I began drafting this manuscript at the suggestions from friends in Victoria, in late 2012.

I then self-published in 2016.

I received many encouraging reviews by the limited audience to my self-published work.

I sold my house in 2017 in order to be able to afford the services of a professional editing team.

I made further edits following the input of my editing team.

My manuscript is a non-fictional account of my life following a hang-gliding accident in March of 2008.

I made many attempts to engage the interest of the Australian book publishing industry over the ensuing months, to no avail.

I had made contact with a Professor of neuro-plasticity, Professor Niels Birbaumer, by chance, in mid-2018. Professor Birbaumer is one of the world’s highest authorities on neuro-plasticity, and has a 27 page dossary of books and articles which he has written on the subject of neuroplasticity, and he read my unpublished manuscript and offered to write the Foreword. He then sent me a separate endorsement, with which to entice prospective publishers.

Please see the following:

Helen Ross Lee was one of the world‘s most successful woman hang-gliding pilots, winning many competitions before she suffered a hang-gliding accident and sustained brain damage. The accident happened on March 11th, 2008 and Helen received a negative prognosis for survival and cognitive recovery, from the medical personnel, during her acute hospitalization. Over the next ten years, Helen wrote a 19 chapter account of her amazing experiences, revealing the long process of recovery.

‘A restricted license has been imposed on our use of the phoenix image which is on the cover of Helen’s book. Therefore, only a limited specific number of books will be available for purchasing. It will be a case of first in, first served.’

The book is an astonishing document of self-determination and self-regulation and will become a model text not only for the many hundreds of thousands brain damaged people in the world and their families but also as a document for the scientific research of brain plasticity and brain recovery. This is despite her receiving an extremely negative prognosis from the neurologist caring for her initially. The text is written in a clear and understandable English and documents a fascinating story of determination and strength. In contrast to many similar documentations in the rehabilitation literature Helen’s book is not only a personal document but embraces intuitively many scientific determinants of brain plasticity through self-regulated learning. It is a fascinating read for scientists and lay persons and of course a moving emotional story which will certainly find many readers worldwide.

I recommend publication of ‘The Phoenix Rising A Story of Survival’ without hesitation and with enthusiasm.

Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Niels Birbaumer
Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, University of Tuebingen, Germany
Wyss Center for Bio and Neuro Engineering, Genèva, Switzerland’

In mid 2019, my manuscript was solicited by a small American publisher, who was well versed in the scientific principles of neuroplasticity. He was impressed at the detail and accuracy in which my manuscript portrayed traumatic brain injury and recovery.  He felt that ‘This type of high-quality, holistic memoir is quite rare’ and I am pleased to advise, that in early September 2019, I signed a traditional publishing contract, which I have been offered by LH Press Inc. They are only a small American publisher. However, JK Rowlings was published by a small London publisher, after frequent knock-backs. That publisher is no longer small!

Paperback and hard covers copies of my book will be available to purchase only from March 1st 2020. Any ebooks pre-purchased before or after March 1st, will be available on the 21st March (This delay was due to last minute editing requirements).

My book will be available to pre-purchase in February 2020 from the following links:

For Australian customers:

Amazon Australia ebook (Direct Link)
BEWARE! Don’t buy my self published book, with the cover which appears on my website page, as this is not even close to as good a read as the traditionally published book!

Amazon Australia paperback

For American customers:

Amazon USA ebook

For customers elsewhere

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

My book will be available to read on 1st March 2020.

Beware of my self-published book being sold at some places. It can be recognized by the fact that it is vastly different to my traditionally published book cover.

Hard copies of my book will available to buy at Angus & Robertson, and other book stores to be notified.

This is the 12th year anniversary of my accident, which so thoroughly impacted on my life. There is certainly an art to survival in this world!

Book Launch

Registration is required for receipt of an entry ticket to this event, as attendance numbers are limited.

Please do not register for book launch tickets prior to 1st May 2020

For any media inquiries (after 1st March only):
Contact Victor Volkman at: victor@lhpress.com

Date: Friday 8th May 2020

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Where: Robina Community Centre
196 Robina Town Centre Dve
Robina Qld 4226

Presentation of ticket registration and evidence of ‘Eventbrite’ payment is essential in order to receive entry to the Hall.


Ticket includes:

  • Helen’s Presentation
  • Guest presentation by Assistant Professor Travis Docherty
  • Live entertainment (TBA)
  • Light refreshments