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The Phoenix Rising: A True Story of Survival Paperback – 1 March 2020

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My name is Helen Ross-Lee. In March 2008, I was working as a full-time Registered General Nurse in a private hospital on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and my annual leave came up. I was divorced by then, from my second husband and had two beautiful children: Gretel, a ten-year-old, and Stewart, an eight-year-old. I travelled to Dalby in Queensland, to compete in a hang-gliding competition, when, in a practice flight, before the competition actually had started, a fluke accident occurred to me, resulting in a brain injury. Another few years on, and I had experienced many diverse treatment options, what I considered to be an amazing cognitive recovery and I was encouraged to write a personal account of my experiences. Whether you've experienced an acquired brain injury such as cerebrovascular accident (stroke), or whether you've suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (like I have), the human brain is capable of neuroplasticity. It is able to re-network itself and people are able to regain both motor and cognitive functions, the degree to which, depends on how much effort they put into working on their recovery. A number of elite neurologists now acknowledge that neuroplasticity is a basic feature of the human brain. Like a broken bone or a laceration, the brain is capable of re-networking itself. I would like to share what I've learned and experienced, with any people, who have experienced disability of any sort and really, with anyone who could relate to it. In writing my book, I have learned the art of survival. It has not been easy; I've learned some valuable things and I've had to let go of some things which were holding me back. I've learned that there's a vast difference between knowledge, understanding and wisdom. You can watch a 6 minute video which I had produced on my struggles. I feel that through my own experiences, I have a lot to offer many people in order to inspire and motivate them. I would like to invite every reader of my book to leave their comment, by going to the 'Contact' page on my website after they've read this book. See

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Modern History Press (1 March 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 264 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1615994939
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1615994939
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.39 cm
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Helen Ross Lee's memoir The Phoenix Rising shows us a successful nurse, mum, and hang gliding champion at the top of her game. In 2008, she suffered a tragic accident in a practice take-off maneuver that resulted in a grievous traumatic brain injury (TBI), which precipitated a coma and temporary amnesia. Helen refused to give up or give in, regardless of the gloomy prognosis from medical experts. Prior to her accident, as a highly qualified Registered General Nurse, Helen understood the value of on-going research and education. She became familiar with the scientific facts about neuroplasticity. Her twelve-year struggle to rehabilitate and return to work (with the support of her family) will inspire. In the 1st chapter Helen writes “I think I’d need a much bigger knock to the head to forget all the difficulties involved with re-networking a person’s brain. But forget I would, even as I try so hard to remember so much else.”

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