Monday, March 7, 2016
One Brain Injury Will Change Your Mind! by Deb Lewin
"My Opportunity" - My Story
by Deb Lewin
“This inspiring story is full of love and laughter. This woman has had a remarkable life in many countries under a variety of circumstances. Simply reading the anecdotes will brighten up anyone's day.” Horse Tales for the Soul author Adrien Synnott firstname.lastname@example.org
"Thought provoking, fun, interesting. You will not only learn about people with disabilities, you will enjoy a jolly good read." Vicki Vermeer, wellness coordinator, avid horsewoman, wife, mother, grandmother.
“As a dressage rider and carriage driver, veterinarian, and wife of a stroke survivor, I connected with this book on so many levels. A big "thank you" to the author for investing enormous personal time and effort to capture her inspiring life story on these pages. My take-home? Goal reaching instead of goal setting!" Lydia Gray, Elburn, Illinois
“This book made me laugh, cry, and cheer all at the same time. In sharing her amazing story, Deb Lewin shows us how her mental and emotional agility combined with the love of family, friends, and her equine partners brought her back to a life of purpose and joy after her devastating brain injury.” Janeane Reagan, PhD Clinical psychologist and sports performance consultant, author of “Rein in Your Brain”
“What doggedness, strength, courage, love for life!!! Deb takes the reader on a world tour, then her life abruptly changes ~ a life threatening accident ~ pain, sorrow, depression and deep dark places turn her privileged world upside down. But through horses, she rediscovers joy, laughter, humor, love and more travel! A new life unfolds as she pursues and “fans the flames of desire within (her) soul”. Deb was dealt a life changing blow but she is certainly not short on trust, courage and gratefulness to her family, friends and horses! Through it all, she is gracious ~ what a beautiful and inspiring testimony." Paulette M. Klein, Major, USAF (Ret), Sylvandell Farms, Cynthiana, Kentucky www.sylvandellfarms.com
“Deb Lewin's One Brain Injury Will Change Your Mind is a contemporary profile in determination and courage, awash with Ms. Lewin's fierce love of life and of herself. Her account of her life and the "opportunity" that changed its course is both strikingly candid and funny, and enlightening to any audience who has not faced this type of challenge. For those of us who believe in the healing power of horses, Ms. Lewin's chapters on her equine therapy and partners are truly comfort food for the soul.” Nicole Balding Roca, author, email@example.com Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
From the Author
Last year I published my first book “One Brain Injury will Change Your Mind!” My Opportunity, My Story. To those of you around the world, who have already purchased my book, my heartfelt gratitude to you for allowing me to make a donation to Equest for every book you bought and for sharing my stories with those you love and care about!
For those of you who do not have a copy of my book yet, please help me celebrate my 20th Anniversary by purchasing my book and allowing me to continue my heartfelt mission and passion, of making donations to Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship – a non-profit horse therapy organization that totally changed my life in ways I never imagined possible!
If you live in the USA, please go to my website, DebLewin.com and place your order. By purchasing your book through my web site, I am able to personalize and sign every book and even more importantly, a larger donation can be made to Equest for every book sold!
If you live outside of the USA, please purchase through Amazon.com. I receive a very small royalty for each book sold and yet I am delighted that I still get to make a donation to Equest, through these worldwide purchases.
I know that my stories will inspire you, give you hope and make you see, hear and feel life differently. I have had the most amazing feedback from all corners of the world about my publication and I am extremely blessed.
So, once again, Thanks to all of you who have already helped me by purchasing my book and sharing my mission. Thanks also to those who will buy it now and continue to support me in assisting other riders and horses at Equest, to celebrate their own amazing opportunities!
May you always “RideStrong Through Life’s Journey!”
Deb Lewin, a national ParaEquestrian champion and master NLP Practitioner, is a much sought after motivational speaker, drawing her inspiration and courage from her life’s experiences. In 1996, Deb was broadsided by another vehicle, resulting in a brain injury with left side paralysis and impaired vision and hearing. She refers to this, as her “Opportunity.”
Deb was born and raised in Africa, in a Country now called Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia). She became an American Citizen in 1992 and worked in the video industry, was a Paramedic, taught Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and was a ropes challenge course Instructor. As an able-bodied athlete, she competed internationally and got to represent two different Countries in field hockey and squash. Now, she is an equestrian athlete competing both locally and internationally, in able-bodied shows and horse shows for riders with disabilities. She competes in many different equestrian disciplines; Dressage, English and Western riding including equitation and trail and most recently, cart driving.
Deb spends a lot of her time volunteering at Equest and other non-profit organizations and has been featured in many magazines, newspaper articles, radio and television shows.
Deb was a medal winning member of Team USA, a ParaEquestrian Dressage Team competing internationally on borrowed horses and has twice made the Paralympic Trials. Deb has won the UPHA Exceptional Challenge Cup National Championship and Reserve National Championship Equitation titles, AQHA Year End High Point Awards for both English and Western Riding, the Equest Levi Strauss Award, PATH International (formerly NARHA) Independent Equestrian of the year Award, Carter Blood Care donor and recipient national recognition, Junior Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF Golden Sneaker Award, 2008 Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Community Finalist Award, the 2009 Annual NorthStar Volunteer Award. Deb has been inducted into the Equest Hall of Fame, has served on the Equest Board of Directors and Marketing Committees and has also been a committee member with PATH International (formerly NARHA).
Deb has taken this “Opportunity” to motivate others with her “can-do” attitude and sense of humor. Deb has experienced a lot of firsts, since being in a wheelchair – horse riding and equestrian competitions both nationally and internationally; skiing in Aspen, Colorado; parasailing in Florida; taking a helicopter ride and landing on a moving glacier in Alaska; swimming with the dolphins in the Bahamas and deep sea fishing in Alaska.
Deb is an inspiration to all she meets and has now published her own book, One Brain Injury will Change Your Mind.