The news I had been hoping for…

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I actually began writing this blog in the middle of the night, it may well have been the brightness of the moon that woke me. But then I pressed something on my iPad and lost the whole lot! Now, here I am in one of my favourite places in the house: at my desk.

I know it seems ages since I last wrote, but I really wanted to wait until I had the test results back following my operation last week. My surgeon actually rang to tell me that the nuclear bone scan showed no sign of cancer and my blood tests were all good.

The tissue they took during the procedure last week was also cancer free! It’s such a relief. It doesn’t matter how many times I tell myself  ‘it’ll be nothing’, until I’m actually told that, there’s always a niggle of doubt in the back of my mind. I have to add that reading through your kind and caring messages has been an absolute tonic for me. As always, I wanted to thank you VERY much indeed for them.

This last week has been very up and down and although I feel tired a lot of the time, I’m definitely on the mend now, although with some pretty impressive bruising! Thank heavens for SBC’s Arnica Gel and to Jackie Kabler, who very kindly donated hers to me via Kathy Tayler! I’d given mine to my godmother when she was poorly recently and had none left.

The operation was carried out at the same hospital that I’d had both my mastectomies, with the same breast surgeon. I’ve not really had much reason to go back to the hospital over the last four years, and apart from a different colour paint on the walls and a brand new remote controlled bed, the room looked very much the same.

However, I was delighted to see that they had brand new gowns – with a nautical stripe. They actually wrapped right round you, rather than leaving you bare down the back. And…  no more paper pants!! Check these out! Really snazzy stretchy cycle shorts, with no worries as to which way round you wear them:

The surgeon told me that he was going to take away all the scar tissue and spare skin that had been left when the implant had to be taken out. He would also remove the hard ridge that had been tethered to my chest wall and was definitely causing me discomfort.

Everything went according to plan and I eventually woke-up to find my right-side completely flat – something it has never been. The skin was smooth and felt very tight. Apart from a large sticking plaster, there was absolutely no evidence of what had been there before.

I have spent years trying to come to terms with physical changes the surgery has made. Even though for many women it is a huge relief to have no reminder of the disease, I have struggled with how it has made me feel. It’s something I tackled in my book ‘A New Kind of Normal’ and I realised from reading some of the reviews, I am not alone.

But now I feel differently. I see this flatness as a reminder of how incredibly lucky I am to still be here and to have a life to live in good health. I know full well that so many others are not this lucky. It‘s been difficult for Colin, too. He worries, and this is another change for him to get used to. However, he’s strong and kind and I’m lucky that he loves me, no matter what…

On the topic of health, although I so wish it was better news, I wanted to let you know that mum is still in the nursing home and still unable to walk. She is now refusing to eat or drink most things that are given to her and is very muddled. She has a scan on Friday and we are hoping against hope that this will give us some answers…

Obviously, the home can no longer keep her as their job is to rehabilitate folk, and she is not responding to any of the physio or care. The next step will be to get her back home with a team of carers that will visit three times a day, plus a fair amount of changes to the house to facilitate her immobility.

Colin drove me to see her a few days ago and it was very sad to see her so confused. Although, with some things she has absolute clarity.

It’s also very hard for her partner Joe, whose memory has deserted him and is becoming less lucid the longer mum is away. I’m hoping to see her again soon but the rest of the grandchildren and my sister are rallying, so they both have company. I know from some of your comments that you’ve been here with your own family and I thank you for not only sharing your experiences, but for your kindness and support.

I’ve also had support from my lovely family and friends. My children sent me this fantastic hamper with all my favourite foods. Lucy and Honey also came to stay and although I was unable to pick Honey up or cuddle her much, it was just great to have them here. This was Honey’s Playdoh picture of me – pretty accurate I thought on a day when I felt particularly peaky!

We had a little bit of sunshine, so I was able to sit in the garden with her – where we found this amazing beetle! I thought it was a scarab beetle, then remembered that they were black. Lucy said it was a shield bug? Any ideas? I thought it was absolutely beautiful.

The green colour is so like peridot, which coincidentally is the birthstone for August! I know this, because I should have been presenting a jewellery show this month and was sent images of a fabulous selection of peridot designs that are currently on sale, including this beautiful ring.

It works particularly well with the white gold, and the beautiful shape of the stone and saturation of colour is just stunning. The ancient Egyptians called peridot the “Sun Gem”, believing the stones had fallen from the sky. Strangely, it’s often found in lava deposits or meteorite showers.

Honey loves having sleepovers with us. I’d just taken a delivery of Cozee Home’s new and very beautiful bedspread from their Sophia Rose range, in this pretty floral pink design (808621). I decided to put it on Honey’s bed and she said it was like sleeping on a marshmallow. I think it really perked the room up! It will be Today’s Special Value on Monday 19th August with the lovely Deborah Leigh and Miceal Murphy. As always with this brand, the price represents great value for money!

It is beautifully finished in this vintage style crinkle fabric with a plain backing, and you can choose from a number of different colours. It comes in either small or large sizes – this is the large one and is perfect on this standard double bed.

Time for a nap I think, but thanks again for keeping in touch. I’m off now until Thursday 5th September with my lovely colleague Charlie Brook, as he and I will be presenting a Diamonique Spectacular together that day.

I’ll be checking in on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter if you follow me any of those. As always, if you write to me here, I will of course reply.

Enjoy the rest of the summer,

With my love,

Ali

146 Comments

  1. Denise Hore August 16, 2019 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, firstly, I am so pleased to hear your good news, I had know idea you were once again going through such worrying times.
    Secondly, I have missed seeing you, as you have such a cheery outlook and brighten my day every time you are on. Lastly, have a speedy recovery and come back soon. X
    Y

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 9:51 am -  Reply

      Dear Denise, thanks so much for your lovely comment. I’m missing QVC too, but am taking it slowly as I don’t seem to heal as quickly as I used to 🙂 I hope all is well and thank you for your support. Love Ali xx

  2. Lynda Downs August 16, 2019 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Yes it is a shield bug. Another name is stink bug as if hey are attacked they release an awful smell!

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 9:52 am -  Reply

      Hi Linda, good to know, and to be fair it is what Lucy told me, although she didn’t mention the stink bug bit! 🙂 Love Ali x

  3. Judith Lennon August 16, 2019 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    What wonderful news for you and your family from the hospital. I am sorry mum is not responding to treatment. It is a very worrying time for her and you. She must feel very confused by it all and Joe must be feeling the same. Keep positive. Honey is a little darling and I love her room. One smile or a hug from her will always make the world a better place even just for a moment. I bet she loves her sleepovers. My youngest is coming tonight for hers and we love every moment of it exhausting or not! John is waiting more results from his recent bowel investigations. We are keeping our fingers crossed all is well. You may remember he had a positive result on his leg last year but hopefully all will stay good with that. He has regular check ups so they have been incredible.
    Keep your fingers crossed for him. Will close for now and have five minutes to myself before the onslaught starts of toys everywhere! Keep well Ali and as always love and hugs from me. Judith. Xx

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 9:55 am -  Reply

      Dear Judith, always good to hear from you, and I will certainly be keeping everything crossed for you and John for his results. It is a wonderful care system though and I’m glad he is looked after so well. I’m sure you had a fabulous time with your granddaughter this weekend and that she enjoyed it in equal measures! All good here and off to Dorset for a few days. Going stir crazy not being able to drive! Love Ali x

  4. Valerie Maureen Wilding August 16, 2019 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    So lovely to hear your news makes me realise my shingles is not so bad. However your bruises look like my back and torso after 7 weeks. Never thought about using Arnica now scabs have gone thanks for reminder.Lots of love to you all hope sort out the elderly member without too much stress xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 9:57 am -  Reply

      Valerie, I’ve been incredibly lucky never to have had shingles but I know the pain from them can be dreadful. So glad that you’ve found relief with the Arnica gel, and thanks for your kind words re mum. I’ll keep in touch here, love Ali x

  5. Linda Marshall August 16, 2019 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I am so pleased to hear that you are feeling better and on the mend.
    At first i thought you were on holiday until i saw your video message, look after yourself and get well soon, hope to see you back on the Q soon.
    lots of love Linda xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 9:58 am -  Reply

      Dear Linda, Thanks for getting in touch, and for your kind words. My friend is driving to pick me up and take me to Dorset for a few days so that will be like a kind of holiday 🙂 It’ll be good to get back to work and to ‘normal’ though. I hope all is well with you and yours, love Ali x

  6. Alice August 16, 2019 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Allison, I am so very pleased you have had the good news you hoped for. Keep well, rest and let everyone spoil you rotten. Look forward to seeinbox you back in September. xx

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:00 am -  Reply

      Hi Alice, yes, it was a mighty relief, and as it’s hopefully my last surgery, I’m doing everything to make sure it heals properly this time. I’ve been very well looked after thank you 🙂 See you in September! Love Ali x

  7. Janet Cash August 16, 2019 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison that is brilliant news so pleased for you and your family. I know how hard it is to wait for results. Missing you on the Q xx

    • Suzi from Ayr Scotland August 17, 2019 at 11:06 am -  Reply

      Great news happy for all of you hope mum gets a wee bit better when she’s homex

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:01 am -  Reply

      Dear Janet, thank you for taking the time to write, and you’re right, waiting is always the hardest part. Missing being on the Q! Take care and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  8. Sue Langley August 16, 2019 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I am so pleased to hear your good news. I hope your recovery continues to be good. I am sorry to hear about your Mum, it is always hard when something like this happens to someone so close to you. Looking forward to seeing you back on screen. XX

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:02 am -  Reply

      Hi Sue, and thanks – me too! All is going well albeit it a little slowly, and I’m still not able to drive, but hope to soon. You’re right about mum, it’s very difficult to understand, but hopefully the recent scan may shed some light. Enjoy the rest of the summer, love Ali x

  9. Kathy August 16, 2019 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful news Alison, book a sunshine holiday and relax for a couple of weeks.
    Take care
    Love Kathy xx

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:03 am -  Reply

      Dear Kathy, I would have LOVED to have gone away somewhere that’s sunnier than here right now, but Colin’s working five days a week, and I’m not sure I’d have been up for a flight on my own! I hope you’re well? Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  10. Joanna Downey August 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, I’m delighted that all is well. I had an uncanny feeling that you had good news; I was wearing my grandmother’s ring, which is both beautiful & makes me feel uplifted, so I logged on & saw your happy little Poirot face. I raised a large glass of vanilla vodka & tonic to you & then had a second one just for good measure. The news about your mum’s health is obviously of concern to everyone & I hope that when she does return home she will start to improve & even though she won’t be fully independent her usual & loved surroundings may encourage her to eat & drink. I’ve just put our home back together after having the hall, stairs & landing decorated. It’s only going to be tidy for five days before we have to do a major move again when we have two floors laminated, wrong way round as we’ll have to be really careful not to bash the new walls, one of which is papered as shelves filled with books & looks wonderful. Finally, even those of us who haven’t dealt with all that has happened to you can understand your feelings about your changed physical shape, your words about this surgery are so very different & I’m so proud of you. Love to you & your lovely man. Jo x

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:08 am -  Reply

      My dear Jo, you were right, and I’m mightily relieved – and yes, this time it is different.. x The vanilla vodka and tonic sounds good – so many flavours around to choose from these days! I am hoping against hope that your sage words will ring true once mum gets home, and maybe the recent scan will shed a little light on what is actually going on in her mind.
      I will keep everything crossed that the laminators who come to do your floors will go carefully – the paper you mention I have seen before, and I think it’s fabulous! Take care and enjoy the rest of the summer, love Ali xx

  11. Antoinette Browne August 16, 2019 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, thank you for your lovely blog. I am so happy that you got the News you were waiting for. I have number met you before. You are such an inspirational lady. May God continues to bless you and all your lovely family. Antoinette x

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:09 am -  Reply

      Dear Antoinette – such a beautiful name – thank you so much for your sweet words and your blessing. It is a relief to have this news, and to know that I will be able now to help mum get through whatever changes may need to be made to her life. I hope all is well with you, love Ali x

  12. Karen August 16, 2019 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Very brave lady and I do hope you will feel much better and soon be back on our screens. Sending you very best wishes for a speedy recovery.. Karen x

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:10 am -  Reply

      Hi Karen, and thanks so much for taking the time to write here. My best to you too, love Ali xx

  13. SoggySox August 16, 2019 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to hear your good news, Alison. It must be such a relief for you and your family. I hope that you get your mum safely all sorted. Take care x

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:13 am -  Reply

      Great name Soggysox! I’m sure there’s a story behind that one 🙂 Thank you very much though for your kind words and wishes for mum too. Much appreciated, love Ali xx

  14. Christine milnes August 16, 2019 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    WonderFul news Alison hope you are feeling a little better and stronger missing you on QVC love to you and your family Xxxx

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:15 am -  Reply

      Dear Christine, lovely to hear from you, and thank you for your comment. Yes, definitely getting a little better each day, although the process is always a little slower than you expect – strong one day, exhausted the next! Wishing you and your family all the best too, love Ali x

  15. Loraine Plumb August 16, 2019 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison so pleased your news was good i had a feeling it would be but I think your mind does overtime in these situations . So sorry your mum’s not to good it’s hard to juggle work and visiting when you don’t feel 100% and not living close by , you are lucky to have Colin nice he is so understanding .All is good with the baby and the rest of the family now things have settled down Les and I will enjoy our holiday we go 8th September to lake maggoire. Enjoy the rest of your time of it will give you time to have a rest and see family and friends while you have more time . Take care and best wishes love Loraine xx☺

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:19 am -  Reply

      Hi Loraine, I’m so glad your feeling was right, and I just wish I had the confidence to hang on to that myself! But all good now 🙂 Yes, timing wise this hasn’t been the best, but I should be able to drive again soon, and we’re hoping mum will be home at the end of the month. I bet you can’t wait until the 8th September! Lake Maggoire will be stunning at this time of the year. I hope you and Les have a fabulous break, and I’m so glad the baby is thriving and all is well with the family. Love Ali xx

  16. martin forbes August 16, 2019 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison hope you are well iam not bad

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:20 am -  Reply

      Hi Martin, yes thanks I’m feeling much better now and about to have a couple of days in Dorset to recoup my energy. I hope you enjoyed your two weeks off work and the weather was good for you? Love Ali xx

  17. Julia Shepherd August 16, 2019 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful news for you Ali, you must be so relieved. Rest and take care of yourself. Looking forward to seeing you back in September.

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:21 am -  Reply

      Dear Julia, yes I am very relieved, and am making the best of being able to rest up and get better to be back at work in September. I hope all is well with you too, love Ali x

  18. Moira Graham August 16, 2019 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful news. One of my sister’s is a survivor💕💕

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:26 am -  Reply

      Dear Moira, so good to hear from you and I’m very relieved for you and your family that your sister has made a good recovery from this disease. Onwards and upwards, and please do make sure you have regular check ups too, love Ali xx

  19. rebecca walker August 16, 2019 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Alison you are such a wonderful woman. Beautiful both inside and out. You are such a fighter too. All the things that happen and you are still smiling. I look forward to seeing you on QVC on the 5th. I knew you hadn’t been in but did not know til yesterday you had been in hospital. Take care of yourself or let Colin look after you!!! Looking forward to your sparkling self back with us.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:29 am -  Reply

      Hello Rebecca, and thanks for getting in touch. I’m so glad that this blog still serves us so well as a chance to stay connected, and it’s very kind of you to take the time out to write to me. I’m feeling a lot stronger each day, and hopefully the dressing will come off tomorrow and I will feel less sore. I’m being driven to Dorset by my friend so will have a couple of days R&R in the beautiful countryside, although I think the forecast is rain! I hope all is well with you and thank you for your kind words, love Ali xx

  20. Julie August 16, 2019 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I am so pleased with your news as have been thinking about you. You are one brave lady with always a smile on your face and a positive attitude. Hope Colin is well and coping?
    Sorry to hear about your Mum. I know what it’s like to have a Mum not well. When she’s home it will be better for everyone especially Joe I think.
    Love Honey’s room. She’s growing up so quickly.
    No news here so things very much the same.
    Speak soon.
    Julie xx The Girls xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:31 am -  Reply

      Dear Julie, I’m sorry to know that even though it’s the school holidays there’s no change for you… I’m keeping on keeping everything crossed for you. Yes, difficult times with mum, but it sounds as though you may not a lot more than me about this kind of situation. It will be far better to get her home and I am hoping it will give her the incentive she needs to get stronger. I hope you are having some time to yourself, and enjoying the sun when it shines. Stay strong love Ali xx

  21. Judith White August 16, 2019 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    So pleased about your news, l always follow you, and always think how brave you are with all the things you have been through.The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind for me as l have just been told l have bowel cancer and l start chemo on Tuesday , l hope l can be as brave as you. best wishes Judith

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:34 am -  Reply

      Oh my dear Judith, I am so sorry to hear your news, and am sending you my love and prayers for positive results from your treatment. You will find the strength to get through it, and remember, each treatment is one less you have to face. It will give you your best chance. Please keep in touch if at all possible, and know that I’m thinking of you. Love Ali xx

  22. Christine August 16, 2019 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I am really really pleased about your results, it’s just a relief you are ok. Take things easy . Sorry to hear about your mum, hope she gets good care.

    Take Care x

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:35 am -  Reply

      Hi Christine, and thank you for taking the time out to write to me, and with such kind words too. Yes, poor mum is very muddled, but we are hoping for the results from the scan which may shed a little more light on the situation. She will be coming home soon which I think is a positive. I hope all is well with you, love Ali xx

  23. Linda Finch August 16, 2019 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ,trying again on here ,its so good to hear your good news all posative from now onwards 😊even though you can’t hug or cuddle Honey just having her around is cheerful in its self ,,I can remember taking my mum to pick her false boobies ,we both had to smile when the nice nurse opened this large cupboard with rows and rows of boxes with different sizes in them and said to mum what size would you like ,needless to say she didn’t use them much ,hope that made you smile 😀looking forward to seeing you back on Q ,take care and lots of love xxxx Linda F

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:37 am -  Reply

      Dear Linda you did make me smile 🙂 I will have to make that same shopping trip myself too – it’s certainly a leveller. Honey was very gentle with me bless her, and next time I see her, I’m sure I’ll be far less bruised and in for a big hug! I hope all is well with you and that you enjoy the rest of the summer, love Ali x

  24. Rhona Fenton August 16, 2019 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    So glad to hear you are doing well Alison and recovering from your latest surgery keep strong as always and with colin and your family and friends by your side to help you through this time! I on the other hand is helping my dear dear friend through this tough time for her and her family as sadly her sister lost her battle but they are slowly getting there with each day! so stay strong sending much love down to you as always Rhona xx

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:39 am -  Reply

      Dear Rhona, I am so sorry to know that your friend lost her sister… so incredibly hard to accept especially when someone has been ill for a time. I am glad you are there for her and her family and I am sure you are a great comfort. Thank you for your good wishes and for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  25. Susan Hunter August 16, 2019 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to hear your good news Alison and so sorry to hear about your Mum and her partner Joe. I hope you will stay strong, stay well and stay positive with the help and support of your lovely family xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:41 am -  Reply

      Susan thanks so much for writing to me here. Yes, difficult times for mum and Joe, but I’m definitely on the mend and will be able to spend more time with them next month once mum is home. We’re lucky that we’re a pretty close family and have the support of friends too. I hope all is well with you, and please do keep in touch, love Ali x

  26. Nichola Dubovie August 16, 2019 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I am so pleased that your test results came back clear. The waiting for results is so stressful. You go over it in your head again and again and look at all scenarios. I think a lot of people do not understand that the minute you receive the diagnosis of Cancer your whole world changes and life is never quite the same ever again. Having a good support system around you is huge and please everyone remember to give a thought for the carers as they hurt also. Please remember everyone to also ask how they are doing.
    I was so pleased to hear your good news today as I was feeling quite sad as today I learnt that a very close friend of mine has lost her battle after a courageous fight which she fought with great dignity. xx

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:44 am -  Reply

      Dear Nichola, thank you so much for your insightful and kind comment, and for highlighting the support network that makes it possible for someone like me to get better. But it is the ripple effect of cancer that none of us are in truth prepared for… often not realising the huge number of people who are hurt by this disease. I am very sorry to know that your close friend lost her battle, and I know that for those of us who never give up hope, accepting that will be very difficult and hard for you. Sending you my love, Ali x

  27. Carol s August 16, 2019 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so glad that you are ok and just have to get over your operation now. Time is a great healer. Sorry to hear about your mum, I think that when she gets home and sees all that is familiar to her she will start to get back to normal and hopefully start eating again . Such a worry for you. Sending love, carol.s

    • Alison Keenan August 19, 2019 at 10:46 am -  Reply

      Hello there Carol, lovely to hear from you, and thanks for your kind words about mum. My sister and I both agree with what you’ve suggested here, and we hope also that the scan may shed a little light on any other problems… It is a worry, and has been difficult not being able to drive or get involved particularly while I’m on the mend. She’s moving back home at the end of the month so I will keep in touch here. I hope all is well with you, love Ali xx

  28. Bev young August 17, 2019 at 7:26 am -  Reply

    Absolutely fantastic news !! The relief for you and your family must be so wonderful xx So sorry to hear that got Mum is poorly – hopefully when she’s home it may spark some memories and make her feel more secure and comforted- and help Joe too xxx
    Much love xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

      Dear Bev, apologies for the late reply, but very many thanks for your kind words. Mum has actually come home today, so we are keeping everything crossed that she will improve from now on. Joe’s very glad to have her home too.

      Love Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Bev, thanks so much – it has been a huge relief. Mum is home today, and we are very much hoping that she will improve now she’s back. Joe is very glad to have her home too. We’ve moved her downstairs so it will be easier. I hope all is well with you, love Ali x

  29. Karen B August 17, 2019 at 7:45 am -  Reply

    Ah lovely Ali, so glad to hear your good news about your own health. You are such a brave lady and an inspiration to many. Missing you on our screens but look forward to your return on Diamonique Day with Charlie – you two are so funny together! Sending love to you and your poor dear mum. Sending you a big hug xx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

      Dear Karen,
      How very kind of you, I really appreciate your words. Yes, I’m already looking forward to Diamonique Day and working with Charlie! He is great fun to work with, and we both enjoy getting the opportunity every now and then. Mum came home today, so we are very much hoping she will now improve. Love to you xx

  30. Cherry August 17, 2019 at 7:52 am -  Reply

    So please to hear your good news, Alison. What a relief for you and Colin – I hope you are soon fully recovered from the surgery.
    Very sad to hear about your mum – I can empathise as we are in exactly the same position with my dad. It’s so upsetting to watch them slip away into their own world, a little each day. And, like you, we do not live close by, so it’s daily phone calls and long journeys to visit as often as possible. God bless them both.

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

      Dear Cherry, thank you for writing to me, although I am so sorry to hear about your dad. It’s so much harder when you don’t live nearby, but I’m certain he treasures those visits as much as you do. Mum came home today, and so we are hoping the change may be a tonic for her. The carers will come in three times a day, and I’ll let you know how she gets on. Love to you, Ali x

  31. marie mcgee August 17, 2019 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    hi ali, just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back on the Q very soon. you are a big miss xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

      hello there Marie, lovely to hear from you, and I will be back with you next Thursday for a three hour Diamonique show with Charlie. I hope all is well with you and that you’ve enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend, love Ali x

  32. Sue Harris August 17, 2019 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    Such wonderful news regarding your own health. It must be such a relief. Very sorry to hear about your mum though. I know how difficult it is when parents become ill/frail as I am experiencing this myself. You have such a positive outlook though on life and you must remain with such optimism. It isn’t always easy to do though! I am loving the new bedding for Honey’s room – very tasteful and cosy, I enjoy reading your blogs and you are a pleasure to watch on QVC – professional and a very classy lady. Look after yourself.😄

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

      Dear Sue, I am sorry to know that you’re also going through a time of change with your parents. It’s not easy always to remain optimistic, but I think it is very important, and those we live tend to pick up on all our emotions, and this helps them too. Glad you like the bedding – she loved it too! Thanks for your kind words about my news, and also the compliments – I’ll look forward to being back with you on the 5th September. Love Ali xx

  33. Alison Peacock August 17, 2019 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, This is wonderful news. Take it easy. Wishing you all the very best for a speedy recovery. Alison xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Alison, thanks so much for taking the time to write to me. I’m feeling a lot stronger these days – still a bit of healing to do, but getting there. Love Ali xx

  34. Margaret August 17, 2019 at 10:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, such good news. I shall look forward to your return on 5th September. One of my favourite shows is diamonique, as I am a great fan, but you and Charlie always make it extra special. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

      Ooh, a shared passion then! I very much enjoy presenting the Diamonique hours as Charlie and I genuinely rate the jewellery – it’s always a treat to work with him. I will try and remember to give you a wave on the 5th 🙂 Love Ali xx

  35. Lucy August 17, 2019 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Such wonderful news!
    Love and best wishes to both you and your mum.
    LucyX

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

      Dear Lucy, thank you so much for your kind wishes: I have passed them on to mum who came home today. Such a relief – hopefully things will improve for her now. Love Ali xx

  36. JENNIFER CANN August 17, 2019 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    so pleased about your results, i have one last (i think) appointment at the hospital and then i will hopefully be ringing the Bell,when my mum was in hospital she got very very confused and we were quite worried about her as she said she was visited by Bess of Hardwick and she has been dead a few hundred years so we were worried, but as soon as we got her home she was fine knew every one and was sharp as a button, hope you find your mum will be the same, any way god bless you and your mum

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Jennifer, I am so pleased that you are almost through your treatment – you will feel mightily relieved once it’s done I’m sure, and you can then crack on with the rest of your life. Bless your mum – my mum has certainly said a few VERY odd things over the last few months! She’s come home today, so we are hoping this will be what she needs to find herself again. Thank you for your kind words, and a big hug and God bless you too. Stay well and strong. Love Ali xx

  37. Margaret Upton August 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm -  Reply

    I haven’t been on here for a while, I just tried to reply to this as I received it bon my e mail but it didn’t send. You are so brave, well done, I hope this is the last of your surgeries and that you can now move on. I am such a wimp compared to you, I had to have a colonoscopy, I hated it, it hurt, so much for sedation, I kept thinking of you and everything you have had to deal with while I was waiting, I still wanted to bolt! Your are an inspiration to us all. Love Maggie xx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

      My dear Margaret having had a colonoscopy myself you have my utmost sympathy! It was very unpleasant – and the sedation didn’t work for me either! I hope that you are well though, and I really appreciate your kind words. Thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  38. Elise August 17, 2019 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Ali, you are one heck of a tough cookie ! Me and my mum are so happy to read this fantastic news, that you are well ! We love seeing you on QVC, you light up everyone’s day ! Looking forward to seeing you and Charlie, you’re both such a laugh together ! Hope everything goes ok with your mum.
    Lots of love from me, mum and grandma xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

      Oh bless you Elise! 🙂 Yes I’m feeling much better now and healing slowly. I really enjoy my shows with Charlie – we share the same sense of humour as well as love of Diamonique! It’ll be good to be with him for my first show back. Mum is home today, so we are fingers crossed things will improve. Love to you, your mum and your grandma. xx

  39. Anne Whitehead August 17, 2019 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so lovely to hear your good news. Your wonderful husband and family are behind you every step of the way, as are all of us. So sorry to hear of your mum, I am going through a very similar thing with my mum and know how hard it can be. Honey is a delight, she is just a bit younger than my youngest grandchild, and I can relate to all your stories about her 😊. Wishing you a speedy recovery and looking forward to seeing you back on screen x

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

      Dear Anne, thanks so much for the support, it really means a great deal. And you’re right the support of the family too makes such a difference. I’m sorry you too are struggling with similar issues with your mum too… not an easy time at all. Honey, though is as you say a constant source of comfort and joy as I’m sure your grandchildren are to you. Take care, love Ali xx

  40. Diane August 17, 2019 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, such wonderful news it must come as a great relief to you and to have such a wonderful caring family around you, your Colin clearly loves you very much.
    Your dear mum has also had your loving care, it’s what families are all about isn’t it we just do what we can even when life can deal it’s cruelest blows.
    I wish you all the very best for a speedy recovery & you always look wonderful you are an inspiration X

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

      Diane, it most certainly was a huge relief, and I’m feeling much better and healing – although a little more slowly than I’d like – I’m definitely noticing the improvement. Mum actually came home today, and we are hoping it will be just the tonic she needs to turn that corner. Thanks so much for your kind words and for getting back to me. I hope all is well in your world and you too have love and support, Ali xx

  41. Viv Strange August 17, 2019 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali So pleased to hear your good news regarding your results, such a huge relief for you. You can now concentrate on getting well and getting your strength back with your lovely family to look after you. So sorry the news is not so good regarding your mum, but lets hope she improves once she is back in her own surroundings. I have missed you on the TV as I always enjoy your programes and looking forward to seeing you soon but not until you feel better. Love Viv x

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

      Dear Viv, The results were certainly the best boost for getting better, and a massive relief. I’m feeling far less tired now and the bruising has almost gone. Mum came home today, and we are very much hoping that this will help her memory and her general wellbeing. I’m looking forward to coming back and sharing my first show with Charlie on the 5th September. It’ll be good to know you’re the other side of the camera so to speak 🙂 Love Ali xx

  42. Linda M Binns August 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, it’s wonderful to read about your good news. I shall have a smile on my face for the rest of the evening.
    Sorry that things aren’t going too well at the moment for your mum. Here’s hoping things may improve. Try not to be too hard on yourself if you are not always able to be there for her as much as you’d like. She would want you to take care of your own health first.
    Your granddaughter Honey is so gorgeous, and it is obvious to a blind man that you absolutely adore her. Grandchildren are truly a blessing, and balm for the soul. My grandsons, Noah aged 10, and Ellis, 8, have just gone home, back down South after a weeks visit. By golly, the house is so utterly boringly quiet without them. Being a grandparent is just the best isn’t it.
    Right, I’m off to order your book which I have kept meaning to do, and also to look at the lovely bedding you have in Honey’s room which looks rather nice.
    Yes, it’s a rather splendid shield bug. Good spot!
    Take care Alison.
    I’m sure there are loads of viewers who, like myself, have come over the years to view the QVC presenters almost as family. There will be many of us who read your posts but don’t always leave replies…………I suppose what I’m trying to say is that we all love your sparkling company, and really care about you.
    Sending lots of love, and a big Northern hug,
    Linda. xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

      Linda thanks so much for your lovely message – you made me well up at the end ! And thank you for that big Northern hug 🙂 Your grandsons sound delightful – great names too – and I’m sure that your house does seem empty and quiet without them. They fill our hearts and our homes… I miss Honey as she’s away with her Daddy until the end of next week, but I’ll make sure I get to see Lucy asap. Thank you so much for saying you’ll order the book, and please, if you enjoy it, it would mean a great deal to me if you could review it? Thank you! and thanks again for keeping in touch here. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer. Love Ali xx

  43. Merche Gardiner August 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so pleased to hear your good news, with the love of Colin and all your family I’m sure you will soon feel like your old self. Sorry to hear there hasn’t been any improvement with your mum I hope that you will soon have an answer to her problem. Love Merchexx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

      Dear Merche, good to hear from you and yes, I am definitely on the mend, and am happy to report that mum came home today, so we have everything crossed that this will be the change she needs to improve. I’ll keep in touch, and I hope that all is well for you, love Ali xx

  44. Lynn Sword August 17, 2019 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Alison. 💗 I am beyond happy for you and your family that your results are the wonderful news you were hoping for. What a relief for you and yours and a release from the anxiety that you will all have been experiencing. It’s just wonderful to hear. So saddened to hear about your dear Mum and also Joe. I pray that home care can be arranged soon and is in some way beneficial. Such a worrying time and so difficult to watch parent struggling. Enjoy every moment with your family and in particular wee Honey!! Just having a wee,chatty girl around is so good for the soul. My wee granddaughter Ameli is back to school in Primary 2. I have the pleasure of taking her and collecting her from school. And many sleepovers as her Mum is a Sister in an A&E department and works long hours and shifts and my son works shifts too. Tiring but very rewarding!!! Take care,be kind to yourself. Fondest thoughts. Love Lynn 💞⭐

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Lynn, thanks so very much for your lovely kind comment – yes most definitely a relief and the boost I needed to carry on healing. A visit from Honey and Lucy definitely helped too, and I am sure Ameli does the same for you. How nice to be able to take and collect her from school, and I’m sure your daughter is really grateful to have your help.
      I know how tiring shift work can be, for both your son and your daughter, but I don’t have the stress that she no doubt experiences in A&E! Thank heavens for good souls like her. I’ve collected Honey quite a few times and she’s always so pleased to see me as I am her . I hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer holidays, and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  45. Pauline barney August 17, 2019 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic news so glad you got good results, hurry back we miss you. Pauline barney

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

      Thanks very much Pauline! Back at the end of next week and looking forward to it. Love Ali x

  46. Dee August 17, 2019 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, so very pleased to hear that you received good news following your surgery, such a relief for you, Colin and your family. Please take it easy and follow doctors orders. Sorry to hear your mum and Joe are not doing so well, I hope things improve or become less stressful soon. Sending you lots of love xx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

      Dear Dee, I’ve been taking it easy most definitely, and am noticing much more of an improvement in this last week. Still not driving, but slowly slowly… Mum came home today so we are really hoping that being in her own environment and with Joe will help – everything crossed. The carers will be coming in three times a day, and the family visit whenever we can. I hope all good with you, love Ali xx

  47. Susan August 17, 2019 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Firstly I’m so glad you are ok. You have been through such a long difficult road. Thank goodness you have Colin and such a circle of family and friends.
    I’m so sorry about your mum and joe. It’s so difficult with ill health and old age. It’s very much a juggling act these days which we know well. Everyone is trying to hold down jobs, cope with parents, children, pay bills and somehow have a life yourself. Things seem so endless sometimes and very trying but at the end of the day you’ve just got to keep going and try to tackle as much as you can. I guess you’re lucky enough that there are enough of you to divide out visits and duties so that is a positive. Take care of yourself xx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan, there’s never a day passes without me being grateful for the huge support network out there – and here too! Yes, feeling much better these days, although still concerned about mum, but she came home today, and we are hoping that this change may be all she needs to turn a corner. Joe is pleased to have her home, and I will be getting over to see her just as soon as I can drive again. You’re right about trying to juggle everything – so many balls in the air – but trying to divide the responsibility is difficult when distance is involved. We’ll just keep on keeping on. I hope that all is well with you, and thanks for writing back to me, love Ali xx

  48. Cinnamon August 18, 2019 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I must admit reading your blog I held my breath and then gave out a big sigh of relief when I read your wonderful news! The last few weeks I’m sure haven’t been the easiest but thankfully the love and support of so many have got you through. Just continue to cherish and treasure all that you have because you have been truly blessed.Cinnamon.x.

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

      Hello there, and what a fabulous name! And you’re absolutely right – I am truly blessed and so lucky to have been given yet another chance… I realise there are so many who are not as lucky as me. I hope that life is good for you, and thanks so much for writing, love Ali x

  49. Susan Podmore August 18, 2019 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Great news alli , get well soon and look forward to seeing you on your forthcoming shows ,, take care 😘

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Susan, Definitely moving in the right direction now, and a great deal less uncomfortable thanks to my surgeons skill! I hope life is good for you, and thanks for writing, love Ali x

  50. Elizabeth Keenan August 18, 2019 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Ali, delighted to hear your fantastic news was thinking about you, you have been through so much. Just take it easy now it’s all over with. Love Honey’s bedding and her cake she did for you so funny. 🙈 hope Mum gets better soon such a worry for you all just now. Take care of yourself Ali.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Elizabeth, I very much hope this is the last operation I ever have to have! That said, it went very much according to plan; unlike most of my other procedures. Good company and care have helped enormously in my recovery and mum came home today too which we’re hoping will improve things for her as well. Take care, love Ali xx

  51. Fiona August 18, 2019 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali , So pleased to hear your news. You are an inspiration to many going through difficult times.
    Sorry to hear about your Mum ,hope she improves soon .
    Regards Fiona

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

      Dear Fiona, that’s good of you to take the time out to write. Mum came home today, so fingers crossed things will start to improve for her too. I’m feeling a lot stronger and less bruised these days. All the very best, Ali xx

  52. Carol bowman August 18, 2019 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    So glad you are doing well. I think you’re one of the best presenters on QVC and missed, but you listen to your body and look after yourself. Arnica gel one of my favourite come back to products. I use it for sciatica on my back which flares up from a slipped disc 8 years ago, never fails to do the trick, love it. Wishing you well, and good health for the future.

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi Carol, that’s very kind of you to say 🙂 I’ve been resting a fair bit, and enjoying the sunshine which warms my bones and my soul! So glad to know that arnica works for your sciatica – slipped discs are awful I’ve been told. Stay well, and all the very best for the future too. Do keep in touch, love Ali x

  53. Julia Smith August 18, 2019 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali so pleased to hear you have good results & you can breathe a sigh of relief. The emotional effects of the waiting & worrying cannot be underestimated & family & friends are vital – thank goodness you have both in spades.
    Whatever age you are you are the child of a Mum or Dad & I know their love for you & yours for them is an unbreakable bond. I am sure your Mum will know how much she is loved and that you are there to support her ‘the circle of life is unbroken’ I speak with experience and looking back that sentiment is so true and the strength we have to cope comes from LOVE. Hope this isn’t too sentimental a reply but wanted to send you a heartfelt message because your blogs are inspiring. To quote the poet Adrian Mitchell: ” Life is a walk across a field of buttercups and landmines”
    Take care love Julia S xxx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

      Dear Julia, that is a fabulous quote – I will try to remember it – and your sentiments echo my own. They are the ethos behind the design of my latest Diamonique pendant… the circle of life and my belief that we never truly lose those we love.. Reading between the lines I sense you have also had to walk around the landmines in order to see the buttercups as it were, and I hope you have peace now. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for writing to me here, love Ali xx

  54. Louise August 18, 2019 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I no longer watch QVC, due to work, etc., although I still make purchases. I was unaware, consequently, of yet another operation.
    I am pleased the outcome was a positive one, and you are well. Take care.
    Louise.

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

      Dear Louise, I hope that work isn’t too exhausting, and that you treat yourself with some of your purchases. Fingers crossed this is the last operation I have to have, and it’s certainly eased the discomfort for me. Take care and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  55. Denise August 18, 2019 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. So very happy for you receiving positive news. I know only too well what it’s like to be waiting for good results as I’ve not long had the all clear after two operations to remove a melanoma from my leg. I send you my very best wishes. Denise

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

      Denise, I send my very best wishes to you too. I can imagine how difficult it was for you to have received the bad news, but then to have to wait to know whether the treatment had worked or not. SO glad that the operations went well for you. Love Ali xx

  56. Tina S August 19, 2019 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    So sorry to hear you’ve been through the wars again but fantastic to know everything has turned out ok again. (I did leave a comment on your previous blog but its not showing as yet). I can only imagine the stress of it all on you and your loved ones and the extra worry over your mum to. We don’t know why these things happen, maybe to test us , I don’t know. They say what does not kill us makes us stronger ? When I’ve had worries over the past few years and health problems I try and think of that old adage ” these things to shall pass”. I don’t know it has helped but we have to grit or teeth through it all. It doesn’t always work as I am a born worrier!
    I love to see the full moon. When I get up in the night it is beautiful. I try and picture my favourite seaside place with the moon shining so brightly over the water. I would love to just jump in the car and sit there staring at the moon.
    Well I wish you a speedy recovery and hope you don’t have to have a repeat hospital stay for a long long time.
    Take care, best wishes, Tina S (S. Wales) xx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

      Tina, as I think I’ve said before you are a woman after my own heart when it comes to the moon and the sea! Just beautiful and mesmerising. I’m off to Cornwall on Thursday – my friend Jo is driving me there and so I imagine we shall be seeing a lot of the sea! My son Sam’s motto used to be “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger” – brave I felt considering how badly hurt he’d been in his road accident. But you’re right, these things shall pass, and let’s just hope for a tiny breather before the next lot comes along 🙂 I hope that life is good for you now, and that you’re enjoying the summer, love Ali xx

  57. Carole August 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    Wonderful news to hear all went well with your operation and your results are good fantastic news. My sister had breast cancer four years ago and thankfully all is well and all her tests and results have been clear. I sent you a message on your blog, when she was first diagnosed and your message back was just wonderful. You are such a kind wonderful person, helping and listening to others even when your going through hard times yourself. You deserve an award.. you could become an ambassador for breast cancer care. Once again thank you Alison for being a ear . Here’s to a happy healthy future bless you. X

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

      Carole bless you! What a lovely thing to say, and even better to know that your sister is now in the clear after her initial diagnosis. I remember how worried you were, and I’m so glad that by sharing, it helped a little. I’m sure you are getting checked regularly, but do keep up with that won’t you. Thanks for getting in touch and for your kind words, stay well, love Ali xx

  58. Vanessa Slatford August 19, 2019 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Fantastic news, stay strong and be kind to yourself.
    You have come such a long way through health adversity but can I say you are a very courageous special person.

    love and care from Vanessa x

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

      Dear Vanessa, Definitely on the mend and the bruising has all but gone! Your words are very kind, and I have to thank you and all those who take the time to write here and on the other social media pages, as your support is invaluable. I hope life is good for you, love Ali xx

  59. shirley mckillen August 19, 2019 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Great news Ali ! I am delighted for you and looking forward to seeing you back on the Q.

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

      Thanks so much Shirley – Back next Thursday – I’ll try and give you a wave! Love Ali xx

  60. Carole August 20, 2019 at 8:33 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    Great to hear your news regarding your operation and it’s just fantastic and a relief for you that all is well. What you’ve been through and you still have the strength to respond to people is amazing. I wrote to you when my sister was first diagnosed with breast cancer about four years ago, and you were lovely and caring with your kindness and people get so much strength from the way you respond and the good news is all is well and her latest yearly results all clear. I think Alison you should become an ambassador for breast cancer care, you would be just the right person, bless you for all your kindness, and here’s to a happy healthy future. Carole. x

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

      I think your lovely comment was posted twice! But thank you again 🙂 A xx

  61. Brenda Watson August 20, 2019 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    So glad to hear your good news no matter how many times you tell yourself you are ok your head always takes you to worse case scenario xx

    • Alison Keenan September 3, 2019 at 7:59 am -  Reply

      Brenda, you are so right, but I have been lucky and I very much hope that you are well too. Love Ali x

  62. pam stephens August 20, 2019 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful news Alison just make sure you get plenty of rest and let everyone look after you and look forward to all those big hugs and kisses from Honey when you are stronger// I will get my husband to record you and Charlie I cant miss that but we will be on a day trip to Ostend remembering our youth as I will be 80 on the 11th September and Belgium was my first ever trip abroad many many moons ago we celebratedour Diamond anniversary in March so love all the Diamonique programmes especially with you and Charlie of course he makes me laugh /// Take care lovely Ali Speedy recovery to you Love Pam xxxxxx

    • Alison Keenan September 3, 2019 at 8:02 am -  Reply

      Dear Pam, I do hope you get this message before you and your husband head off to Ostend to celebrate your 80th birthday!! How romantic! And to have had your Diamond anniversary back in March too – what a lovely year for you. I hope that the re-run of the show will still give you a chance to buy some of the lovely things we’re planning to feature… and a few giggles too! Take care and enjoy your break Love Ali xx

  63. Caroline Hawkins August 21, 2019 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Ali, so very glad to hear that the latest tests came back clear. Your bravery and dignity throughout this process has been incredible. I hope that everything continues to go well. Sorry to hear about your Mum. If its any help, I follow one or two really useful facebook groups on the subject, and whilst they are fairly scary to read, they give great tips, ideas and most importantly just the support and empathy of going through something similar. So check them out if you haven’t already. My thoughts are with you. God Bless.

    • Alison Keenan September 3, 2019 at 8:06 am -  Reply

      Dear Caroline, your kind words mean a great deal, and I too very much hope that this will be the last time I have to even think about this… Sadly not as positive for mum as she is back in hospital, but I am heading there today, and will hopefully have a clearer picture of where we are going. Thank you so much for your advice re the Facebook pages. I will definitely have a look as I’m sure they will be of help. Many thanks for writing to me, and for your support, love Ali x

  64. Mandy August 21, 2019 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali just wanted to say wonderful news and missing seeing you on tv get better soon take care all my love xxxxx

    • Alison Keenan September 3, 2019 at 8:17 am -  Reply

      Mandy, thanks so much. I’ll be back with you this Thursday at 9pm with Charlie Brook for the Diamonique Day finale. Looking forward to it. Love Ali xx

  65. Mary August 22, 2019 at 7:59 am -  Reply

    So lovely to hear from you Ali and that you are recovering well and that the news for you was positive..I cannot imagine the worry, stress and anxiety that cancer sufferers and survivors battle with each day…I read your book and was very moved by the raw honesty of it and your struggle to accept your body..I hope now that you have found peace and acceptance..you are one courageous and beautiful woman.
    I was sorry to hear that your mum is still struggling and poorly..I hope that she is able to return home to Joe soon. It’s a very stressful time, as I know from experience with my mum who as you know wasnt able to return home after breaking her hip , and my mum in law who is quite poorly but too stubborn to accept help..I sort out her tablets for her each week, she is on 10 a day, so at least i know her medication is right.
    Loving the pamper hamper of all your favourite things. You have a very thoughtful and caring family who I am sure have been looking after you well . I used to make my dad a hamper for his Christmas pressie of all the things he loved, Durrs marmalade, liquorice all sorts, wine gums, red wine!!
    So its school holidays as you know and I am decorating and upcycling my kitchen with the money my aunt left me..I go to bed in agony with sciatica but it’s looking good..however the enormity of painting the cupboards and drawers is one I think I underestimated…e everyone one is cleaned, rubbed down, holes filled from old handles etc 2 coats of primer back and front then three coats of ciur kn the front and 2 on the back plus drying time between…I am still aiming for finish on Sunday/Mondayso I can have ar rest before school starts back. Well it’s coming up to 8am..i need to get my painting gear on and paint. Hope the sun is shining where you are. Much love Mary xx

    • Alison Keenan September 3, 2019 at 8:25 am -  Reply

      My dear Mary, so good to hear from you as always, although I do worry about your sciatica. Such a misery, and I very much hope you got a little rest before heading back to school today! I wish we had an open line for advice re decorating here! Having seen your finished kitchen on Twitter, you’ve inspired me to paint mine too, but I don’t think the surface of the cupboards is the type you could rub down…? Is there any product out there that would provide a key so that the new paint would stay? It would be my task for the autumn while Colin is working!
      Thank you for reading my book and for the feedback. I’m sure you did review it for me, but the words you have posted above would hopefully help anyone else who is going through the same situation.. it means a great deal to me Mary.
      Sadly mum has taken a turn for the worse and is back in hospital – in Portsmouth this time – which is where I’m headed today. Still no clue as to what is going on, but she really doesn’t want to eat or drink and is constantly muddled. Results of another scan today… everything crossed.
      I think the hamper you made for your dad sounds lovely – I used to make my dad chocolate marzipan as it was his favourite 🙂
      Cornwall was a very welcome break, and we were so lucky with the weather. I’ll post the pics in the next blog. In the meantime, I hope that it’s not too frenetic at school and that you’ll have a few more weeks of warm weather for the kids to be outside during the breaks!! With my love, Ali xx

  66. Marie Smith August 22, 2019 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Hello and congratulations, if that’s the right word. Great news for you, and your loved ones but so very sorry to learn about your mum. It’s a mix of good and not so good news. Your looking well and for anyone who didn’t know, they’d have no clue as to what you’ve been through. I’m sure there is good ahead.
    Best Wish’s
    Marie

    • Alison Keenan September 3, 2019 at 8:26 am -  Reply

      Dear Marie, it really is a mix of emotions, and although I’m hugely relieved and glad that I’m pretty well healed and able to drive again, mum is back in hospital. At least I am well enough to visit and support now though, and will be back at work on Thursday at 9pm. I hope all is well with you? Love Ali xx

  67. Sue Williams August 24, 2019 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    God love you Alison you must think of the future not the past life’s to short to worry . Chin up move on KEEP SMILING all the best suexx

    • Alison Keenan September 3, 2019 at 8:27 am -  Reply

      Sue that is definitely sound advice, and I will most definitely hang onto that! Heaven knows I’m a great deal luckier than some. I hope all is well in your life too and thank you for writing to me. Love Ali x

  68. Serena Potter August 25, 2019 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I am so happy you have got good news after your op, I’m sure you will feel so happy. I got your book as I was going through breast cancer over the last 13 months. Just finished my active treatment so on meds now for 10 years.
    It is such a worrying time, every little niggle, pain etc and until someone tells you what it is or isn’t it;s heard not to worry.
    I wish you well in the future. I am trying to stay positive but know i am struggling with moving on and the hospital visits ending. It;s hard, one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through. Keep strong xx

    • Alison Keenan August 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

      My dear Serena, I am so glad that you are out the other side of treatment but understand completely that fear of moving forwards and the difficulty in accepting your ‘new kind of normal’. Perhaps you could ask your breast care team at your hospital or contact Breast Cancer Care or Macmillan Cancer as they have support groups and helplines and will do everything they can to help you stay positive. It is difficult, but the best way forwards I found was to hold on to the believe that all that had happened to me had given me my best chance of life… eight years on, I still believe that. Stay strong and stay positive – you’re through the worst bit I promise, with love and a hug, Ali xx

  69. martin forbes August 28, 2019 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you and family are well iam not bad.

    • Alison Keenan September 3, 2019 at 7:57 am -  Reply

      Hi there Martin, I’m glad to know that you are well, and I’m happy to say that for the most part we are all doing fine, although mum is sadly back in hospital. Take care, love Ali x

  70. Caroline August 28, 2019 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali never spoken to you before but was so happy to hear your lovely news regarding hospital results and just wanted to wish you well
    In your recovery, sorry to hear about your mum hope things get better. So happy for you😊take care. Caroline x

    • Alison Keenan September 3, 2019 at 7:58 am -  Reply

      Dear Caroline, how lovely that you’ve written to me -I hope it won’t be the last time – and thank you for your good wishes. I’m feeling very much better and back at QVC on Thursday, but sadly mum is back in hospital. I’m visiting her today so will have a clearer idea of how she’s doing then. Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  71. Penny Roberts September 2, 2019 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I was anxious for you to tell us your wonderful news. I had breast cancer just before you and still get pain and discomfort but count my blessings I am one of the survivors, as you are. I always read and enjoy your blogs. I am not in very good health as I have Fibromyalgia and Osteo arthritis. I get a lot of pain and struggle to find pain relief but I do my best to put it to the back of my mind as I care for my wonderful husband of 42 years who has Parkinsons. The most precious things to keep us cheerful is our grandchildren Isabella andOliver and our cockapoo Heidi. wishing you a speedy recovery. Sending you much love Ali and to your dear mum. take care Penny xx

    • Alison Keenan September 13, 2019 at 5:23 am -  Reply

      Dear Penny, so good to hear from you, and to know that you have come through your treatment and diagnosis – like you, I count my blessings every day. I am sorry though to know that you struggle with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis while trying to care for your husband. Life can be very tough at times, but how wonderful that you have your grandchildren to bring sunshine and good times and a strong positive outlook. Thank you for your kind words and good wishes, and I am sending you my love, Ali xx

  72. Shirley Pearson September 5, 2019 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, It was so lovely to read your good news; you’re always so brave and I’m so pleased that you are now well and recovering from your operation. It was nice to see you back on QVC tonight …. shame Charlie couldn’t be there as planned …. but I have treated myself to the multi coloured stones sterling silver friendship bracelet. It is so pretty and will go with any outfit with the many colours.
    You’re looking so well and glamorous (as always) tonight.
    Was sorry to hear about your Mum. My Mum was 90 when she went into a Care Home, with various ailments, the main one being bowel cancer. She handled it very well considering her age, for a year. It is very difficult for families but we all do our best, and I’m sure you and your family will do your best for your Mum too.
    They looked after us when we were young so we do our best for them in their later years.
    Hope to see you again soon on the TV, take care and stay glamorous xx Shirley

    • Alison Keenan September 13, 2019 at 5:28 am -  Reply

      Hi Shirley, lovely to know that you managed to get hold of one of our friendship bracelets on Diamonique Day – such a beautiful design, especially with all the colours. I missed Charlie, but there’ll be other opportunities again soon I’m sure. Thank you for your kind words about mum… It is a very difficult time but the whole family including the grandchildren have all been to visit, and she is being very well looked after and not in pain which is such a relief. Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

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