One of the all time great young adult author’s, Judy Blume, who has brought our young adults a little clarity, and a lot of humor on some of the tough subjects that youngsters face growing up has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
People magazine reported on Wednesday, September 5 that writer Judy Blume has revealed to her fans via her blog today that she has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Blume, 74 posted; “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.
While awaiting to hear back from her doctors about the results of her biopsy Judy Blume claims she had plenty of time to think things through writing, “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.”
Just weeks after learning that she was facing a battle with breast cancer Judy underwent a mastectomy on July 30.she writes. Sharing details with her fans Blume wrote, “This surgery went well, one night in the hospital, very little pain.”
Blume has also shared on her blog with fans that she had a hysterectomy 17 years ago after being diagnosed with cervical cancer but “caught it just in time.” “No other treatment necessary. Another story for another time,” she says.
“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 hopes that by sharing her experiences and battles with her fans that she can shed light on the importance of preventative screening, even if you consider yourself virtually at no risk.
Blume published her first book, The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo, in 1969 and has continued to educate teens and generate important discussions on topics such as racism (Iggie’s House), menstruation (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.), divorce (It’s Not the End of the World, Just As Long As We’re Together), bullying (Blubber), masturbation (Deenie, Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, and originally Tiger Eyes) and teen sex (Forever).
The film version of Blume’s 1981 novel Tiger Eyes, directed by the author’s son Lawrence Blume, stars Willa Holland as Davey and Amy Jo Johnson as Gwen Wexler. The film has a projected release date of 2012.
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