March Forth: The Inspiring True Story of a Canadian Soldier’s Journey of Love, Hope and Survival

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HarperCollins Canada, Mar 6, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 376 pages

At the age of forty-one, Trevor Greene, a journalist and a reservist in the Canadian Forces, was deployed to Afghanistan, leaving behind his fiancée, Debbie, and his young daughter, Grace. On March 4, 2006, while meeting with village elders in a remote village in Kandahar Province, Trevor removed his helmet, confident that a centuries-old pact would protect him from harm. Without warning, a teenage boy under the influence of the Taliban walked up to him and landed a rusty axe in his skull, nearly splitting his brain in two.

Initially, Debbie was told that Trevor would not survive. When he did, she was told that he would never be able to communicate or move on his own. But after years of rehabilitation, setbacks and crises, Trevor not only learned how to talk and move again, but in July 2010, he stood up at his wedding, Debbie at his side and Grace carrying their rings down the aisle as their flower girl.

March Forth is a remarkable story of love told in two voices: first in Trevor’s, up until the attack; then in Debbie’s, as she works tirelessly to rehabilitate her fiancé. Together, Trevor and Debbie have written the next chapter in their remarkable story.

 

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Trevor is my cousin. He is incredible. I have never met him because I live across the country but it is on my bucket list. I am so proud of him and his family, xo.

Contents

Cover Title Page FOREWORD BY GEN RICK HILLIER
PROLOGUE
BEFORE
THE ODYSSEY
THE PLEDGE
A STATE OF GRACE
A NEW SENSE OF URGENCY
THE AXE FALLS
FIRST MEMORY
PRECIOUS FABULOUS LIFE
PONOKA
A FOLD IN TIME
WELL DO OUR BEST TO HAVE TREVOR HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
THE RATS GET HUNGRY
DARK VALLEYS AND TEAPOTS
A NEW YEAR

THE WARRIOR PATH
OUR LIVES DERAILED
IGNORANCE IS BLISS
HARSH REALITY
RENEWED HOPE
ONE MONTH LATER CHAPTER 11 A DELICATE BALANCING ACT CHAPTER 12 ONE STEP FORWARD TWO STEPS RACK
MINIMALLY CONSCIOUS?
BLESSED SHALT THOU
HEALING THE MERIDIANS
FIRST REMEMBRANCE
THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS
Photo Section
IS IT REALLY 2007?
HEALING THROUGH FORGIVENESS
THE FIRST LOST YEAR
SAYONARA
NO TURNING BACK
SAY IT ISNT
BEGONE BULLY
PRAYING TO STAY PLANNING TO LEAVE
PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE
KEEP YOUR HEAD UP DADDY
SNAP
ONE JOURNEY ENDS
HONEY OR MAGGOTS?
YOU SAY IT BEST
I HAVE SOMETHING TO SHOW
EPILOGUE
The Greene Family Education Initiative
AFTERWORD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
About the Authors
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MARCH FORTH
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TREVOR GREENE is an accomplished journalist and the author of Bad Date: The Lost Girls of Vancouver’s Low Track. After a stint with the Royal Canadian Navy, he joined the army reserves and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

TREVOR GREENE is an accomplished journalist and the author of two books, Bad Date: The Lost Girls of Vancouver’s Low Track and Bridge of Tears. After a stint with the Royal Canadian Navy, Greene joined the army reserves and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. Greene now speaks to schools and large audiences about his experiences.

Trevor and his wife, Debbie's, story was made into the Gemini Award–winning W5 documentary Peace Warrior. The Greenes live with their daughter, Grace, in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

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