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Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living With Joy (English Edition) Versión Kindle

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"A poignant, wise love story."--Kirkus Reviews

"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."--""

"Her honesty and frustration are underscored with a wicked sense of humor . . ."--ABC News

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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.

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  • Formato: Versión Kindle
  • Tamaño del archivo: 1795 KB
  • Longitud de impresión: 385
  • Editor: Two Roads (14 de marzo de 2013)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Idioma: Inglés
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HASH(0xa65b3b34) de un máximo de 5 estrellas I turned the pages, slack-jawed, in awe. 13 de marzo de 2013
Por Jesse Kornbluth - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa dura
The sickest she'd ever been was "after I ate a bad chicken sandwich in South America."

And now her left hand doesn't work.

Susan Spencer-Wendel lives in reality --- she's a veteran journalist for the Palm Beach Post.

It doesn't take her long to figure out she has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): Lou Gehrig's disease.

She's married, with three young kids.

She's 44 years old.

She has a year to live.

And not a pleasant year. Muscles weaken. Walking becomes impossible. Then swallowing becomes a challenge. Then breathing. In the end, the patient finds herself trapped in a non-functioning body, waiting to die.

HarperCollins paid $2 million to publish "Until I Say Good-Bye" and Universal paid another $2 million for the movie rights, and neither did it so they could present a chronicle of death at work. Their reason is right in the subtitle: "My Year of Living With Joy." Because that was her resolution. Not to commit suicide before she couldn't. Not to despair. But to spend her time wisely:

"To take the trips I'd longed to take and experience each pleasure I'd longed for as well.
To organize what I was leaving behind.
To plant a garden of memories for my family to bloom in their futures.
Lou Gehrig was an athlete. ALS took his talent immediately.
But I was a writer. ALS could curl my fingers and weaken my body, but it could not take my talent.
I had time to express myself. To build a place of my own with comfy chairs, where I could think and write and sit with friends. Where I could wander through my own garden of memories and write them down.
A wandering that became, beyond my every fantasy, this book.
A book not about illness and despair, but a record of my final wonderful year.
A gift to my children so they would understand who I was and learn the way to live after tragedy:
With joy.
And without fear.
If Lou Gehrig could feel lucky, then so could I.
So should I."

It's hard to know what to say about this book. Really, it's beyond criticism. To write anything negative isn't to comment on its literary merits, it's to dish Susan Spencer-Wendel's life. And you can't. All you can do --- if you can read this book at all --- is to turn the pages, slack-jawed, in awe at her insistence on having powerful, individual experiences with her husband, her kids, her sister, her best friend and the birth mother she's only recently met. It seems impossible, but she gets around: the Northern Lights, Budapest, swimming with dolphins.

As I read this book, I discovered something unnerving: I was reading two books. One is the book she typed on an iPhone with her right thumb, the book Bret Witter then polished for her. The other is my book, the one I'd write if I knew I had a year to live. I'd like to think I'd have a short, private cry, then get on with my life. Not as a stoic, but because I understood that we're all dying, and the only difference between everybody else and me was that I more or less knew when. I'd like to think that's some kind of advantage.

And I'd like to think Susan Spencer-Wendel's final wish would be mine: "To make people laugh and cry and hug their children and joke with their friends and dwell in how wonderful it is to be alive."

How utterly soppy. How totally terrific.
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HASH(0xa78d2474) de un máximo de 5 estrellas A poignant, funny celebration of life 12 de marzo de 2013
Por Torym - Publicado en
Formato: Tapa dura Compra verificada
Susan Spencer-Wendel was a busy mom, wife and courthouse reporter at The Palm Beach Post when she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). Instead of folding up and planning a funeral, she bucks up and plans trips, memories for her family and friends.

She visits Hungary, Cyprus, the Yukon, and New York City, each trip with a goal. She takes each of her three children on a special trip they chose. She also has a beautiful chickee hut built in her backyard, where she writes the book, entirely with her right thumb on her iPhone.

The book is more funny than sad. She shows us how much one person can accomplish in the face of life-changing news, and how important it is to show the people around us how much we love them.
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HASH(0xa677db88) de un máximo de 5 estrellas Darkness cannot cover up even the smallest of lights 14 de marzo de 2013
Por lannie - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
When a light is vibrant & bright, it captures your attention & can been seen from a great distance. So is the apt description of the author & her story. A talented writer showing her best stuff, her passion for the task is splashed on every page. I had the pleasure of meeting this inspirational woman on a serendipitous flight in January 2011. In the book, her actual diagnosis is made after we met but I distinctly recall her openness & her curiosity about the ease of using the touchscreen of the iPad I was using as she explained she had ALS & would soon be unable to use a keypad. As she tested out my iPad, she spoke of her concern for her future, more specifically her children's. We discussed books & she recommended The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society. She shared her intention of writing her own book. I told her I would love to read the manuscript someday & we parted with mutual well wishes that could have been the end of it but something about her made me google her & then friend request her on Facebook. I wanted to hear the rest of her story & committed to pray for her every time her page popped up on my newsfeed. In the two years I have followed her progress, I have became an admirer of her purpose, the value she places on loved ones & her tenacity to finish on her own terms. She isn't reporting on some court case, this book isn't a job to her, it is a love letter to her children & a thank you to her husband and all those she loves. ITS ALL IN THERE! Her book has captured my attention & will be a far reaching story to any & all who read it. I'm so glad the light that shines from Susan illuminated my world ever so briefly & kept me curious for this book. I bought the Kindle version but will have to have the hard copy for my library too! I look forward to the film & wonder who will be able to portray her justly.

Thank you Susan for sharing the guts & the glory of a life, though not perfect but transparently, well lived.

I recommend this powerful book and even though I was just a stranger in a seat next to you on an unremarkable flight, Susan, I will remember you!
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Por Cynthia James - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
I enjoyed this book on many levels. Originally having taken care of patients with ALS, I was curious to see how Susan kept from becoming a frightened bitter person. I did see a frightened woman who demanded to live her remaining days, her way. To connect herself indelibly to her roots and her loved ones. The journey she takes completes her. She makes memories for each of her children, husband, family and friends? She is reverent and irreverent at the same time. Also ever aware the activity she is choosing will cause the ALS to advance, even faster. I was delighted to see a person that is able to say death is coming but I will enjoy each day God gives, to the fullest. I cry when the tenderly thought out excursions for her children, do not go as she would like, because the memories are her dreams and her children have other dreams , just as important and ultimately more fulfilling. I marvel at the devotion of her husband, who becomes, husband, caregiver, mother and father to the family. Highly recommend this book. You will appreciate the joy of life!
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HASH(0xa6515204) de un máximo de 5 estrellas A journey with a friend 15 de marzo de 2013
Por Peggy - Publicado en
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
A non depressing look into a horrible disease, and the toll it takes. A journey like no other. Walking with a friend as she tells her life story. Susan Spencer-Wendel has welcomed us into her home, her family and her mind. I have welcomed her into my heart. I laughed at stink pickles, was amazed at her husband's spirit, cried at the powerful love of a sister; to be blessed in your life with one true friend; and realizing that mothers meant no harm, it was just their way of saying "I love you".