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    Unhappy Author Judy Blume diagnosed with breast cancer

    Judy Blume Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

    By Maggie Coughlan

    09/05/2012 at 12:35 PM EDT


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    Judy Blume has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

    The author of many popular young adult books, including Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Superfudge, Iggie's House and Blubber, revealed her diagnosis in a blog post on Wednesday.

    "We were supposed to leave for five weeks in Italy on July 29 – four of those weeks would be spent at an artists' colony housed in a castle in Umbria where I was hoping to finish my new book. A castle! Sound too good to be true? Uh huh," she writes.

    "A visit to the radiologist on June 12 for a routine ultrasound (dense breast tissue) led to a core biopsy," the post continues.

    Upon receiving the results from her biopsy, Blume, 74, tried to process her diagnosis.

    "Wait – me? There’s no breast cancer in my family (recent extensive genetic testing shows no genetic connection). I haven't eaten red meat in more than 30 years. I've never smoked, I exercise every day, forget alcohol – it's bad for my reflux – I've been the same weight my whole adult life. How is this possible? Well, guess what – it's possible."

    Six weeks after learning she had cancer, Blume underwent a mastectomy on July 30. "This surgery went well, one night in the hospital, very little pain," she writes.

    The author also discloses that 17 years ago, she had a hysterectomy after being diagnosed with cervical cancer but "caught it just in time." "No other treatment necessary. Another story for another time," she says.

    In her blog entry, Blume, whose books have sold over 80 million copies and been translated into 31 languages, reflects on the month following her procedure.

    "My friends who've had breast cancer have been so helpful and supportive I can never thank them enough," she writes. "They got me through this. They were my inspiration. If we can do it, you can do it! They were right. And I got off easy. I don’t need chemo which is a whole other ballgame."
    Judy Blume Has Breast Cancer : People.com

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    I hope they caught this cancer just in time too! I love some Judy Blume!
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    I hope she pulls through she was such a big part of my adolesence.
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    I love her too. Loved reading her books when I was young and then enjoyed them again when my daughter read them. This summer we both enjoyed Summer Sisters.
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    Aw I hope so too.

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    Judy was always one of my favourite authors when I was a kid. I hope she gets better.

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    Who doesn't love Judy Blume? Prayers for a speedy recovery.
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    Good luck to her. Are you there God... was one of my fave books growing up. Judy just "got it" when it came to be a girl that age. 'We must, we must, we must increase our bust!" I still remember this line like 20 years later.

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    I hope they got it all and she recovers fully! I'll still sit back and read her books that I've had since I was a kid. Can't wait to see Tiger Eyes. It was one of my favorites.
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    Aw, I love her. This sucks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeSlice View Post
    Who doesn't love Judy Blume? .
    Fundies.
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    Hoping for her to recover. Her books were an essential part of my childhood too.

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    Aw, I hope she'll be fine. I read Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great so many times. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was another fave.

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    Sending good thoughts to Judy for a full recovery.

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    I hope they got it all and she recovers fully! I'll still sit back and read her books that I've had since I was a kid. Can't wait to see Tiger Eyes. It was one of my favorites.
    Tiger Eyes is going to be a movie? I didn't even know! I can't wait either now! That was probably my favorite of her books.
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    Yep going to be a movie. Not sure when it is to be released but she mentioned she missed a screening because of her cancer treatments.
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