"Susan Spencer-Wendel had to face the question, 'What would you do if you had a year to live?' This profound, tender, and often funny account of her experiences will remind readers of what really matters most: love."--Gretchen Rubin, "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Happiness Project"
"It's a touching and brutally honest account of one mother's inspiring attempt to get the most out of the time she has left."--USA Today
." . . her honesty and frustration are underscored with a wicked sense of humor . . ."--ABC News
." . . almost unbearably moving chronicle of how Spencer-Wendel went about creating lasting moments in that year for the ones she loved . . ."--New York Daily News
"The tales are painfully honest, and they're heartbreaking because we know the inevitable outcome. But mostly, they're inspiring. Spencer-Wendel, even in the darkest of moments, remains insistent on happiness-staggeringly so."--"U.S. News & World Report"
"All you can do . . . is to turn the pages, slack-jawed, in awe at her insistence on having powerful, individual experiences . . ."--"Huffington Post"
"This heartbreaking and heartwarming good-bye will make you laugh as much as it makes you cry. Susan Spencer-Wendel's determination to find the joy in life after having been dealt the ALS card is both inspirational and enlightening."--Cokie Roberts, "New York Times" bestselling author of "We Are Our Mothers' Daughters"
"Spencer-Wendel writes with courage and strength. . . . Her life will sadly be cut short, but in writing her story, she shows her family and friends how to go on, choosing happiness and love over fear."--"Publishers Weekly"
"A poignant, wise love story."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"The inspirational account of a woman whose ALS diagnosis and subsequent physical decline don't prevent her from enjoying life to the fullest, which she proves."--"O, the Oprah Magazine"
"Her heart-ripping book chronicles what she did immediately after her diagnosis: she decided to embrace life while death chased her down.....endearing and all too human"--"New York Times"
"The mother of three children ages 7 to 15 describes her poignant last efforts to travel the world and stay close to her family and community."--"AARP.com"
"Her honesty and frustration are underscored with a wicked sense of humor . . ."--ABC News
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
What would you do with one last year? Susan Spencer-Wendel was determined to laugh instead of cry.
In June 2011, Susan Spencer-Wendel learned she had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) - Lou Gehrig's disease - an irreversible condition that systematically destroys the nerves that power the muscles. She was 44-years-old, with three young children, and she had only one year of health remaining.
She decided to live that year with joy.
She left her job as a journalist and spent time with her family. She built a meeting place 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 went to the beach with her sons and to Kleinfeld's bridal shop in New York City with her teenage daughter, Marina, for a glimpse of the wedding she would never attend.
She also wrote this book. No longer able to walk or even lift her arms, she tapped it out letter by letter on her iPhone using only her right thumb, the last finger still working.
And yet 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 Susan's optimism, joie de vivre and sens of humour. It is a book that, like Susan, will make everyone smile.
From a hilarious family Christmas disaster to the decrepit monastery in eastern Cyprus where she rediscovered her heritage, Until I Say Good-Bye is Susan Spencer-Wendel's unforgettable gift to her loved ones and to us: a record of their final experiences together and a reminder that every day is better when it is lived with joy.