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

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You have just received a devastating diagnosis.

I am you.

When faced with a devastating diagnosis, we must quickly learn about our disease, our prognosis and our treatment options and must begin to rearrange our lives -- while still in shock.

Each of the four times I have received a life-altering diagnosis, I have felt like a healthy person who has been accidentally drop-kicked into a foreign country: I don't know the language, the culture is unfamiliar, I have no idea what is expected of me, I have no map, and I desperately want to find my way home.

I wrote AfterShock to serve as a map and a guidebook for you and others who have just been given a serious diagnoses. Because there is no time in our lives when it is more important that we make judicious use of good information. And there is probably no time in our lives when we feel less able to do so.

In AfterShock, I focus on what you need to do to take care of yourself - and help you streamline your search for specific information about your disease - while at the same time letting you know about choices you may not have considered.

I hope it is helpful to you, and I wish you the best in the coming days.