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Judy, you've always been one of my favorite authors, both for myself and as a teacher. The coincidences between our BC situations are uncanny. On Friday morning, the last day of school, I felt a lump in my right breast. I, too, have small, dense, fibrocystic (lumpy) breasts and have been through multiple biopsies in the past dozen years, all coming back negative. We were scheduled to leave on our dream trip to Italy early that Sunday morning, so i made the decision to put it out of my mind until we got back. I didn't even tell my husband until we were at the Venice airport on our way home. In my case, the doctors said that the two weeks made no difference. I'm stage 2A invasive ductal, but i have to go through chemo before my mastectomy. It's all going to be OK, but certainly not fun in the meantime. I want to thank you for being so open and sharing your experiences with the world. We are both part of a huge amazing club that nobody ever wants to join. (The initiation is the pits!)
I know you have so much on your plate right now, but it would be so wonderful if you were to write a book where the protagonist goes through the breast cancer journey. It would be such an inspiration and comfort for so many of us, and I know that you could handle the topic in such a way that women the world over could benefit.
Wishing you continued healing!
PS I didn't cry until weeks after my diagnosis either, i was too numb!
I think you have been one of my Favorite authors since I was a kid. When I was 17 my first job was for a cleaning company. Your office was at the old Apple Bank on 72nd street your office was on the 2nd floor. How amazed was I to find out you were on my assigned route. One Christmas I left a note under your door telling you just this and the next day you had left a stack of all my favorite books for me at your door. It was one of the nicest and thoughtful thing I have ever received. I was reading another site and this came up, it made me sad and I had to jump on your site to just say that I am glad that you are doing better and that you had the support of your family and friends. Thanks for expanding my imagination and saving me from hours of boredom. I cant wait to share some of the books with my own 6 year old and show her that when you read you can go and do anything you please. Feel Better. - Mia
Vince (kw gardener)
Hey Judy , dont know if I ever thanked you for your major role in launching my landscape business ,and being able to retire at 50 . So THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!! Im sorry to hear about your brush with cancer , but am glad you caught it in time . Ive been meaning to write for years but lost my old address book . spent 4 yrs in horrible Perry fl , am now in lovely Palm Bay fl just south of Melbuurne fl . Glad youre ok ,love Vince
Just heard about your cancer and wanted to ask Judy to check out Orgone energy. It works!! I have been using an Orgone blanket for awhile and it works for many physical problems. It is simply amazing. It sounds so simple and that it could not possibly work, but it does. It uses universal energy available everywhere.
Love and Blessings,
I could not pass up the opportunity to tell you what a big help and inspiration your books have been to me. You tackled some of the real tough stuff growing up. And, your writing made it easier to see the humor, the joy, and even deal with the awkwardness of it all for me when I was a young girl. I have reccomended your writing to teens I know now, and will ALWAYS do so.
I wish I had known about your blog...I didnt find it til today. I will pray for you and follow your journey. Now is the time to draw strength from those of us who have grown up with you...let us give you our strength and courage to deal with your current path.
Know that you are so loved....and we are all here in your corner!
I just heard the news of your cancer. I was sad
To hear of this but know you will do great and will
Win this fight!!
I've written to you 3 times over 30
Years as a young teacher with students who loved
Your books, as a young mom of a now 22 year old
Daughter and twin boys who just turned 18.
We read your books for our mom/daughter and
Mom/son book clubs. I also wrote when I volunteered
At our school library where your books are still
Favorites. As I tell the kids a good story lasts
The test of time . Your stories do that. You are
A wonderful story teller and so kind. Your
Fans of all ages have you in our thoughts and
Prayers! Thank you, stay strong, and God
Bless you , Judy!
I'm so sad to just have read of your cancer. I'm a long time fan. My 1st book was Blubber and to this day I've told my kid's about how your books helped me read better, and kept me interested!
I pray that you will read/get this message, it comes from the heart. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check out this information. www.gerson.org,
www.checkoutalkaline.com, www.kangendemo.com and www.enagic.com
This is info on how people have been getting rid of cancer(and countless other diseases) for decades without medicine or being cut. The Gerson Diet has been around longer than you and was banned in the US because American doctors couldn't make money off of healthy people. And Kangen Water is deemed a medical device in Japan. It's been around longer than me, they us it in hospital's, and clinic's. They even write prescription's for it.
Dr. Hiromi Shinya(the inventor of the colonoscopy) treat's his cancer paitent's with it. In his book "The Enzyme Factor" on page 7 he states he has 0% cancer re occurrence rate on his diet. Dr. Shinya is also on of Enagic's endorser for Kangen Water.
Kangen Water has healed me from more than 12 years of Fibromyalgia and more years of Migraines. I am pain free and medication free because of Kangen Water. PLEASE just find out about it and try the water. It cost you nothing except better health. God Bless.
Dear Judy, I'm at nearly 5 years post lumpectomy. No history of breast cancer either! Hang in there, and to counteract the chemo and radiation explore some of the alternative methods like Essiac Tea to build up the immune system. Know you can't respond, but so many of us are pulling for you. Stay strong!
Just read about your mastectomy and wanted to wish you well. My daughter and I have always enjoyed your writing and we need you to continue!
In my mailbox this morning was a letter from the imaging center where I just had a mammogram done, asking me to call for an appointment for additional imaging because they may have found something. Not good news and then I happened to read about you. It gave me the push I needed to call and make the appointment.
Thank you for all you have given us over the years and wishing you the best of health and happiness.
Just a short note to wish you well and hope for a good recover. I read your books when I was little and now my children read your books and love them very much. I have a beautiful funny little boy son with mild autism. He has an ther sisterwho is 4 years older who loves him but is completely exasperated with him most of the time. To say they relate to and act like Fudge and Peter is an understatment. When he was younger my son was a man of few words but he could and still qoutes from your books whhenever triggered. In pet stores " Bonjour Stupid" When counting his money he wouldn chant "money money money" Now he never stops talking. Anyhow. Thank you for your books, Take care and I hope you write many more.
We are very sorry to hear about your diagnosis. But wanted you to know some of the best medicine is reading your books. My daugther Becky now age 10 is 3 years post treatment for leukemia. We often read the Fudge series through out the treatment. Thank you for your hilarious and encouraging stories of truly memorable children. All the best of luck in your treatment and recovery.
I grew up reading your books along with Beverly Cleary, Choose Your Own Adventure, Which Way and many others. Your books really opened my eyes to the opposite sex in more ways than one and have helped me understand women better, although admittedly you all are still a complete mystery. I'm so glad to here you are doing better and am glad I get the chance to thank your properly, rather than posthumously. Thank you for giving us your best over all these years and please take some time to rest up. My positive thoughts are with you.
Praying for you Judy! Your humorous attitude will get you through it!!! Just saw the play "are you there God; its me Karen Carpenter" in los angeles....your story set to carpenter songs...hilarious!! Please keep writing....xoxoxo
Thanks for sharing your courageous story â€“ stay strong, good luck! I recently received a very similar (too similar) diagnosis and would love to ask you a couple questions, pick your brain â€“ is there any chance you would be willing to take this offline for a quick chat?
Iâ€™m in the middle of having to choose bw lumpectomy/radiation and/or mastectomy as well and am left feeling very confusedâ€¦.
All the best and keep fighting!
OMGosh . .
I was watching TV and saw your name and the title of one of your books "Are you there God, it's me Margaret" and I almost started to cry! I remember this book when I was in elementary school and I read it over and over, just because it was so good. I now have twin girls that I will introduce your books to and I'm so excited to be able to do that. Thank you for inspiring me as a young girl with your writings and may God continue to bless you.
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I know that your books helped to give lots of people just like me strength and support whilst we were beginning to grow up (I'm still doing a lot of growing up at the age of 36) and I wanted to send a little positivity your way right now at a time when you might need some kindness instead of us. I hope that you feel much better very soon Judy and thanks for being a fab and inspirational part of my childhood. I look forward to hearing good things in your next blog update.
Love and warmth from the UK,
I loved your books so much as a kid - just the titles still give me a shiver to this day. Was so sorry to hear about your breast cancer, I wish you all the luck in the world with beating it.
Love your books for how they respect the abilities of children to grow, learn and think. Glad you are doing well post surgery
So sorry to hear about your cancer but I have faith that you will come through. My prayers are with you,=. As well, a long overdue and heart felt thank you for Are you there, God? It's me, Margaret. My grade 4 teacher read it to the girls in the classes and i will never forget the impact it had on me. "I must, I must increase my bust" exercise although not needed for me personally showed me that although i was embarrassed about my advanced development, the others secretly wanted to have what I had. Words can't truly express what that book meant to me and now that I have two girls (grades 5 & 3), we will be sharing that book together. There are three books i remember from my youth for various reasons and yours is there with "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Snow" by Dr. Suess. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Libby (Miller) Lulinski
Hope this note finds you feeling good and in good spirits. I'm so happy you were comfortable to go public. It's very helpful to others. My younger sister had BC surgery last week and is on the mend. It too was a shock for all of us as there is no history of BC and she does all the right things, as well. Hope your family is well. Warmest wishes for a healthful and sweet new year. I'll be leaving for three weeks on Oct 3. to visit two grandkids in Israel as well as attending the Hadassah 100th anniversary convention. Be well. Libby
I'm a retired teacher and you were my favorite author. Still hear from students I taught over 30 years ago saying how my expression reading Judy Blume books inspired them to become teachers. Just heard on news that you've been battling breast cancer. I wish you the best and cross my fingers for a speedy recovery!
Judy, Thank you so much for your blog about breast cancer. It could have been my own story, as I have a similar one. My summer plans were also interrupted by a surprise diagnosis of breast cancer, followed by the decision to have a single mastectomy and tram flap reconstruction. I am now 7 weeks away from the surgery and still in the process of healing, going for P.T. therapy on my arm due to lymph node removal. This is quite a journey, but like you, my cancer was found in early stages so I am looking forward to healing and moving on with life. I wish you all the best on your own journey and look forward to many more of your wonderful books!!
Dear Mrs. Blume,
I just wanted you to know that your in my thoughts and prayers.
When I was growing up, I have to admit that I "hated" to read. I would rather be outside playing with friends than sitting in a corner and read a book. To me that was just boring. Until one day a friend told me about a book she was reading. She wanted to read instead of playing. I asked her who wrote it and she said Judy Blume. I had heard that name before from other friends. Well, I thought to myself if everyone is reading books by Judy, maybe, just maybe, I should take some time to check it out.
Well, my first book was Tale of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I got hooked on reading and now I consider myself an avid reader.
I thank you for being the person who "got me hooked" on reading. I have now introduced your books to my own children.
Thank you so much!!
Just learned of your illness and wishing you a speedy and complete recovery. My children are not yet old enough to introduce to your books which I so loved as a child and young adult, but I look forward to the day I can discuss your writings with my own daughters. I remember your writing, like I remember watching Fred Rogers, both extremely influential to my emotional development as a child, to my understanding of the world beyond myself and my upbringing. Also, a great refuge from the realities of childhood crueties and bullying, a way for pre-adolescents to understand and discuss these difficult issues with each other.
Dear Mrs. Blume,
I wish you a speedy recovery. I was upset to hear that you are ill - you were my favourite writer throughout my junior and high school education. My copy of "Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret" was battered and torn from having read it so many times - it even travelled with me. There were times when I felt that my only "friends" were the characters in your books. Thank you for writing so well that you kept a loner of a teenage girl company with your books.
Wishing you and your family the very best,
I enjoy reading your book
I grew up reading your books. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
My journey very similar to yours but I choose not to have reconstruction. Haven't reggreted that. It' been 16 months since my mastectomy. Surgery was not an invasion of my body, it was a intervention! This scar saved my life and I won't be sad about it. Be strong and thank-you for writting, keep at it.
Thank you so much for your amazing blog post. I wish you everything you need for the journey you are taking. Even though I usually don't post on people's blogs or websites, I felt compelled to post because you made such a huge impact on my life. I was such a shy child growing up that books were my lifeline. Your books were the ones I kept on my bookshelf even as I was growing up. It was wonderful to be able to pass them on to my own daughter. Thanks so much.
I just saw online you are battling breast cancer. This filled me with sadness for you and I wish you the best and a speedy recovery. I have been a huge fan of yours since I was 10? I have read all of your books... multiple times! I even re-read Deanie last year... It was still a great read 30 plus years later. Your stories are timeless! And, helpful... as an adolescent, it's nice to 'know' that others feel the same as you and are going thru similar trials. I love your adult books too, of course. I just wish there were more of them I don't have a favorite book of yours, but you are definitely my favorite author!
Thank you for sharing your breast cancer story It is so important women know you don't have to have any risk factors to get cancer! I'd love to send you a copy of my book - its designed to empower women through their diagnosis. Perhaps you could share it with your treatment center. You can view it at Workingoutcancer.com Most importantly be well!
Dear Mrs. Blume,
I was sad to hear about your health ordeal, yet very glad to hear of your recovery. Wishing you all the best in the future, from a fan in Greece who got motivation and support from 'Deenie' for scoliosis many years ago.
I wrote to you on this site when I was 17 and was thrilled to hear back from you. I just re-read your response to me now (of course I have it saved!) I was just bragging not too long ago that I got an email from you when your name came up in conversation, HaHa! I am 30 now and am very saddened to hear of your recent diagnosis with breast cancer. I myself was diagnosed May 2011 with pancreatic cancer, underwent surgery and have been receiving chemotherapy since. "$#!T Happens" is right! I just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing", "Superfudge", and "Fudge-A-Mania" will always be the most memorable books of my childhood. I never laughed harder at any other books than those three and re-read them each over the years (unfortunately I lost them when our house flooded or I'd still have them). I plan to buy them again soon to re-read and "Double Fudge" which I'm just finding out about now, cool! You're a wonderful person who has brought so much joy & laughter into the hearts of countless children & adults. Again, my thoughts will be with you daily. A close friend of my mother's who was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple years ago who underwent the same surgery (+ treatments) is now doing great and cancer free. I'm sure you will be too!
With Love & A BIG HUG,
Judy, I recently learned of one of our amazing leaders with Mary Kay has been living with Breast Cancerband she has amazing powerful support for you. Renatarbet.com I pray this information will be so supportive for you! Prayer: Lord, I pray for healing and abundant blessings for Judy! Grant her peace, comfort, and warmth that only you can do! Father, you're a God of Miracles! Thank you Lord for your faithfulness! Amen.
Dear Judy, YOU got me to LOVE Books at a young age when I wouldn't read anything! Reading your books helped me write from my heart & my feelings w/out fear. I'm 44 & a 2 YEAR Breast Cancer SURVIVOR!! WELCOME TO THE SURVIVOR CLUB! YOU are a SURVIVOR too!! I will be praying for you and sending YOU Healing, Love & Support during your journey. I also wanted to share my caring bridge blog that I wrote about ALL my treatments, & what helped me get through traditional & alternative treatments. www.caringbridge.org/visit/jamiwilliams YOU are NOT alone in this & KNOW we are ALL supporting you! Thank YOU so MUCH for the many gifts you've given me through your writting! Love & Healing to YOU!!!
Ms. Blume (and anyone else who is a fan of yours who may read this),
I am sorry to hear of your medical struggles, but I am glad you’re doing well and it seems to present an opportunity for me to share something I otherwise wouldn’t.
About a year ago I happened to find myself in Target with a few minutes to kill and I was near the book section and saw one of your books. I flipped somewhere to the middle and read about 20 pages or so until I needed to leave.
I will admit I don’t recall the title nor did I read enough to get a good sense of the overall plot, but the part I read dealt with a teenager’s anxiety in navigating her way to a clinic to get some birth control pills, seemingly questioning her decision all the while.
I was struck by how effortless this scene played out on the pages of this book. It was an emotional and sensitive topic on several levels with a scramble going on beneath her feet and in her head at the same time. The highly charged nature of her thoughts and decision-making was breathtaking almost to the point of frightening. But impressively, the treatment of it all was about as matter-of-fact as one can imagine, portraying both sides of a delicate issue with extreme candor, each with its warts, and so non-judgmental toward the character it almost defied belief. And it was damn entertaining besides!
Three decades ago my sister and her friends read all your books. I certainly heard of you, and I was aware that your books were popular and that you enjoyed success for a long period of time. But it was not until that day last year, as a 40something man, standing in the middle of a Target holding a book written in an era so removed from what I know it might as well have come from the 1870s, that I could see what all the fuss was about.
In those 20 pages I was sold, and I wasn’t even in the market for anything. I was probably nodding visibly as I muttered silently in what I could only characterize as awe.
“I get it. This is why Judy Blume is Judy Blume.”
Hi Judy, You have a very special "gift" for writing. My daughters & I started out reading your books back in the early '80's with,"Are you there God? It's me, Margaret." Wow! Such a naturl flow with words and such honesty. We just love you so-o-o much and know you're a fighter and will definitely make a full recovery with your bout with cancer. We will continue praying for you...God is great! Jesus is great! You will be healed completely. Keep great faith and keep a great sense of humor and pet a cat or talk to a dog; it's proven to make the healing quicker!
Much Love & many prayers to you, Donna & family
I was stunned when I heard the news today, but even more so after reading your blog post, "Very early. Very small. Well differentiated." That was EXACTLY my diagnosis three years ago, and like you, I was spared chemotherapy. I opted for a bilateral with reconstruction. I was happy to read that you are already resuming activities post-op -- I resumed my workouts as soon as I had permission and found the more I was able to do, the better and more empowered I felt.
Most of all, the way you wrote about your experience completely resonated with me and was similar to the manner in which I dealt with things. A scary inconvenience. And extremely grateful that it wasn't worse than it could have been. Perhaps there is a book in here somewhere.
You have always been one of my favorite authors and never thought we would share something so personal. Indeed, it is the club none of us wanted to join.
If it's not an imposition, I do have a question I'd like to ask you about a reference in your blog. I have a hunch that we may share the same radiologist. THAT would truly be a small world.
Best of luck in your continued recovery and thank you for being such a wonderful narrative of my literary life. You are truly an icon. XO
Just read about your recent diagnosis. I am sorry to hear about, but so glad to hear you are taking such great care of yourself. I have two daughters who have enjoyed all the books I love so much. Sometimes I feel embarrassed when I am asked what I read growing up...I ONLY read Judy Blume books...over and over and over. I never read anything else until I was an adult. Thank you for teaching me about life. -Ali
Just wanted to say thanks, you inspired me to read many, many years ago. You are a true inspiration. I wish you nothing but complete peace!!!!
What an honor it is to be able to personally write you!!! I grew up reading your books...you were like a big sister, and you seemed to know everything about growing up! It's been neat to watch things come full circle, to see my daughter now enjoying your same books that I enjoyed growing up! I am so sorry to hear about your cancer. I hope you are feeling well and recovering, and I hope your book is going well. It's wonderful to hear you have had a good support system...it's so important. Thank you for all you have given us, your readers--you've been like a dear friend.
I just read your blog post and admire you even more for coming forward with a story that I know is really hard to tell. I just finished the worst year of my life after a breast cancer diagnosis. DCIS, with a one inch tumor, and as it turns out, a 2.5mm micro tumor in a node. I did the double mastectomy route with immediate reconstruction, which for me meant tissue expanders that would require a second surgery. Fours rounds of chemo and 28 radiation treatments later, I'm happy to say that the nightmare is behind me. It was the longest year of my life.
I am so glad that you didn't have to do the treatments. I never felt like I had a choice and now I get to wonder what special surprises are in store for me from the very stuff designed to "cure" me.
"Margaret" is still one of my favourite books and every time I went for a fill in the expanders, I'd say those magic words... "we must, we must, we must..." lol
I'm guessing my plastic surgeon has heard that line a bazillion times before. =)
Stay well, and thanks for sharing!
I heard about your bad news and I thought I would send some well wishes your way.
You made reading fun for a kid who hated reading. Sometimes I chuckle at how much I liked your books as a child. Thank you and please take care.
I've read several of your books and enjoyed, as well as learned from them.
My Mom has had breast cancern 3 times and, at 73, is still going strong. She says she got mine and my sister's shares. God love her, I sure hope it's true.
Good luck in your courageous fight. Family is everything when it comes to something like this. Take care and thank you for 3 amazing books that are still my favorites today.
I went through breast cancer, chemo and radiation this year too. I can't tell you what a surprise it was for me. I beleived since my sister had it and died from it fifteen years ago, I would be the one to be spared. Ha Ha. Life had different plans for me.
Well its been a months since my last radiation treatment and almost three months since my last chemo, and my hair is finally growing back (and even on my legs unfortionately) and while I know I'm not out of the woods yets, and I'm still recovering, I know that it has not beat me and I praying for you. We are now members of a very exclusive club and are sisters in arms.
All the best to you.
I wanted to let you know I did the exercises from "Are you there God, It's me Margaret" for 4 years praying breats to grow. "We must, we must, we must increase our busts." Weird now that we have them we have to deal with breat cancer. I wish you well in your recovery and I love you for bringing your great stories alive for the young people-and us not so young anymore. You are in my prayers.
Lisa Quatrini Simkins
I have read all of your books and I just adore you! I will send loving blessing for you to recover quickly and easily. I am sorry for any suffering you must endure! I will pray fervently for you!
I read so many of your books and loved each and every one when I was growing up. My favorite was 'Are you there God? It's me Margaret.' It was so awesome to read a book that I could relate to at such a young age. You totally understand the young mind. Thank you for being you!!
Wow! You have been my hero since 1977 when I was in college taking a kiddy lit. course and I discovered your books. It was a summer class and I golfed in the morning ( the only 4.0 I got)and then went to my class which was laying on my couch and reading your books.
I retired from teaching 2nd grade 5 yrs. ago. In all of my 29 yrs. of teaching, I recommended your books to my children, my students and my co-workers every year, all the time. The kid books and the adult ones. I've read them all. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!
Your books have really made my life a better place.
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