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

"This book is a "must have" for anyone touched by a devastating illness directly or through a loved one. Any health professional not deeply moved by the contents should find another line of work."

— Claire Fagin, PhD, RN, Dean Emerita, U of Penn School of Nursing


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Welcome to future and current readers of AfterShock!

I developed this site 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.

You'll also find a small sample of resources drawn from the book's Appendices. Websites, phone numbers and/or descriptions of resources and organizations provided in either the book's main content or appendices may have changed since the second edition was published in 2010. Please refer to and use online search engines to check for accuracy.

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