Welcome to JanHasak.com!

The mission of this website is to help the general public learn more about breast cancer survivorship and living with lymphedema, and to raise awareness among health professionals, breast cancer survivors, and their caregivers of lymphedema risk reduction practices and treatment. The site is hosted by Jan Baird Hasak, author of a memoir on breast cancer, Mourning Has Broken: Reflections on Surviving Cancer, and of a poetry book, The Pebble Path: Returning Home from a Forest of Shadows.

Various resources and lymphedema information are available at this site. Jan has also set up a blog on which comments are always welcome.

What’s New?

On July 8, 2012 Jan told her lymphedema story and shared about the Lymphedema Treatment Act on “That Cancer Show,” a call-in radio program for Cornucopia Cancer Support Group. Listen online to the podcast at http://www.cancersupport4u.org/that-cancer-showtrade.html. (Scroll down to July 8 Program and you’ll see four podcast link. Jan’s discussion is on the third link.)

Jan spoke May 30 at Enloe Hospital in Chico and at the evening Chico Relay for Life Luminaria ceremony June 9th. http://www.enloe.org/community/community_events.asp

Jan wrote a guest blog for Medify on breast cancer support groups posted on February 27, 2012.

Check out a new social networking site started by an M.D. for patients seeking support for a variety of diseases. It’s also on my Resources page.

Jan will be speaking at the luminaria ceremony of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at PV High School in Chico on Saturday, June 9th. Come support this worthy cause!

Jan was one of two patients who spoke at the February 1st launch of the California Cancer Research Act (CCRA) in Butte County California at City Hall in Chico, CA.  CCRA will help to save lives by providing nearly $600 million a year for cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema and other smoking-related research.

A review of Mourning Has Broken can be found on the blog A Pew Perspective by author Anne Baxter.

On January 5, 2012 Jan spoke at Ladies Nite Out held at the Magalia Community Church on Old Skyway in Magalia, CA. The title of her talk was “Hope-filled Tips for Cancer Thrivership.”

Senator Barbara Boxer from California and Jan Hasak in Washington, D.C.

The second part of an article by Jan appears on page 9 in the Salt and Light International Publication S&L ISSUE 22 VOL 8 (1)

Jan held a book signing with several other local authors at Lyon Books in downtown Chico on Thursday, December 1. We appreciate all the support from the community.

The Lymphedema Advocacy Group, of which Jan is a member, made its second annual trek to Washington, DC Nov. 2 to 4, 2011 to advocate for HR2499, a bill to require Medicare to cover compression garments for lymphedema. We are seeking more cosponsors in the House and a sponsor on the Senate side. Go to www.lymphedematreatmentact.org to find out more. Here’s a link to the news coverage on the staff briefing held Nov. 3, 2011.

For older news items, check out The Archive.