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Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes Paperback – Bargain Price, April 13, 2010
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“Her TV alter ego, Mary Richards, may have been perfect, but it’s Moore’s imperfections that make her the ideal author of this surprisingly frank memoir about living with diabetes…this helpful and illuminating guide is a winning mixture of personal stories with occasional visits to experts.”
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
From the Back Cover
Each person who has diabetes struggles to come to terms with it and experiences the basic challenges of the disease in a uniquely personal way. For me, it has been a trip through rebellion and denial to finally arriving at acknowledgment and commitment to solutions. It took years. And I still rankle at the restrictions, the have-tos, the may-nots, and the never-endingness of it. But the illness is what it is, and I thank God for the genius of medical researchers who have done so much to make diabetes a less cruel imposition while propelling us toward a cure.
I don’t think the story of my life with diabetes is a model for anyone else. There’s no template to follow that will determine the course of the disease and how it affects a person’s life; no one right way to manage diabetes. What I have put on paper is simply the tale of how, in the course of everyday living—dealing with the losses, the dead ends, and the triumphs that come in often seemingly random order—I’ve dodged, faced, and sometimes conquered the challenges of diabetes. I’m sharing my story because it is what I have to give, shedding some light on the follies and achievements that I’ve racked up in my daily confrontation with the disease.
But my journey is just a part of the picture. So I’ve talked with other people who have diabetes to give voice to their experiences, to provide a varied view of how to live and thrive. And I’ve sought out some of the wisest and most capable doctors and scientists who are waging war in the laboratory and conducting bench-to-bedside experiments that are producing new and exciting treatments to help the millions of people with diabetes manage—and ultimately vanquish—the disease.
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This is a must read not only for those who battle Type 1, but for anyone who has faced challenges in their lives, and for anyone who wants to know what "America's Sweetheart" is really made of. That Ms. Tyler Moore's proceeds from this book go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation only makes it better. Get it, read it and love it.
Fortunately for us all Mary Tyler Moore has always seen her life as more than "Mary, a diabetic" and the book shows it. It is a great account of Mary the television, stage and movie actress, Mary the dancer, and Mary's struggles as a wife and activist for a cure for diabetes and for animal welfare. Growing Up Again is a great read filled with humor and insight.
In a free-spirited and almost unscripted way, Mary recounts highlights of her life including her visit to the Pope, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, her appearance on Broadway and her marriages. She also talks in a plain, no-nonsense way about diabetes.
After you finish this short and easy read, you put the book down and realize two things: you know a lot more about juvenile diabetes than you ever had before (no preaching - just simple facts) and you still love Mary Tyler Moore. No matter what battles she had to fight or struggles she endured to get to the top of her profession, Mary Tyler Moore still remains an optomistic, happy and honest person.
This book, excellently written and edited, makes the perfect companion piece to her first literary endeavor, AFTER ALL.
In GROWING UP AGAIN: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes, Moore takes us on a tour of a very different part of her life, the one that she has been living for the last 40-plus years.
Three years after her turn as Laura Petrie, Moore found out she had type 1 diabetes. It was the year before she made her massive leap into the Television Hall of Fame with "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." This was not a performer who had time to spare, and yet, just as one of the busiest parts of her career was about to commence, she discovered that her life was going to change in significant and not-so-pleasant ways. Undergoing a D&C after a miscarriage, the doctors discovered she had juvenile diabetes, a strange occurrence since juveniles usually find out they have the disease, hence its name.
Clearly, she has "managed" this disease without affecting her ability to work, but I surmise that most people will find some of the stories contained in this book absolutely shocking, such as the fact that she was also "managing" as a working alcoholic at the same time.
There is an amazing honesty to Moore's recollections --- these are debilitating and difficult situations to retrieve, and her memories serve her very well, down to the last detail.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Informative, honest, funny at times. Am a health care provider and I appreciate the insights. God bless you Mary for this book and all you are doing to help those with type 1... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Phillips
Her TV alter ego, Mary Richards, may have been perfect, but it's Moore's imperfections that make her the ideal author of this surprisingly frank memoir about living with... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pageturner in NYC
Mary writes her personal experiences of having type 1 diabetes I always admired her as actress and respect her as author. I am daughter of a type 1 diabetic. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Julia C
Very realistic and down to earth tale of what it is like to live with Type I diabetes.Published 8 months ago by Debora T.
Mary helps the reader to understand the ups and downs of diabetes. She lets you know live some real life experiencesPublished 9 months ago by John salvio
I always like a good autobiography - and this one is no exception- my husband has type II Diabetes, and her insights and experiences have helped me know how to help him deal with... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer