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Judy: I read about your breast cancer diagnosis on the Wall Street Journal and had to write to wish you good luck and Godspeed! You are hands down my favorite childhood author-- I grew up reading your books over and over in the 1980s (I am 35 now) and can still recall the smallest details from them with ease, as they were such a big part of my life; I am already looking forward to the day when I can introduce my kindergartener to your groundbreaking and fundamentally important canon.
All the best for your return to health.
Dear Judy, Thank you so much for your blog posting on Sept 5th about breast cancer. I grew up reading your books, and you have done it again, making me feel like I belong to a world which is rich with words and heartfelt observations. My story is strikingly similar to yours except that I 42 yrs old when I was diagnosed with breast cancer one year ago and I had the reconstruction done on both sides. No, I still haven't made it on my trip to Italy, but will go as soon as I can. Just when I was beginning to have doubts about recovery and not super-sizing, you have given me a lot of hope and validation of feelings. You are a true inspiration to me.
I have recently introduced my 9-year old daughter to your books and have really enjoyed going back through them myself! My best friend and I will be doing the 40-mile Avon Breast Cancer walk in NYC in October and I would love to add your name to the list of women I am honored to walk for!
Dear Ms. Blume, I just read about your battle with breast cancer. I am very sorry to hear about this. What I wanted to let you know that your books were a very big part of my growing up years and to this day I will buy your books for children of friends of mine. "Are you there God it's me Margret?" was such a wonderful book that touched on how we all fell when that time comes to us. You are wonderful and I wish you all the best as you battle cancer. I just wanted to let you know how important you and your books are to young girls all over. All the best.
Ms. Blume --
So sorry to hear of your diagnosis. As many who will write to you, I too am in the "breast cancer club," having been diagnosed as Stage 3 and going through the full battery of treatments. I am now two years out and knock wood healthy. I have a comment and two tips you may find helpful.
Comment -- I presume unlike your character Deenie you did not have scoliosis. I did, and there is a very, very high correlation to breast cancer. The thinking being that the x-rays given in the 60s, 70s are the causal link.
Tips -- If you have to go through chemo, popsicles are a life saver (one of the few things that doesn't taste metallic.
www.breastcancer.org community boards cover every topic for every step along the way. Very helpful.
Thank you for your works and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
I wanted to send my love and warm wishes for a continued speedy recovery. Your books changed my life and I admire you so much. Your candor, honesty, and optimism are going to help so many women (and men) going through the same situation. Thank you for being you
Hi Judy - Saw your post today. I really wish you a speedy recovery and that you are well soon. So many of us love you & your books. All the best, Sharon
I am so sorry to hear about your illness. Fight on! I read your books when I was in Jr. High School. I would hide them from my mom. Turns out she knew all along that I was reading them! My favorite is, Are you there God, it's me Margert. Feel better Judy. Hugs and kisses.
I just want to encourage you to keep your chin up. I went through the mastectomy, chemo, radiation and reconstructive surgery 7 years ago. It does get easier! When I read about your cancer just now, it really struck me, not because I'm a survivor, but I happen to be right in the middle of reading Summer Sisters. Your work inspires me to write and I thank you for that!
Prayers and good thoughts coming your way! My cousin just finished her last round of chemo after having a full mastectomy. She is doing great and I'm sure you will, too!
And thank you for all of your amazing books. I read many of them when I was much younger and they stuck with me. I have two boys and they have enjoyed the Fudge series. I guess I won't be giving them my copy of Are You There God, It's Me Margaret, but I am so glad I can share stories with them that I loved when I was their age!!
Judy: So sorry to hear about your heatlh challenge. The books you sent to me for my girls when they were born while I was Governor were one of my most cherished gifts. In fact, at ages 13, 11 and 11 we are just now really enjoying them as a family (although it is breathtaking that I have daughters reading "Are you there God ....". I am glad you are following doctors orders and my family and I will pray for a full and speedy recovery. Enjoy those afternoon naps! Best wishes, Jane Swift
You don't know me nor do I know you. i was just on the internet and saw your name. I decided to look it up and see who you are. I am a brest cancer survior of 6 years and I too had one of my breast removed. So let us just say I have experience what you have gone through. Every thing is is okay! God loves you as he loves me and he will see you through it all. it is good to have friends and family who support you. But really God was with me all the time comforting me. I would enjoy hearding from you when you can. A new sister in christ that beat this thing called cancer.
I have read so many of your books as a teacher and school librarian and love every one of them. I am thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts concerning your recent diagnosis.
You are a terrific author.
Dear Judy, I was so sad to hear of your breast CA but so glad to hear you are on your way to recovery. Thanks for writing all those great books. What a blessing it must be to know you have made so many people so happy. Hope you are back to your old self very soon!!
I grew up with your books and I adore every word you have ever written! As a breast cancer survivor myself-maybe my words can help you. My book just came out in May "Does This Outfit Make Me Look Bald?" It may give you a few laughs-and lots of hope as you make your breast cancer journey. You can learn more at www.thefashionistafights.com
Growing up reading your books was the highlight of my teenage years. I met you and you signed "Forever" for me. I still have it in my book collection! What an inspiration you are to so many teenage girls and women! I saw you on the news and want you to know that I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers! You are loved by many! Be well!!!
I want you to my thoughts are with you and your family in your trouble times. I have always felt you and all of the charcters in your books have been the best friends that I have just not gotten the chance to meet in person. Your book forever taught me to understand what becoming a women means and your book summer sisters taught me how we all must learn that we need to grow up and find our place in life Again think postive thoughts and stay well
Good Luck on your battle with breast cancer....your book Are you there God it's Margaret was one I passed on to my daughter...books like this fueled my ongoing love of reading...in fact I still have my copy of it....
I grew up on your books. When my daughter started reading, I started her on your books. She just had to read them. I am sorry to hear about your recent illness. Technology has come so far, would of never imagined as a child I would be dropping you a note. I am actually sending the Judy Blume a note. Your books were a very special part of my childhood . You are going to be fine and everthing you touch will continue to turn to gold. You are a damn good writer. Will buy for my daughters daughters (when they have some). b
We love you Judy! Get well soon! <3
LOVED your books when I was a kid, made sure my nieces also read them! Just read you are going through one of life's rough patches, get well soon and keep your chin UP!!
I just wanted to sent you the same hug and reassurance that your books gave me.
I just read about your diagnosis and was moved to write. You were a wonderful companion for my oldest son and brought up subjects that we needed to talk about and did because of your books. I pray that you fly through this trial and can move on with your life soon.
Hi Judy, your blog post touches me as I feel I know you through your books ( a common trait of your fans, I'm sure). Your decision to act quickly is the best way to face cancer, I believe. I am a 13 year survivor with a nine year old son (born after my chemo) who LOVES Your Fudge books and I think wishes he had a loud , fun family like Fudge. Love and best wishes to you always, and lucky us that you will keep writing. Leslie from Key West
Thanks for sharing your breast cancer story. I too am a breast cancer survivor! I am 4 years cancer free and looking forward to a long life. Mine was also estrogen receptive and I am on Arimidex for 5-7 years. I have good days and great days, but God has promised me no bad days. I had double mastectomy and reconstruction and, like you, are small framed and now I am proud to own actual C-cup bras instead of AA. Lol. Without family, faith, friends, and fun (my "f words" as I refer to them) and God I would not be here. I am adding you to my prayer list and I know He will bless and take care of you.
Your sister in pink!!! Jan
I just read about your battle with breast cancer and wanted to say that you are in my prayers. I have been a huge fan of yours since I was eleven years old and cannot wait to introduce my daughter to your books. My sons love the Fudge series. Thank you for being such an integral part of my adolescence and I pray you get through this difficult time with little suffering and a healthy outcome. God bless!
I grew up on your books, shared them with my students over my 22 years of teaching and nowmy daughter who is 12. I loved and learned so much from your books. I dream of going to NYC some day to see all the things I read about in your books growing up. I am praying for you and sending positive thoughts your way. Your BC story moved me so much I had to post here, you are a key element in my formation. Hugs!
Hello Judy! I loved reading all of your books growing up and just wanted to say I'm thinking of you.
DEAR JUDY I HEARD OF YOUR BREAST CANCER. I HAD A DOUBLE LUMPECTOMY IN ONE BREAST 2 YEARS AGO INVASIVE LOBAL CARCINOMA..ITS SCARRY GO TO MANY DOCTORS AND PICK ONE YOU LOVE FOR SURGERY. I AM OK TODAY AFTER 33 RADIATION TREATMENTS..NOT SO BAD. I AM SENDING YOU STRENGTH..MY SONS READ YOUR BOOKS...THEY ARE MARRIED NOW WITH THEIR OWN KIDS..I MUST PASS YOUR BOOKS ALONG TO THEM..BE STRONG ..GOOD LUCK I AM PULLING FOR YOU. I AM IN BOYNTON BEACH FL NOW IF YOU NEED A SUPPORT PERSON...EMAIL ME I WILL GIVE YOU MY NUMBER..GOOD LUCK ,,,DONNA
I was sorry to hear about your cancer. I hope your recovery continues. As a teacher I loved reading your books to my young students and then having then read them theirselves. I've given them as gifts to my younger relatives. I love your books. God Bless!
I'm a huge fan going back 35 years. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. It felt surreal to hear the words "breast cancer" and it's still hard to cope with the consequences of the therapies used to conquer it.
I just wanted you to know that you will get through this...ask for help, accept the generosity of others, listen to yourself and your body, and do something nice for yourself everyday, even if it is just buying a lipstick or taking a nap.
Best wishes and prayers.
I wanted to add, I had skin cancer surgery last summer at Roswell Park in Buffalo. A LOT less scary than what you have gone through. But just THAT WORD is so hard to handle. I think I will pick up one of your books tonight.
I just read about your breast cancer. As usual, you wrote about it in a way that would help people. Descriptive and useful and thoughtful. My prayers are with you! I wrote you about 3 years ago and you answered. I wanted to show it to my now 15 year old daughter, whom I passed you books on to. A huge stack sits in her bookcase surrounded by various classics and L'Engle, The Twilight Series, Hunger Games, "Holes", Harry Potter. Also I put a few of my favorites in her bookcase- "The Little Girl Who lives Down the Lane" by Laird Koenig and Lace and LaceII (by Shirley Conran). Yours, are all together in the center though. Those for young adults and newer ones for adults. I owe you so much. I was awkward and shy in elementary and middle school, and I read your books at lunch. Thank you again, so much.
Hey Judy I feel like we know eachother I love your books sorry for all of the messages I'm just so exited to talk to you!!!!!!!!! It's like
I said a prayer for you after reading the people.com article about your health. I grew up watching my family read & I read all of your books that were in our neighborhood library. Thanks for sharing your talent. As a girl, I turned the pages of your books and was always satisfied with the endings. Now that I'm an adult, I wish I had more time for PLEASURE reading which is still a favorite pastime.
Sending out big love and well wishes to Judy Blume, my literary icon, I learned everything about love, life and being a girl from her, she's now battling Breast Cancer. She always made me feel like everything was going to be alright, I wish I could do the same for her. this was my FB post today... too long for twitter.
I am so saddened to hear about your recent diagnosis. I grew up reading your books. My favorite book was "Blubber". However, I am happy to hear that you are recovering well. I will be praying for you and I wish you a speedy recovery!
Take care and my thoughts are with you,
Just read about your situation with breast cancer and just a prayer for you and your family. I can not begin to tell you how many of your books have come through our doors and how many different states. Kids are all grown now but with 8 grandkids your books will continue to be a part of our house. In Christian Love and Peace, akgrnd3
Thank you for your thoughtfulness in sharing your story. My story is about the same as yours with a couple of differences. I am 53 and made the decision to have a double mastectomy and am 10 days post op. I'm thankful our care providers supply us the information and encourage us to make our own decisions.
When we share our stories, I hope it serves as a reminder to our sisters to keep up on their exams and mammograms.
Ms. Blume: Just want to say even at 50...I remember staying up most of the night finishing "Are You There God It's Me Margaret" while in the 6th grade. To this day...I believe it is what helped me get through those crazy pre-teen years. Thanks for helping so many kids around the world throughout your many amazing years of writing. God be with you through this journey..we are all here praying for you as well.
I AM SOOOO ROOTING FOR YOU!!!!! I READ UR BOOKS WITH MY GIRLS-YOU HELPED MAKE THEM ENJOY READING!I STILL READ THEM JUST TO READ AS I ENJOY THEM SO MUCH. I FEEL AS THOUGHT YOU,RAMONA,BEEZUS,AND FUDGE ARE PART OF THE FAMILY. AND I WENT ALONE TO SEE THE MOVIE-MY INNER CHILD CAME OUT THEN! MAY GOD BLESS YOU!
I still remember reading "Are you there God..."
I was in elementary school. I went on to read every one of your books with earnest and loved them all. They helped shape who I am today.
I have shared your books with my own daughter as a right of passage, she is now 12,and she loves them just as much as I do. My friends and I still make references to those tender pages. You have given little girls so much with your words and I love you for it.
Thank you so much.
Marjorie & Megan
My thoughts and prayers are with you! You engaged me as a child with your wonderful books and my children loved having me read to them the same books when they were in grade school. Thank you for your wonderful talent, humor, and love for children! Sincerely, Tina Murray
I grew up reading your books. They brought me lots of laughter. I wish you all the best for a speedy recovery. I'm a breast cancer survivor (10 years next year ) and I have you in my prayers. Tell yourself every day "I'm the boss of me!"
Love is all around you. Peace and love always
Thank you, Miss Blume, for all your cougar and honesty. I have always wanted you to know, that while I lived in Santa Fe, you were living there as well. Somehow I felt honored to be in the same town with you; your books gave me a reason to learn to read. I am dyslexic and reading was not something that I did for fun, you changed that for me. In the 70's there was no such thing as dyslexia, many thought I just had a low IQ; not so then, nor now. Thank you for your brain, talent, and being able to create books aimed at a young girl like me. You played a great part in my life, I hope that blessings rain down upon you. You did that for me. God Bless and good health on your side. I pray under the moon every night, know that I have added you to my list. Silly maybe, but you helped me become the person I am today, I read all the time know. What a gift you gave me.
I grew up in England devouring your books and now I live in America with two young daughters and I can't wait to re read your books with them. You taught me more than my own mother. Thank you!!!!! XXXX Lisa
Amy E Phillips
Just a note to say "Good health to you." Celebrate the wonderful person you are. And thanks for allowing us to see a small window into your life. Stay strong. Sincerely, Amy
I just now saw the story of your recent cancer diagnosis on Yahoo and clicked on the link to your blog.
I grew up reading your books and now my two teen daughters, ages 19 & 15, have read them as well.
I am a 11-year cancer survivor and I wish you all the best luck in your recovery.
I loved the title of your latest blog entry - !@#$% Happens. Isn't that the truth? My husband passed away suddenly on May 10, 2012 at age 52 and I'm still trying to understand why.
This summer our pastor said in a sermon that sometimes you do everything right, and life still sucks. Well, he used the work "stinks" instead of sucks, but you get the idea.
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. And I will now follow your blog as well!
Leslie Smith Doan
Your books were so important in my youngest daughters life when I separated from her father in the early 80's. Your work provided her with some concept that her family was not the first nor only family to go through separation, and it gave her solace, and some terms of reference for dealing with her devastating experience....Many thanks for your wonderful work.....
Good blessings to you Ms. Blume during your procedure and recovery. Just found your blog; and your website is very insightful, inspiring and fun. I can't wait to read some Judy Blume books.
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