Rise and Shine: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Journey from Near Death to Full Recovery

Rise and Shine: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Journey from Near Death to Full Recovery

by Simon Lewis

Hardcover(2nd ed.)

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“When I was thirty-five, my wife and I were both reported dead by the first paramedics to arrive at the scene of a seventy-five-mile-an-hour hit-and-run. My wife Marcy died instantly that day. With brain damage from a massive stroke and my body broken, I wasn’t expected to survive either.”

So begins Rise and Shine, the dramatic story of Simon Lewis and his remarkable recovery from a horrific car accident. Told through the eyes of someone who has “lived through it” and successfully overcome the hurdles of the health insurance maze, Rise and Shine is a first-person account of unexpected tragedy and life-affirming courage, with lessons both medical and spiritual.

Rise and Shine shows how much patients can achieve, beyond the limited horizons of insurance-based diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation, to attain maximum regeneration and rebuild their lives. An inspiring story about what it means to return to life after a near-death experience, Rise and Shine is, essentially, an exploration of the nature of consciousness itself, and an impassioned tale about survival and recovery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595800510
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 1,035,272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Simon Lewis is a film and television producer and writer. His Hollywood experience includes managing writers, directors, and stars for Blake Edwards Entertainment, as well as producing Look Who’s Talking, variety specials starring Howie Mandel, Age Old Friends (an Emmy Award-winning international co-production for HBO), and critically acclaimed films such as The Chocolate War. He lives in Los Angeles.

What People are Saying About This

Greg Ayotte

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

Mike Utley

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

Howie Mandel

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

Daphne Rose Kingma

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

Michele Phillips

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

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