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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)
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 Mary Tyler Moore’s story of her life with Diabetes. She freely admits that her story is not a model for anyone else. She struggled through rebellion, and denial only to eventually arrive at acknowledgment and commitment. It took many years for her to overcome the struggles and challenges of diabetes. But, her story is her gift to us.
In addition to her story, GROWING UP AGAIN contains an lengthy Appendix with a wealth of information and on diabetes.
Mary Tyler Moore, a cultural icon, passed away on January 25, 2017. I wanted to read this book in remembrance of her and her fight with diabetes. I have a son who has had Type 1 diabetes for over 15 years. I thought it might be interestingly to compare our experiences. She had served as the international chairman of JDRF, which an organization which has done so much to advance the cure for Type 1.
While I really appreciate her honesty in writing this book, it really made me sad to realize that she struggled with life as much as she did. She struggled not just with her diabetes, but also with her insecurities, her marriages, her alcoholism and her health.
Mary Tyler Moore’s voice in GROWING UP AGAIN was typical of her girl next-door persona. She was able to laugh at herself, despite her many challenges. Having diabetes very rarely slowed this iconic woman down. Thank you Mary, for your gift!