'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.