Women who have beaten breast cancer choose to chronicle their journey in many different ways. Some join survivor networks while others participate in special fundraisers and walks.
For Jan Hasak, who has overcome breast cancer twice in her life, her emotional therapy came with recording her journey in a book. The courageous woman will read from her tome, Mourning Has Broken: Reflections on Surviving Cancer, at Borders Bookstore in her hometown on July 24, according to Mercury News
"I wanted to share with other women - and men - what it was like to go through two bouts with breast cancer," she told the news outlet. "There is hope for people who do have it again."
Hasek was first diagnosed with the disease in 1996, and had a lumpectomy - when it returned in 2003, she underwent a mastectomy. She is now cancer free.
"I realized I needed to get through it. I have three sons, and they were quite young at the time, and I needed to get through it for them," she told the news source.
According to the Cleveland Clinic Health System, most breast cancer recurrences occur during the first three to five years after treatment.