The Florida writer who turned her mission to live joyfully while battling Lou Gehrig's disease into a best-selling book has died.
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.