A first-aid kit for getting through tough times
By Sian Williams
Journalist and BBC and ITN/C5 presenter Sian Williams' account of how people survive and even thrive after trauma.
'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 thirty 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 a new perspective on their life, 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.
RISE is a deeply researched exploration of trauma, grief and illness, and most importantly resilience in the darkest of days. It is an inspiring and powerful piece of work, full of honesty, warmth and wisdom.
Sian Williams is an award-winning journalist with three decades of experience, well known for her work on BBC Television and Radio 4. She is also the main anchor of ITN/C5's flagship 5 p.m. news show.
Sian presented BBC Breakfast for more than a decade. She also hosted many prime-time television series as well as the factual BBC One programme Sunday Morning Live. Sian has made two Radio 4 series about the mind and the brain, and a documentary on the science of resilience. She has written articles for many national newspapers on the impact of trauma and stress, and continues her academic study into positive mental and physical health.
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02 Jun 2016
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Brave Sian's honest words will help so many women ... When we are plunged into a real-life crisis, an ongoing nightmare which could end in tragedy, we need handbooks. They are extremely comforting. Books help us to make sense of life, to feel our hand is being held and crucially that we are not alone. Sian is a wise and warm woman and all of us owe her our thanks — Judy Finnigan, DAILY EXPRESS
Stories of triumph and survival really do help others. Sometimes cancer sufferers find it easier to unburden themselves to strangers rather than worry their families. They will find much comfort — Jan Moir, DAILY MAIL
Searingly honest and deeply personal — MAIL ON SUNDAY
Sian writes with honesty and feeling about her experience of breast cancer, from its initial diagnosis in 2014 through to the double mastectomy, her slow recovery and reconstructive surgery. Written in diary form, it describes her sense of bewilderment and vulnerability but also her resilience and some of the lessons she learnt ... Now she hopes the book will be a help to other people — HELLO
A brilliant and compelling guide — WOMAN & HOME
Sian Williams should be applauded for speaking out as the operation can have a lasting effect on people. While a junior doctor, I worked in breast surgery and saw first-hand the psychological impact of mastectomies. Yes, they often saved someone's life, but that person could feel a profound sense of loss — Dr Max Pemberton, DAILY MAIL
When Sian Williams was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she was forced to reassess everything about her health, work and relationships. Pitched into a frightening world, she sought out those who had grown stronger despite suffering unimaginable trauma and loss, to try and find out how they'd done it. She also turned to scientists for the latest research into building resilience. Her book Rise: Surviving and Thriving After Trauma brings together that guidance and practical advice, in a psychological first-aid kit aimed at helping us all through the toughest of times — YOU magazine
Uplifting and inspirational. Sian Williams doesn't just write about growth following trauma, she has been on the rollercoaster herself. This is also an honest and hopeful account of her experiences with cancer that will help anyone confronting adversity in their own life — Stephen Joseph, Professor, and author of 'What Doesn't Kill Us. The new psychology of post traumatic growth'
TV presenter Sian Williams has written a book called Rise. It's about how to build resilience against stress and it's a real heartwarming read — Dr Ranj Singh, WOMAN
A helpful mixture of practical stratagems, inspiration and shared experience for anyone facing adversity — Jane Shilling, DAILY MAIL
Powerful guide to surviving tough times with a moving personal story at its heart — WOMAN & HOME 'Pick of the Paperbacks'