AfterShock: what to do when the doctor gives you -- or someone you love -- a devastating diagnosis, Jessie Gruman Ph.D.

"This is a book about life. The poignant stories attest to the enduring value of friends and family in getting through the painful shock of a life-changing diagnosis. Don't wait until you think you need it. Read it now."

— Mary Mundinger, DrPH, RN, Dean, Columbia University School of Nursing

Welcome to future and current readers of AfterShock!

I developed this site for two reasons.

First, to introduce the book to people who are thinking about getting it for themselves, a family member, a friend, or a patient. You can read the Introduction — which tells why I wrote it and describes my perspective. Take a look at the Table of Contents, which gives you an idea of the kind of information you'll find.

The second reason is to be able to update the Appendices for people who have the book. As you know, new articles, Web sites and services appear every day. I wanted to make sure that readers of AfterShock are directed to the best possible information sources currently available.

I have written a short note to each of the audiences I think will be interested in reading AfterShock:

  • People who have just received a devastating diagnosis
  • Family members and friends of those people
  • Health advocates
  • Health professionals
  • It is my hope — and the hope of the hundreds of people who shared their stories of the first difficult days following a devastating diagnosis — that this book will be useful to you.

    Best wishes,
    Jessie Gruman

    Jessie Gruman