AfterShock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You--Or Someone You Love--a Devastating Diagnosis

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, May 26, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 320 pages
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Every year millions of Americans are diagnosed with cancer, stroke, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other life-threatening or life-altering diseases. When faced with a devastating diagnosis people must quickly understand the diagnosis, prognosis, and choose from several treatment options-while still in shock. AfterShock identifies the processes required to respond to a serious diagnosis, regardless of the specific disease.

Social psychologist Gruman offers practical advice in a 10-stage approach to making clear-headed, informed decisions about who to tell and when; how to get a second opinion or find the right doctor and hospital; where to find reliable online information and telephone help-lines about a particular diagnosis and treatment; how to navigate the health care maze; where to turn for support and comfort. Dr. Gruman not only draws on her expertise in consumer health information and the advice of doctors and nurses, she shares the personal stories of people who have dealt with traumatic diagnoses, including her own experience of having had three different kinds of cancer and a dangerous heart condition. AfterShock is inspiring and empowering, and is an essential companion book to the disease-specific titles that most people with a devastating diagnosis purchase.
 

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With his first book, social psychologist Gruman (founder & president, Ctr. for the Advancement of Health) aims to empower patients, and those close to them, with practical and well-organized ... Read full review

Contents

Get Acquainted with Your Disease
17
APPENDIX
18
CHAPTER 3
36
CHAPTER 4
61
CHAPTER 5
84
APPENDIX
97
CHAPTER 6
106
CHAPTER 7
124
CHAPTER 10
176
Starting to Learn about Your Disease
197
APPENDIX C
212
Clinical Trials and Second Opinion Services
228
APPENDIX
243
APPENDIX I
260
ac knowledg ments
273
Copyright

Pay for Care
144

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Jessie Gruman, Ph. D., is President of the Center for the Advancement of Health, an independent, nonpartisan Washington-based institute dedicated to helping individuals make use of scientific information when making decisions about their health. Former director of public education for the American Cancer Society, Dr. Gruman has been published in the New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, and other newspapers and magazines. This is her first trade book.

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