Wait, It Gets Worse


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Telling Stories


Talking about Telling Stories


Talking about Storytelling

I’ve learned a lot in the last decade about work, health, writing, the illusion of control, and being human. I’m happy to talk to anyone who wants to hear more. Sample topics:

  • Navigating life’s transitions
  • Is our work culture broken? How cancer showed me the dangers of stress and overexertion
  • Why you need to advocate for your own medical treatment and how to do it
  • How cancer helped me kick my control addition
  • Why my “athlete” identity made coping with cancer more difficult and how I was able to create a new identity
  • Your body knows more than your brain, so why don’t we listen?
  • My career as a lawyer and how it shifted after cancer

If this interests you, please reach out!


May 23, 2019, 9am
H+K Strategies, 49 Clerkenwell Green, London
Join Lydia in conversation with Avra Lorrimer – RSVP here!


July 7, 2019, 7pm
Book reading in Vineyard Haven, MA!
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, 23 Main Street
Join Lydia for a reading, conversation and signing.

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This all started when I began my blog in the summer of 2012 during my treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It covers health, adventure, transitions, and writing all about it. Live as a survivor is varied, complex, and ongoing.

I’ve also written a book, Wait, It Gets Worse: Love, Death, and My Transformation from Control Freak to Human Being, and it’s coming out on March 19! I’ve created a page just for my little newborn where you can do all the things that book pages let you do, like click on buttons that let you preorder it. I’m SUPER excited, thank you all for your support and encouragement.

Finally, every now and again, someone (like 2nd Story in Chicago) is kind enough to put me on a stage or a podcast where I then tell a story or talk about my storytelling. I do enjoy it, and sometimes I get a nice complement for my work, which is wonderful.


Podcast: Women Inspired with April Seifert
April found WAIT, IT GETS WORSE on Amazon in preorder (which is amazing Amazon snooping, btw) and asked me to join her in this remarkable conversation about transformation.


The Second City Works Presents: Getting to Yes, And…
Kelly and I chat about how lessons from improvisation can help us all get through crisis with humor and sanity.


Grown-Ups Read Things They Wrote as Kids
I wrote a story about my grandfather’s death when I was 16. And I read it starting at minute 14 of this really fun podcast.

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If you’d like to have Lydia tell some stories on your podcast or to your bar patrons or with your bookclub or as your Fortune 100 corporate retreat keynote, please reach out!