Susan was a journalist with three children when she was diagnosed with ALS. She realized that she may only have a year of reasonable health, so she decided to live it with joy. She organized trips to the Yukon, Hungary, the Bahamas, and Cyprus with the people who were important in her life. And, like a good journalist, she wrote about her experiences.
Her book is enormously inspirational- from reminders to look up and appreciate the sky, to quotes such as this one from Dr. Seuss: "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
The first chapter is about swimming with the dolphins with her nine-year-old son and the last chapter is about a trip to Sanibel Island, Florida, with her 11-year-old son. The trips were not ideal- many things went wrong. But Joy's attitude surmounted every disaster. She knew that events rarely happen as anticipated, but they are perfect moments nevertheless. She accepted life the way it happened. Her advice: "Don't force the world to be the one you dream. The reality is better".
As her health deteriorated, she was writing with one thumb on her iPhone. She did finish the book and lived to see it published.