Beloved children’s author, Judy Blume, shared with fans that she was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma earlier this summer after undergoing a routine ultrasound.
Judy Blume is famous for writing classic books for adolescents such as Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Superfudge, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Tiger Eyes. She has sold over 80 million copies and hit the New York Times bestseller lists.
The author blogged about her diagnosis:
“Wait—me? !@#$% Happens. 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 everyday, 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.”
This just goes to show how truly important early detection is. Even a perfectly healthy human being is not immune to contracting the disease. Blume goes on to say “I’m part of this Sisterhood of the Traveling Breast Cells (apologies to Ann Brashares). Medical diagnoses can leave you feeling alone and scared. When it comes to breast cancer you’re not alone, and scary though it is, there’s a network of amazing women to help you through it.”
Judy Blume has undergone a mastectomy on July 30, just six weeks after she first received her diagnosis. She is at home in New York City returning to her normal day-to-day activities with her husband, George.