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A Year of Living with Joy

Summary: After being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) it is important to know how to cope and still live with the a joyful spirit.
Air Date: 4/13/13
Duration: 60
Host: Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Susan Spencer-Wendel
A journalist for over twenty years, Susan Spencer-Wendel left her job as courts reporter for the Palm Beach Post when she was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. She has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Florida Press Club and Florida Bar for her coverage of legal issues. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. She lives in Florida with her husband, John, and their three children, 14-year-old Marina, 10-year-old Aubrey and 8-year-old Wesley.
  • Book Title: Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy.
A Year of Living with Joy
If you knew you were dying, what would you do? After being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) -- the progressive terminal illness commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. 

Susan Spencer-Wendel decided to live joyfully and seize each day. Instead of complaining or spending her last years in a hospital, the mother of three went to see the Northern Lights and even took her 14-year-old daughter bridal dress shopping to experience that special mother-daughter moment.

Spencer-Wendel chronicled her celebration of life and her experience with ALS in the book, Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy. Spencer-Wendel's speech is deteriorating and her health is declining, but she is still living with the same joyful spirit.

Tune in to Spencer-Wendel's husband, John, as he shares his wife's moving and inspirational story.

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