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AFTER SHOCK: From Cancer Diagnosis to Healing - A step-by-step guide to help you navigate your way Paperback – October 1, 2006


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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: ROOTS & WINGS (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928663052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928663058
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,043,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent book for anyone diagnosed with cancer.
Antonia T. Wilson
Thomson's practical organization and step-by step guide helps a patient manage everything from the emotions and fears of a diagnosis to bills and medical coverage.
Cynthia H.
After shock is an incredibly organized book, full of hope and compassion, which is completely comforting to the reader.
Aileen E. Keaveney

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarvananda Bluestone on January 11, 2007
Format: Paperback
There is simply nothing else like Puja Thompson's Aftershock. It fills a need that anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer will recognize.

Those of us who have been told that we have cancer experience a shock unlike any other. Each of us goes through it by ourselves no matter how much support there is around us. And, yet, there are common experiences that all of us have and, until now, there have been few means of support. Puja's book gives that support.

From the time that a person is diagnosed to the time that they make decisions as to treatment to spiritual support Aftershock is a miraculous self-help book for those of us with cancer and their loved ones. Puja provides a step by step support.

There are few times when a person feels more vulnerable than when they have been told that they have cancer. At that time, even the most critical and well-read of us will revert to helplessness and throw all of our trust in the particular physician that we happen to see. Puja shows us the need to visit a physician or oncologist with a friend or relative--never to do it alone. I wish I had that insight when I had my experience with cancer.

Most of us have little access to alternative forms of treatment. Without grinding an axe Puja gives us all kinds of places to go to see for ourselves. She provides some methods in the book. I wish I had that guide when I had my experience with cancer.

Puja shows us how to ask the right questions when visiting a health care practitioner. She shows us how to get the most out of health related appointments. She shows us how to organize paperwork, medical reports and even financial records related to the illness. I wish that I had that guide when I had my experience with cancer.

It may sound perverse but people who are diagnosed with cancer are luckier now with Puja Thompson's book. It deserves to be in every hospital, every cancer patient's home. It is a milestone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan M. Casamo on February 7, 2007
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Puja Thomson's book is a wellspring of information for those struck with an illness and those helping them 'navigate' their way back to health. In her other works, Puja has shown us how to use the body to heal the mind - how to use energy and movement to eliminate unwanted patterns. In this new and important work Puja shows us how to use the mind to help heal the body and embolden the spirit. An outstanding balance of traditional and non-traditional health practices, she puts the patient (usually the impatient) back in control of her or his body. She gives us the right questions to ask, gives us places to write down the answers, and shows us ways to process it all so we can feel confident with our decisions. An invaluable resource - a perfect gift when you're not sure what to do or say to help a friend or a loved one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Meredith A. Wells on March 18, 2007
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After Shock is a complete and comprehensive guide to dealing with cancer care. It covers everything from organizational strategies to alternative and complimentary treatment options. Thomson advocates approaching cancer care in a way that allows the individual to grow personally in addition to healing. The guidance Thomson offers is applicable not only to cancer but any illness. It also offers insights to those looking to support a love one during a time of illness. This book would be an asset to anyone experiencing illness or anyone looking for ways to assist a loved one's healing process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Jastrab on March 4, 2007
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Puja Thomson offers a comprehensive roadmap through the challenging terrain of cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Her book is equally useful for anyone facing a health crisis of any sort, covering the challenges of facing the complexities of the medical community and the spiritual and emotional shock that must also be cared for during crisis. A lot of thought and a lot of heart is present in this book. I am grateful to have it as a resource for myself, friends and clients who may be in need of its generous support.

Joseph Jastrab, author of "Sacred Manhood, Sacred Earth"
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This is an excellent book for anyone diagnosed with cancer. As I read it, I found myself wishing I'd had it when I was first diagnosed three years ago. Then I realized that so much of what it says is still relevant today, as I deal with preventing a recurrence and with generally staying healthy. And in fact the advice in this book is relevant for people living with other illnesses as well as cancer, too.

There is very good advice about organizing ones paperwork, which had I used it, would have saved me a huge amount of time and worry. But there is still paperwork coming in, though not in such abundance, and this book is a great help in organizing that. When I was first diagnosed, I was frightened of reading anything that might contain statistics, or "be depressing," and this book is neither. There is a focus on making choices among the many options for treatment - mainstream, alternative, integrative - and all the variations within these categories. And there is no sense of judgment of ones choices. Puja Thomson clearly respects the points of view of the many people who have spoken with her and contributed their experiences to the book.

I recommend it especially for anyone recently diagnosed, and have already sent a copy to a friend in that situation. It makes a gift that doesn't put pressure on the reader or add to his or her fears.
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