"When someone close to you is diagnosed with a serious illness, do them a big favor: give them this book. It is a compelling guide to making use of the best available evidence to respond to a bad diagnosis."
— John W. Rowe, MD, Exec. Chair, Aetna
Endorsements and reviews are from the initial publication of the AfterShock book.
Note: Some links associated with past reviews may no longer be accurate. These are provided as general background.
Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore
Succede a tutti prima o poi. Succede di stare di fronte ad un medico che comunica una brutta notizia riguardante la propria salute o quella di una persona cara.
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A unique guide that will help those with life-threatening and terminal illnesses (and their families) take a deep breath and approach their situation as level-headedly as possible.
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Nancy Yanes-Hoffman, NY HealthCare Communication
"AfterShock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You--or Someone You Love--a Devastating Diagnosis," Jessie Gruman's must-read guide "for reluctant consumers" of every age, provides a road map for what to do now, when we know our bodies have betrayed us. "AfterShock" is a New Best Friend for figuring out where--and how--to put one foot in front of the other, taking crucial steps after the disease terrorists strike.
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Elizabeth J. Eastwood, Library Journal, Starred Review
"With her first book, social psychologist Gruman (Founder & President, Center for the Advancement of Health) aims to empower patients, and those close to them, with practical and well-organized information about how to use the first few days after a serious medical diagnosis to help those involved make the right decisions for themselves. This is a very sensitively written book, with patient concerns always central and information arranged to avoid overwhelming the reader. Gruman uses various interesting points of view expressed by experts in the field, as well as her own personal experiences, to illustrate key issues and ideas, which helps to confirm that there is no one right way to react to a diagnosis. The mix of topics covered in the ten chapters and eight appendixes includes the factual "Finding the Right Doctor and Hospitals" and a chapter called "Involve Others," which covers interpersonal issues. Highly recommended for all public library and consumer health collections."
"Gruman brings thorough research, interviews and personal experience to this informed, accessible guidebook for responding to news of poor health. Diagnosed four times with serious illnesses including cancer and a heart condition, Gruman, a medical journalist and president of the Center for the Advancement of Health, knows firsthand how such information can overwhelm a patient. Her advice is concrete but delivered with empathy and enlivened by testimony of other patients. In clear language, she explains how to educate oneself about the disease, treatment options and specialists; how to obtain the best care, involve the support of family and friends, and handle career-related issues. Gruman includes a useful chapter on dealing with potential health insurance and financial problems, and she suggests strategies for coping with stress caused by living with a disease, such as finding distraction, exploring spirituality or seeking counseling. The detailed appendixes on resources for finding the appropriate doctor and hospital, nonprofit organizations, clinical trials and second-opinion services, among others, are helpful tools for patients and caregivers."