Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Moonface a true romance. I really should save this review for Valentine's Day. Moonface is a memoir and romance rolled into one. It is about the most selfless gift a person could give another, their kidney.
During her first year in college, Author Balcita becomes ill. As the child of a physician her parents summon her home where she enters the world of medical tests and kidney transplant and dialyses. This book is not for the faint of heart. This poor women has had more than one kidney tranplant. Her first kidney was donated by her brother. She then received a second kidney from her boyfriend who went on to become her husband.
This book grabbed me from the beginning. Balcita makes no secrets about her fears and anguish about her body rejecting her kidney and the stamina required for dialysis. But through it all it seems that she has truly found her life partner, Charlie who not only gives her his kidney but is there for her in a loving and supporting way through all their ordeals. Asked if he would ever donate a kidney again-he delivers an emphatic no. The pain was too much for him to bear.
Of course it did not help that the surgeon asked him this in front of the Balcita. Balcita delivers a great story about her life, life with Charlie, and life about being a young women with a failing kidney.
For anyone who ever wondered what unconditional love is, Balcita captures it for us.