Are You There, God? It’s Me, Judy Blume. I Have Breast Cancer

judy bloomJudy Blume, the author of your favorite books as a kid, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The genius behind Are You There God? It's Me Margaret, Freckle Juice, and Summer Sisters announced on her blog today that she was supposed to head to Tuscany back in July to finish her latest book, but the plan was thwarted when a routine check-up found the big C.

And like only Judy Blume can, she put into words what it's like to find out you've got breast cancer:

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.

Through her young adult novels, Judy taught many of us growing up that anything's possible. It was usually in the positive sense -- first kisses are possible, finding a best friend is possible, growing breasts is possible (we must, we must, we must increase our busts!) -- and now, as adults, and Judy, 74, we all know all too well that there's a negative side to those unknown possibilities. Sisters can die in car accidents, dads can abandon families, and healthy women can get breast cancer.

Judy underwent a mastectomy on July 30 and blogged that everything went well. Now, as so many breast cancer fighters and survivors have espoused over and over, Judy's relying on her friends for support, and claims she couldn't have done it without them.

And if anyone should know about how to rely on and relish friendship, I'm sure it's Judy.

How has friendship benefited you or someone you love while going through breast cancer?


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fleur... fleurdelys3110

So sad. Judy Bloom is such an icon for preteens and young adults. I know I spent many hours reading and rereading Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret. Best wishes for speedy recovery!

bills... billsfan1104

I didnt know she had it. Maybe blessing from a fellow survivor!!!! I loved her books.

kisse... kisses5050

 Awwww..  who can forget passing around a battered copy of Forever  and giggling over the name Ralph for years after....

bills... billsfan1104

Omg Kisses. I got caught with that book and I got in trouble. I loved that book.

nonmember avatar Kimberly Joyce

Friends and family are what helped me get threw breast cancer twice. One friend in particular, she was my angle here on earth. Her name is Renee and she is very special to me.

Etta Stanley

I feel real sorry for those that have to go through Cancer treatment alone without a Hugh support group of friends and family. If it wasn't for my friends and family I would have probably jumped off this roller coaster ride after my second chemo treatment. I felt the love and encouragement from all my friends and family. My sister Lori is my biggest supporter. From the start she took the reins and has been with me every step of the way. She's my angel for sure. :)

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