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I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your books while growing up, especially the books about Peter and Fudge, and "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret". I also wanted to let you know I am the sister of a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed last year, and that you can beat it too! My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I will be looking foward to your new book. Much love and admiration.
I love your books. They are the best!!!
Send you love and healing energy- we need you here where youake such a difference in so many lives- best of luck, and lots of love!!!!!!!
Judy, This morning I saw the news about your breast cancer diagnosis. I was diagnosed four years ago. My treatment was bilateral lumpectomy, chemo, radiation. I admire your brave choice of mastectomy. It might cut down the fear of recurrance. I've spent some time this morning reading your blog. Indeed, welcome to the Sisterhood! Quite true that it's not a club any of us would have volunteered to join, but the strength of self and those around us becomes astounding as we make the journey.
I thank you for your strength and bravery in sharing your "adventure" with us. I am an elementary school teacher (5th grade). Read aloud time is my favorite part of the school day. We've just finished "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," and have just opened "SuperFudge." I again thank you, for the sparkle in the eyes of my students as they hear your stories. It's a time when I feel really connected to them, and for that I will be always grateful to you, who has given us these hilarious stories to share! (They say I should be an actor, as I give Fudge a little kid voice and attitude.) This is my 28th year of teaching, and I've been reading this series to my students for most of those years. I appreciate the light, funny stories that draw kids in and let them see the value of books. I've managed to accumulate almost enough copies of "Double Fudge" to do a class literature circle! Some of us have to share books, but we love your characters so much that we happily share (for once!)!
Prayers and best wishes for a wonderful recuperation, and I look forward to your next book. Not only have I enjoyed your children's books with my classes, but I love your adult reads for myself!!
Gerry, better known as Nonny
Dear Judy, I heard about your struggle on the Today show this morning. I am a breast cancer survivor twice. First diagnosis was January, 2003. In order to have a lumpectomy, I went through chemo to shrink the tumor (mango seed size), then the surgery. It was discovered that I was Stage 4 after the lymph nodes were analyzed, so another round of a stronger chemo which took my hair again but also finger and toe nails and left peripheral neuropathy behind in feet and legs.All of that was followed by 38 radiation treatments and 5 years of anti-estrogen treatment with Arimidex. Second diagnosis came January, 2012, 9 years to the month. Same breast, same incision, so mastectomy was only real solution. All going well, spirit's are high, no problems, right??? Wrong!!! No clue and no advisement that radiated skin is like scar tissue and has no ability to heal itself like regular skin. Consequently, a wound developed at each end of the scar from the mastectomy and a tunnel formed from one wound to the other UNDER the length of the scar. Then my real battle began. After 3 stays in the hospital and 2 1/2 months in a specialty hospital for 24/7 IV therapy and hyperbarics, my wound finally closed and I was officially discharged from doctor's care THIS week - 7 months after surgery. I have always been large-busted (my remaining boob requires an "H" cup to contain it), but I agree with you: an "A" cup sounds awesome to me, so my next process will be reduction of the right boob down as small as I can convince the surgeon to go with it. I would also like to add at this point that the reduction was my precious supportive husband's idea. He actually lifted his own t-shirt and told the doc to "make it the same size as mine, then we'll match". Is that awesome, or what? I've had 47 wonderful years of this. My husband truly is my best friend - such a blessing he has been throughout our lives together, but especially through all the cancer ordeals we have had.
W#hat I would like to tell you is to rest a lot, eat a lot of protein to keep you strong and help you heal, and most important of all, be your own advocate!!! If what you are told or a treatment you are offered doesn't sound right to you, opt immediately for a second opinion. It is your right and also in your best interest. Trust your instincts. Times we did not do that ended up not so good and when we went back over it, we both were uncomfortable, but kept quiet and went along, only to either prolong the agony because it didn't work, OR actually suffered a set back! So trust your gut and be gutsy enough to speak up - it is your body, and never expect anyone else to care about you as much as you should. Be the one in control and guess what happens? You take your power back from the cancer. You gather the info, you make the decisions for your own treatment and you are no longer the victim but the victor! Even when the outcome is not what you hoped, you retain your power because it was YOUR choice. I hope my experience helps you and anyone else who reads it. Many people throughout my treatments have commented on my spirit. I have had many down days, but, really, I view it somewhat like childbirth. Unpleasant to get through, but at the end, you get this sweet little bundle of preciousness. Well, cancer treatment and wound treatment can be very difficult to endure, but at the end, you get to live and be with the people you love a little longer! Quite a trade-off, right??!! You have my email if you'dlike to respond, I'd love to hear from you.
Thank you for your blog...I was diagnosed in much the same way on June 18; had the same decisions, I am barely an A, told the surgeon, work with what I have.....do whatever is easiest and quickest. I went with double mastectomy on July 9th, nipple sparing on one...oh, the jokes we could come up with! I am currently undergoing radiation as they did find cancer in lymph nodes. It's not a club I wanted to join either, but I'm thankful for the sisterhood...keep the blog going...thanks again
Judy I am a retired reading teacher. Your books were always in my classroom and loved by my students. My own girls also read and cherished your books. Last September I was diagnosed with breast and cervical cancer. The breast cancer was small, and early. However, I had to a have a masectomy and choose a double without reconstruction. Following the hysterectomy it was discovered it was not cancer. I am feeling great today. Thank you for being public, you are helping so many women face this fightening disease. You are in my prayers. A total stranger made my day when I was recovering by saying "Keep on Keeping on". I say those words everyday.
I love your book of Are You There God It's Me Margaret
I love your books. I love your
I just want to thank you for naming your book "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret". I read that book when I was a kid and because of that book, I started a relationship with God. I would find myself saying every night while I was lying in bed, "Are you there God, it's me Raven". I've been talking to God ever since. For that Ms. Blume, I am eternally grateful to you! I just read on your site where you said that had you known how often you'd have to say the title of the book, you'd of named it just "Margaret". Thank God you didn't realize how big that book would actually become. I'd make a bet that because of that book, many relationships with God began. Thanks again!
i love your fugue books! sophia
judy blume i love this book that you made the book called judy blume otherwise known as sheila the great.i hope i see another book like this.its almost like junie b. jones only it got no pictures i love this book.
Dear,Judy i want to read all your new books. We are reading a tales of a fourth grade nothing.My favorite charater is fudge.
Dear Judy,my class and I are reading Tales of a fourth grade nothing. My favorite character is fudge because he's funny when he ate a flower in chapter 5.I want to read more of your books . from ,Alex s.
Dear Judy,I just started 4th grade. We are reading your
book Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing it is a very good book
thank you. Anthony.
Joseph James LaValva
You are my favorite writer.My class is reading ''Tales of a fourth grade nothing''.I hope to get to read all of your books.They are so so so so so cool,fun,and hilarious.Thank you for being an author you are the best author EVER!
We are reading Tales of a forth grade nothing.My favorite character is Fudge.My favorite character is Fudge because Fudge he is funny and bad sometimes.
Dear Judy Blume
I just started fourth grade & my class is reading your book the Tales of a Fourth grade nothing. I heard about your cancer and i`m very very sorry . sometimes your books are funny . You were born and raised in New Jersey so was i . You are a role model to all author`s , and i hope you get right some more books.i hope you get to right me back, i`m gonna right again with my E-mail address . my favorite character is fudge , and peter . My favorite chapter in Tales of a Fourth grade nothing is the birthday party bash . Your website is very nice , i like in the begging when you first go the website and it shows you pretending to row a boat . I wanna get the chance to read some more of your books . I would like to meet you one day ,because all the stuff i heard about you you sound like a wonderful person. I heard a couple of people say they don`t like your book but do .
I just started Tales of a fourth grade nothing & my class is reading your book it is really good. i heard about your cancer i hope you feel better and i'm very very sorry about your cancer. the books you make are sometimes funny and i like that.when i was born and when i was 7 i liked your books a lot and i always liked your books and in tales of a fourth grade nothing the character i liked most was fudge a lot he is mostly funny and his family are funny sometimes.your website is very nice and decorated very nicely done and nice i liked all your books.i hope i get a chance to read more of your books and i hope you feel better. your a wonderful person and makes funny books sometimes.hope you feel better about your cancer. i liked you and your books a lot.
I love your books. you did a good job at writing.
I am in fourth grade.
I am reading Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing.
That is my favorite book ever.
My favorite character is fudge.
Thank you for making all of these wonderful books.
I just started 4th grade it is fun my class is reading your book tales of a of a 4th grade nothing like fudge he is vary funny the chapter 5
birthday bash the part where jenny peed.
Dear,Judy I like your book it is so good.Im in 4th grade and we are reading the Tales of a 4th Grade noting.You are a good writer. My favorite character is Fudge he is funny.And my favorite part is when Jennie peaed on the floor.I really like this story so far it is really good.
how did you start with tales of 4th grade nothing because I like it and other people like it
I love your books my class is reading Tales of a 4 grade nothing.
My class loves your books.Fudge is my favorite character.He is my
favorite because he is really funny.
Hi Ms Blume I like your book Tales of a 4th grade nothing. I am in 4th grade. I like writing cute little story's. I am sorry you had cancer. Judy Blume I hope you have fun!! I am reading tales of a 4th grade nothing!!
dear judy i love your books they are real funny and my class like them.My teacher is reading the tales of a 4 grade nothing.My friend serenty birthday is just like yours february 12.im am sorry you have canncer.by B] :] slide the competer slide ways then you find the happy face and the cool face.
I really like the book tales of a fourth grade nothing!!!!!!!!! That is my favorite book so far.I am just starting fourth grade and I have already made several friends. My favorite show is Austin and Ally. that is my favorite show in the whole wide world. I love your books so so so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dear Judy I am in forth grade.my classmates and I are reading tales of a forth grade nothing.I like your book
Dear Judy, I am in 4th Grade . Me and my class are reading your book. Tales of a 4th grade Nothing some of the class like I like it to.
Dear Judy,i'm in 4th grade i love your book tales of a 4th grade nothing.My teacher has been reading it.I hope to read all your books.They sound very interesting and funny.My favorite character is fudge.He is funny and crazy.I hope you write back.
Dear Judy, I just started reading tales of a 4 grad Nothing.I like your books i think you are a good writer i like fudge.
DEAR Judy,i really like the book Tales of a fourth grade nothing. my favorite character is fudge and Peter. my class is reading Tales of a fourth grade nothing. you are my favorite author.i'm in fourth grade.
Hi Judy in our school we are reading your book Tales of a forth grade Nothing its so funny my favorite character is fudge he is so funny and silly.
Dear Judy Blume I,m sorry that you have cancer I wish It never happen. we read tales of a fourth grade nothing in are classroom its a cool book it rocks. I hope you feel better.
All my class like your book 'Tales of 4 grade nothing'.It is really fun
I have some of yours books and I ready read all your books the I have.
You are my favorite author.My favorite character is fudge i like him fudge because he is funny. Im in 4th grade and my class just started reading tales of a 4th grade nothing and we are starting to like it.I hope we get to read all of your books and your new ones.
First off, I enjoyed your books and "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" remains a hit with my nephews and nieces. The classics endure!
I am 47 and one of 150,000 US people living with metastatic breast cancer. (That's the bad kind). People tend to ignore people with Stage IV breast cancer because we scare them. (Boo!) Just kidding.
I bet you don't know many Jewish people named O'Brien. Did you know people of Jewish descent have a higher risk for a genetic mutation which in turn carries a higher risk for breast and/or ovarian cancer. My mother died of inflammatory breast cancer, further increasing my breast cancer risk.
The majority of people who develop breast cancer didnít inherit an abnormal breast cancer gene and have no family history. But about five percent of people have a genetic mutation which predisposes them to cancer. (I don't have the BRCA1/2 mutation.)
Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jews are 10 times more likely to have mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA 2 genes than the general population. Approximately 2.65 percent of the Ashkenazi Jewish population has a mutation in these genes, while only 0.2 percent of the general population carries these mutations.
Having an abnormal BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene doesnít mean you will be diagnosed with breast cancer: Only seven percent of breast cancers in Ashkenazi women are caused by alterations in BRCA1 and BRCA2
Amy Boesky (ghostwriter of many "Sweet Valley High" books and Boston College professor) has written an excellent memoir about her family' s heridatary breast and ovarian cancer experience ("What We Have".
Dear Judy--You continue to be an inspiration in all areas of my life, in particular in my roles as a mother and a professional writer. Thank you for sharing your news with us. Your blog post inspired me to make my latest column a tribute to you:
I took my granddaughter, age 7, to the library in Fairfax, Va. She immediately ran to your books saying "I love her illistrations". How wonderful that you can reach a seven year old.
I just learned of your illness. I do hope the very best for you and your family. Confession: I am 43 years old and you are my favorite children author. I remember how I ate all your books when I was a child and a teenager. All these years later I still love your books. I cannot think of my childhood and not remember you. Thank you.
I grew up reading your books. My favourite was 'are you there god, it's me margaret'. I remember when I was about 10 all the girls on my school read this book and we used it to teach us all about what being a girl entailed. It made me feel normal and that what I was going through and feeling was normal too. I have just had a daughter and I bought this book to give to her and I know she will love it and value it just as much as me and my friends did.
I am a teacher in a Title I elementary school in Houston, Texas. I love your writing and wanted our students to read more and more. So I set up a personal quest and invited every 4th and 5th grader in the school to join my quest to read "every Judy Blume book" in our school library. I went from classroom to classroom with a personal invitation. I told the students about Fudge and his first day in kindergarten. They were hooked. Progress of my reading is posted in the school library. I am proud to report that every book authored by Judy Blume has been checked out, and we are searching for more. Students will stop me in the hallway to talk bout the book they are reading. A student coming off the bus this morning strongly suggested inviting Judy Blume to come for a visit. I cannot thank you enough for helping me to ignite the love of reading in our students.
I learned of your struggle with breast cancer from a student who stopped me in the hallway. She is a member of the quest and did some independent research. I know I speak for all the quest members when I say, we send you all our best.
If you ever find yourself in Houston, Texas, please accept our offer of hospitality.
Thank you again and again,
I just learned about your diagnosis and wanted to offer some additional words of support. I am turning 40 this year and you remain one of my all-time personal heroes for giving me a love of books that has stayed with me for a lifetime. In fact, I became an author too because I still love the magic of books.
I can't help but think that you are going to do something good with this diagnosis. You already have by writing about it candidly on your blog. No doubt many women will learn from your experience.
By the way, on the wall in my office is a signed photo of you that you sent me back in 2004 after I opened my bookstore in Sacramento. I also attended your presentation here that year and it remains one of the highlights of my life! (Better than an Elton John concert!)
Thank you for inspiring so many of us, and infusing humor into all you do. Sending you hugs and prayers. --Stephanie
One year ago, I too joined the club. The big bad tumor was in a difficult location so I did chemo first to reduce the size, mastectomy in May and then more chemo and soon radiation. I learned everyone in the club has a different journey but together we uplift each other. My sense of humor got me through the worst parts and I know that yours did the same for you. Thank you for sharing your story. PS had to laugh when I saw your blog about "Growing up and liking it".. that pamphlet was given to me at 16!
Hello Mrs Blume I'm sending this because I would like for you to know you have been my favorite Author since I was in gradeschool and you still are!!! Also I'm praying for you! My favorite, favorite book is "Are you there god it's me Margaret" I downloaded that book on my Kindle Fire which I won so very thankful and blessed for that because I couldn't afford to purchase one! Thank you for your time in reading this and for inspiring me!
Best of luck with your recovery.
Just wanted to say that I had the same thing happen to me and chose the double mastectomy too. There was no question in doing what I needed to do to save my life....I am not my breasts! I have done well, also, and have just had my checkup last month...no reoccurrence. Thank God for the mammogram that found "a few grains of sand". Otherwise it would have been found too late! Bless you and I pray God's gifts to you and your family.
Dear Ms. Blume,
I am a 30 year old recently diagnosed with ER+ Breast CA. Thank you for your post. It was amazing to see a nearly identical journey to my own (minus the fact that I found mine). I made a very similar joke to the radiologist about my barely size A's (I am sure I badly paraphrased Margret!). I too have started blogging about my experience and have found it a great release. Thank you again for sharing.
I saw your story on the news. I found your blog and started reading some of that. I just want to wish you well, and let you know I will keep you in my prayers. Your books meant a lot to me, and I still have them packed away for safe keeping.
I love your attitude, and I think that you are an inspiration to women of all ages.
Wishing you happiness, HEALTH, and love
i read forever it was a great book but the end "theo called" i just with there was more and a question is there going to be another forever i want to know more please and when my friends read the back they said but it is of sexual content i said it looks like a good book so i am reading it and there is talk about sex and in grade 7 we learn about sex anyway i am glad i read the book
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