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Onwards We Go

a memoir by

STEPHEN MOHAN

 I’M A SURVIVOR.  HEREIN I REVEAL MY RICH AND UNUSUAL UPBRINGING, AND A LIFE FILLED WITH ADVENTURE – UNDETERRED BY THE CONSEQUENCES OF A CHILDHOOD CANCER DIAGNOSIS

…UNTIL MY OWN SON INHERITED THE DISEASE.

Jasper Solo Mohan

June 12,1998 – July 10, 2013

About the Author

When he’s not in the hospital getting a tetanus shot, STEPHEN MOHAN lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia with his wife Barbra of ‘Calamity Kid’ fame, where he wrestles everyday between the grief and loss of his son and the gratefulness he feels of being a survivor himself.

I lost my left eye to cancer at the age of two. I haven’t let this deter me from working as a steamroller driver, ski racing coach, coffee bean delivery man, wooden boat shipwright, bicycle mechanic, whale watching skipper, fish farmer, vineyard worker, tall ship boatswain, and snow gun operator. I’ve illegally driven across a parade route, lost control of my sailing dinghy in a helicopter downdraft, and ridden my bicycle face first into the trunk of a car. I’ve narrowly avoided drowning by unsuccessfully re-inventing Scuba using common household items, and been scoured head to toe by a doctor wielding a dish brush and a bottle of iodine in the Dominican Republic.

None of these broad experiences prepared me for the asperous path of leading my son, Jasper, through cancer treatment. This is a story of how my heart broke completely, how I’m now left trying to answer the unanswerable, and how I’m searching for the reasons to keep living.

Praise & Reviews

“Stephen writes from the heart; broken yet healing, and at the same time generous and filled with humanity. This book is a story of living with, through and after childhood cancer. A book filled with gentleness, compassion, hope and love. Onwards We Go is a book for everyone.”

– DR. CARON STRAHLENDORF   B.C. Children’s Hospital
 Clinical Associate Professor, Head of Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia

“As CEO for Ronald McDonald House BC & Yukon, I see families in similar situations on a daily basis, and by Stephen sharing his experience and emotions, and the reality of treatment for Jasper and how it affected both he and Barb, it is a reality check that those reading will relate to, whether they have experienced a cancer journey or not. It is a powerful and emotional story, which is real and is so impactful. Knowing Jasper was a gift and his joy and passion will stay with me always… onward.”

– RICHARD PASS     Chief Executive Officer, Ronald McDonald House British Columbia & Yukon
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A portion of the net proceeds of every book sale will be donated to the following institutions, each of which played a significant role in our journey.