Windham Resident Signs Book Publishing Contract
Windham resident Bob Dixon has signed a book publishing agreement for the publication of his book with the working title of "Tragedy to Triumph – A Father and Son’s Journey to Healing". And he has already received suggestion about making it into a made for TV Movie.
In November of 2009, Bob's son, was riding his motorcycle when he became the victim of a driver crossing into his lane. By all accounts the extent of his injuries, his son should have died within minutes of the accident. Bob was over 7,000 miles away in Asia.
His son spent 4 weeks in a coma, lived but became a paraplegic from the accident when one of 7 broken vertebras damaged his spinal cord. He lives a reasonably independent life and each day Bob and his son learn and redefine a new normal and they've both learned to redefine what OK means.
It is book is about the journey that started within moments of his accident. It is not about the accident. It is about the human experience and emotional and intellectual changes that take place, how their relationship changed, for the better. It's also about what they learned along the way, why they are different today and how that may have influenced the outcome.
Finally, it carries the message of the importance of looking forward to the future something we can influence. It also warns about the trap of looking backwards at what has happened and we cannot change.
The book will be in bookstores and on-line at Amazon and other web outlets the week of Thanksgiving 2012; the 3rd anniversary of his son awakening from the coma.
We asked Bob what it felt like to know people across the country would be reading the book and possibly someday watching about it on television.
He told us, "It's difficult to describe. I've never been good at imagining what my life would be like in the future. I never expected to write a book about anything. I've never had the vision to picture myself in that way. So the thought that someday 1 would write a book never happened. But here we are, a book with my name and my Son's name on the cover. ... The same Son, who from 7,500 miles away, l asked be given the Last Rites of the Catholic Church. Something impossible to have ever imagined ... "
As the Book release date gets closer, Bob and his team will be organizing and hosting several events in town as well as speaking to local groups about the experience and what they learned. There will also be a book-signing event where Bob and his son will sign copies of the book.
Bob added, the people who have read the manuscript have been impressed and describe it as a great read with a lot of emotion and a good story. He hopes so, because they person who hit his son had the minimum Massachusetts Insurance. So the profits from the book will go into a Trust for his son.
Windham resident Bob Dixon recently provided an update on the release of this book… “Look Forward, A Father and Son’s Journey of Healing…” The book release date is November 15th and the book is now on Amazon for pre-ordering. The book will be selling on all of the major on-line book retailers, in some bookstores and will be in e-book form as well.
Dixon recently returned from a trip to Shanghai where he was surprised at the interest the book was gathering. He thinks it’s because the story begins and ends in China. While he was there he had a change to meet with the General Manager of the Renaissance Hotel in Suzhou China and presented him with a framed and signed book cover for display in the hotel. When he stayed at the Marriott Shanghai City Center, he also met with Ricky Lam the Operations Director. Mr. Lam did not want to be outdone by another Marriott in the Shanghai area, so Bob also presented him a framed autographed book cover for the hotel.
Bob and his PR team are planning a significant book release party in Windham at the Chatterbox for November 19th. Everyone will be welcomed to stop by, meet Bob and his son Bobby, get their book autographed and if needed they can buy books at the event. More details will follow shortly. There will also be book release parties in Boston, Worcester, New Jersey, New York City and maybe Phoenix Arizona.
Published: October 21 2012 - The Windham, NH Independent News
WINDHAM RESIDENT BOB DIXON'S BOOK RELEASE
For Robert Dixon, the release of his memoire, Look Forward ... A Father and Son's Journey to Healing, on November 15, 2012 marks the three year anniversary of a moment in time that Dixon, the author, will never forget -the day his son woke up from a coma. Look Forward ... A Father and Son's Journey to Healing tells firsthand the harrowing account of how Dixon's son, Bobby, 34-years old, survived a motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed. At the time of the accident, his father, was across the world in Shanghai, China.
The first responders to the accident didn't believe that Bobby woul live, and as his father spent what he thought would be the last hours of his son's life on an airplane traveling from China to Massachusetts, he wondered if he would make it home in time to say good-bye to his son. Believing he would not reach home in time he arranged for his son to receive the Last Rites and for the next 14 hours wondered if Bobby lived. While the book does include an account of Bobby's accident, it is really about a father-son relationship and the days, months and years of healing that takes place after the accident. Before the accident, Bobby was self-sufficient - a successful construction worker, a loving father, a son and a brother.
"I've learned that when we see tragedy, we also must recognize the power of the human spirit," explains Dixon. "The reader will come away understanding that what we as parents from around the world have in common are more powerful than our differences; an unbreakable bond because of our children We learn to realize that today is just practice for tomorrow. We realize
that the past is done and we find a way to make the best of the future."
Dixon chose to quit his job as a consultant to support his son during the critical stages of his recovery and rehabilitation. He is back to work but as he was looking for his own job, he began to assist veterans in their own job searches. This led to his founding the premier group on Linkedin that provides coaching and mentoring to US military personnel. Dixon's organization the Military Civilian Career Coaching Connection (MC4) provides guidance, mentoring, connections and support to service men and women who are looking to transition into the civilian work force. It brings civilian coaches and mentors together with active duty and recently released military personnel to offer coaching, mentoring and career guidance.
Today, Bobby lives in Massachusetts, not far from his father. He is in a wheelchair and is learning daily how to cope with his tragedy and live a normal life. Finally, all of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be going into trust funds. The first for Dixon's son Bobby and a second one to provide help to other families dealing with similar events, first responders and others. Dixon has no desire or intention of making money off of his son's accident or injuries.
To mark this major milestone, On November 19th Dixon and his son will host a Book Release Party at The Chatterbox. The event will begin at 4:30PM and extend to 7:30PM or be ond. He and his son invite you to stop by and say hello. You will be able to buy books and have them personalized with autographs.
Over the course of the next few weeks, they plan to donate books to the Windham Library and the High School Library. In addition they will be recognizing the role of first responders in his survival with a donation of books to the police and fire departments of Windham, Worcester MA and Boston. H you ask Dixon what role first responders had in his son's survival, he will tell you the first responders did exactly what they were trained to do - and those actions gave Bobby a chance to live.
About the Author
Robert Dixon entered that United States Air Force in 1970 at age 18. When he left it in December 1977, he spent the next 14 years in night school to earn his Associate's and Bachelor's degrees. Along the way, he worked for Honeywell and other major corporations as an employee or consultant in supplier management, global sourcing, and quality. In December 2010, Dixon founded The Military Civilian Career Coaching Connection (MC4), a Linkedln group that partners pro-bono coaches and mentors with U.S. military veterans to help them successfully transition into civilian careers. He's been featured on numerous national media outlets and has been a guest speaker at such venues as Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Georgia Tech University, Worcester Poly Technical Institute, Rutgers University, Drew University, and some of the largest corporations in Israel, Japan, the U.S., and China. Currently, Bob lives with wife in New Hampshire.
The Windham Independent, Windham, NH -- November 8th, 2012
AN UNBREAKABLE BOND BY APRIL GUILMET
WINDHAM - It's been three years since Bobby Dixon awoke from his coma, but his father, Robert, a former manufacturing executive, remembers it as if it were yesterday.
In his own words, the Windham father said the experience marked the end of "the five most critical weeks in his life; where both men learned the power of hope and human kindness in the face of the unthinkable.
The struggles endured by a devoted father and his injured son, whose life was forever changed after being paralyzed in a motorcycle accident, are detailed in the elder Dixon’s new book, “Look Forward: A Father and Son’s Journey to Healing.”
Proceeds from the book, which was released Nov. 15, will assist with Bobby’ daily needs as he continues to adjust to life without the use of his limbs.
“My hope is that every reader will come away from this book with realization that the world is full of caring people and that what we have in common is more powerful than our differences,” Dixon said during a recent book signing at the Chatterbox Café in Windham.
Bobby, now 37, was struck by a car while riding his motorcycle in early November 2009. He was severely injured in the accident, which left his spinal cord with major damage, including seven broken vertebrae.
Though doctors didn’t expect him to survive his injuries, Bobby overcame the odds when he woke from a four-week coma,
though he learned he’d never walk again.
His father, who was working in Shanghai at the time of the accident, promptly rushed home to attend to his son. Dixon took a hiatus from the business world as he devoted himself full time to Bobby's well being, and has since developed an organization called MC4 that helps returning military veterans find civilian careers
The family recalls many long nights in the ICU at UMass Medical Center, with the elder Dixon penning the occasional blog post to help clear his thoughts.
"When you're in a hospital at night, you notice some interesting things; said Dixon.
As Bobby began adjusting to the new life fate gave him, his father kept up with his writing. It wasn't long before more than one person suggested the pair publish a book.
But they don't want people to feel sorry for them.
"We really want to inspire people; said Dixon. "Because the word 'normal' means different things for different people. After something like this happens, the word takes on a new meaning.”
For Bobby, who was working in construction at the time of his accident, his life has change a lot since that November day three years ago.
Some changes, he said, have been for the better.
"I think it takes a really long time to understand your situation, but I never gave up; said Bobby. "It was never about not
being able to do things: it was more about finding a new way.”
One major challenge he's dealt with was learning to drive again. Though many advised him that it might be easier to drive a car than a truck, Bobby wouldn't hear of it.
Alterations to his beloved pickup truck now allow Bobby to travel in style.
''I'm a truck guy, always have been; he said with a grin.
“It took lots of time finding a new way to get up into the truck cabin, but I found if I throw my legs up there first, I’m in the driver’s seat.”
These days, Bobby is keeping busy with college applications. He hopes to enroll in some business programs soon. He’s also planning a Sweet 16 party for his daughter, Halie Morgah, 15.
“The accident destroyed a lot of things, but its brought me closer to people,” he said. “I think before I do things.
His father offers words of advice for families in similar situations.
“You can do anything you set your mind to do. You can gain control of any situation,” he said. “But if you fear too much, you can become paralyzed.
“No pun intended,” Bobby chimed in.
The Salem Observer -- November 21st, 2012
FATHER, SON SHARE JOURNEY TOWARD HEALING
BY JOH TOOLE
WINDHAM – Three years ago, Robert Dixon got the very call every parent dreads.
A traffic accident had seriously injured his son, Bobby, leaving him paralyzed in a coma.
Their story, told in their new book, “Look Forward: A Father and Son’s Journey to Healing,” is on sale. Bobby, 34, came from his home in central Massachusetts recently to join his father for a book signing at The Chatterbox.
“Given where he is today, we don’t have anything to complain about,” Dixon said. “he beat the expectations.”
Dixon, 60, was in China on business when he took the call about the accident.
Bobby, returning a video to Blockbuster near his Massachusetts home, was riding a motorcycle when another vehicle crossed into his lane. The injuries were catastrophic and included brain swelling, broken ribs, burst vertebrae and a compressed chest cavity with heart complications.
“From my apartment in Shanghai, I Had to ask a priest to give him the last rites,” Dixon said.
The Catholic sacrament wasn’t the final word on Bobby Dixon, however.
“Nobody thought he was going to live. He beat all kinds of odds,” Dixon said.
Three things saved Bobby’s life, Dixon said: a helmet, the accident’s proximity to the UMass Medical Center in Worcester – just five minutes away – and his treatment by emergency medical technicians.
“The first responders did everything exactly as they needed to do to hive him a change to live,” he said.
Today, Bobby is a paraplegic but is doing well, his father said. There is full muscle control down to his hips and he is able to drive a modified vehicle.
“He is living reasonably independently,” Dixon said.
While the accident is central to the book it isn’t about dwelling on the past or the bad. There’s much more to this “Look Forward” title on the pages inside.
“The book is not really about the accident,” Dixon said. “It is about our experiences, what we learned and what we want to pass on to other people.”
The book is not intended to be a story of woe. Instead, theirs, including Dixon’s wife Kristen, is a story of hope.
“You can face some of these awful experiences and, with a little luck, you can come out on the other side,” Dixon said.
The accident was transformational for Dixon’s own life.
“Sometimes, you don’t know what good will come from these things,” he said.
In the aftermath, Dixon quit his job. Then he founded The Military Civilian Career Coaching Connection, helping military service men and women transition to civilian careers.
Proceeds from the book are intended to help Bobby meet expenses, but also to service the needs of emergency responders and families in similar situations.
“We want to use some of it to help other families,” Dixon said. “We’ve been there, we know how difficult it is.”
The Eagle Tribune -- November 23rd, 2012
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