Reporter faces life's toughest deadline with book - Article Photos 1/4

In this Dec. 31, 2012 photo, Susan Spencer-Wendel holds an iPhone at her home in West Palm Beach, Fla., that she wrote her book on, using only her thumbs. All the time-stamped rigors of daily journalism are behind her, but the pace of Spencer-Wendel's life has only been hastened. She is dying from Lou Gehrig's disease. What was once a constant rush to be first with her courthouse scoops has become a dash to live her remaining days joyfully, complete a long goodbye to those she loves, and record it all in a book that has drummed huge interest and a multimillion-dollar book deal. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)