While fighting an aggressive brain tumor, Deirdre must care for her mother with advanced Alzheimer's, raise her teenage daughter, and help her husband chase a new dream - opening a barbecue restaurant. Her greatest defense is her sense of humor in this tender memoir chronicling life struggles that are often tragic - but can still be very funny. Grab a tissue and take a ride as one batty broad battles her way through the tragicomic trials of her most perilous adventure yet - brain cancer.
"Timmons' story is a cunning balance of straight comedy, dire tragedy, and universal love. Keep tissues nearby as Timmons' odyssey tugs at your heartstrings and tickles your funny bone." - Abigail Carter, Author, The Alchemy of Loss
Deidre Allen Timmons is a hoot, the rare sort of writer who can turn something as serious as brain cancer into hilarity. Come for the laughs, stay for the feels. Brain Candy delivers! - Theo Pauline Nestor, Author, Writing Is My Drink
"Brain Candy is the disarmingly sweet and searing hero's journey that tempers loss and love with breezy spirit and powerful strength. Loved it." - Kathleen Flinn, Author, The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry
An accomplished writer and filmmaker, Deirdre Timmons is a native Northwesterner who leads a busy life between working and spending time with her family. In the spring of 2013, Deirdre was caring for her mother with Alzheimer's in addition to her normal routine. So when she began feeling tired and forgetful, she chalked it up to her busy schedule, age, and possible early symptoms of Alzheimer's. It wasn't long after that she began experiencing regular dizziness, lack of concentration, unexplained weight loss, and extensive bruising. This combination of symptoms seemed odd, so Deirdre sought the advice of her doctor and subsequently began physical therapy for dizziness. When the symptoms worsened, she pursued further investigation. After MRIs, x-rays, blood tests, a CAT scan, and a brain biopsy, her brain surgeon diagnosed Deirdre with a malignant medulloblastoma brain tumor. Her prognosis: one month to live.