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Determined to Matter: A Family Facing Inoperable Brain Cancer

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Shannon O'Hara, skating down the ice chasing after the puck, comes face to face with a larger-than-life opposing team player. Never one to back down from anything, barely five feet fall, Shannon tangles with the player and ends up with a penalty. As she sits in the penalty box—only thinking about getting out in two minutes—no one would ever imagine that this beautiful, ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Scarletta Press
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Nancy
Sep 29, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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Mike Kalmbach
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At times emotionally difficult to read, this chronicles the journey of two parents they help their child battle a malignant, inoperable brain tumor.

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Determined to Matter chronicles the journey of a family as they cope with a thirteen-year-old daughter who receives a crippling diagnosis of an inoperable brain cancer.

Primarily written by the two parents, this memoir strives to show how their older daughter, Shannon, impacted the world around her. Since I am also a parent with
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Chris Norbury
Incredibly honest and heartfelt, this memoir can serve as a roadmap for any family facing a crisis such as a terminal illness. Shannon was captured with all her nuances, as well as showing her anger, frustration, love, and caring for her family and friends more than she sometimes worried about her own health and imminent death.

Even though the reader knows the outcome in advance, the book reads like a page-turning mystery or thriller. I was engrossed by the ups and downs of Jen and Dan as they d
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Sara Stenhaug
Jun 02, 2013 Sara Stenhaug rated it it was amazing
Moving tribute to a courageous young girl who battled a brain tumor. Her very loving family opened their lives and feelings as they journeyed through diagnosis to the passing of young Shannon O'Hara. Jen and Dan were extremely honest with their emotions. They have a very easy way of writing and expressing themselves so you go away with the feeling that you are one of their friends. Be ready for tears but also for laughter and inspiration as you read how they and the city of Rochester came ...more
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