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Thank you for your recent Sept 5th blog !@#$ happens. It led me to your blog and brought up fon memories of reading on of my all time favorite book, "Are you there God, It's Me Margaret". Coming from a household where parents did not talk about "sensitive" topics. This book validated things I was feeling as a tween and helped me to explore further on my own.
My prayers go out to you as you continue to affect the world!
Hello from a Sister Survivor,
You do not know how I and so many others appreciate your courage to share your cancer experience. I got through mine with a little denial, lots of love, prayers,good doctors and CoQ10 which I still take 12 years later. I hope you get to your castle retreat soon, whether it is in Italy or some other place of quiet inspiration.
Gentle hugs, and some distance Therapeutic Touch, Henna
I wish you all the best! Much love, Jay Copeland
I never blog but wanted to thank you for all the story-based love and support you have given so many people over the years. May it come back to you 1000 times over and keep you strong on the hard days. I can't wait to introduce my 18 month old daughter to the books I read so many times when I was growing up. My mum has stage 4 breast cancer but she's strong and funny and an amazing grandmother and is doing absolutely great. We feel lucky every day. Lots of love to you!
Hello Ms. Blume,
I was deeply saddened to learn of your illness, but I am glad you are making a speedy recovery. Your book Tiger Eyes is by far the best book I have ever read, and I have read many books in my life. That book will always hold a special place in my heart and I felt that you should know what an impact you have made on so many people with your writing. Thank you for that, and again, I hope that you get well very soon.
I heard you are recovering from surgery and want to wish you well. I don't remember many of the books I read as a kid, but I remember yours. I can't wait to introduce them to my sons. I hope you recovery quickly and well.
Hope you're doing well. As one of my dear friends said to me a couple years ago -- "cancer sucks" --pretty much says it all. You have always been such a source of joy and inspiration to readers and your fellow writers -- and in particular to young people growing up and needing to know that they are not alone. Hang in and write some more. Know that lots of fans are sending good vibrations to you. Love, Jane -- a fan from B-more.
Judy, I've been meaning to write you a thank you note for a few years. (Okay, since I was 9. Which is more years than I will ever admit.) I have actually written you several thank you notes at various stages of my life, but they ended up over-empassioned or just kind of stupid. I didn't want to come off like some weird stalker (at worst) or overzealous fan (at best) so those notes were never sent. (You're welcome.)
But now, after all these years, I am saying thank you, in a public forum, for once again telling us girls, showing us girls, how to deal with the weird and awkward stuff that happens to girls. I am (once again) inspired, comforted and educated by your words.
I am so sorry for your ordeal and huge hopes for a speedy recovery.
Hi Judy Blume,
I had to write after hearing that you were going through a great test. I wanted to thank you for picking up the pen and writing books- You were my first author- you taught me to love books. My prayer is that God bless you and sustain you and answer your prayers.
To say your books influenced my childhood would be the understatement of the century. I conned my dad into buying me a 1940's bedroom set at a farm auction when I was 14 so I could have a mirror like Sally J. Freeman. I still hear your words narrating events of my life. So I wanted to hear your words when I read about your cancer diagnosis . As usually you were funny, honest and poignant.I wish you a speedy recovery.
Judy... I am so sorry to hear that you were dx with breast cancer but I know you will handle it like a pro its just one of life's many journey's!! I too had breast cancer two years agao at the age of 30 stage 2B Triple Negative Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, I of course being 30 had to do chemo and radiation and I am sooooo happy you do not have to go thru that!! I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and you are my favorite author of all time!!
Good luck in your journey.
Just read about your breast can cer diagnosis and surgery. I am a three year survivor. Off and on bald, off and on fatigued, off and on just plain pissed off about it, but still standing! You have the best tool for fighting this - a great sense of humor (along with good docs, supportive husband and all the other tools we use). I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Dear Ms. Blume,
I just read your blog posting about your battle with cancer. Thank you for sharing your story with us -- you have always shown such courage through your writing, which has meant so much to so many of us.
Wishing you greater strength each day.
Dear Ms. Blume,
Growing up, I enjoyed all your books. Reading about your recent diagnosis with breast cancer, I just wanted to send my best wishes to you.
Thank you for your wonderful books! I will pass them on to my daughter when she is old enough.
I was shocked to learn about your cancer diagnosis. I am currently living with cancer and I wanted to let you know that you will be in my prayers. "Superfudge" was and is one of my favorite books. I know it by heart! I have passed it on to ALL of the kids in my life. It was the first book that I bought on my own at the age of 9. I still have it.You have given countless hours of enjoyment to so many people! Thank you for that! God Bless you and your family.
So glad to be able to tell you, what a wonderful writer you are and how you have inspired, encouraged, and amused me over the years!!! Your entertaining writing has helped to define my own life, also.
I still love to read your books, (being old lady that I am now!) After many years I have been pursuing teaching folks how to read and write because of the great joy I receive from reading books such as yours. I also work part time as a teacher, and love I children of all ages! You have so much kind insight into a child's heart.
You are in my prayers now and I will check on your wonderful website to update...
I am so sorry about the breast cancer but think you have handled this with wisdom and honesty- as usual.
With sincere admiration- Carrie
Hi Judy. I heard about your BC from a friend on facebook. Three years ago I went through almost the same thing, DCIS, Stage 0, found by mammogram and confirmed by sonogram. I had the lumpectomy and radiation after going off the HRT the day of surgery. It was only one week from diagnosis to surgery, though. I'm doing well now, other than the fibromyalgia I've battled for years anyway.
Our stories about the cancers (I had the cervical cancer the same way too) are almost identical. It's amazing that people go through things thinking they are the only ones sometimes. I did. I had my hysterectomy when I was 38, went on HRT. Then the breast cancer at 52.
I don't know if yours will do this but I had my first hot flashes after the surgery, then they stopped. Then they came back again this year! I was very surprised. I talked to my doc and he put me on Black Cohosh, an herbal that is non-estrogen and that has helped. He told me that it was probably the estrogen in my fat cells releasing after all these years. So don't be surprised if it creeps up on you again, it does that sometimes.
I remember your books when I was a teen. I've had my kids reading them and now grandkids reading them. We were blessed, we have 4 kids and now 9 grandkids between 17 and 3. And all of them readers. I am a reviewer for Paranormal Romance Guild and I'm now working on my first book.
If good thoughts matter and they do, you will sail through this challenge. Mine are with you and George. Did not know you had a blog. Now will reconnect with you regularly.
We left Manhattan in 2009 at the request of our youngest son who wanted us to help care for his expected children.Have two grandsons here, care for them two days a week. Old, creaky, but life is grand. I wish the same for you.
I just read that you are a double cancer survivor. I also had a hysterectomy for cervical cancer and a lumpectomy with radiation and chemo for breast cancer. If I had known how it would affect me, I would have chosen a bilateral mastectomy. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for such an amazing blog post. I grew up reading your books, as so many did. As it happens, I just had a prophylactic mastectomy last week as I am BRCA2+. I've had my results for 2 1/2 years, and just now was in a place where it was possible to have my surgery. I've been annoyed by the drains and the discomfort, but haven't regretted my surgery. Your post is a good reminder that I made the right choice for myself, I don't doubt that. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you work on your recovery, and I am confident you will have a good outcome. Even though it's been decades since I first read your children's/teen books, I hold you dear to my heart as one of my favorite authors. I can't wait to have my daughter read them, or read some of them together, when my own girl gets a bit older. Please keep fans updated and know we hold you near and dear in our hearts.
Just read about your diagnosis of breast cancer and felt the need to write to you. I was diagnosed at the age of 34 and went through lumpectomy, reexcision, mastectomy and reconstruction as well as 6 months of chemo. It's a rough battle as 10 years later it came back in my bones. Just wanted to offer my support, if you ever need someone, I'm here for you--you have my email address. Hugs, Lisa
I grew up on your books, they were the stories of my childhood and now I am passing them on to my nieces. I heard of your recent battle with Breast Cancer and I too am a member of the club. I am 5 months post-surgery, just finished 12 weeks of chemo, getting ready to start radiation and am on a yealy three week dose of Herceptin for HER2+ cancer. Your humor and candor about your cancer struggles make me realize even more why I appreciate you as an author and why your books meant the world to me as a child and as an adult. You know how to tell a story and make it relevant and I cannot wait to share your stories with future generations! Good luck with your cancer battle and continued success in writing.
Hi Ms. Bloom! My mom had breast cancer, a very severe kind. I am happy to say that a year later, she is healthy and happy. You can do it! All your fans believe in you, especially me! Fight hard, because we will be by your side!
My first book I ever read was Freckle Juice. I still love it, and read it sometimes with my mom.
Just read of your diagnosis and treatment plan for breast cancer. Had the same diagnosis and treatment 22 years ago next month. Today I'm a healthy, happy retired teacher and grandmother of 8. YOU CAN DO IT, TOO! Advice from one survivor to another...find a support group of survivors and indulge in primal screams now and then. (in a secluded place or someone might call 911)
While I'm here, thank you for the joy your books brought to my students. You're in my prayers.
Just wanted to say that you are my favorite author of all time, for kids, young adults and adult reading! I am sorry to hear about your cancer and what you have been through. So glad that you seem to be doing well. I am an oncology nurse in illinois for the last 16 years. I work in an infusion clinic and radiation md office, in a cancer center. Just wanted to validate your words of not having any risk factors, genetics, smoking, etc, etc. We are seeing so much of this type of breast cancer in women as early as 20s to 90s. Many women, like you, simply don't have risk factors, and yet still get this disease. Also, thanks for the public service announcement to all that with dense breasts, get checked. Thanks! Amy
Just Joy: A Moody Mom
Your writing has always encouraged and inspired me. Now a few encouraging and inspiring words back to you....You Can Beat It!!
Sending prayers and happy thoughts to you!
your longtime fan
Judy Blume you were my childhood. Growing up, I always struggled making friends and your books served as my solace. I wish you only the best recovery.
Thanks for having the courage to share your condition with us, Judy. Best wishes for a full recovery!
wishing you a fast recovery!!! Lots of love
Judy, you are the reason I became a writer. I am also in remission from breast cancer and sorry to hear of your diagnosis. Sending much love and good thoughts your way, I know you will be fine. I read your books over and over so many times they nearly fell apart. Still have them all and keep them on my desk for inspiration. You have touched my life and I just wanted to thank you!
Amy Asbury, Author of The Sunset Strip Diaries
I started reading your books many many years ago. Are you there God, Its me Margaret is my favorite book of all time. I am an avid reader and have enjoyes everything you have written. I have a two year old daughter and I have already started buyer her copies of your books to build her library. I was given a signed copy of Just as long as we're together and I count it as one of my most prized posessions. Thank you for work and please know it is greatly appreciated by so many.
Praying for you, Judy! I've been a fan since the 70's - love, love, love and admire you!!!!!
I met you many years ago at one of the Claremont Reading Conferences held at Scripps College. You were very open and honest with me regarding my writing and I cherish the brief moment that I had with you (and after all of these years, it is the only thing that remains with me about that field trip!). I just want to say may God's healing be with you. As a stage 4 cervical cancer survivor (5 yrs now!), I know the road is very bumpy but through Christ, we can claim the victory over cancer! Just know that you have made a major impact (in a very good and profound way!)on the little girl who grew up to be the woman that I am today-THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!
Hello, my name is Andrew Jacobs and I am one of the millions of people who grew up on your books when I was in elementary school in the early 1980s. I just heard about your summer battle with breast cancer and I just wanted to say that I am so happy to hear that you have made a full recovery from it. My mother passed away in 2007 after an 8 and a half year battle with leukemia, so cancer (and those who become afflicted with it) is something that touches me very deeply.
May you live for a long, long time to come.
Just read your blog and wishing you a complete recovery and good health in the future. Of course my kids read your books years ago...haven't we all??
Thank you for your recent Sept 5th blog !@#$ happens. It lead me to read your whole website and follow you on twitter. I'm a stay at home mom songwriter and always dream of book writing one day. I'm so inspired by your life. Thank you!- yasminasongs
I have admired your writing since the very first of your books appeared and enjoyed reading them to my children and my grand daughter.
I am very sorry to hear that you have joined our "sisterhood' but it sounds as if you are doing well physically and emotionally. I am five years out and, like you, I had a great "support staff". Much good luck on your continued recovery.
Blessings to you, Ms. Blume. Although I was older than the demographic for your books (when they were originally publishe, lol), I read them and gave them to my nieces and friend's children. When my daughter came along, I made sure I had a complete set for her. Your books encourage mothers and daughters to talk and learn from each other. Thank you for that.
I'm glad to hear that you are doing well after your surgery. Early detection is key! My thoughts and best wishes for continued good health are with you and your family.
Oh, how I wish I had known about this blog before today! Either way, you are doing a phenomenal job at staying positive. My mother fought (and beat!) stage 3 invasive carcinoma. You have always held a special place in my heart, helping me to enjoy and treasure my adolescence while fostering a deep passion for reading. Thank you for everything. Once every several years when I have an evening to myself, I will pick up Forever and read it in one sitting. You are amazing.
Take wonderful care of yourself,
Kristen (a fellow small-boobed champion!)
I just want to wish you the speediest of recoveries and a clean bill of health. I have been a big fan of your work since my mom introduced me to your books in the '70s (cool mom, huh?). We love you!!!
Just wanted to let you know you are our prayers. As a child I grew up reading all your books. Now as a mother, I watch my own children also grow up reading yours. We love you sooo much, and (Fudge too) God bless you , whom has touched so many, xoxo
Mrs. Moss's 4th Grade
Hi Ms. Blume,
Our class is getting ready to read your Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing book. We have enjoyed looking at your website! We will write back later!
I just saw an article today stating you have joined "The Club" of breast cancer survivors.
I, too, am a member of that club for 13+ years now and felt compelled to jot a note off to you. I want to wish you well in your life's journey (which now includes your cancer journey)! I would never wish any form of cancer or any illness on anyone, but, crazy as it may sound, I would not have wanted to miss the experience of my own journey. It made me who I am and I cherish that. Each day can be a blessing if we allow it to be!
I want to say "thank you" from the depths of my heart for the wonderful books you've so eloquently written! I remember reading and loving them so when I was younger! A friend and I were just talking on Friday about your books and that we should have a "Judy Blume read-a-thon"! I just pulled out and dusted off all of your books on Sunday (to the dismay of my better half as it was not a task on my to-do list that day! Oh well, he got over it!) and plan to pass some on to a niece of ours. Yes, I do think a read-a-thon is indeed in order!
So thank you and I look forward to whatever more you may write for those of us who have an affinity for your stories.
Best wishes and much happiness to you along your journey!
Judy Blume I like your books so much
dear,judy we are learning about your books and love them i have read some of your books so has my mom when she was little girl and also have 2 of your books at my house!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hey judy i got your email i will share it with my whole class im so exited someday when u get bored maybe you should make a fudge movie your tottaly awesome and btw your my role model i hope you can respond love tara
Hi Ms. Judy Blume....I love your books... There just so great! Are u writing any new book soon? My favorite book is "Double Fudge".I have been reading your books since I was around 10.... I Love Them... The first book I ever read by myself is double fudge!!!
Navia and Yen
Dear Judy Blume,
I hope you make more books. I really like the book, The Pain and the Great 1, because I like the girl who wears the pretty skirt. She's the one who plays the piano.
Dear Judy Bloom,
I've been reading your books since fourth grade. The first book I read was Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Our teacher gave us books to read based on the series of Fudge/Farley Drexel Hatcher.By the way where did you get that name? Anyways, if my teacher would of not gave us your books to
read, I would of not fall in love with your books. Right now, I'm addicted to your books! I need more of your books. Please keep on writing.
PS. GO JUDY!!
i read fudge-a-mania :-) it rocks :-) i really hope you keep writing great books :-)
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