Until I Say Goodbye: A Book about Living by Susan Spencer-WendelIn June 2011, Susan Spencer-Wendel learned she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)--Lou Gehrigs disease--an irreversible condition that systematically destroys the nerves that power the muscles. She was forty-four years old, with a devoted husband and three young children, and she had only one year of health remaining.
Susan decided to live that year with joy.
She quit her job as a journalist and spent time with her family. She built an outdoor meeting space for friends in her backyard. And she took seven trips with the seven most important people in her life. As her health declined, Susan journeyed to the Yukon, Hungary, the Bahamas, and Cyprus. She took her sons to swim with dolphins, and her teenage daughter, Marina, to Kleinfelds bridal shop in New York City to see her for the first and last time in a wedding dress.
She also wrote this book. No longer able to walk or even to lift her arms, she tapped it out letter by letter on her iPhone using only her right thumb, the last finger still working.
However, Until I Say Good-Bye is not angry or bitter. It is sad in parts--how could it not be?--but it is filled with Susans optimism, joie de vivre, and sense of humor. It is a book about life, not death. One that, like Susan, will make everyone smile.
From the Burger King parking lot where she cried after her diagnosis to a snowy hot spring near the Arctic Circle, from a hilarious family Christmas disaster to the decrepit monastery in eastern Cyprus where she rediscovered her heritage, Until I Say Good-Bye is not only Susan Spencer-Wendels unforgettable gift to her loved ones--a heartfelt record of their final experiences together--but an offering to all of us: a reminder that every day is better when it is lived with joy.
Book Review: Until I Say Good-Bye By Susan Spencer-Wendel with Bret Witter
Did you know you can shorten your urls with LinkShrink and make cash from every visit to your shortened urls. I love reading your comments; but please be kind. Unkind comments will be removed. Source Wow! Susan Spencer-Wendel was diagnosed with ALS which is an incurable disease and she chose to live her last year with joy. She didn't complain, but chose to accept her situation and viewed things from an optimistic vantage point. This allowed her to write one of the more uplifting books I've read in a long time.
Susan Spencer-Wendel has courage and determination. If fate had dealt you a hand so terrible you faced a horrible, inevitable decline, unable to move as your body slowly died before you, how would you confront the end?, Thank you!
Then imagine your body slowly shutting down, one piece at a time, until the only movement you have left is in your right thumb. ALS has taken your body captive but not your joy and not the remaining time you have left. I saw this book in Oprah Magazine last year and put it immediately on my Christmas wish list. I was so very happy to receive it. It is a somewhat painful read because you are acutely aware that Spencer-Wendel is dying.