Contact: Jan Hasak

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Author’s Cancer Crisis Provides Forum for Discussion in Book

Xulon title helps readers understand psychological aspects of cancer

 

LONGWOOD, FL—June, 2008 Faced with a cancer crisis—and the onset of lymphedema—while raising three young boys, working full-time, and teaching Sunday school, author Jan Hasak turned to Christ to sustain her through these trials. In Mourning Has Broken: Reflections on Surviving Cancer ($18.99, paperback, 978-1-60647-252-1), the author chronicles her process for enduring diagnosis and treatment, making instant decisions, seeking support groups, facing a curious public, and holding both her family and job together. The book also explores how to manage the physical and emotional trauma of lymphedema, a little-known disorder affecting many cancer survivors due to lymph-node surgery.

Says Hasak, “The readers who are facing diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer will be uplifted by the hope Christ offers for those living with cancer. They will be better able to make informed decisions regarding treatment options and act as an encourager to spouse, children, co-workers, and friends. My book aims to help others avoid pitfalls I encountered in my cancer journey and understand better the psychological aspects of cancer.”

For more than 20 years, Hasak worked as a patent attorney at a leading biotechnology company, Genentech, Inc., writing medical patents and contracts. “I won an award from this company for my written account of being treated with its breast cancer drug, Herceptin®,” the author says.

Xulon Press, a part of Salem Communications Corporation, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 5,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Mourning Has Broken through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. Salem Communications is the country’s leading Christian communications company with interests in radio, Internet, and magazine publishing.

 

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Author Inspires Readers Facing Cancer Via a Fairy-Tale/Poetry Approach in Book

Outskirts title expresses psychological aspects of cancer and lymphedema through allegory

 

PARADISE, CA–June 2010  The Pebble Path:Returning Home from a Forest of Shadows (Outskirts Press 2010) is Jan Hasak’s newest book. This inspirational allegory recounts her two bouts with breast cancer, interlaced with poems.  Specifically, the work relates the story of Fanciful, a princess, who meets and marries Farcical and picks up pebbles of wisdom as she travels down the path following her cancer diagnosis. Almost anyone whose life has been touched by cancer or who works in a cancer-related medical profession will see their situations reflected in this book.

For more than 20 years, Hasak worked as a patent attorney at a leading biotechnology company, Genentech, Inc., writing medical patents and contracts. “I won an award from this company for my written account of being treated with its breast cancer drug, Herceptin®,” the author says.

 

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About the Author

A retired patent attorney, speaker, and patient-advocate for cancer and lymphedema, Jan Hasak authored Mourning Has Broken: Reflections on Surviving Cancer (Xulon Press 2008).  In this inspirational memoir she shares how her hope in Christ sustained her as she underwent breast-cancer treatment at age 43 and again at 52, and dealt with lymphedema, a possible complication of breast-cancer surgery and/or radiation.  This book is endorsed by two medical professionals. Ms. Hasak’s second book, The Pebble Path: Returning Home from a Forest of Shadows (Outskirts Press 2010), provides an inspirational allegory interlaced with poetry. The story revolves around Fanciful, a princess who picks up pebbles of wisdom as she travels down the path following her cancer diagnosis.

An accomplished speaker, Ms. Hasak has inspired audiences at her former employer Genentech, Inc., church groups, the American Cancer Society (ACS), fitness clubs, cancer support groups, and her local public library. Her topics range from her experiences with cancer and lymphedema to the benefits of exercising and writing. She is listed on the National Cancer Survivor Day 2010 Speaker’s Bureau roster.  At a poetry reading at her local public library in April 2009 she shared some of the poems from The Pebble Path manuscript with the community.

Ms. Hasak serves as ACS volunteer, patient-advocate for the National Lymphedema Network (NLN), and director on the boards of two non-profit organizations that assist needy women. She received the 2009 Lymphedema D-Day Award for her service to the lymphedema community.

In 2007 Ms. Hasak won an award from South San Francisco-based Genentech for a piece she wrote about taking its cancer drug, Herceptin. She wrote for the Winter 2009-2009 issue of the NLN’s newsletter LymphLink. In addition, she assisted a Ph.D. at Kaiser Permanente (Oakland) in obtaining a grant to conduct lymphedema research and provided patient commentary for the book 100 Questions and Answers About Lymphedema (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, LLC, 2009).