The Archive

Note: This page contains archives of past Jan Hasak news and publicity. The latest news can always be found on the Home page.

Jan spoke as a cancer survivor at the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Chico, California on Sunday morning, Oct. 23, 2011.

The Chico, California Enterprise-Record published an article in their Oct. 2, 2011 paper about lymphedema and Jan’s work as a patient-advocate. She will be traveling with a team to Washington, DC in early November 2011 to lobby for a U.S. lymphedema treatment bill (HR2499) that would, among other things, require Medicare to cover the cost of compression garments for lymphedema patients.

An article by Jan titled “Patient Advocacy for Lymphedema: The Whys and What” appears in the Autumn 2011 Issue of the Healthy Steps Instructor Newsletter.

The White County Medical Center in Searcy, Arkansas will be using some of Jan’s work from The Pebble Path in their Annual Breast Cancer Luncheon on October 9, 2011. The plan is to include a special display inspired by her book that will be exhibited in their new Cancer Center of Excellence opening in the middle of September 2011. The Event Specialist has noted that Jan’s poems speak volumes in the fight against cancer.

Jan Hasak was interviewed by Ms. C-Jay for the 9/29/11 edition of Lymphedema Mavens, an online radio program.

On June 27, 2011 Jan spoke to a group of people enrolled in a Healthy Steps program in Chico, CA.  Along with her talk about the benefits of exercise and writing for cancer survivors, she recited her poetry from her book, The Pebble Path.

Jan had a guest post about lymphedema published on June 6, 2011 by Nancy’s Point, a fantastic blog about breast cancer and loss.

See Jan’s Lymphormation section for the latest information on lymphedema.

Get a free Cancer Survival Toolbox from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS). This award-winning resource consists of a set of audio CDs designed to help people develop skills needed to get good care. These CDs allow one to listen and learn from survivors and are full of practical tips and strategies for people at any stage of cancer survivorship. If you know someone newly diagnosed with cancer or facing challenges in remission, please pass on the word about this toolbox. The CD titles can be found at Dr. Wendy Harpham on Healthy Survivorship.

On May 11, 2011 Jan spoke to members of the Legal Department at Genentech, Inc. on Cancerquette, etiquette on what to say to and do for cancer survivors. Please contact Jan if you would like her to speak to your group.

Jan’s latest article “Paradise Found” is on page 5 of the Salt & Light International Publication.

See the latest list of lymphedema books by lymphedema specialist and blogger Joe Zuther. This list includes Jan Hasak’s Mourning Has Broken book and the 100 Questions and Answers about Lymphedema book for which Jan provided patient comments.

Check out Jan Hasak’s ePatient Interview “Jan Hasak on Surviving Cancer” on posted February 11, 2011.


Poetry Reading

Jan Hasak reading from her poetry book at Lyon Books Feb. 8, 2011

Mourning Has Broken Wins Honorable Mention in Latest Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards!

Jan Hasak’s first book, Mourning Has Broken, was chosen as an Honorable Mention in the Inspirational category of the 18th Annual Writer’s Digest international Self-Published Book Awards. The winners will be formally announced in the April 2011 issue of Writer’s Digest and on the Writer’s Digest Web site.

Testimonial: “This is a very fine book.  The writing is so engaging, interesting, open, honest, memorable–all the adjectives one might use about a book that flows easily, carrying the reader along effortlessly. This is the first time I could call a book about surviving cancer a page-turner, but indeed it demands that the reader find out what happens next to the writer, or in this case, cancer patient.  This is a captivating memoir–with additional helpful information/tips for breast cancer patients.”  Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards Judge.

On The Pebble Path, from Sharon Bray, Author of A Healing Journey: Writing Together Through Breast Cancer:

The Pebble Path, by Jan Hasak, did something for me that few books on the topic of cancer do:  it made me smile.  In an endearing character, Princess Fanciful, we discover a cancer survivor turned heroine.      We follow her into the shadowy forest of demons:  diagnosis, surgeries, lymphedema, and chemotherapy.  Yet, no matter what challenge she encounters, she slays those proverbial dragons with prose and poetry, captivating the reader with her indefatigable spunkiness.  Brava to Ms. Hasak, for sharing her journey and touching our hearts.  –Sharon Bray, Ed.D., Author of A Healing Journey: Writing Together Through Breast Cancer

See the updated resources on caregiving and legal assistance in Jan’s Web site.

Jan gave a talk on her cancer journey at the Feather River Cancer Center in Paradise,CA on Thursday, January 20, 2011

An article “Fifty-Dollar Limit” by Jan Hasak appears on page 2 of the December 2010 issue of the Salt & Light Publication.

Jan’s radio interview on Sirius XM(Broadminded): Click here to listen.

KCHO radio in Chico, CA (91.7 FM) interviewed Jan about her books. Click the links to download the archives:

Mourning Has Broken

The Pebble Path

Mourning Has Broken is now available on Kindle as a $9 e-book!

The Pebble Path is also available for Kindle as a $5 e-book!

Click here to see the October 7, 2010 feature of Jan’s new book The Pebble Path in the Buzz of the Enterprise Record of Chico, CA.

Book signing at NLN conference Sept. 22-26, 2010 in Orlando, FL Jan attended the 9th National Lymphedema Network (NLN) International Conference on Lymphedema in Orlando, Florida on September 22-26, 2010. As one of several patient-advocates privileged to attend, Jan is bringing back what she learns to her local medical community and to the Internet by way of ezine articles, her Web site, and the blogosphere. Endorsed by the NLN Executive Director, her book Mourning Has Broken is available for sale at the online store of the NLN website. Proceeds help benefit the NLN.

Jan was one of the featured authors on Chiczofrenic Talk Radio on September 9, 2010.

Jan’s book, The Pebble Path: Returning Home from a Forest of Shadows, published by Outskirts Press, 2010, is available for ordering at (In Print) (Kindle Edition), Barnes & Noble,, the Pebble Path website in print or as a $5 e-book, and brick-and-mortar bookstores!! It is specifically available at Lyon Books in Chico, CA, and at the Lighthouse on the Ridge in Paradise, CA.

The Pebble Path is an inspirational allegory about 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.

Click here to see a representative poem from this book!