Teresa Giudice surprised her fans on Sunday by sending them a special message. "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" reality star took to Twitter for the first time since going to prison, and she used the opportunity to thank her many supporters.

This was Giudice’s first tweet since Dec. 23. Her last tweet was sent before she went to prison and promoted her then 13-year-old daughter Gia’s band 3KT. So what inspired the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star to send a message after over five months of keeping quiet? According to People, it may have been the result of the recent gestures from her fans.

May 18 was Giudice’s 43rd birthday, and fans organized a mailing campaign. Her official fan page on Twitter sent out a tweet on May 14 asking the Bravo reality star's supporters to send birthday cards to Giudice and listed her mailing address. It’s likely that an influx of cards caused the New Jersey native to break her silence.

However, Giudice isn’t scrolling through Twitter all day in prison. According to Federal Bureau of Prisons’ inmate handbook, prisoners do not have internet access. The mother of four likely asked her lawyer or a friend to log into her account and send the message to her fans.

Prison is not a vacation for Giudice, but various people close to her have said that she is handling the situation well. “She's doing as well as can be expected for the situation,” her “RHONJ” castmate and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga told Us Weekly last month. “You know, she's doing well for what's going on.”

Giudice turned herself in to Danbury Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, on Jan. 5. She is serving a 15-month sentence for fraud charges. She’ll be released from prison on Dec. 23 and will serve out the rest of her sentence under house arrest. After her release, her husband Joe Giudice will begin serving his 41-month sentence for similar charges.