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Acclaimed and beloved author Judy Blume recently shared that she had breast cancer, and she writes about it with her typical openness on Judy's Blog. It's full of insights on how she coped with the diagnosis and came to her treatment decisions.  And she reminds others who have been diagnosed with breast cancer:  "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."  Check the blog out - it's an excellent read. It's also a good reminder that women should keep up with their routine healthcare and know their bodies -- Blume has a very healthy lifestyle, no family history of breast cancer and had regular mammograms, but because of her dense breast tissue, it wasn't spotted until a radiologist suggested an ultrasound. If her story moves you to have yourself checked out, multiple diagnostic techniques are offered at Peninsula Regional's Breast Center. And here's a PDF primer on how to do a self-breast exam. If you have been diagnosed, don't forget that Peninsula Regional is now offering support services to people with cancer.