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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2009
Growing Up Again: Life, Loves and, Oh Yeah, Diabetes is the follow-up Mary's 1996 best-seller, After All. All the "good stuff"-well, most of the "good stuff"-was packed within those pages. This tome recalls some of her life in the Hollywood rat race, but it's more poised as guide to living with diabetes. (Mary's lived with type-one diabetes for almost 40 years.
A long-time activist for diabetes research, Mary currently serves as the International Chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a post she has held since 1984. Framing personal stories is Mary's private battle with diabetes, and the myriad ways in which the disease has impacted her professional and personal ambitions-and how she was able to adapt and overcome those challenges.
Whether recalling the first day that she experienced symptoms from her diabetes (while shopping on a warm day in New York) or the time that her vision went out while working with Lynn Redgrave, Mary is candid and unflinching in descriptions of her own successes-and failures-to control her diabetes, all the while shining a determined, optimistic light on the human ability to move beyond such setbacks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2013
While I adore Mary Tyler Moore and all the great work she has done regarding diabetes awareness, I like her best when she is acting. The writing isn’t bad per se, but there are better books out there about diabetes management. This book is a sort of mash-up of memoir/diabetes help-book. I just don’t think it works 100%. Regardless, it’s a fun, quick read and if you like Mary Tyler Moore then go for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
This book was interesting in that it informed me of the effects of diabetes that people may have. I know several people with diabetes, and never realized what they may be going through.

I was hoping that the book included more of her personal life, but she has another book which addresses that.

I really felt the book to be enlightening and recommend it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2013
Diabetes, type 1 runs in my family and I was told there was a chance I would get it. I was scared even though it might not happen but Ms. Moore helped put my mind at ease and made me feel that even if I do get the disease I'll be in good company. Also I love love love her approach to things and her humor. This book was laugh out loud funny, which was a great surprise. I hope she writes another one.
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Mary Tyler Moore is known for many things: a great television actress who graced our TV screens on two hit series, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and her own sitcom, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"; an extraordinary film actress who was Oscar nominated for "Ordinary People"; a smart business woman who for years owned her own studio, MTM; an animal rights activist; and a person living with diabetes.

Mary's well-written book "Growing Up Again..." deals with her life-long battle with diabetes. Here she documents her discovery, while on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", that she was diabetic, the obstacles that she encountered in living with a disease that very few knew much about at the time, and how she overcame those obstacles. Mary was in essence the first celebrity to embrace diabetes and become its national spokesperson in her attempts to make people aware of this issue, while at the same time trying to raise funds for research.

If your looking for a tell-all biography on Mary Tyler Moore this is not it. This book mainly deals with Mary's battle being a diabetic. She has, however, written her memoirs called "After All" and that too is very well-written where Mary discusses the highs and lows of being an actress, her divorce from Grant Tinker, and the unfortunate loss of her only child to a gun shot wound.
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on August 29, 2015
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.

Diagnosed with Type 1 (juvenile) diabetes at age 33 in 1969, Moore rebelled with anger and frustration at the restrictions of moderation the disease imposed and she ignored. Belatedly, she stopped drinking (after a trip to the Betty Ford Clinic in 1984) and quit her three-pack-a-day smoking habit in 1988, but she admits that she's no poster child for diabetes.

With admirable honesty and sardonic humor, Moore exposes her failings with technology and inability to always stay on top of her disease, and reveals how diabetes has permanently affected her vision, balance and stamina. This helpful and illuminating guide is a winning mixture of personal stories with occasional visits to experts who take her step-by-step through surgical procedures or offer more detailed explanations of new technology and stem cell research.

It's a credit to the book's bouncy tone that even the detailed appendix is readable. Since 1984, Moore has been the international chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which raises more than $200 million every year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
This was a more to the point and interesting story.
I got a lot more out of this one, well done Mary.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2009
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fast reading and held my interest. After having Tupe 1 diabetes for the past 46 years I could relate to the things that Mary Tyler Moore wrote about. In fact she had some of the same feelings about the problems of eye sight and babance (or the lack of).Anyone with diabetes wouid enjoy this book. Mary Tyler Moore did a great job writing about the real prublems of having diabetes.
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on October 3, 2014
As a Type 1 for 30 years, I have recently come face to face with my first complications. It meant so much to read her thoughts, fears, and philosophies of living with diabetes. And she gave me a much needed reality check in discussing that we each have to decide for ourselves the level of control we want to achieve, and that everything is a trade off. Just hearing another long term Type 1 talk about complications and the struggles of balancing a full life and diabetes control was invaluable!
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on July 26, 2015
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. My Mom lived with it for 57 years. My Mom would tell us as children of a diabetic, to watch what we eat, carb intake, etc. Mary's book is a re-education. I am pre-diabetic and found this book educational but filled with spirit and good humor from a beloved actress I have admired since childhood.
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