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Mourning Has Broken: Reflections on Surviving Cancer
by Jan Baird Hasak   

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Health/Wellness

Publisher:  Xulon Press ISBN-10:  1606472526 Type: 
Pages: 

304

Copyright:  June 2008 ISBN-13:  9781606472521
Non-Fiction

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This book addresses how a Christian wife and mother can maintain a bright outlook as she struggles through the psychological nightmare of breast cancer.

This intensely personal story chronicles how the Lord sustained the author through two bouts of breast cancer.  The reader discovers Jan's process for enduring diagnosis and treatment, making instant decisions, seeking support gruops, facing a curious public, and holding family and job together.  The author tackles beauty challenges and offers survival tips to weary travelers on this lonely road.  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.

Excerpt
"...I had been to that office many times for preventative checkups. But never had I shivered as I did while waiting uneasily in that cold, stark examining room once my blood pressure and temperature were taken. Fear-induced goose bumps aside, it didn't help that I was draped in a thin paisley hospital gown with the opening in the front. After an eternity, the doctor entered the room. The ensuing clinical examination confirmed, much to my dismay, the presence of the lump. I was secretly hoping, but not really believing, that the lump was only imagined. As I expected from the concerned look on his face, the doctor scheduled a mammogram for as early a date as possible. Due to crowded calendars, the earliest appointment he could get was a week away. Knowing that mammograms are generally the first step in diagnosing the dreaded breast cancer, I tried, rather unsuccessfully, to push away the fear that was creeping into my heart. I put on a brave front. After all, unlike some stories I had heard, this doctor took seriously the presence of this lump and didn't slough it off as not important or not big enough. I respected him greatly for that, and didn't think he deserved to see my tears. In a daze, I went back to work again, waiting for the mammogram date to approach. While this period of waiting was only seven days, it seemed to stretch to infinity..."

Professional Reviews

David B. Rollins, M.D., Fellow, American Academy of Family Practice
As a physician and husband of a breast cancer survivor, I can well identify with Jan's story... filled with helpful medical information and spiritual insights... informative and encouraging.

Saskia Thiadens, R.N., Executive Director/Founder, National Lymphedema Network
Jan's story of her amazing cancer journey, told with strength, courage, and humor, touched me deeply. I highly recommend her book to all cancer survivors at risk of or living with lymphedema, as well as their families and caregivers.


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