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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 - !@#$% Happens. Isn't that the truth? My husband passed away suddenly on May 10, 2012 at age 52 and I'm still trying to understand why.
This summer our pastor said in a sermon that sometimes you do everything right, and life still sucks. Well, he used the work "stinks" instead of sucks, but you get the idea.
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. And I will now follow your blog as well!
Leslie Smith Doan
Your books were so important in my youngest daughters life when I separated from her father in the early 80's. Your work provided her with some concept that her family was not the first nor only family to go through separation, and it gave her solace, and some terms of reference for dealing with her devastating experience....Many thanks for your wonderful work.....
Good blessings to you Ms. Blume during your procedure and recovery. Just found your blog; and your website is very insightful, inspiring and fun. I can't wait to read some Judy Blume books.
Thank you for your recent Sept 5th blog !@#$ 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.
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