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Book review: Rise: Surviving and Thriving after Trauma

Relevant for people who may feel isolated, vulnerable, frightened and alone and who are seeking to learn how to cope - 5/5

5 stars

Tears and sadness, love and laughter are intertwined in this inspirational and moving book. It details the journey of Sian Williams, who was diagnosed with breast cancer just after her 50th birthday, resulting in her needing a double mastectomy.

In this well-researched text, the reader is privileged to share the television presenter's cancer pathway. It is well written, honest and comes from the heart. The author explores the immediate impact of a trauma as well as post-traumatic stress syndrome. The development of resilience is explored and sensible and practical advice is offered by experts as well as individuals who have suffered a trauma in terms of how they felt and how they coped. Throughout the text, the reader is encouraged to grow, gain courage and strength and overall regain confidence in life.

Sian’s personal diary extracts add to the book uniqueness. It is a worthy read for those in the caring profession who want to gain an insight into and understanding of life on the other side.

Additionally, this book is relevant for people who may feel isolated, vulnerable, frightened and alone and who are seeking to learn how to cope. Helpful, full of strength and positivity, I would definitely recommend it.

Sian Williams | Orion Books | £18.99 | 336pp | ISBN 9781474602686

Valerie McGurk, practice development nurse, paediatrics, Northampton General Hospital Trust

 

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