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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 :-)
I just wanted to thank you, my own experience reading your books was amazing, and now I have introduced your books to my 4th grade daughter. She has the same love of reading that I developed from reading your books, and I just wanted to share "Fudge" and the rest of the characters with her. I hope she enjoys them as much as I did at her age. Thank you!
Hey we love the book Forever. We couldn't believe there wasn't a sequel. We would really appreciate it if you would make a sequel; and I know a lot of other people feel the same way please respond soon.
Will you please make a Double Fudge movie because I loved the book so much. I just want to know what all the other characters in the book look like. I have seen one movie so far and it was great!
hi judy im tara and my class is about to read tales of a fourth grade nothing!!!!! i cant wait to get started on the book
what are 15 to 20 best facts about your life and what do you wanna do ahead of time????>?? Mrs. Judy Blume
Dear Judy Blume,
I read The Pain And The Great One.I love it,
My mom loves Tales Of A Forth Grade Nothig,and
My dad loves Super Fuge.How many books have you
The BEST 2nd Grade Class
Dear Mrs. Blume,
We the students of room 206 Merryhill School in San Jose LOVED your book The Pain and the Great One. How are you doing? We love you. We love your books. Please write more books for us because they are awesome. Your books are great. You are the best author ever.
Merryhill 2nd graders
ilove all of your books. i want to read all of our books. and i can because my teacher has them all.i would love to meet you in person.yester day i found a snaping turtle in my yard in front of my sister raven's window.
Ms. Blume. I loved all of your books. From the moment I read Forever in middle school, I was hooked. I backtracked to the younger books and moved forward to the adult books. I too have lots of stories. Maybe one day I wll publish some. You are my inspiration.
Mrs. Kaltz's Fourth Graders
What a GREAT website! My fourth graders are enjoying your books! We even got to drink Freckle Juice while we were reading. Next we will read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Thank you for writing such wonderful books!
Dear Mrs. Blume
I really like your fudge books
i am 9 years old and i have been reading and rereading your books since i was 7
i really love your way of writing
thank you for your books
Dear Judy Blume,
Superfudge was the best book I have ever read. My favorite part was when Fudge tried to sell Tootsie. I could really relate to the book because I am the oldest of 4 kids in my family. I want to read all your books now!
OMG I LUV DEENIE! I have a scoliosis brace myself, and it really inspired me!
My name is Mackenzie. I go to --. I am in an enrichment class and I LOVE your books!!!! Can I please ask you just a few questions???
What give you the ideas to write books?
How long have you been writing books for?
When/how old were when you chose to be an author?
Every term our class gets a class book and last term we were rolling on the ground with laughter when we read Tales of a Fouth Grade Nothing!!
PS I used my librarians email, and me and my classmates are huge fans of yours!!!!!
Thank you for your time!!
Loved your books since I was little! You'll always be one of my favorite authors! I'm in the middle of reading "Forever." Never knew about it till I saw your post on FB recently! No matter how old I am, you always manage to hold my interest! Can't wait till you come out with a new book! You should try to make a guest appearance n my area sometime. That would be so cool!
Judy I am now 12 and I have been reading your books since I was 8. They are hilarious, happy and full of excitement! I absolutely love your books and definitely want to red more!
Thank you for your writing advice! Its good to hear it from a published and successful author!
As a teen,I grew up addicted to your books. Now I've finally had the chance to pay homage to them through my cooking blog, with what I call "The Judy Blume of Desserts!" I would be honoured if you took a look. Thank you for your wonderful books and for helping many people through the rocky road that is adolescence. Much love! (http://cookingprojects.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/chocolate-tart-the-judy-blume-of-desserts/)
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