Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes

 
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With generosity of spirit, ebullience, and sly humor, Mary Tyler Moore presents the intensely private, often funny, and sometimes startling story of her life with diabetes. Growing Up Again is a delightfully candid read for her legion of fans, the more than 20 million Americans with diabetes, and everyone struggling to cope with life’s unexpected challenges.

Mary Tyler Moore, actress and activist, relates the highs and lows of living with type 1 diabetes for the past forty years. With inspired, well-crafted prose, she drills down to the most heartfelt, yet universal truths about life—including the lives of those with diabetes. She unflinchingly chronicles her struggle with diabetes, as well as her successful rehabilitation from alcohol dependence, all while deriving gratification from her roles as an actress, mother, businesswoman, campaigner, and fund-raiser. Her revealing tales of both her successes and failures in coping with diabetes offer others with the disease guidance and inspiration through example. In the book, stories include her rebounding from a low-blood-sugar episode during a Mary Tyler Moore Show script reading after the director poured orange juice down her throat, to misadventures caused by diabetes-related vision impairment at a dimly lit party for John Travolta.

She also taps into the vast diabetes research network to talk to diabetic children and adults and with leading experts who are discovering new ways to control diabetes and its complications, and pursuing new ways to cure this disease.

Customer Reviews:

  • Still Our Mary
    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....more info
  • The right kind of spunk
    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....more info
  • Mary Tyler Moore's sugar blues and then some
    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....more info
  • Growing Up Again
    My son was diagnosed with Type 1 at 14 yrs. old. Her book was positive in the way that she was still able to have a very fulfilling life and career in spite of diabetes. Points out that you manage the disease or it manages YOU! I appreciated her updates on the treatment of diabetes. Enjoyed reading about her personal life, also. It's an easy, interesting read. Thank you Mary Tyler Moore for all you do with Juvenille Diabetes research!Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes...more info
  • Like Talking to a Friend
    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. ...more info
  • Terrific Book
    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....more info
  • God Bless Mary
    What a tough life Mary has had with the tradgey of her son's death to dealing with more than average life challenges. She is frank without self pity...I also appreciated the section on the new resources available and research conducted for complications of Type 1 and Type 11 diabetes. She is such an advocate for all of those with diabetes....more info
  • Loved the Book!
    Mary is an inspiration for all - diabetic or not. This is an entertaining read....more info

 

 
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