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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
The Gift of Life by Keily J. Adey is a lovely accounting of one woman's struggle to conceive a child. After multiple miscarriages, the author and her husband decide to find out what is "wrong". This involves medical testing which reveals that basically, everything is medically in shape as far as it involves the conception process. However, the author's uterus is slightly bicornuate which means heart-shaped and sometimes this is known to interfere with conception. The testing process itself is both strenuous and humiliating as the couple watches other couples conceive with apparent ease. Although sperm donation is done with relative ease, the process of egg collection is an ordeal for the author. When finally the in-vitro process is attempted, it is successful and the author and her husband are elated. Two embryos are successfully implanted and then apparent disaster occurs.
I really liked how author Adey revealed her emotions in their raw, unfiltered state. I think these feelings must surely be those of others going through the process. The commonality of emotions should be a source of support for couples undergoing such procedures. At times, I caught myself wishing the author had extrapolated even further on her emotional ups and downs. Also, the reader would probably appreciate at least some of the husband's ongoing emotions. There is a section of terminology which should help get the reader through the more technical parts of the various procedures.
The real value in the book lies in the fact that it is a place to start for all those wondering how to go about seeking medical intervention for seeming infertility.