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Rise and Shine: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Journey from Near Death to Full Recovery Hardcover – May 1, 2010
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Simon Lewis was a film producer whose life was turned upside down when his car was broadsided and sent careening into a tree. The accident killed his wife instantly and left him severely injured. He entered a coma he wasn't expected to emerge from, but he did, and over the next dozen years he disproved medical professionals and textbooks with a full recovery while also navigating the labyrinthine insurance industry and managing to find his faith.
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"A Book That Shines." -David Pryce-Jones, National Review Online
"An eye-opening account. It's an educational and inspiring story for anyone, but especially for those who are seeking care for a long term illness or medical condition." - Joy Johnston, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A tribute to the determination of one man and his supporting family to succeed where others have failed. Almost a condemnation of the health insurance industry." - Jane Glenn Haas, The Orange County Register
"Lewis takes us from the horrendous accident through his amazing recovery. Many readers will quickly find personal connections in this pilgrimage toward health." - David Crumm, Read The Spirit
"It's difficult not to be moved by Lewis's story." —Kirkus Reviews
"Simon Lewis's vivid account of his recovery should be a guidebook for all disabled individuals and their families. His disciplines directly mirror the training of an athlete: 'Go into battle prepared to win.'" —Mike Utley, former Detroit Lion, president, Mike Utley Foundation
"Rise and Shine reads like a medical thriller that speaks to the indomitable will to live in the face of grief, pain, debilitation and the indifference of the insurance companies that turn by turn conspire to undermine appropriate medical care and possible cures. This true story is a journal of the relentless interplay of hope and despair." —Michelle Phillips, The Mamas and The Papas
"One of the most fascinating stories of tragedy, loss, endurance, tenacity and eventually triumph I have ever read." —Howie Mandel, actor, comedian, host, and author
"A beautiful account of a tragic experience. Simon's courage, indefatigability, and pure humanity shine through every grueling step of his journey back from the rim of death. As he recounts each courageous and agonizing step, he shows us that, at the end of the day, healing is truly a reweaving of body, mind and spirit. Thank you, Simon, for sharing your arduous, light-filled path with us. You give us hope." —Daphne Rose Kingma, author, Coming Apart: Why Relationships End and How to Live Through the Ending of Yours
"Simon Lewis reinforces the idea that a supportive family, and an expectation of recovery—even in small steps—can be powerful ingredients in a successful rehabilitation." —Greg Ayotte CBIS, director, consumer services, Brain Injury Association of America
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This is a book for anyone dealing with or who knows someone dealing with medical challenges, specifically traumatic brain injury. You will understand both the dehumanization of the patient, and the flip side -- the exaltation of the patient at the hands of those exceptional healthcare professionals who make it their duty to bless, rather than curse, their patients. By curse, I mean those practitioners who expect nothing remarkable from their charges, or worse, who hurt their patients with cavalier disregard.
Too often, doctoring is done by the numbers, and when the patient reaches a base level of function, the healthcare system spits the individual out into a society which they are unprepared to navigate. The money is in medication, surgery and assistive devices that are not geared to personalizing and maximizing one's latent capabilities. Sadly, the mindset that allows for the "well baby" check of the child does not exist for adults. Illness and decrepitude is the expected fate of the adult, so when we hit a bump in the road we are at the mercy of "doctoring by the numbers" which frequently expects nothing great. (As I was once told when imploring a physician to search for alternatives: "68% of people fit my diagnosis, and I am unwilling to go out on a limb for you.")
We are too-often on our own, and God bless Mr. Lewis for making it his mission to help the reader find his "hidden path" to functionality and wellness.
As Lewis crawls back from a devastating accident and a month spent in the lowest coma state, it is gratifying to hear him regain his voice. He eventually crosses paths with a few outstanding health care workers and reveals how he learned "to learn" -- to build patiently upon each new understanding. Many of his self-revelations indict the severe limitations of a system which seems equipped to deal with crises situations, but is not so good at midwiving the patient to recovery so as to prevent him from become a chronic case. He hopes to change the old paradigm.
I feel fortunate to have discovered Mr. Lewis from his 2010 TEDx talk. Bravo on writing an exceptionally lucid, vulnerable and humane window into the recovery process. A remarkable story told by an exceptional human being
I have never read a tale like it. Read this book if you are seeking inspiration and understanding of the recovery process from one who continues to walk the hidden path.
I found it serendipitously, while looking for a personal stories of TOS surgery online. Turns out, TOS surgery was a turning point surgery for Simon after so many other serious injuries had been tended to and his long circuitous road to recovery had already been underway for years at that point. But that's not why I bought the book. After reading a few pages online I was captivated by his story and wanted to know more: What happened? How did he get from left for dead to writing this book that has already made me laugh and cry?
Simon is a Hollywood Film & TV Producer ('Look Who's Talking' was one of his early successes) who almost didn't survive the fatal car crash that took his wife of 5 months. His story takes us from coma to full recovery while navigating the labyrinth that is our healthcare system in the US, including misdiagnosis, errors of omission, penny pinching insurance companies, access to care denied almost as often as it was approved; and still, there were so many amazing Doctors and Nurses and providers along the way that helped keep him moving forward on the path to full recovery.
This book is more than a just a medical journey, it's a true heroes journey. So well written, it will captivate you as well as challenge you and perhaps open your mind to new ideas to approach whatever needs healing in your own life . It's a great read no matter how you come to it.
If you're looking for a little hope in your life, this is the book to instill it.
I recommend this book for any one who has experienced any health event that seems to go on and on - cancer, an accident, debilitating disease or injury. I'm not poetic - this is a remarkable book.
I'd recommend this book for anyone living with someone who's suffered a TBI.