Costello couldn’t avoid her diagnosis of ALS. But she could meet it headlong with a strong faith and trust in God. That, she said, is her anchor in this journey.
“The connotation of ALS brings up very frightening images,” Costello said. “It really is a death sentence because there is no cure So when I hear ‘ALS,’ I wanted to put some hope and meaning to those letters. “Instead of thinking of all the negative things and how this disease progresses, I know that God is the same always and it just helps me to have something to rely on.”
Costello’s entire family has underscored the “hope and meaning” part of ALS. Diane’s husband Mike Costello feels it’s his privilege to care for her.
“It’s not something we were anticipating doing when I retired almost four years ago,” Mike said. “We had anticipated doing different things we aren’t able to do now. . I feel humbled to be able to take care of Diane and it’s an honor for me to do. I just wish she wasn’t having to go through this. It’s a life-changing situation for her. We just try to approach each day and do the best we can.”