Susan Spencer lived in my town (West Palm Beach) and graduated from my high school (Forest Hill, in 1984), but sadly I never got to meet, though I did know of, her. She later became Susan Spencer-Wendel and a reporter for the Palm Beach Post.
In 2011, Susan was diagnosed with ALS, which would prevent her from continuing her tireless efforts for the newspaper. With only the use of her right thumb, she wrote (on her iPhone!) her memoir, Until I Say Goodbye. Despite the ravages of degenerative disease, her spirit remained strong until her death last week.
This article summarizes it better. Read it and (try not to) weep.