Written and inspired by the blog that Dan and Jen O'Hara wrote to keep in touch with their family, friends, and supporters near and far, Determined to Matter: A Family Facing Inoperable Brain Cancer follows the yearlong battle from diagnosis to death and exemplifies how to live the "new normal" every day, no matter what it entails. Shannon's struggle reveals why family, faith, and hope are so important in our daily lives and how the support of a community plays such a vital role, through the good times and especially the bad.
Praise for Determined to Matter:
"...a beautiful, honest expression of what a family goes through. They warn that it's not sugar-coated. It's not, and that's why it's so good. It's full of the range of emotions anyone would feel. Dan and Jen express it all." — Mike Dougherty, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, MN
"While she may be gone, she is certainly not forgotten.'" — Paul Christian, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, MN
"Hundreds of people kept up on Shannon's condition as her parents, Dan and Jennifer O'Hara, chronicled their daughter's final months in an honest, heart-wrenching online journal.... Much like her passion for life and sense of humor, Shannon is remembered for her strength and determination." — Christina Killion Valdez, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, MN