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:

  • Growing Up Again Life Loves amd Oh Yeah Diabetes
    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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  • Found it disjointed
    My son has diabetes, and we support JDRF in multiple ways. I even co-chair the local mentor program. So I was excited to read Mary Tyler Moore's book. However, it doesn't appear that an editor was involved. She hops from young marriage to diabetes management, to her third marriage and another series. There's no consistent time frame, it's very fragmented, almost stream of consciousness. Perhaps she dictated it orally, but someone should have tried to piece it together into a consistent story.

    There is no new information here for my doesn't appear that she has embraced pump technology, which makes management of diabetes SOOO much easier. She admits to having done nothing much to take control of her disease for years, I suppose she's hoping that the litany of health issues she has had will scare people into taking better care of themselves. When people say it's an easy read, keep in mind--about 45 pages of 216 numbered pages is glossary/appendices/table of contents.

    For our family, with a young boy dealing with diabetes, this wonderful actress just isn't much of a role model, unfortunately. But I greatly admire her support of JDRF....more info
  • We all love Mary
    I was recently (6 months ago) diagnosed with diabetes and really found it helpful reading this book - This disease has really forced me to make many changes in my life - so discipline is really key to being successful - the alternative is future health problems and perhaps spending alot of time in hospitals as we get older - many complications can develope if we don't follow the diabetes "bible" - I, however, unlike Mary - never went into denial - nor was I angry - I had felt so terrible for so long that after being diagnosed and taking treatment, I felt so great and still feel better everyday. I know that this will be part of my life forever but it can be controlled - and I WILL take control of it - I exercise everyday - my diet is completely different but to be honest the food is good - I feel better - I feed my family the same diet (with exceptions - they can have occassional desserts and ice creams which I deny myself entirely) - But we are all healthier and happier.. Seeing the "other" Mary was refreshing and she is a dear and always will be - the years and years of her shows brought so much joy and entertainment to all of us - and at the end she shares the same joys and sorrows we all experience in our lives and I am so happy that at last she found someone wonderful to share her life with - delighted to hear they have great arguments - makes them human and "real" - never trusted people who "never fight" and agree about everything - creepy!! So Bravo Mary - carry on.... Another Mary...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
  • "We're Going To Make It After All!"
    In her inimitable girl-next-door style, Mary Tyler Moore brings us right into her world - not only the world of dancing, acting, and producing - but into her challenging world of diabetes.

    Diagnosed in 1969, Mary - and many others in that time - knew little about how to manage the disease. There were many ups and downs in the early years, not only with monitoring glucose and insulin levels, but in medical research directed toward a cure.

    Still waiting for that cure, we are nevertheless encouraged as this writer describes, in anecdotal style, how she has managed to stay active despite stumbles - literally - and how she has even adapted to her visual impairments.

    As chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Ms. Moore introduces the reader to a host of new possibilities on the horizon and the hopeful direction the research is taking.

    At times amusing - she has a tendency to laugh at herself and her foibles - she is also very focused and informative. She has accessed medical specialists to provide the reader with descriptions of the disease in its varying stages, along with detailed day-to-day disease management; in the appendices, she has added many resources describing the disease: from basics to research directions.

    One has to admire her perseverance as she faces these challenges daily, without ever losing (for long) that upbeat style that is her trademark.

    An inspirational read, Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes provides entr®¶e into the best part of this actress's life. Five stars.

    Laurel-Rain Snow
    Author of: Miles to Go, etc....more info
  • Refreshingly honest
    Didnt read the book because Ms Moore has diabetes, which would have made sense since our son has been insulin dependant since he was a baby, in the 70's, but because I loved the Dick Van Dyke Show and her role on the show and how funny she was.

    And I knew of her marriages and her sons death, and was interested on her take on these parts of her life. She is an honest writer, and writes as a survivor not a victim. That alone made the book a refreshing change. And very much worth a read.

    You will come away appreciating her even more....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
  • 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


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