Boylan's surgery, the final phase of the change from man to woman, occurred on June 6, 2002—that is, not that long ago, which gives immediacy to Boylan's account. You can feel the impact of Grace's call to the man who was her spouse after surgery when she says, "Whatever else you say about my husband, she's a remarkable woman." You can feel Boylan's discovery of orgasmic sensation as a woman. You can feel her seek out the feminine and masculine aspects of herself as a woman just like she did as a man. And you can gyrate with the ribaldness of Boylan's letter in May 2002 to NASA, when she volunteered to be the first transsexual in space. At the same time, the story's profound message comes through: "I believe that God made us all a certain way, and that the adventure of life is largely the challenge to find the courage to become ourselves. For many of us, the challenge that is given us is to find that courage, to be brave, and to stand up for the truth."