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Jan Hasak

California
Jan Hasak's inspirational blog "Mourning Has Broken" presents reflections and philosophies on what living with breast cancer means to a long-term survivor. Included in many of her posts are allusions to how she copes with lymphedema, an arm swelling she developed from cancer surgery and... Full Bio
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A Brainy Day by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Newcomers Club in Richvale, CA on tour of Lundberg family farms The day of that lovely tour of the Lundberg organic rice farms ended on a note not so sweet as the ... Read on »
Soul Music – Can you dig it? by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Have you ever wondered why music soothes us to the core? Why it calms the soul as much as being massaged, soaking in a hot tub, or drinking a cup of chamomile tea bef ... Read on »
Words Are All I Have by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer    Words are all I have Tempting me to tell Stories born of hell And all I have are words.   Writers craft those words Baring bold their soul ... Read on »
Where Have All Compassions Gone? Long time passing by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Have you known someone whose life was robbed by breast cancer? Approximately 40,000 Americans die each year of the disease (American Cancer Society), and worldwide ... Read on »
Life in the Surpassed Lane by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer   It’s been almost a year and a half since the diagnosis that shook (but not took!) my life: the Stage IV variety. The top question I’m asked is when my treatmen ... Read on »
Lymphedema Awareness Month by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Because March is Lymphedema Awareness Month, as a patient-advocate I cherish the opportunity to educate readers on lymphedema and its relation to an important bill ... Read on »
Sixty, the New Eighty by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer We’re told so much these days that 50 is the new 30, etc. In fact, a recent Harris poll of American adults revealed their perfect age: 50. Men preferred to be 47 an ... Read on »
Before Cancer and After Diagnosis (BC and AD) by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer The most widely used calendar in our world today, the Gregorian calendar, breaks down our timeline from before Christ or the Common Era (BC or BCE) to after Christ ... Read on »
Costs of Cancer Treatment: the elephant in the examining room by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Just as oncologists don’t like to bring up intimacy issues  or spiritual matters with their patients, these same doctors are not particularly eager to discuss finan ... Read on »
Joy to the World by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer It’s no mystery to anyone who knows me that I tend to be a joyful person, to look at the cup as half full. What might be surprising is my going to the hairdresser a ... Read on »
One-year Cancerversary! by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Dad and Mom during World War II It was a year ago that I received the news that no person, whether with a breast cancer history or not, wishes to receive. Oh, I kn ... Read on »
Keep the Balm and Carry On by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Josh and Jan at his wedding I’ve been remiss in writing for some time. Would that I could go back to the days of yore and post regularly about day trips as a woman ... Read on »
Bucket List by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Maybe I actually have time to create–and partially fulfill–a bucket list . Those 10,000 things to do before I die. Wouldn’t that be cool? On my last oncologist ... Read on »
Living with Advanced Cancer by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Advanced cancer. I have it. Does this mean I have advanced to a new level, acing an exam to get there? Progression. I don’t have it–yet. Does this mean ... Read on »
Ticket to Ride by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer On Cathedral of Junk throne What a trip! What was going to be a simple trip to witness my youngest son Josh graduating from college turned into an astonishing ... Read on »
The Balancing Act by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer A balancing act. The challenge of all Stage IV cancer patients. How do we balance quality of life against quantity of life? How much treatment are we willing to ... Read on »
The most reassuring things I heard when my parent got cancer by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Today I am featuring a guest post by Maya Silver about what it’s like to have a parent diagnosed with cancer. Maya Silver is the co-author (with her dad, Marc) of , the fi ... Read on »
Adjusting to Life Anew by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer “You Can’t Go Home Again.”  In his novel of that title, published posthumously in 1940, Thomas Wolfe exposed a community that shunned its hometown author. Taken in a ... Read on »
Back again! by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer So here I am, back at home again, after a three-month and more hiatus.  Last autumn I experienced chest and back pain, vomiting, and shortness of breath that went b ... Read on »
Autumn Reflections: Day Trippers, yeah! by Jan Hasak Posted in: Blog Posts in Breast Cancer Mt. Lassen Peak as reflected in Manzanita Lake Last Saturday’s forecast promising sunny fall weather in our area proved right on target. Relying on th ... Read on »