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

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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 aft ...more
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Published March 19th 2019 by Disruption Books
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Jordan
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Wait, It Gets Worse: Love, Death, and My Transformation From Control Freak to Human Being by Lydia Slaby is powerful & had me so intrigued throughout the whole book.

Lydia’s writing is wise & smooth in this memoir. she writes about her journey with lymphoma, while piecing her marriage back together. the first few chapters rotate between her hospital days & her history with her husband, Michael. later chapters are Lydia figuring out how to live a life post cancer which includes anothe
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Deborah Stevens
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reading cancer memoirs is a strange hobby, I admit. But it’s one of mine.

And this is a wonderful cancer memoir. Lydia Slaby is honest and straightforward. She is able to inhabit the key moments in her experience with cancer and to describe them without the gauzy hindsight that is common in looking back.

I especially appreciate the way she confronts the illusion of control that is common to the young and the strong, and describes her process of learning to live without that particular untruth.

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Amy
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The description of the book drew me instantly, "that control is a lie" spoke to my inner control freak and outward perfectionist.

As I began the book the chapter Hope spoke to me as more of an epilogue than a preface, but I forged on with the book despite that being rather off putting. Once I got into the book I simply couldn't put it down. I read the first 100 pages with ease, which is of course my personal favorite type of book. When I open a book and begin to read then check to see how many p
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Kathy
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You might not think a memoir about cancer could possibly be an enjoyable read but Wait, It Gets Worse will prove you wrong.

Lydia Slaby is very open and honest with what was going on in her life, before, during, and after her cancer diagnosis and treatment. Looking in from the outside, Lydia seemed to have it all – a job as a lawyer that she loved, a marriage to a man she considered her soul-mate who worked for the Obama campaign, all the social and material trappings of success. But underneath
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Kelley
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure what led me to pick this books. I love the name and the cover, but honestly the subject didn't really interest me, but nonetheless I selected it and started reading.
This writing style is friendly and relaxed. You feel like you are sucked onto her couch as she tells you this wonderful, powerful, emotional story about her struggles with cancer, recovery, herself, her relationship, her professional life etc. It flows and is easy to get just read multiple pages without even realizing.
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Amanda
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Lydia Slaby! Your raw narrartive of all that you went through over the years is amazing. Your recollection of each hospital visit and procedure shows the pain that you went through. All while your husband stepped up to the plate to be by your side. Though this book is about a difficult time, Lydia's writing is very conversational; hence why she started a blog to document her journey.

Since reading this book, I have visited the Hair Optional blog to see Lydia's progression. I think this nove
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Rebecca
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a very human, very raw book about facing Cancer, fighting it & trying to relinquish control in order to heal, not just physically but emotionally, mentally & spiritually. I particularly enjoyed reading the last section where she combines therapy and holistic methods to try and figure out how to rebalance.

It's not too triggering and it is not overwhelmingly sad. I think it is the perfect balance for anyone wanting to reading a memoir - even if you have cancer, in my opinion, it w
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Rachelle
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Wait, it Gets Worse... a beautifully written documentation of the author's incredible journey through an unexpected cancer diagnosis during the height of her corporate lawyer career. So many emotions! Heartbreak, joy, confusion, fear, anger, and many other struggles. She broke down every stage of treatment in easy to understand elements and explained how it affected her personally, professionally, and in her marriage.
Randi Lawrence
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Wow! What an incredible memoir detailing both an unfathomable but weirdly relatable tale of life in your 30s. With patience and grace, Lydia has shared her journey from ambitious professional to cancer patient to chemo patient to oh-shit-what-do-I-actually-want-to-be 30-something year old. I alternated between laughing, crying and staring at the page in disbelief as yet another curveball was thrown at Lydia’s health. Through it all, I marveled at Lydia’s resilience and kept taking mental notes o ...more
Jennifer Wrage
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Note: I won this book on Goodreads.com.
This book showed a personal struggle with cancer and the aftermath. I had never really thought about what happens AFTER cancer is gone. It moved quickly and had just enough detail to keep me interested. Good move, Lydia, to share! Thank you.
R.A.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This isn’t the type of book I would normally read. But I’m so glad I did.

Lydia is open and honest about her struggles with cancer, as well as her marital strain prior to her diagnosis. By the end of this book, my heart had broken for Lydia and then mended again as she describes her journey of healing.

What I appreciated most about this book was that Lydia was frank about what going through cancer treatment is like. By discussing her experiences, Lydia showed me how brave every single person wit
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I was delayed in writing this review because of the tears in my eyes. #SorryNotSorry. #WaitItGetsWorse #NetGalley

Lydia is a woman who has a perfect life. College, law degree, good job in a prestigious law firm, great husband. Except her marriage is in trouble. And she is having trouble breathing. And she is losing weight. A doctor’s appointment lands her in the ER being treated for cancer. And then open heart surgery. The heart surgery was what really got to me. Lydia is able to pull it together
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Mana Ionescu
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book’s arrival was a surprise and although I had two other books I was reading, I decided to read just a bit of this one right away and then return to my planned reading. But I could not put it down. I’ve never read a book like this. It’s brave and blunt. Honest and bold. Walking through how Lydia processed her traumas is very compelling. And then you settle into a deep peaceful pool of wisdom at the end of the book, where it all comes together. There’s so much more to it, which I will let y ...more
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