In Glamour, Interrupted: How I Became the Best-Dressed Patient in Hollywood, Steven “Cojo” Cojocaru takes the reader along on his journey with polycystic kidney disease (PKD). He gives a behind-the-scenes look at the doctors, the disease, the pills, the donors, and the transplants.
Before I read this book, I had barely heard of Cojo. I’d seen him on TV a few times, but didn’t know anything about his life or his disease. I didn’t even know that he was Canadian. I suspected that he might have an interesting story to tell and I was right. He’s charming, sensitive and laugh-out-loud funny.
I really enjoyed reading this book. His presentation is touching and informative and he adds just the right amount of humour and “edge” to make it entertaining as well. For me, he gave the disease a face. He wasn’t writing this as an “outsider”, he’s lived through this experience, knows the disease intimately and shares that with the reader. I think that shows great courage and strength. It was all very interesting. While modern medicine has made huge advances in transplant surgeries, I had no clue how many drugs/medications/complications there are associated with transplants. From that perspective, this story was also educational.
I’m sure fans will enjoy this book, but I’d also recommend it to anyone looking for a touching, very human story or to those wanting to know more about PKD from a patients perspective.
I’ve put Steven’s Red Carpet Diaries: Confessions of a Glamour Boy on my list of books to pick up on my travels. I hope it’s as good as this one.