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AFTER SHOCK: From Cancer Diagnosis to Healing - A step-by-step guide to help you navigate your way

4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 1928663052
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: ROOTS & WINGS (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928663052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928663058
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 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: #662,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sarvananda Bluestone on January 11, 2007
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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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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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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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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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Puja Thomson writes with depth and authority about one of the most terrifying experiences a woman can face. She draws from her own bout with cancer and her history as a healthcare provider, to create an indispensible guide to understanding all aspects of this disease including traditional and non-traditional treatments, insights into patient's rights, and information on what to expect and what to demand from others involved in the healing process. Had "After Shock: From Cancer Diagnosis to Healing" been written several years ago, two of my own family members might be alive today to be praising this book as I am.

What makes this book so incredibly unique is that it is not only a wealth of vital information, which would be valuable on its own. Puja Thomson looks beyond the medical into the personal chasm created when a diagnosis of cancer occurs. Sometimes the hole in our wellbeing is pre-existing, and so cancer healing needs to happen at the soul level as well as the cellular level. Readers experienced in holistic living practices will find as much to anchor them in this process as those who are only just learning about the mind-body connection to health and wellness. Thomson empowers readers to create their own wellness program by incorporating relaxation and meditation techniques, creating a meaningful atmosphere, finding certain imagery to stimulate healing and powerful moods, and, perhaps most importantly, by cultivating a deep soul connection to health, mindfulness, and spirituality.
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