I am totally in love and fascinated with Susan Spencer-Wendel’s book. Susan, a journalist for over twenty years writes about how she lived with joy in her final year after being diagnosed with ALS or otherwise known as Lou-Gehrig’s disease.
Instead of mourning and being depressed, she instead takes a very positive outlook on life as she goes about completing the numerous things on her bucket list. The book shares the story of her family and her wonderful children and how she loved them in her last year on Earth. The book also depicts her finding out about her biological parents and her journey as she pursued closure in her life. She also describes the friendships and colleagues who truly had an impact on her life.
An excerpt from her website reads:
“I am writing about accepting, about living with joy and dying with joy and laughing a helluva lot in the process.” Until I Say Good-Bye is the fulfillment of her final wish: “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.”
In the end, this book is truly as her husband says, a book about living. It is a reminder to me and all the other readers about what or who’s really important in life. Sometimes we get too caught up with growing up, studies and work that we forget the most important people in our lives.
So, thank you Susan for this timely reminder and truly your words and stories will always live on in the way I live my life. There are certain things and issues where I do not agree with her chosen course of action but hey, it’s her life. Who am I to judge?
If you have not read the book, I strongly encourage you to get your hands on a copy of it and start reading today. It will truly change the way you look at life. It has definitely changed the way I live mine. Thank you Susan and may God bless you, wherever you are today.
Here are two quotes from the book I would like to leave with you:
“Fearing the possible is no way to live.”
“The poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote: “Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”