© 2024 FriesenPress, Inc. All rights reserved.

One Step Beyond cover

  • eBook Edition
    • 978-1-5255-8780-1
    • epub, mobi, pdf files
  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-5255-8778-8
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 336 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-5255-8779-5
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 336 pages
  • Keywords
    • Personal memoir,
    • Brain tumour book,
    • Mother and daughter,
    • Children with illness,
    • Single parent,
    • Self-discovery book,
    • Cancer memoir

Publish with FriesenPress

Learn how you can publish your book with the world’s only 100% employee-owned publishing services provider.

Get our Guide

One Step Beyond
A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Illness
by Allison Kelba

One Step Beyond is an authentic account of a teenage girl’s journey through a devastating health diagnosis in the prime of her adolescence and of a mother's unwavering determination to save her daughter's life. Personal journal entries written by Allison Kelba and her mom, Terry Ducharme, reveal the optimism, light-hearted humour, and practical wisdom both women drew upon time and again while confronting recurring hurdles and heartbreaking setbacks. Kelba’s more recent tragic loss of the person most dear to her forms part of the women’s shared story. One Step Beyond doesn't sugar-coat the harrowing journey of coping with a brain tumour during the teenage years or the anger and pain a mother feels when her only child is suffering. It does reveal the strengths of two women who met the challenges they faced with laughter and steadfast Canadian prairie girl resilience. The private thoughts of Kelba and her mom, along with Kelba’s present-day memories and reflections, also highlight how exceptional challenges are leavened and overcome through day-to-day choices, support from those who care, and the power of enduring love. Readers who may struggle with belief in themselves or in the power of love will be moved by the true gift of these two inspiring women’s voices. Finally, One Step Beyond reveals how “a mom shapes who we are and who we become: our strengths, our attitudes, our versatility – and the love we pass on to others.”

Allison Kelba photo

As a long-time survivor of a brain tumour that greatly impacted her teenage years and adulthood beyond, Allison Kelba has a unique and compelling story to share. She relied on her positive attitude and optimistic spirit to successfully navigate sobering diagnoses and numerous medical treatments as well as her subsequent hard-won recovery and challenging journey through early adult life. Her mom, Terry Ducharme, stood by her every step of the way. Kelba’s more recent experience of losing the person most dear to her to cancer forms part of her story. Through her choice of opening up to readers in a deeply personal and vulnerable way, she hopes others undergoing similar challenges may find something that points them in the direction of their own strengths and resources. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Kelba now lives in Burnaby, British Columbia with her cat Penelope.


Allison Kelba

What People are Saying

Other eBook Editions

This book is also available in eBook format from these sites.