Judy Blume Diagnosed With Breast CancerMonica Bielanko
Perhaps the greatest children’s author of all time has revealed she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
As PEOPLE reports, Judy Blume received the news over the summer. Blume revealed the news in a post yesterday on her website called !@#$% Happens. Blume writes the cancer was found after a doctor told her she should get a mammogram because of dense breast tissue. She was getting ready to leave for five weeks in Italy where she hoped to finish her latest book.
In Blume’s words (that read just like one of her world famous novels):
A visit to the radiologist on June 12 for a routine ultrasound (dense breast tissue) led to a core biopsy. Not that I didn’t try to jump off the table and tell Dr. S I’d have the biopsy at another time because I had a reallybusy summer coming up. Oh, yeah–I actually did that, saying I’d discuss it with my GYN and get back to her. She convinced me, in her very quiet way, that my GYN would tell me to have the biopsy. Now.
The biopsy report came back a few days later while I was with my GYN in her office (a long standing appointment). It was good that I wasn’t alone and that she, who has been my doctor for seventeen years, could explain it to me. Very early. Very small. Well differentiated. All good news. But it was ductal carcinoma.
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.
Blume’s post continues by detailing her options and what she ultimately decided; mastectomy and reconstructive surgery during the same operation. Blume underwent the mastectomy on July 30. “This surgery went well, one night in the hospital, very little pain,” she writes.
The post is humorous, intelligent and eloquent (of course! I mean, we’re talking about Judy Blume!) and is definitely worth a read.
Here’s wishing Blume and every other woman dealing with breast cancer the very best. If you want to check out some of her greatest books read Top 25 Books For Kids.