Author's Struggle with Breast Cancer Recounted in New Book

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Debut shows how God sustained her during diagnosis and treatment.

How does a Christian woman maintain a bright outlook as she struggles through the psychological nightmare of breast cancer? In Christian author Jan Hasak's new release from self-publisher Xulon Press, Mourning Has Broken: Reflections on Surviving Cancer (paperback, 978-1-60647-252-1), the wife and mother recounts her battle with cancer while raising three young boys, working full-time, and teaching Sunday school. This intensely personal story chronicles how God sustained her through two bouts with cancer, and the reader will discover 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.

Says Hasak, "My book aims to help others avoid some of the pitfalls I encountered in my cancer journey and to share stories to assist others in understanding psychological aspects of cancer. It brings to life how faith in Christ is paramount in facing the emotional, psychological, and spiritual challenges of being a breast cancer survivor with lymphedema."

As an employee of two pharmaceutical companies, Hasak has written medical patents and contracts for various treatments, including cancer drugs, for more than 24 years. That was what led her to win an award from a leading biotechnology firm for her written account of being treated with its breast cancer drug, Herceptin®. In addition to this treatment, "I relied on my faith during this ordeal to survive, thrive, and raise three boys," the author says. Her helpful medical information and spiritual insights will resonate with not only breast cancer survivors, but also their families and caregivers.

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.

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