It was painful to see the mother of three look down at her lap and disfigured hands while her family and friends proudly read aloud excerpts from her book, something she couldn’t do herself. But as her husband read about killing rabbits and her best friend read about their trip to the Yukon, it was comforting and easy to feel the joy Susan Spencer-Wendel felt and wrote about as she laughed. She laughed so hard that her best friend had to stop reading, and the distinct sound was so infectious that even the audience joined in, too.
“When I saw the crowd I lost it,” Spencer-Wendel, 46, said as best she could with the help of her husband, John. “I was stunned.”
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