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Summary

A week after my 50th birthday, and just as our family was about to move home, something happened that changed the way I looked at life. I spoke to others about how they rebuilt their shattered worlds after very different personal traumas, emerging stronger than before. I hope our experiences, together with the latest science on resilience, will help guide all those going through tough times. This book says that it's possible not just to survive them but to thrive. To rise.

Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected journalist and broadcaster with 30 years' experience, Sian Williams has studied the impact of acute stress for many years and is also a trained trauma assessor. In Rise, she explores the science of resilience and growth after trauma, offers advice from the experts, and learns from those who have emerged from horrific experiences feeling changed yet stronger, with new perspectives on their lives, their relationships and their work. She also documents her own path through breast cancer, with candid and unflinching honesty.

Her story provides a narrative thread through a book designed to help others deal with all manner of adversity, including physical or mental ill health, loss of a loved one, abuse and post-traumatic stress.

©2016 Sian Williams (P)2016 Orion

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Inspirational

A must for all going through or had breast cancer especially as written and read so honestly by Sian ⭐️

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Heartwarming.

A very thought-provoking, interesting, moving and heartfelt personal story. I have not experienced any of the life-threatening traumas explored here. So I feel incredibly under-qualified to comment. My simple story is a lifetime one of caring for my (very much older) family members, coping with their incredibly distressing (often dirty and even disgusting) and ultimately destructive hoarding habits, coming to terms with my own missed diagnosis of endometriosis (which is why my husband and I were unable to have children, despite several rounds of IVF), and now caring for an 85 year old Mum with the beginnings of dementia. A recent major car accident, when my car was hit by a fuel tanker and written off, with my resulting physical and psychological 'injuries', has been a horrendously scary tipping point. I've had some very dark days indeed. Hence buying this audiobook. Hoping I get to see the light at the end of the tunnel one day...

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Interesting, revealing, honest and inspiring.

Would you consider the audio edition of Rise to be better than the print version?

Yes. The author's own voice adds immeasurably.

What did you like best about this story?

Honesty and shared experience.

Have you listened to any of Sian Williams’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

The feeling of knowing Sian through her journalistic work made the whole thing more meaningful. A superb listen. Thank you.

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Lovely voice

I always enjoyed watching Sian Williams on breakfast TV so listening to her reading her book was wonderful. The book is rightly raw in places and her determination, hope and positivity are an excellent example to anyone who is suffering.