Susan Spencer-Wendel Dies
06/04/2014 AT 11:45 AM EDT
John Wendel says his wife, Susan Spencer-Wendel, died at their West Palm Beach home Wednesday morning. She was 47.
Spencer-Wendel was a reporter for The Palm Beach Post when she first noticed signs of changing health five years ago. After she was diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease, she began a final series of trips with those closest to her.
They became the basis for Until I Say Goodbye, the heartbreaking account of her decline that earned her a $2.3 million deal from Harper Collins and became a best-seller after its release last year.
Wendel says his wife managed to remain positive to the very end.