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Tuesday, Sep 02, 2014
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Writer Spencer-Wendel dies of ALS at 47


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WEST PALM BEACH — 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 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, 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.

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