Wait, It Gets Worse: Love, Death, and My Transformation from Control Freak to Human Being

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Wait, It Gets Worse: Love, Death, and My Transformation from Control Freak to Human Being

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"Tender, funny, and deeply uplifting, Wait, It Gets Worse is about more than facing the unexpected; it’s an everywoman’s guide to living a life that matters."
—Arianna Huffington

With a voice that is wise, irreverent, and filled with sharp humor, Wait, It Gets Worse is a story about following all the rules only to learn the hard way that control is a lie and an illusion, and that love will save your life.

Lydia Slaby was thirty-three years old and had everything she believed would make her happy: three fancy private school degrees; a successful husband who was in the inner circles of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign; a high-paying job as an attorney—even an enviable yoga practice. But under the surface Lydia’s life was in free-fall. Her new marriage was one argument after another, she had a job she never wanted, and for some reason she had begun to rapidly lose weight and turn a strange shade of yellowish-green. When she made a doctor’s appointment to talk about the toll of extreme stress, she was instead admitted with a diagnosis of lymphoma.

As a cancer survivor, Lydia tries to piece back together her marriage, her career, and her own worth. She begins to rewrite her value as a human being and build her own version of faith until, finally, she is moving forward instead of back. It’s an imperfect rebirth, but “perfection” is something she must abandon if she is to at last find the perspective that will open a new, calm, healthy life.

Lydia Slaby is a writer, speaker, and consultant focused on empowering people, communities, and organizations facing transformation opportunities. She is an advisor to Chicago’s 2nd Story and formerly served on the board of Critical Mass: the Young Adult Cancer Alliance. Her blog, Hair Optional, was started to share updates about her treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma with family and friends and continued after she was declared cancer-free to dispatch reports from the wilderness of survivorship. In 2018, she and her husband Michael Slaby and their two adorable cats transplanted themselves from Chicago to the Hudson River Valley, where she now serves as an elected trustee for the Village of Rhinebeck and occasional whoopie pie baker for Samuel’s Sweet Shop.

ISBN: 9781633310285

ISBN-10: 9781633310285

Publisher: Disruption Books

Publication Date: 03/19/2019 - 12:00am

On Sale: 03/19/2019 - 12:00am

Pages: 276

Language: English


Health & Fitness / Diseases & Conditions / Cancer

Medical / Oncology / Leukemia & Lymphoma


Biography & Autobiography / Women