Monday, October 21, 2013

Until I Say Good-Bye

by Susan Spencer-Wendel
Rated PG

When 44-year-old Susan Spencer-Wendel was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, she knew it would be fatal, and perhaps quickly so. But she was determined to leave her family with a legacy of joy, rather than sorrow.

Until I Say Good-Bye chronicles Susan's (pretty successful) attempt to live joyfully alongside her disease, committed to counting what remained instead of all she had lost. And when your muscles begin to die one by one, you lose quite a bit. She actually typed this whole book on an iPhone with her thumb, the only digit she could still control.

Susan's optimism and ability to tell her story with humor and just the right amount of sentiment kept me glued to this book. Certainly a good choice for book club, since we all have plenty to think, and talk, about when confronting the tragedies of others and our own what-ifs.

Rated PG for a smattering of swear words.