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Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes Hardcover – March 31, 2009

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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)


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Excerpt from Growing Up Again:

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312376316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312376314
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,110,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
You know how you talk when you are around another Type I diabetic? You tell silly stories about how you act when your blood sugar is low. You talk about how irritating it is to suddenly have your blood sugar high for no apparent reason. You talk about how it used to be when you were diagnosed. It is such a relief to be able to talk to someone who understands all that you go through every day. That is exactly how I felt when I read this book. I have had diabetes for 25 years. That is not nearly as long as Mary Tyler Moore, but our feelings about our disease are very similar. Of course, this is a great book for someone with diabetes, but I think it is also a great book for family and friends of diabetics. Mary describes in an entertaining way just what it feels like to live with our disease. We are living in a world where more and more people are getting Type II Diabetes. Those of us with Type I are living in their shadow. I hope that Mary's book brings the subject to light again and helps people remember that fighting against Type I Diabetes is still important.
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Format: Hardcover
As the mother of a child who has grown up with diabetes, I know too well the challenges, pain and fear that comes with living with this disease (the only person who would know more is my child). Well, my child and Mary Tyler Moore. Moore is such an inspiration to all of us who either have Type 1 diabetes or love someone who does. She's forged a constant, hour-by-hour battle for decades with grace, dignity and yes, spunk (take that, Lou Grant!). This books gives a wonderful insight into who Ms. Tyler Moore is, how she's not only adapted but thrived to life with diabetes (and done so at superstar proportions), and how instead of simply dealing with her disease as an individual, she's joined forces with those in search of a cure around the globe and truly worked to change the world. It would be easy for a super star like Ms. Tyler Moore to simply fight this personal battle in a private way. But, as her book depicts, by taking it public, she's forged a path to a brighter future for everyone with Type 1. She's turned the world on with her determination, candor and willingness to do all she can for all of us.

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.
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Mary Tyler Moore's Growing Up Again is an honest account of the ups and downs of living with diabetes. Although not meant as a "how to" book in fact it is chock full of information about taking care of oneself as a diabetic and how to support research for a cure for diabetes.

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.
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Format: Paperback
I grabbed Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes by Mary Tyler Moore because I happened to see her picture on the cover as I raced the through the library one day. I saw Mary Tyler Moore on the cover and thought, "Hey, I know her!" As in, I've-seen-the-Dick-van-Dyke show-and-the-Mary-Tyler-Moore-show sort of way.
If I had read the title a little more clearly I would have realized that the basis of the book was supposed to be about how diabetes has affected and changed her life, not a complete autobiographical account of her personal and private life. It's probably just as well that I didn't know that because most of the time the book seemed to be struggling to decide what it wanted to be as well. Part of the time it seemed content to give brief snapshots into different significant events in her life, and part of it seemed directed towards helping people with diabetes. That's were the book got a little foggy. I'm not sure if the intended audience was supposed to be people with diabetes, or people who knew people with diabetes. While she would share a story here and there of a difficult hospital stay or an embarrassing low-blood sugar incident, there was good a bit of text book information and interviews with doctors about different treatments. While reading it I couldn't help but feel that if you had diabetes you would already know everything she was talking about, and if you were actually trying to get information on the subject you would chose something besides a biography filled with stories of difficult marriages and snippets of life in show business.
In addition to the confusion I felt over just what and who the book was about/for, the writing style came across as agonizingly casual.
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Format: Hardcover
As an adoring fan who has followed Mary Tyler Moore since her early career as Laura Petrie on the classic Dick Van Dyke Show, it is a bit of a surprise to have to view her as an actress, dancer, singer, recovered alcholic. But in her second book, GROWING UP AGAIN, Mary Tyler Moore exhibits that old spunk and classic smile and tells you the truth.

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.
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