Her Candle Burns at Both Ends

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
In April of 2008, Deirdre Porter, a twenty-five-year-old Canadian, was teaching in Japan and had just fallen in love when she was suddenly diagnosed with acute leukemia. Her mother, Ann Costello, through moving anecdotes, provides a glimpse into Deirdre’s battle with the disease, all while highlighting Deirdre’s amazing sense of humour, courage and her ability to live for today. More

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About ann costello

Ann Costello worked as an intensive care nurse for twenty five years. For the past eight years, she has performed nursing assignments in various small communities throughout the Canadian Arctic. She currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she enjoys reading, golfing and travelling.


We love you Deirdre Porter
A very special person, a wonderful daughter and amazing friend, Deirdre Bridget Porter died from leukemia on May 30, 2008. She was a beaming 25 year old, with the most positive energy and infectious laugh any of us have ever met. Deirdre, we will miss you so much. Love you, my strong, and beautiful friend.


Review by: Fiona Chin-Yee on Oct. 17, 2011 :
It takes courage and a lot of determination to write a memoir for ones own child. Having lost a son, I understand the crippling, desperate sense of loneness. Ann has skillfully brought us though the Deirdre’s devastatingly short illness and her own initial grieving process. We travel along with Ann sharing some of the pain and gaining insight to how another mother has found ways to cope. I felt a huge sense of empathy and helped me to again process my own grieving – a process that is on going for any parent. Thanks Ann.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Barbara Hart on Oct. 15, 2011 :
I have so much respect and admiration for the way in which Ann Costello has recounted the illness and death of her daughter, Deirdre. A tragic story, yet she tells the sad details with compassion, courage and honesty. Her spirituality shines without overwhelming; it's a quiet sense of knowing and intuitiveness that connected her to Deirdre in a supporting way when helping her during her illness and continued throughout the writing of this book. Ann Costello's book portrays clearly and forthrightly the strength of the human spirit and is well worth reading.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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