Author Judy Blume says had breast cancer surgery

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 05, 2012 2:31 PM
Author Judy Blume says had breast cancer surgery

By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Judy Blume, the author of young adult books "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" and "Tiger Eyes," was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer and underwent a mastectomy, she said on her blog on Wednesday.

Blume, 74, one of America's most famous authors of young adult fiction, said that a month after her surgery she is recovering in New York. She also described the shock of learning from her doctor in June that she had breast cancer, given that she had no family history of the disease.

"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 wrote at her site

The surgery was performed on July 30, six weeks after her diagnosis, she wrote. "Anyway, this surgery went well, one night in the hospital, very little pain."

Blume said her husband, family and friends have been supportive and that she has relied on a "network of amazing women" to overcome her disease.

Books by the New Jersey native have dealt with everything from divorce to bullying. Over 80 million copies of Blume's books have been sold, according to her website.

(Reporting By Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Vicki Allen)