The Two Week Wait Challenge

A Sassy Girl's Guide to Surviving the TWW

Non-Fiction - Womens
82 Pages
Reviewed on 07/26/2016
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Author Biography

Lindsay Fischer is a trauma-tested author who writes about her own experiences to help others feel less alone. A former English teacher and dance coach, a domestic violence survivor, and - now - a seemingly infertile Myrtle, she refuses to be silent about the things that change our lives. For her, those issues are domestic violence and infertility.

Lindsay Fischer graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education, English. Life got messy when she fell in love with a man who would become her abuser, and it pulled her from the classroom. After three years of trauma therapy, she saw an opportunity to use her voice against injustices and shame-filled adversity, blogging under the pseudonym Sarafina Bianco since 2009. She revealed her real identity in 2015 when her memoir, The House on Sunset, was re-released.

She currently lives with her husband and three dogs in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite

In a fun guide with lots of good information, The Two Week Wait Challenge: The Sassy Girl's Guide to Surviving the TWW, author Lindsay Fischer has done a great job of providing an easy to read and humorous perspective on what can be a very trying and emotional time for many people. Giving advice on what women and couples can do to keep themselves occupied and, let's face it, sane during the two weeks from when one might have conceived until being able to test for a pregnancy, this guide might just be a life-saver for those dealing with difficulty in conceiving. This book includes areas for readers to record their own thoughts, positive affirmations to focus on, and advice for supporting partners, all of which is quite invaluable.

I very much enjoyed The Two Week Wait Challenge: The Sassy Girl's Guide to Surviving the TWW. Author Lindsay Fischer has done a great job in creating something that her readers will treasure and find themselves coming back to, time and again, in a very difficult period of their lives. The humor and 'sassiness' is a much needed relief to the stress that many find with the conception process, and the glossary and explanation of terms will also be extremely useful to any who are new to the world of fertility issues. I highly recommend The Two Week Wait Challenge: The Sassy Girl's Guide to Surviving the TWW to any reader who is dealing with the frustrating dance that fertility can sometimes be, and I certainly hope to see more on this topic from the obviously talented and insightful author, Lindsay Fischer, in the very near future!

Arya Fomonyuy

In her introduction to The Two Week Wait Challenge: A Sassy Girl's Guide to Surviving the TWW, Lindsay Fischer states: “My intention with this challenge is to get your mind off the chaos for a few minutes a day. It’s really that simple.” But what chaos is she talking about? In our eclectic and highly digitized culture, it is easy for women trying to get pregnant or to keep their pregnancy to get stressed and lose focus on what contributes to their health. Your emotional, psychological, and physical health are prerequisites for a successful pregnancy, and this book offers excellent tips and a roadmap to create the best conditions for a beautiful pregnancy experience. This book offers answers that will surprise readers, ranging from handling limiting thought patterns to creating habits that boost a sense of well being and happiness.

The book is well-written, with prose that is elegant, even sexy, short chapters and notes that offer good pointers for life-enhancing, life-changing activities to boost self-esteem and self-confidence, and create an atmosphere where women can experience a healthy pregnancy. Here is an example of a thought-provoking note, articulated on one of the things some women take for granted: “How does it feel to have a clean, fresh space? Is this a practice you could implement in your weekly/monthly routine? What messages — internal thoughts (negative or positive) — did you receive from yourself as you cleaned out the untidy space? How did you feel after you finished up?” I particularly loved how the author weaves her personal story into this work and many women will undoubtedly identify with most of the things she offers. The Two Week Wait Challenge: A Sassy Girl's Guide to Surviving the TWW is a heart-to-heart conversation with someone who comes across as an expert in a woman’s heart. Lindsay Fischer’s is a voice that every woman should heed and this little book should be a compulsory read for every woman.

Rosie Malezer

The Two Week Wait Challenge: A Sassy Girl’s Guide to Surviving the TWW by Lindsay Fischer is a guide for women who are trying to conceive. A domestic violence survivor, Lindsay thought she would never again be in a situation where she would want to start a family, but things change. After meeting the right person, Lindsay decides to settle down, and gets straight to work in her goal of starting a family, thinking that pregnancy would come easy. After several failed attempts and trying different methods of contraception while seeing different specialists, Lindsay realizes that pregnancy is not so easy to accomplish. With her body clock ticking over during each attempt, Lindsay knows that there is a chance that she may not be able to conceive due to complications between sperm and egg, and offers her insight into the roadblocks that a woman may face while trying to conceive a child.

As a domestic violence survivor who has faced similar challenges in starting a family with my husband, I found this book to be an invaluable tool. Not only did it show me that I am not alone in my struggle, but it has also given me many different avenues to pursue with the goal of falling pregnant. Lindsay’s unique humor is injected throughout the book in order to keep the topic upbeat, leaving me giggling and nodding my head in agreement, rather than drowning in a bucket of tears. One of the most important aspects of The Two Week Wait Challenge is that it reinforces the message to the reader of never giving up; when one method fails, move on to another, and keep trying until you hit pay dirt. Lindsay Fischer’s guides to terminology used and miniature dictionary were a brilliant addition to the book, without which I would have been scratching my head in several places. The Two Week Wait Challenge: A Sassy Girl’s Guide to Surviving the TWW is pure gold and I recommend it to all readers who are losing hope in their efforts to start a family.