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

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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 ...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

JNMA (Journal of the National Medical Association)
In the 1980s, a professor of English teaching narrative writing and English literature at Duke University wrote and published one of the more compelling personal stories of human suffering and recovery from cancer pain. The book was most acclaimed as a detailed and articulate window into medical practice, but from the perspective of a patient. The book, across a couple of decades and publishing companies, remains an essential read for patients struggling with chronic illness to include pain. It highlights the emotional and physical struggles as well as the long process of recovery associated with disease.

In Rise and Shine, Simon Lewis writes about his 15-year medical journey and a remarkable physical, emotional, and spiritual recovery secondary to a motor vehicle accident (MVA) that came very close to ending his life. Due to significant amnesia following the MVA, the beginning of Lewis' story is told from the combined accounts of others. He then describes his experiences associated with coma.

...we began our review with the recognition that the majority of individuals who suffer a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), should they survive, are likely to struggle during their recovery. Survivorship is often synonymous with sustained, long-term, and of persistent areas of debilitation in the domains of cognition, emotionality, and physical functioning. The writing is personal and artfully simplified to readability across a range of patient experiences and education levels. The book also remains an excellent teaching tool in the training of young physicians who treat patients' pain while acknowledging and then addressing their suffering as different and distinct.

Lewis indicates on several occasions that his intention for writing the book was to provide hope and inspiration to other TBI victims and families, even against all odds.

The more-senior reviewer saw the book as having its greatest utility as essential reading for health care administrators and medical directors that guide and influence frontline care.

The junior reviewer went back into her practice with an acute awareness of how important her role is in patient care, especially in finding proper and timely referrals for her patients.

...With all of these criticisms acknowledged, both reviewers were convinced that there are audiences who will benefit from this story. (Vol. 102, No. 9, September 2010)

From the Publisher

"It's difficult not to be moved by Lewis's story."  —Kirkus Reviews

"When faced with adversity we each must remember our potential and what we are capable of. Simon Lewis's inspiring account helps us to understand that hope is real and that survival behavior can lead you to exceed expectations."  —Bernie Siegel, MD, author, Love, Medicine and Miracles

"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

"A true survivor of catastrophic injury, Lewis opens a window into the many struggles, hardships and victories one encounters while attempting to navigate the health care system."  —Jennifer French, executive director, Neurotech Network

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Joy Johnston
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.
The Orange County Register - Jane Glenn Haas
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.
Read The Spirit - David Crumm
Lewis takes us from the horrendous accident through his amazing recovery. Many readers will quickly find personal connections in this pilgrimage toward health.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595800510
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 280,360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet 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.
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  • Posted August 25, 2010

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    Tikkun olam, How Simon Lewis repaired his world, his life following a life shattering automobile accident.

    In Rise and Shine Simon Lewis reveals how life can change forever in an instant. His world, his body, his brain is broken, but not his determination nor his hope. Rather than retreat and remain shattered, he sets out with the help and support of his family, friends, and medical team to repair his world. Honoring the mitzvoth of tikkun olam, Simon shares his intellect, insights, perseverance and process of repair as a testimony and offering of hope to other survivors. The role of advocacy for one's own medical management, the importance of understanding and navigating the medical maze of terms, prognoses, interventions, and the role of technology in rehabilitation are emphasized. But it is the promise of hope and the tenacity of an individual not to be defined by his brokenness that fill Rise and Shine.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

    Rise And Shine by Simon Lewis

    Simon Lewis' account of the tragic auto accident that stole so much from his life and the step by step detail of his recovery was heart-wrenching and compelling. As a veteran in the rehabilitation field, I was drawn into his story and facinated by his eloquent recollection of the earliest days after the accident where he was suspended in a coma, not knowing what had happened, who he was, or if this state of limbo would be his destiny. As Simon's brain and body heals, he takes us through his journey in such painful and moving detail that I can't imagine how this, or any individual, can muster the kind of personal strength and perserverance to want to live on. Simon Lewis is an incredible example of what one can do with their lives if they choose to live after suffering what appears to be insermountable loss. We are left with great hope and assurance through Simon's story that we have the capacity to recover and rediscover life's many gifts.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

    This is an amazing story which shows how perseverance really pays off and how you need to manage your own medical care. Questioning is a part of the process and pushing for what you need is a must!

    I read an earlier version of this book before the final edit. I was a good friend of the wife in the story (I won't give it away). I will say, after reading this journey I am shocked and amazed. Simon takes us through the trenches of what one must go through to fully recover. I have a number of friends who've had minor injuries due to accidents over the years, and each speak of the ridiculous road blocks they hit with insurance companies or drs/therapist telling them they've gone as far as they could come. Simon pushed the envelope and wouldn't take no for an answer. His mother's tenacity is powerful and inspiring.

    I am so lucky to have read this journey and to be a part of Simon's experience.

    I hope you will all read this book. Recommend it to your friends in the health care or insurance industry, and even to your congressman!

    Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    As a physical therapist of 38 years I have to say this is one of

    As a physical therapist of 38 years I have to say this is one of the BEST books I have ever read. I teach therapists continuing education courses and will be recommending all participants in my classes read this book. Mr Lewis has created a labor of love sharing his pain and his successes in his recovery journey. Too often we base our expectations on prior experience which may place a ceiling on expected outcomes. Our medical specialties are often so narrowly focused that we do not learn to step back and understand the interconnections of all the systems related to healing. His story is one of hope that I encourage everyone to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    This book is a true story that will touch anyone who has ever kn

    This book is a true story that will touch anyone who has ever known someone who has dealt with a traumatic head injury. It is a remarkable story that is at times gut-wrenching, maddening, and unbelievable. Throughout, though, the story is as inspiring as any you will ever come across. It is impossible to not be deeply moved by Simon's will to live, and live fully, despite immense psychological and physical obstacles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Out of all the books I've read, none has moved me quite the same

    Out of all the books I've read, none has moved me quite the same as Mr. Lewis's Rise and Shine. A remarkable autobiographical story of love, tragedy, endurance, human will, family together-ness, not to mention the invaluable lessons learned in dealing with insurance companies. After having read this book, there is so much more about life that I appreciate. Thank you Simon for reminding us all of what life is truly about, and what is important in the end - love, family, health.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Hi Simon, I just started reading Rise and Shine a year after f

    Hi Simon,

    I just started reading Rise and Shine a year after first watching your talk on TED. I've rewatched the talk at least a half dozen times. Such an amazing message on countless levels. Nobody could wish such a tragedy on anyone but the fact that you've been able to experience such a journey and then communicate the spiritual, social, physical, psychological, economic, medical, scientific, and technological lessons/observations almost seems as though humanity needed you and your family to go through this so that it could be recorded and shared. I want to think of the great researchers that performed experiments on themselves and then think this is the experiment that no human could ever volunteer for. So few would have had the ability to put this out there for the rest of the world to benefit from. Truely amazing!

    Best wishes
    Gabe

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    From the superficial wounds in his skin to the deep, deep wounds

    From the superficial wounds in his skin to the deep, deep wounds in his soul, Simon Lewis recovers miraculously from a car hit-and-run that leaves his young wife dead and himself almost dead. For fifteen years moving on 'a long and winding road', he himself calls his 'hidden path', he restlessly seeks full recovery. He gets into a seemingly never ending struggle with doctors who seldom tell him what he should know, insurance companies who constantly try to get rid of him and his own fear and doubt, but in the end at last ‘finds’... full recovery.
    Simon Lewis does not see himself as a courageous man. Suppose he is right about this, I guess we urgently need to find another word for someone who lives through the kind of cascade of nightmares he has gone through for years and years, finally finding himself mentally and spiritually still in one piece. That is to say, actually, in more than one piece...

    Mick van Schooneveld, Amsterdam, private art agent at The Last Step Productions, photographer, teacher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Never give up...

    Rise and Shine tells Simon Lewis' heart-wrenching odyssey through the health-care system as he rebuilds his life following a devastating car accident. It's a fascinating read and everybody will take something else away from the book, but for me the gist of the book was that you should never give up, never rely on only one doctor (always get a second/third opinion), and above all, investigate for yourself the path that could lead to healing. Chapeau!

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

    An Inspiration for All

    An extraordinary, eye-opening account of Simon Lewis' journey through modern medicine and a man's will to full recovery which gives us hope, lifts our spirits and inspires/encourages us to never give up. From a hit and run car accident 15 years ago that took the life of his wife and left him for dead, Simon chronicles his recovery from his first days in the hospital until his independence is complete.

    As the pieces of his life slowly get put back together and become clearer, a man is faced with brain damage from a massive stroke that left him in a coma, the loss of his wife and the inability to accomplish basic tasks that we all take for granted every day. Through it all, Simon found the strength to not only write this book, but to teach his readers the importance of celebrating each day life has to offer.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

    The book is a riveting page-turner

    "Rise and Shine" by Simon Lewis is a true story of a sixteen year journey from life, to near death and back to life again. Lewis is a skilled writer who takes you on his heroic journey through a course of treatments involving complex medical procedures and surgeries, which was expressed clearly and succinctly so that anyone can read it without being caught in the mumbo-jumbo of scientific terms.
    The book is a riveting page-turner that one cannot put down. It also provides hope, courage and resources for anyone seeking to be well.

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  • Posted June 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Rise and Shine Tells It Like It Is

    So many times, when we are sick or injured, we have only our healthcare professional(s) to trust. This book not only tells an amazing story of Simon's journey to wellness, but it also points out the shortcomings of our medical care system. Not everyone knows everything you might expect them to. You have to look farther to find your answers--and never give up. This book was a real eyeopener for me. I don't think I will every look at medicine the same way again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2010

    Truthful, informative, real.

    Simon shares the trauma of his life with hope and care. He's written a book that will educate the uninformed and help those living it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    A tribute to Rise and Shine

    Simon's remarkable journey from tragedy to triumph following a horrific accident is testimony to the power of love, hope against all odds, and resiliency. As a fellow survivor of multiple serious injuries and an extended recovery, I cried, winced, shook my head and laughed through each loving page of this book. It is an important account of the many issues and challenges injured individuals and their families must endure in addition to, and at the same time they are striving to recover (a modern crime against humanity in some respects). This coupled with the complexities of brain injury and how it affects our physical ability to heal, demonstrates the importance of self advocacy and continuous, caring support to help survivors succeed in their quest to become whole again. I agree with Simon's dear friend; this is an important book - it should be read by survivors of trauma and their families, the medical community and care givers alike, our leaders and legislators, plaintiffs Attorneys and members of the insurance industry. Additionally, this is also a book about spiritual enlightenment, mystery and the beauty that is life. I'd recommend Simon's book to those seeking answers to our existence as well. Thank you Simon for sharing your story :~)

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    Tools to help achieve anything in life.

    "Rise and Shine" is more than just a riveting and inspirational story of one man's path to a remarkable recovery. This book is an example and guide about how to achieve anything remarkable in life, and it demonstrates that the path to recovery, or success, satisfaction...whatever - is unique for each individual. The path forged in this factual drama is through the American medical system -- a system that severely hinders the efforts of those such as Simon Lewis who would face a path to recovery that happens to lie outside of the self-serving parameters of our medical system's business model and risk management practices.

    This book is a personal story that offers great insights into how to manage major medical care. But much more, it is a guide to life -- written with wit, pace and the unique ability of Simon Lewis to observe and narrate his deeply personal experiences, without becoming self-absorbed in the process. We can all gain from taking his journey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Rise and Shine is a well-written memoire detailing the barriers,

    Rise and Shine is a well-written memoire detailing the barriers, innovations, and successes
    possible for persons experiencing chronic conditions. Mr. Lewis’ injury, approach to death’s door, and recovery path(s) are a frank illustration of Vernon “Lefty” Gomez’s words, “I’d rather be lucky than good”. Mr. Lewis’ constant efforts toward recovery ensured that he was “lucky” enough to have had so much “good” around him – family, health-care providers, friends and peers alike. Working in a chronic pain rehabilitation program, I frequently see persons with chronic conditions in need of regular injections of inspiration. This book fills that prescription.

    Giuseppe (Joe) Siracusano, DPT
    Pain Program Physical Therapist
    Omaha, NE, USA

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  • Posted February 18, 2014

    Simon Lewis¿s personal experience is a modern day story of the P

    Simon Lewis’s personal experience is a modern day story of the Phoenix. His tragedy - turned to miraculous recovery - is recounted in this compelling presentation of Rise and Shine. In addition to his inspirational testimony of arriving at the destination of survival via the road of courage and tenacity, he provided a how-to, cookbook of instruction, to the reader, for weaving through the insurance maze and health care bureaucracy. My health care practice attracts many patients who have endured long-term illness. Their level of hope is severely diminished from years of disappointment and failed treatments. Rise and Shine helps rekindle their hope. It has become a standard supplement for the patients in our practice because this vivid, real-life encounter poignantly illustrates that persistently believing in ones potential to recovery has remarkable power and, in some manner, will determine the level of success achieved in the recovery process to optimal health.
    Onward and Upward, Jim

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    I first came upon Simon Lewis¿s book, Rise and Shine, looking fo

    I first came upon Simon Lewis’s book, Rise and Shine, looking for information on traumatic brain injuries a couple of years ago. I recently re-read the book after learning about a friend’s brain injury, and realized anew the depth of truth, clarity, and beauty with which Simon Lewis tells the story of his recovery from a horrific auto accident, which killed his wife and by all accounts should have killed him nearly 20 years ago. I have also discovered the amazing strength of spirit displayed in his journey is an inspiration to embrace all that life has to offer you, no matter what you are facing. By letting go of all fear and taking consistent action, you too may find the hidden path to the realization of your dreams.

    Written with the depth and creativity of his film producer/story teller background, Simon Lewis’s amazing story flows seamlessly from one major hurdle to another as he moves in and out of a dis-jointed health care system to re-build his physical body, his cognitive functioning, and his life. Buoyed by the love and support of his family and seemingly almost constant serendipitous events within the health insurance and medical system, Simon is able to find “the hidden path” to healing for himself. It can be an arduous task for anyone facing a major life crisis, and the many levels of crises that Simon encounters after his accident prove the extent to which a strong resolve to live and the body’s innate healing capacity may be tapped.

    This story is one of triumph over insurmountable odds. The same innate intelligence and will that Simon used to become a successful attorney and film producer is re-ignited after his tragic accident. From only seeing a light and being fascinated by it, to being able to write this incredible book, Simon shows us the true potential of the human spirit, and all that it may overcome and become.

    This is a book about having the courage to live and to achieve your dreams, Simon’s life pre-accident is a reflection of this; his life post-accident shows us how to persevere in the worst possible scenarios and to truly “rise and shine”.

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