Lydia Slaby – Wait, It Gets Worse – Launch party

March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Volumes Bookcafe
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Volumes Bookcafe

Volumes Bookcafe is super excited to host the launch of local author Lydia Slaby’s new book WAIT, IT GETS WORSE: Love, Death, and My Transformation from Control Freak to Human Being (Disruption Books 2019). Join us for drinks, a book talk and signing!

You can pre-order a copy of her book here:

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. 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 the only things she now knows to be true: that control is a lie and an illusion, and love will save your life.


LYDIA SLABY is an advocate, speaker, and writer focused on empowering people, communities, and organizations faced with daunting change. She is an advisor to Chicago’s 2nd Story and serves on the boards of Critical Mass: the Young Adult Cancer Alliance and I AM THAT GIRL, an organization that helps young women around the world take ownership of their self-worth. She began a blog,, to share updates about her treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and continued after she was declared cancer-free to dispatch reports from the wilderness of survivorship. Recently transplanted from Chicago, she lives in Rhinebeck, NY with her husband and two beautiful cats. WAIT, IT GETS WORSE is her first book.

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