NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 8: Author/activist Judy Blume attends the 15th Annual Glamour 'Women of the Year' Awards at the American Museum of Natural History November 8, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Children's author Judy Blume says she was diagnosed with breast cancer over the summer but is "feeling stronger every day" after surgery.

The 74-year-old Blume wrote on her blog Wednesday that she learned in June that she had cancer and underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction in late July. She writes that she now walks a couple of miles each morning and dines out at night. Blume hopes to begin writing again soon.

She noted that her cancer hadn't been detected by a mammogram or regular physical exam because she has dense breast tissue. Her message for women in a similar situation: Get a sonogram.

Bloom's books include "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret," "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and "Deenie."

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