Less a memoir about dying than a template for life. The spirit of the book - her spirit - is uplifting.
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.
You might worry that a memoir about living with a terminal disease could be too upsetting. Instead, in Susan Spencer Wendel's hands it is both life-enhancing and inspiring. In Until I Say Good-Bye she chronicles her last year of adventures as she wrings every ounce of joy out of her remaining months.
All you can do... is to turn the pages, slack-jawed, in awe at her insistence on having powerful, individual experiences.
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.
This is not a book drowning in tears. It remains optimistic for the future, even if the author will not be there to see it. There is laughter and, as promised, joy throughout.
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.
An emotional roller-coaster of a memoir.
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.
...almost unbearably moving chronicle of how Spencer-Wendel went about creating lasting moments in that year for the ones she loved.
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.
Her honesty and frustration are underscored with a wicked sense of humour.
A poignant, wise love story.
Journalist Spencer-Wendel discovered she was ill when her left hand suddenly became withered. As she struggles to come to terms with knowing something is wrong - not wanting to find out, then not fully believing the doctor's ALS diagnosis - she writes with courage and strength... Spencer-Wendel's 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.