Susan Spencer-Wendel dies at 47-years-old after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The famed writer, known for her best-selling book “Until I Say Goodbye,” chronicled her life throughout her struggles with the disease.
First known as a well-regarded reporter for the Palm Beach Post, Spencer-Wendel noticed a change in her health back in 2009. Before being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, the wife and mother decided she would live the rest of her life with no regrets.
Traveling all over the world to visit long lost family and friends, Susan Spencer-Wendel began writing about her travels and adventures for the Post. Her moving and heartfelt articles led to a publishing deal with HarperCollins for $2.3 million and another seven-figure deal with Universal Pictures.
The dedicated author continued to write despite the disease’s progression using just her iPhone and her right thumb. “Until I Say Goodbye,” hit the New York Times best-seller list and became a moving testimony of a woman not giving up on life. Spencer-Wendel called her book her finest work.
Susan Spencer-Wendel is lived on through her husband and three children, Marina, 16; Aubrey, 12; and Wesley, 10. On the news of her passing, Mr. Wendel told reporters that his wife “managed, to the very end, to be very positive.”
How Did Susan Spencer-Wendel Die? Until I Say Goodbye Author Passes at 47-Years-Old From Lou Gehrig’s Disease.