No one wants to imagine the ordeal of dealing with a catastrophic accident or illness, but there are many people who have suffered severe trauma and have survived. Hollywood film and television producer Simon Lewis is one of those people, and he provides the grueling, heart-breaking but ultimately inspirational account of his own experience after a horrific car accident in the book, “Rise and Shine.”
Lewis was 35 when his wife was killed and he was initially declared deceased at the scene of a terrible hit-and-run accident. The culprit was never found. The initial days after the accident found Lewis hanging precariously between life and death. Lewis suffered severe brain damage and multiple broken bones. Doctors were initially not optimistic about him pulling through, let alone ever walking or driving a car again. But Lewis found the will and determination to survive, as he and his family often had to battle doctors and insurance companies to get him the care he so desperately needed.
“Rise and Shine” is an eye-opening account of how helpless a patient can feel when caught up in the snares of medical care bureaucracies and the loopholes in health insurance policies. 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.
“Rise and Shine” is available at major book retailers and online at Amazon.
Have you survived a catastrophic accident or illness? Please feel free to share your story and any advice you have for others in a similar situation.