the diamonique show in peace on the lap top whilst I was in the cabin at the end of the garden making cards for a school Xmas fayre and ordered the TSV…it arrived Wednesday and is stunning, just like you said it would be. It will be a Xmas pressie from my lovely mum in law as she always gives me money to buy myself something nice with.
    I didnt see all your shows as I think I was probably at work but one early morning when I couldn’t sllep this week (asthma and persistant cough, a real pain!) I snuggled on the sofa and wathced you doing a christmas gift hour in a beautifull red dress or maybe a two piece. That outfit was made for you!
    I sincerely hope that you are now getting into the swing of working life again and have some sort of normality back in your life..its lovely to see your fantastic sense of humour again on the tele, you always make me chuckle.
    I am away next weekend with my sister on our mammoth annual christmas shopping trip to Milton Keynes..this is our 12 year; we go this time every year and shop for 3 days from dusk till dawn until we have got everything. I love being away and spending time with my twin ( that’s not meant to sound in a bad mum kind of way!). It gives me time to recharge my batteries and not have to think about anyone else (kids, hubby, cricket matches, homework etc) but me..selfish to some maybe but I think I deserve it has a hard working mum!
    Anyway, looking forward to seeing you gracing the screens again soon. Lots of love Mary xxx
    ps. Love the close up of Lucy’s wedding bouquet, simply beautiful and a lovely keepsake. Great dancing by you also, maybe Strictly will be calling……

  36. valerie blake November 13, 2011 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    dear ali
    i have been following your amazing blogs,what a beautiful bride and mother of.
    great to see you back,i am feeling rather nervous at the moment as i was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago and have just had first stage completed, you will inspire me.
    lots of love
    valerie

  37. Pam Richardson November 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Ali watched your show with Charlie , you looked as glamorous as you always did and you and Charlie seemed to be having a great time.
    So welcome back Ali looking forward to seeing you on a regular basis but please take care not to overdo it.
    Love Pam x

  38. Denise Warwick November 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Good Evening Alison
    You always look lovely in whatever you wear, elegant and smart. I watched your first show with Charlie with tears in my eyes – I wish you contnued good health and look forward to seeing your lovely pretty face and a smile that lights up the tv screen in many more shows on QVC.
    Love Denise xx

  39. Kath November 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Ali – you are such an inspiration to ALL women. A lovely lady to whom we could all learn alot. Keep focused, you have travelled a rocky road and now the tarmac is getting smoother! Lots of love Kath xx

  40. anne McArthur November 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    It was so lovely to see your smile back on the TV Ali,you are so vibrant, the world is so much better with you in it!! All the very best,
    Anne McArthur

  41. Tricia Dewey November 14, 2011 at 2:22 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    It was marvellous seeing you back on QVC, saw you with Charlie – such a lovely chap isn’t he.
    I must say you looked terrific, and chatted away so naturally just as you always did before your long break away.
    Do take care not to overdo things, surprising how tired one gets.
    I have my first yearly check up at the end of January, think and hope that all will be well, I was very lucky in that I didn’t have to have chemotherapy.
    Take good care,
    Love xTricia

  42. Mandy Nicholls November 14, 2011 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Ive not posted for a while but believe me for the past months I been avidly following your progress and reading all your blogs. Like so many others I find you an inspiration and a beatiful person both inside and out. It has been a pleasure to read, sometimes very tearfully, all your blogs but please know that I have thought about you so often like you are part of my own dear family. Good luck lovely lady and its so good so see you back.
    Much love
    Mandy

  43. Mrs Maria Johnson November 14, 2011 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Oh Ali, Yiou made it back big time. I was so delighted to see you looking so amazingly good. You always looked great on all your shows but now you positively glow with a radiance more sparkling than ever! I have missed you on screen so much. You have such a fantastic sense of fun and portray such a zest for living that it jumps right out of the TV screen. I could’nt text in cuz I was bleary eyed and hung on every sight and word of you. Charlie was so supportive and just allowed you to shine. You both have such a similar sense of fun and he showed such a lovely paternal side to himself and seemed so chuffed to be working with you again. You looked ravishing as always and its hard for us to grasp the hell you have been through in past months. You are an inspiration to everyone, no matter what their problem is. You give us all hope Ali and a heck of a challenge to match your positivity and zest for life. Loads of love & best wishes for you and your family. Maria XX

  44. Morag November 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Ali, just to add to the multitude of viewers who saw you back on screen, to say that you looked absolutely stunning, elegant, with a sparkle in your eyes that was wonderful to see. What a powerful thing is the human spirit, and you have so much courage and humour, it is truly inspiring and continues to be so. Wishing you health and happiness always, and love to you and your family.
    Morag xxx

  45. Sue Gammack November 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to see you back on air where it was as if you had never
    been away.You looked fab.Have a wonderful Christmas.
    Sue in Penkridgexxx

  46. Kathryn Sheehan November 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Lovely to see you back on QVC again, you have been missed. I’m not surprised you felt nervous coming back on screen,but i’m sure once the camera’s were rolling it felt like you had never been away. Looking forward to seeing you full time again, when you feel you are ready.
    Warm Hugg’s
    Kathy xx

  47. Sandra November 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Lovley to see you back and looking so well adn fresh.
    You are a very special lady and god blesss you x
    I read that you will be at the St Pauls Carol service and would love to com along if you have time to post the details
    Much Love
    Sandra

  48. julie welch November 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Ali, so good to see you back, you looked stunning, cannot wait to see back more often. You are such an amazing lady.
    Julie

  49. angela white November 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    hi ali,you alright!? wow! over 300 texts im not surprised it just shows how much you are loved its a wonder qvc didnt go into meltdown!!!!!!!! hope your not overdoing things and resting when needing to. hot flushes are a pest especially if in a shop and theres no escape! menpausal dwarfs spring to mind again! especially forgetful and psycho again! mind you sleepy and sweaty not far behind!!!!!!! i will be watching when your on again take care ali, love to you your family and ladies who blog xxx

  50. Mary McFarland November 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    It was so lovely to see you back and looking so well. You have been in my thoughts and prayers – having experienced this illness myself I knew what you were going through.
    Your show with Charlie was fantastic. You were as beautiful and professional as ever.
    My very best wishes to you.
    From Mary

  51. Eileen P. November 14, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I agree with Kathy T’s comments, its you as a person I was looking at, (and Diamonique). Your personality more than makes up for a compression bandage on your arm. It doesn’t change who you are. I am looking for a photo to send for your collection but as I dont like having photos taken that might be a hard task. Haha. Glad you are going to ease gently back into work, I know you love it but it will make you tired. Lovely to see you back and dont worry about your arm or your nails which looked lovely by the way. Take care.
    Love xx
    Eileen P.

  52. Eileen P. November 14, 2011 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi again, forgot to say Congratulations on being asked to speak at the BCC Christmas carol service. I’m sure you will be nervous but after the speech you made at BCC night theres no doubt you will be fantastic. Eileen P xx

  53. Linda Marshall November 15, 2011 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Just to say welcome back to QVC. You looked amazing on screen with Charlie,you are such a beautiful lady and i wish you all the very best for the future.
    love Linda xx

  54. margaret murrey November 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    hi ali so good to see you back you look totally great never stopped thinking about you and praying for you really great to have you back

  55. Jackie Hamilton November 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Ali, So good to see you back on our screens once again. Looking beautiful and radiant as always. Take care. xx

  56. Henrietta November 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Saw you for the first time on the Emu prog today. Welcome home. LOVE the hair! Yes, I know it isn’t strictly yours but the colour and style really suit you and take years off you.

  57. sue ashman November 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful to see you back,and looking so good Ali,sending love and positive thoughts.Sue xx

  58. Debz & Ainzley November 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Wow Ail, don’t you look stunning as a red head?!!
    It really cheered me up seeing you looking so well and clearly enjoying being back on air.
    I agree with the lovely Kathy Taylor too, no one would care what you looked like, we were just all so very glad to see you. I guess you care a lot about you appearance bearing in mind what you’ve been through but seriously Ali, you look so beautiful and all woman just like always. I know you have to learn to live with the “new” you so we will keep telling you just how stunning you are and maybe you will start to see it too.
    Have just tortured myself by watching the whole of the Emu show! I would really have loved the TSV but we are struggling a bit at the moment so even the easy pay is out of our reach. Still, never mind eh? Things could be worse.
    Talking of worse, I missed most of your Veronese show as Ainzley chose that time to rid himself of the furball that had been threatening to surface for a few days just as the programme started. His timing is, as always, impeccable!! He saw your show from the warmth and comfort of my chair whilst I ran around frantically trying to find Vanish Stain Remover and kitchen roll!! How can so much fur come out of such a small place? I’m amazed he could eat with that thing rattling around in his throat!! He has a vets visit next Thursday so heaven knows what he’s saving for that. Watch this space!!
    Love to all the Ali’s Army ladies.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & a furball free Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  59. Linda, Glasgow November 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’ve just watched you presenting an Emu hour and all i can say is – you go girlxx,you looked absolutely fabulous(i’m so glad you cant see me as i fear you would not be able to return the compliment as i’m in pygamas with hair and makeup not done – my excuse is a “duvet day”!!). You are such an inspiration Ali(i dont think you realise how much)it is so lovely to see you back at QVC and looking so well and vibrant – your short auburn/ginger wig really suited you and you give no indication of the past years fight(your collection of wigs gives you so much versitility,they are all gorgeous).I love your presenting style Ali and as i’ve told you before your voice is very soothing,so easy to listen too – and – the occasiional joke/funny comment you drop in has me in stiches – thanks for thatxx Anyway i’m off to make a cuppa and i end this comment by saying Bravo Alixx By the way i’ve a feeling that in the next few years we’ll be calling you Grandma Ali!! – but thats up to Lucy and Rich,i do hope they are enjoying their honeymoonxx Sent to you with much love and respect Love Linda,Glasgowxx

  60. JACKIE IN FULHAM November 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Ali, you looked absolutely FA-BU-LOUS today with the short hair. This color and style truly suit you.

  61. Trudy Giddy November 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    wow wow wow Alison u looked so good 2day Welcome back

  62. Jill November 15, 2011 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just had to write and say how lovely it was to see you on the EMU hour today.
    You are such a brave, lovely lady and I wish you all the luck in the world for the future.
    Love
    Jill x

  63. Chris Page November 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Sorry I missed you, but I hope to see that familiar smile beaming at me from the screen very soon. And it’s good to see you strutting your funky stuff in that pic from the wedding.
    All the best, Chris xxx

  64. OLLIE November 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    COMMENTED EARLIER ABOUT HOW FAB YOU LOOKED AND WANTING TO KNOW WHERE THE BLACK LACE DRESS WAS FROM ?IS IT A qvc ITEM – WOULD LOVE A DRESS LIKE THAT FOR XMAS. YOU LOOKED LOVELY! X

  65. Denise November 15, 2011 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    How lovely it was to have you back on screen looking so glamorous – its like you’ve never been away. I am so full of admiration for you – you are such an inspiration.
    I really enjoyed the show you did with Charlie and I just happened to switch on today and was delighted to see you doing the Emu boots show. Did have to get my specs on to see it was you though with a new “hairstyle”!! I’m really looking forward to seeing you more on screen over the next few weeks.
    Love Denise xx

  66. Anne Marie Gallagher November 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison its nice to see you back you look really good I always thought no matter what you were wearing you always looked really nice….You suited the short wig you had on today looked very trendy…. keep well love from Anne Marie

  67. Marian Bolton November 16, 2011 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    It’s really great to see you back where you belong. I’ve always thought what a lovely genuine Presenter you are and your show with the equally endearing Charlie was like you’d never been away. Sorry I missed your last blog but Lucy’s wedding looked super and so did you. I haven’t forgotten about the photo I promised you. I got a tad distracted when I found a small lump on my little tiger’s leg a couple of weeks ago. Thank god it’s turned out to be just a fatty lump. I’m back at The Q myself on Friday for an Elemis workshop. Very exited! Take good care. xxx

  68. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Eileen, thank you and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos of Lucy’s wedding. Take care, love Ali xx

  69. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Caroline, they did tell me, and thank you very much for taking the time out to call me :) I hope life, your job and all things are working out well for you in Bahrain. Love Ali xx

  70. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Julie, your comment is lovely, and your words made me mist over… :) Thank you for being a friend, and for keeping in touch. Your prayers too are so much appreciated. I hope you too have a wonderful Christmas, love Ali xx

  71. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Jenny, I’m glad you enjoyed the show, and hope very much that you and yours have a wonderful Christmas too. Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  72. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Julie, yes I think your Rebecca would probably have loved the bouquet too… best thing is it will last forever, as will the bridesmaids ones too. I remember when I was 7 I was a bridesmaid for my cousin and I had a ball of carnations on a ribbon… The smell of them still takes me back to that lovely day :) Loving the idea of Lily dancing – and yes lessons would be much appreciated! Take care, love Ali xx

  73. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Jenny thanks so much – I too was excited at coming back and a little nervous too, but it’s been great, and I’m loving it! I’m only doing two days a week to start with, but hope to be up to speed by Christmas :) Love Ali x

  74. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Liz I think I was a little like a swan – calm on the surface, paddling like mad underneath the water :) Seriously though it was lovely to be back, and great to have the time with Charlie who always makes me laugh. Do keep in touch, love ali x

  75. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Edna, only two days a week to start with, and QVC are being brilliant about me working to my own pace which is kind. Thank you for writing, and i hope you have a great Christmas. Love Ali x

  76. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Liz you are an absolute inspiration to me. Always looking at the positive, enjoying life for all it has to offer, travelling, spending time with your friends, and yet living with your diagnosis…. As I said in my speech I still cling on to the hope that one day they will come up with something to make us all better forever, but in the meantime, stay strong and happy, and please do keep in touch. You are very special, love Ali xx

  77. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Sara you did make me laugh about Kathy’s text – if she hadn’t have mentioned the dressing room I may not have known it was her!! Thank you thank you for the lovely things you write, as they help enormously in building confidence. I’ve been incredibly lucky with my skin and have never had to stray too far from my original skincare routine as recommended by Ali Young. Having a bit of fun with the Ken Paves wigs too, so all good. Just have to get on top of the lymphoedema, then it’ll be easier. Have a great Christmas, and do keep in touch, love Ali x

  78. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Sue it was so lovely to hear from you, although I too gulped back the tears reading about your dad… It must be incredibly hard, but wonderful when on the odd occasion they DO remember. My nana used to say “You look just like my grandaughter Alison..” whenever I visited, and sadly never made the connection.. I hope that your future visits will bring moments of happiness again. Thank you for all your lovely words, and I’m glad you liked the boots – killer eh? Although I have to say my Emus yesterday were rather lovely too! Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx (it’s great when you write as I can visualise you from the photo, thank you for it.)

  79. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Dear Anne, and thank you for taking the time out to write to me. It’s great to be back at work, and lovely to hear from you. Take care, love Ali xx

  80. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Yvonne, surreal is a very good word to describe the way I have felt at odd moments since coming back… as though none of the last nine months ever happened… then I get changed and see myself, and am just relieved that I’ve moved on…How lovely for you to be spending time with your granddaughter – what a joy, and although it may well have been a typo, you wrote Ale at the end of your missive… my Dad’s nickname for me, and one my brother still uses… it made me smile. Take care and thank you, love Ali xx

  81. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Jill, I so hope to be like your mum! How wonderful for you all as a family to still be together. I’m sure it was a very worrying time, but great to know the treatment worked. Have a great Christmas, love Ali x

  82. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Jilly, I shall adopt FABAROO as my new word! :) Thank you for your kind words, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  83. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:24 am -  Reply

    Jane I agree wholeheartedly with you. 2012 will be a much better year – although this one has had the highlight of Lucy’s wedding, so always something good to remember :) I hope you too have a lovely Christmas and every happiness for the New Year, love Ali x

  84. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Caroline thank you for writing, and I really sorry that you too had to have this rather brutal surgery… it’s early days.. you may think again about reconstruction in the future, but it’s whatever works for you. I hope you will continue to recover and get stronger and your friend too, and thank you for your offer of a shoulder… it’s good to know you’re there. Take care, love Ali xx

  85. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I hope you saw Dennis yesterday afternoon?! I had a lovely hour with him, and was great to see him looking so well. I remember I’d been due to present two hours with him the day I had my MRI scan, but it didn’t go well, and I was unable to make it. Yesterday more than made up for it :) I’m hoping too to work with Charlie again, as you say he’s a real gem. Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  86. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Tina, I am so sorry… to lose your mum all those years ago must have been devastating… as you say medical science and research has moved on so much since then that mercifully women like me are getting a different kind of treatment – curative hopefully. It’s been hard on the family and my friends too, but we are all much stronger now and have managed to pull together even when it was tricky. I hope you and your family will have a lovely Christmas, and thank you for writing, love Ali x

  87. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    Susan, you have my utmost admiration…To go through this twice must be devastating. I very much hope that you are well on the road to recovery, and your positivity is inspirational. Stay well and strong, love Ali xx

  88. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Thank you Carole, I’m feeling much better these days. I hope that life is good for you also, and thanks for writing, love Ali x

  89. alison keenan November 16, 2011 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Dear Ann thank you. Such a lovely thing to say – back where I belong… it feels that way too. I hope you and your family will also have a lovely Christmas. Love Ali xx

  90. Dorothy November 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Sooooooooo pleased too see you back, and yes you looked FANTASTIC a real joy to watch. The Emu show i had tears running with laughter honestly you still have your sence of humor keep it coming.Hope Lucy is enjoying married life the photo’s are gorgeous. Take care ALI and love too all the family.
    Love best wishes
    Dorothy xxxx

  91. Liz Vickress November 16, 2011 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Ali ~ It was fab to see you back on screen ~ how we’ve missed you!!!! You look fantastic and you’ve been such an inspiration for many folks over the last few months!!!!
    Take care
    Liz V

  92. Lindalou November 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    So glad to see you back nearly to your old self. The show with Charlie was fab.

  93. Susan Jones November 16, 2011 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Good to see you back, take it easy!! We are all with you “holding your hand” Happy Christmas love SJ

  94. Maria November 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, How wondeful to see you back looking as lovely as always its not been the same without out.
    I have enjoyed and cried with your journey and the insparation you have given to everyone, you was so kind to me when I lost my mum which I shall never forget.
    I loved the wedding photos,you must be pround of how far you have come.
    Welldone our wonderful Ali
    Maria x

  95. Carole Densum November 17, 2011 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Welcome back to QVC you are looking great! I am just starting on a similar journey having had 2 chemotherapy sessions already. Like you I am losing my hair (honestly I think I was more upset about that than the diagnosis to start with!) but I haven’t had the courage to wear my wig yet preferring scarves instead.
    I watched you last night and you really have inspired me I still get really upset when I think about things but you were so cheerful about having no hair, it really cheered me up so thank you!
    There must be lots of people suffering from hair loss for a variety if reasons maybe there is a company out there who could demonstrate wigs and scarves for people.
    Hope you continue to get stronger and stronger and your hair grows back really quickly.

  96. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Helen, so pleased that you too are well enough to be working again and I think you’re right….the last nine months seem a little unbelievable in some respects :) Thank you for your kind words, and I hope that your Christmas will be a healthy and happy one too, love Ali xx

  97. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    And Elaine, how lovely you look in the photo too!! Great to put a face to the name. That was a lovely thing to say to your friend, and I’m not surprised she kept it that way. I was told I looked like Sinead O Connor, which was hugely flattering, but I’m holding out for Natalie Portman or Sharon Stone…..it’ll be a long wait!! And you’re right, it’s the fact that both your friend and I have come out the other side is all that matters – thank you. Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  98. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Becka, it’s great to be back. Thank you for writing, love Ali x x

  99. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    kay you have written such lovely things, and cheered me no end – thank you. I have to say I’d forgotten just how much I enjoy my job, and being back with the people I most love to spend time with is fab. I hope that you and your family too have a great Christmas, love Ali x

  100. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Sharon, so glad you liked the wedding photos. I was very pleased with the suit – first thing I saw! – and I am desperately trying to find a reason to wear the hat again :) Thank you for your compliments, love Ali x

  101. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    You did indeed say that Jeannie, and Lucy’s wedding was always there, quite a long way off to start with, but my goal…. And having finally got there it was everything and more I had hoped it would be. I am so pleased to hear that you are 5 years further on than me and feeling good :) I wish you continued good health and a truly happy Christmas, Love Ali xx

  102. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Liz I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling with your nails and I wish I had the solution! I would recommend OPI’s nail envy to help strengthen them, but the ridging probably is due to the treatment and medication. My nails are actually all hollow! The nail bed has died back and under the polish they are wonderful shades of green, black, purple and yellow :) They are beginning to grow though and will probably take another four months to get them back to the top of my fingers. A very strange feeling exacerbated by the fact my finger tips are still numb from the chemo, but I have to say, that I was delighted at how good they looked when painted. Good luck with yours Liz and do persevere – they’ll improve in time I’m sure, love Ali xx

  103. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Sandra thank you for writing to me so kindly. It was lovely to have the two hours with Charlie, and a perfect return to work. I hope you have a great Christmas, love Ali xx

  104. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    Steven, it’s great to be back :) Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  105. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Joanna sorry to hear about the netbook – so frustrating! But so glad to hear you are a woman after my own heart, and that you bought the eternity ring :) Lucy’s bracelet arrived on Monday so that was good too! Thanks for your kind words – and you’re right about the HD effect – nowhere to hide – so that makes your comments even more welcome. I hope that you and your family also have a fabulous Christmas, with love, Ali xx

  106. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Rhona you are lovely :) Thank you for your kind words, and I hope you saw my new wig with Ken Paves yesterday?! I may not bother growing my hair after all – am loving the cinammon red locks! I have yet to complete my speech for the 5th December, but I am looking forward to the night very much, and yes hopefully it will be posted on my blog afterwards. I hope all your Christmas preparations are coming along well, and that life is good for you and yours, with love, Ali xx

  107. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Eileen thank you so much for writing, and for your kind words. I think the very fact I am back at work will help towards my recovery… less time to think of what might be, and more time to enjoy what is :) Sam is coping well and has more surgery in the spring, but that is a bridge we will cross then… He has been very strong. I’m not due to see my oncologist until January, and that’s just to have a chat, so I will keep on looking forwards. Once the reconstruction is complete I can put this whole episode behind me. Thank you so much though for your continued support, with love Ali xx

  108. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary lovely to catch up on all your news, and I’m just sorry to hear also that you’ve been under the weather – Hope that’s improved now. Thank you for the compliments – the red dress is all in one, and I may well wear it for the carol concert – quite Christmassy I think :) I remember you telling me about your weekend in Milton Keynes with your twin, and were it not for my sister’s 50th this weekend I may well have bumped into you! That said, I did most of my Christmas shopping online and with QVC last year! I hope you have a wonderful relaxing and fun time – just being you with your sister – and I’ll be with mine! Take care, love Ali xx

  109. alison keenan November 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Valerie, I am so sorry to hear your news, but glad that treatment has begun… you’re that much nearer to getting better now. Stay strong, and we’re all here if you need to ‘talk’. Take care and let others look after you. Much love, Ali xx

  110. Julia Alison Skone November 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison-it was so good to see you back-you were so brave on the Ken Paves show and an inspiration to every woman-your inner beauty shone through and you look years younger. Julia

  111. Mrs Norma Smithson November 18, 2011 at 6:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali So good to see you back on our screens,I thought it might be Jan 2012 when we could see you, but WOW you looked really great and you were straight back on to top form with your pleasurable way of presenting, I love it. Well done Ali may your recovery continue and make next year the all clear year. Love Norma xx

  112. Valerie Stephens November 18, 2011 at 10:10 am -  Reply

    I can’t say how thrilled I am that you are back, and looking as lovely as ever. You are my favourite presenter (along with Kathy Tayler, who is great, but puts herself down too much about her weight) and love it when you are on,you make me laugh, same sense of humour, must be that we are fellow Pisceans. Hope you make a speedy recovery, so we can more of you. Love and Best Wishes for the Future Valerie xxxx

  113. lynne chorley November 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    hi alison how brilliant to see you back on our television screens, you are superb and a true inspiration
    how happy you must have been to see your darling daughter married and both of you looking so stunning. You have all as a family gone through so much and it no doubt has made you even more stronger than you were before.
    I lost my darling husband last christmas after a short illness he was sheer perfection in all ways it was a very very dark time not with the wonderful outcome you and your family have, angels were and are a very strong part of our lives, I recieve little feathers often when i am struggling but i would like to say this to you ” i hope angel wings will envelope you and keep you safe and happy” lovelynnexxxx

  114. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pam, thank you so much for writing :) Yes Charlie and I very much enjoyed the show, and it’s good to see my name again on the schedules for the up and coming months. I’m taking it easy over the next few days though, as you’re right, it can be tiring ‘getting back to normal’! Do hope you’re well, love Ali xx

  115. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Denise, and bless you for your kind comments :) It’s lovely to be back and to get dressed up again, and even wear different wigs! Plenty for me to smile about now, although I have to admit to having a few tears in private after my show with Charlie – such a relief :) Hope all good with you, love Ali xx

  116. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Kath bless you…… yes the road is definitely a lot smoother these days, and far easier to traverse! thank you for writing, and I wish you and yours a very happy Christmas. Love Ali xx

  117. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Anne that is a truly lovely thing to say :) I thank you, love Ali xx

  118. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Tricia, you’re right about the tiredness! I have a nice break of a few days now though, and would like to wish you all the best with your check up in January… much the same timing as me I think, and I will keep everything crossed for you. I am so glad you didn’t have to have chemotherapy too, and I hope that you and your family have a great Christmas, love Ali xx

  119. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    And Mandy I am honoured to be considered part of your family :) Thank you for keeping in touch, and I am glad that you’ve enjoyed the blogs. As I’ve often said, it’s been very cathartic to write them, and often inspirational to read the responses! I very much hope that you will all have a fabulous Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year, love Ali xx

  120. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Maria, I have to say it was a joy to work for Charlie, and he has been incredibly kind and protective over my entire time away from work. It is lovely to be back, and to have an excuse to put on my wig and make up! Such a relief to have eyelashes again, as I really have struggled with the false ones! Being back in a routine again has helped me remain positive too, and there’s always hope :) Have a wonderful Christmas Maria and much love too, Ali xxx

  121. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Morag you’re right about the human spirit – I only have to read through all these marvellous reponses to get an insight into how incredibly strong so many others of you have had to be too, and feel very fortunate that during this year I have made so many new friends. For every cloud there is most definitely a silver lining :) I hope that you will also have a wonderful, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  122. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    And Sue, after the first few minutes, it felt as though I’d never been away too :) Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  123. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    kathy thank you for your warm hugs and kind words :) Yes it is lovely to be back, and wonderful to have the texts and comments to read through. Bless you, love Ali xx

  124. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Sandra, feeling much better these days. I’m not quite sure how the Carol concert works, but it is ticket only entrance at £30 per head at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge from 6.45pm on Monday 5th December. I think if you are able to access Breast Cancer Care’s website they should have details and info on how to order tickets there. It would be lovely to see you! Love Ali x

  125. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Aaaaw Julie thank you :) Loving being back – although few days off now are rather welcome as I hadn’t realised how little I’d been doing before! Hope all well with you and yours, love Ali xx

  126. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela, Y’am alright!! :) Yes, busy text lines each show, but nowhere near enough time to read them out, so the girls and boys behind the scenes have been printing them off so I don’t miss out on them which is kind. You’re right about the hot flushes. Had one while wearing Dennis Basso’s faux fur coat! Not funny! I have your menopausal dwarves pinned up in my dressing room – Debbie Greenwood laughed out loud at them. Take care, love Ali x

  127. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Mary I am so sorry to hear that you too have had to cope with this illness, but hope very much that you are now recovered and all the stronger for it :) My very best wishes to you too, for now, Christmas and the New Year, Ali xx

  128. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Carole I am so sorry you are struggling with the hair loss. To be honest I have worn scarves probably for 90% of the time – very comfortable and safe. Hold fire on the wigs until you feel a bit better. I hope you don’t have too many more chemo treatments to go, but remember the hair loss etc just means the treatment is working! So all good, although difficult to contend with I know. Have a look on Breast Cancer Care’s website – they have a whole section on hair loss/wigs etc. I hope that helps. Take care, love Ali xx

  129. alison keenan November 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lynne, I am so sorry to hear about your husband, and I am certain that you are facing the end of the year with that same sadness… I so wish you could have the happy outcome I have been treated to, and I hope that you have friends and family around you to love and support you. After Colin’s mum died we often found white feathers, in two’s, around the house…. it brought both of us great comfort too. You are never alone, and I hope those same angel’s wings will envelope you too. Stay strong, love Ali xx

  130. Gail November 18, 2011 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, it was lovely to see you back on TV. I love your description of being like a swan, calm on top but paddling like mad underneath (made me laugh). You did look lovely and I can honestly say I didn’t notice all those negatives you mentioned, i.e. fuzz etc. I can tell you are feeling a little better every day because I caught you on the Ken Paves show and you looked even better. That short wig you wore really did suit you; perhaps you should consider having your hair short again (when it grows back of course). Another step to normality eh, wondering whether to have your lovely hair long or short. I so hope you are feeling as good as you look xx
    I will be sending you something next week so please keep an eye out for it at the end of the week. You take care and keep positive. Much love, Gail xx
    Thank you, and Lucy so much for posting a picture of her beautiful, unusual bouquet. I have never seen one like it and the more I looked at it, the more I saw if you know what I mean. Absolutely lovely with the added benefit of being everlasting. I was so looking forward to seeing it and it didn’t disappoint. Lovely to see you looking so happy in the photo of you and Colin dancing; long may it continue xx

  131. Cheryl November 18, 2011 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’ve been meaning to write a comment for such a long time. Like so many I have been following your blog and continued progress back to health over the past few months and think you’re amazing. I found out 3 days ago that my beautiful mum has cancer (not breast) and the effect on the family has been devastating. I applaud your daughter for her strength, I hope I will find it from somewhere cos right now i feel i’m in a nightmare and cant get out. Mum will be starting treatment soon so I busy getting hold of beanie hats, honey, lip balm and anything else that will help her. I pray she has the strength as you have had to pull thru’.
    You’re a wonderful inspiration to so many and I thank you
    Cheryl x

  132. Lynne Searle November 18, 2011 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Great to see you back Ali. I hope you continue to get better you are an inspiration to everyone who watches QVC
    Take care
    Lynne

  133. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen November 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    good to have you back on qvc alison .i was watching in tenerife last tuesday during my 2 lazy weeks on holiday in tenerife watching on sky tv.back to work on tuesday .not looking forward to that.

  134. Susan November 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Hope you’re enjoying your weekend..not a bad one weather wise. I just wanted to echo Valerie’s comments on gorgeous Kathy – she puts herself down too much! She is so pretty and has the most wonderful personality. I also have to say to Debz I really feel for her with the old finances – we’re many of us in the same position and we just have to think of the good things in our lives – yes it can be a bit difficult sometimes but we get there. Keep on going all,
    Susanx

  135. Ron Hjerling November 20, 2011 at 7:26 am -  Reply

    Welcome back dream girl.I had a lung removed because of cancer six years ago and I,m still going strong you will do the same.Knock em dead babe.Best wishes from Ron Hjerling and family.

  136. Amanda Pipe November 20, 2011 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, Just like everyone else has said – how fabulous it was to see you back at QVC. Whilst watching your first show with Charlie I’m afraid to say I cried all the way through – with joy of course. I have followed your blog all year and have thought of you every day. You have done so very well and coped admirably. Very best wishes for the future to you and your family.
    with love Mandy in Normandie, France

  137. Sue Howard November 20, 2011 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I’m also not one of your regular bloggers ,but i have sent a few comments as i have missed seeing you on QVC and i have been following your blogs. It was so good to see you back ,you looked beautiful and at ease, i really enjoyed watching you again.
    Take Care.
    Love Sue H xx

  138. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen November 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    hi alison.
    hope you are well.
    i was watching you on qvc in tenerife last tuesday at 12pm on 2week quiet holiday.you looked so well. hope your daughter is happy with happy life.

  139. mary morphy November 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, i’ts Sunday tea time and I have just returned from my Mammoth Milton K shopping event…what a fabulous long weekend non stop shopping and must have walked miles and miles. I had a lovely weekend and hope that your sister’ 50th birthday went brilliantly and a good time was had by all. Lots love Mary xx

  140. Ali Gorringe November 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, It was so good to see you back on QVC for The Breast Cancer Care event. Thought you looked great!! You have been in my thoughts and prayers a lot over the past months.Bless You xxx

  141. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Eileen, very kind of you to say :) Colette has done a cracking job with my nails I must admit, and I’ve been lucky that although they’ve died right back, they haven’t broken off! Please do dig out a photograph for me as I’m getting quite a collection together now, and would love to add you to the numbers :) Have a good week, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  142. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Oh, and yes Eileen already a tad nervous about speaking at the Carol Concert, but speech almost written… some friends and Colin will be there, so that always makes me feel safer :) Love Ali xx

  143. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, Sue and Linda – I hope you don’t mind a joint reply, but thank you ALL for your kind words and lovely compliments. It is lovely to be back at work, and thank you for your continued support over the year – it has meant a great deal, love Ali xx

  144. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Henrietta Ta muchly!! Yes, I’m loving the hair too – a colour I’ve not experimented with before, and makes such a difference, especially if it does make that much of a difference to my age! Have a good week, love Ali xx

  145. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Margaret, thank you for your prayers – they were answered, and I too am very relieved and happy to be back. You take care and do keep in touch, love Ali xxx

  146. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Debz and a fur ball free Ainzley!! :) I’m not sure whether it was last Thursday or this one that he is at the Vet’s but I will be keeping everything crossed it goes well – or as well as it can do with your very individual feline :) Thank you for all your kind words of support and comfort – as always – you’re right though, it will just take time. I’m sorry things are a little tricky for you at the moment and wish I could just magic a pair of Emu boots over to you – just what we need when it’s so cold and mizzo outside. Lovely to hear from you as always, and I hope you’re having a good start to the week, love Ali xx

  147. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Linda a duvet days sounds fab! I was stuck in front of the computer in my pyjamas for hours this morning working on my speech thingy, and hadn’t realised the time! It’ll be nice to get dressed up again on Wednesday and Thursday – oh and a rather special troupe of chaps I’ll be talking to on Thursday too – so do tune in! You’re right about the versatility of wearing wigs, and Ken Paves was such a lovely man to trim them to shape for me too. You may be right about the Grandma Ali, but I think Lucy and Rich will wait until after their honeymoon proper which is booked for next summer when she has her time off school :) do hope all good with you, love Ali xx

  148. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Jackie and Trudy – THANK YOU BOTH!!! Such lovely things you say, and so much appreciated. Thanks for getting in touch, love Ali xx

  149. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jill, thank you so much for taking the time out to write, and I’m glad you caught the Emu hour… my feet have never been as toasty! Hoping luck will be with me for my mammogram tomorrow – just routine, so I’m sure all will be well. Have a great week, love Ali xx

  150. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Chris, I shall be back with you on Wednesday evening, and am looking forward to it already! As for the dancing – had a bit more of a boogie at the weekend for my sister’s 50th birthday – Strictly here we come! Love Ali x

  151. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Ollie, and thanks for taking time out to write. I’m glad you liked the dress, and no it’s not one of ours but is from Jane Norman, and I only bought it a couple of weeks ago, so it should still be there :) Good luck – I intend to wear mine again this week – very comfortable too! Love Ali x

  152. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Denise – You’re not the only one who wasn’t sure whether it was me or not – caught myself a few times in the monitor and was momentarily nonplussed!! :) So glad you enjoyed the show with Charlie – I have to say he is a joy to work with. Have a good week, and I’ll be back on Wednesday evening, love Ali xx

  153. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Anne-Marie, I have to say I was very pleased and grateful to Ken Paves, for the difference his wigs made to my still rather bald head! I have worn the red one pretty much permanently since then, and really like it… I may be tempted to colour my own hair that shade rather than blonde once its long enough.. decisions, decisions! Have a great week, love Ali xx

  154. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Oooh Marian, I do hope you enjoyed yourself at the Elemis workshop. Hope too you got to meet the delightful Keely Aydyn… she is a star and incredibly kind girl too. So glad your little tiger is OK and there was nothing to worry about. Continued good health to him and you too, and I’m so glad you liked the photos of the wedding. Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  155. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Dorothy, great to hear from you again, and so glad you caught the Emu show and it made you laugh… the noise on those bloomin’ leather chairs is terrible! I’m interviewing Il Divo on Thursday and feel I may need to insist on doing the chat standing up! :) I hope that you and yours are all well, with love, Ali x

  156. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Liz, that’s a very kind thing to say. Seriously though, reading through these comments there are some pretty remarkable women out there who put my experience into sharp perspective… It was good of you to write, and I hope very much that you’ll have a great Christmas, love Ali x

  157. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Lindalou and SJ – forgive me for a joint reply, but sentiment no less meant – THANK YOU!! It’s lovely to be back, and I’m looking forward to beconming more relaxed as the weeks move on. I do hope all well with you, love Ali xx

  158. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    My dear Maria, I do so hope these last months will have been kinder to you and that you will be looking forward to Christmas. It is so much appreciated that you’ve taken time out to write to me, and I’m glad you liked the wedding photos – that was my goal – to be there, and it couldn’t have been a more perfect weekend. Take care, love Ali xx

  159. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    That’s very sweet of you to say Julia. Ken couldn’t have been kinder, and did make sure I felt comfortable with changing wigs on the show, which of course I did. I felt spoiled to be given both the blonde and cinnamon wigs, and have had great fun wearing them! I’m thinking that it’s either the chemo that’s knocked years off me, or maybe not working for 9 months – either way, thank you for the compliment! Ali xx

  160. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Norma wouldn’t that be fab! I have a mammogram tomorrow which is just routine, but will be glad to get it done and out of the way. It would have been a real shame not to have made it back for the Christmas shows, as there’s a real buzz around the building at this time of the year, and of course there’s the Christmas party too!! 1920’s style this year, so I have to find a flappers dress! Have a good week, love Ali x

  161. alison keenan November 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    Valerie, lovely to hear from you, and you’re right about Kathy – I keep telling her she’s gorgous irrespective of dress size, but we do have the same sense of humour, and have already had a couple of hysterical ‘moments’ in the dressing room! Love and best wishes to you too, Ali xx

  162. Sue Smith November 21, 2011 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Kathy was so very right, your faithful followers just want our lovely Ali back to brighten our screens once more. You looked amazing upon your return, as you always do and please stop worrying about the horrible lympho. arm and all the other things you now have to cope with and concentrate on getting yourself fully fit. Looking forward to seeing your whenever you are able to be with us but please don’t overdo it.
    With lots of love and heaps of admiration
    Sue xxx

  163. lynne chorley November 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    hi ali how beautiful you looked with ken paves wig, how nice to find something that gives you so much confidence it is about time that wigs and pieces are available of such quality thankyou for your kind words i do wish we could have had a happier outcome
    hope you continue getting stronger and stronger it is so lovely to have a happy face on screen especially when you are a little bit down hope you and your family have a magnificent christmas lots of love Lynnexxx

  164. SUE RADFORD November 23, 2011 at 12:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m writing to wish you Good Luck (not that you’ll need it) with your speech on 5th December – you were chosen because you have been so inspirational. Let alone having to deal with your personal ordeal, having to go through the traumatic and worrying time with your son must have been a nightmare! I hope now that you are getting on with life that you will take time to arrange some lovely holidays next year. It’s strange, but when you’ve been through so much you tend to look at things through different eyes, and worry less about trivial things (I think you’ll know what I mean), and I hope that like me you will grab every available moment to enjoy life. It’s true when they say ‘when one door closes another opens’ – it did for me and it will for you! You are looking so well and happy now and next year will be a good one for you – I’m sure of that!
    Can’t wait for Christmas – I love the atmosphere when out shopping – just a day ago I was walking down the high street when a little boy ran past me to get to the Grotto that had been set up recently, and to see the look of excitement on his little face was worth more than anything money can buy!
    I’m glad you were pleased to receive my photo – I feel more comfortable knowing that you have a face to my name – I’m not one for facebook etc – technology is racing on far too fast for me – now I’m really showing my age lol!!
    Take care Ali,
    Love – Sue Radford xx

  165. Joyce November 23, 2011 at 6:41 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I have been following your journey over the last year, and when I saw your name appear on the list of what was to be aired for the day, I was delighted. I don’t get to watch QVC as often as I used to as I am working and living in Saudi Arabia, but with the internet, all is possible, and I often tune in via the internet when time allows. Welcome back, I wish you only the best. Love from Joyce

  166. karen evans November 24, 2011 at 2:23 am -  Reply

    welcame back lovely to see u looking so well, l know how ur feeling having had it twice in the last 21 years have be told this week by 1 docter he does not what to see me agian lol.
    how nice u got to the wedding my daugther getting wed in 2013 . so theres same thing for me to look forward once agian good look welcame back xxxx.

  167. Lorraine Leebetter November 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Its so nice to see you back on screen. You have been missed. You look great and an inspiration to all.
    Lots of love
    Lorraine

  168. Glenda November 24, 2011 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Wonderfull to see you back.Take it slow.You look absoulutly FAB xx

  169. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    My dear Gail, always lovely to hear from you, and thank you for building my confidence up! I am loving the short hair too, but reduced Debbie G and myself to a heap of laughter when I said of the blonde option that it was a little too short for me…..”But you haven’t got any hair!!!!” she said :) I will keep my eyes peeled for something in my pigeon hole, and will thank you in advance for your kindness. I had my mammogram on Tuesday which they felt was normal but I will also have an MRI as that has far more detail and they want to be sure. Have been suffering with bloomin’ back ache too, so had a full body CT scan today, and am sure it’s just because of the medication, so will have to seek an osteopath once we get the result from that. You are one of many people who have loved Lucy’s bouquet, and I even made her a lace garter with little buttons and pearls on it to match.. I hope that you have a good week, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  170. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    My dear Cheryl I am so sorry to hear of your mum’s diagnosis, but know that with you there, supporting and loving her, all that she has to face will be made that much easier. Just make sure YOU have someone to lean on… Lucy hid her fear from me for the most part and I know Richard was a rock to her. Trust in the medical professionals, and pray, as I will, that this is the beginning of making her well again. Stay strong, and please do let me know how your mum gets on , love Ali xx

  171. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Lynne, thank you :) Being back at work is definately part of the healing process. and I can’t quite believe where the year has gone and we are this close to Christmas. Next year will be a better one I just know it. I hope you and yours are all well, love Ali xx

  172. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Martin that’s the worst thing about being on holiday – coming home!! I hope though that you thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine and the rest. Thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  173. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Susan, and sorry it’s taken me so long to reply! I was indeed having a good weekend with my sister and her family and also mum and Joe which was lovely. I didn’t manage to see Kathy this week, but am hoping to catch up with her on Wednesday and I will pass yours and Valerie’s comments on! We can all work on building her up, cos she’s gorgous :) I hope too that for you and Debz things will get easier financially.. don’t go mad over Christmas, most folk understand if things are tight. Love Ali xx

  174. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Ron I take my wig off to you!!! Thank you for writing, and well done for your courage and determination! Here’s hoping I am as fortunate :) I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, love Ali xx

  175. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Mandy, how lovely are you :) Thank you … for writing, for what you’ve written, and for keeping in touch. As I have said many times, the support and love I have received through this BLOG has been amazing, and fundamental to my getting better. Please do stay in touch, and my very best wishes and love to you and your family. Bon Chance, Ali xxx

  176. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Sue H, it doesn’t matter if you only write once, it is lovely to know that you’re reading and enjoying the blogs and taking time out to keep in touch. It’s lovely to be back, and I hope that you’ll be with me over the next few weeks as we get closer to Christmas! so much to look forward to, with love, Ali xx

  177. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    So glad you had a successful jaunt to MK with your sister, Mary. I can vouch for the fact you walked miles – everyone does there, the maps are a nightmare to read!!! :) Jenny’s birthday went very well indeed, and we even had a little bit of a dance at the end of the night! I hope the soles of your feet are now well and truly rested! Love Ali xx

  178. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Ali thank you for your prayers, and kind thoughts, and for keeping in touch. It is lovely to know you’re there, and I do hope that you and your family will have a wonderful Christmas, love Ali xx

  179. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Sue. I have to admit to being a little tired at the moment, and my back’s playing up but I think it’s the driving and sitting etc…. gettin old!! :) Nothing planned til work on Sunday, so will rest up til then. I do hope all is good with you, and thank you very much for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  180. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Lynne, you’re so right. Ken was a lovely man, and I really enjoyed the show, but it was amazing how much better I felt once I had the wig on! I’ve had some lovely compliments too – not just about the style but the colour of the hair, so I’m seriously rethinking my blonde strategy! I hope too that you’re getting stronger, and that Christmas will be a special time for you with happy memories, love Ali xx

  181. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Sue you look barely 20!!!! :) The photo is lovely, and I thank you for sending it. Lovely to hear about the little boy and Santa’s grotto. They had a little Christmas funfair set up in the local village with a carousel… I LOVE the music :) You’re right about looking at things with slightly different eyes, although I still don’t seem to be able to look too far forward…. I think it’ll be spring before I book the holiday, although the thought of some sunshine warming my bones is delightful :) Yes my time with Sam when he was poorly was possibly the hardest time , but to see him now, working towards making a proper life for himself is lovely… one step at a time – literally…. I hope that you and your family will be together for Christmas, and that the NEw Year brings you happiness and good health, love Ali xx

  182. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    gosh Joyce, Saudi Arabia! It sounds an amazing place, and I hope you are happy and enjoying life out there. Isn’t the internet a great thing? so glad that you can keep in touch, and thank you for taking the time out to comment. Happy Christmas to you and yours, love Ali xx

  183. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS KAREN!!! Not just on your daughter’s forthcoming marriage, but also on getting through the last 21 years and being given a clean bill off health! Excellent. You make the very best of all the plans and arrangements and organisation that’s involved in the wedding and look straight ahead. It’s going to be a wonderful year I’m sure :) Love Ali xxx

  184. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Lorraine, thank you for your kind words, and for taking the time to write to me. I wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year, love Ali xx

  185. alison keenan November 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    And Glenda, I’m not feeling too bad either! Thank you for your kind words, and for writing to me, and I hope you have a great Christmas, love Ali xx

  186. Jean welton November 26, 2011 at 1:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali it be good to have you back with Qvc family I didn’t relise you have been I’ll good luck for 2012 you a fantastic lady. Take care thinking of you.jean.

  187. Samantha Hudson December 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    So glad to hear you are back and you look SO good, Amica too! Best Wishes for a happy and healthy 2012 to both of you.
    Love Samantha x

  188. fay wellfare January 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    i have just been told i have breast cancer still in shock but reading all you coments have helped thanyou

  189. alison keenan January 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    My dear Fay, I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, and am not surprised that you are in shock…. It was a year ago today that I was diagnosed, and so I do understand the mix of emotions you must be feeling. Perhaps the best way to look at it, is that now they KNOW what’s wrong they can treat it, and the treatment as you will know from reading this blog, is set to cure you. I know it’s hard, but do try and stay positive…. For me, I can’t quite believe it’s really happened as I feel so much better now, and it is behind me. In a few months this will be you too :) Please keep in touch and let me know how you are doing, and I’m sending you my love and a big hug. You can do it – as so many of us here on this blog know having been there and done that. Ali xx

  190. Susan Roper February 23, 2012 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Could not understand why I wasn’t seeing you on QVC. You are my favourite presenter and I missed you.
    I have recently learned about your illness and was so pleased to see you back on screen. I thought you looked stunning and I did not know that you had been ill!!
    Still missing you – are you on holiday?
    When will we see you back where you belong?
    Keep up the great work on and off screen.

  191. Stella Ball March 5, 2012 at 8:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I’ve not blogged before but saw you yesterday on QVC. I was diagnosed with same type of cancer in May last year. It was so nice to hear your subtle comments on revitalash and the bras – not in everybody else’s face but helpful to those of us who’ve gone through the same thing. I’d not been buying anything lately, cos a bit low after all treatment finished but I bought both of the items mentioned and I was very impressed with your hair! Can’t wait for mine to grow a bit more. I thought you looked fab and felt quite inspired after seeing you.
    Best wishes
    Stella xx

  192. alison keenan March 6, 2012 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Stella, I’m so glad you felt able to blog, and that you are on the mend after what I know to be a long haul…. Well done you :) I’m glad also that you felt both the products would help you in your recovery, as they have done in mine, and I know that it won’t be long before your hair will start to grow more quickly – it’s taken six months to get mine to this length, and I hated it until it was coloured and I’d learned to tame it!! That said, it’s a great deal better than no hair! I wish you continued luck with your recovery, and hope that you keep in touch, and let me know how you’re getting on. Love Ali xx

  193. alison keenan March 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Susan, yes on the mend definitely, and just back from a three week trip to Australia, Tasmania and Dubai. Thank you for your kind words, and if you want to catch up on my holiday, then have a look at the latest blogs – I’ve just posted a new one! Take care, love Ali x

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