For many women growing up in the '70s, The Mary Tyler Moore Show's Mary Richards was the picture of unsinkable perfection. In fact, the sitcom's star had great difficulty convincing fans and associates that she wasn't quite as flawless as the character she portrayed. When Moore was diagnosed with diabetes before the show began, she responded with denial, frustration, and continued bad habits. It took a 1984 trip to Betty Ford Clinic to stop her drinking, and a physician's help to douse her three-pack-a-day smoking habit. In Growing Up Again, Moore accompanies readers on a candid tour through her many mistakes and pratfalls, without sacrificing the buoyancy and goodwill that make her so lovable.
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. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
While working on The Dick Van Dyke Show, award-winning actress Moore (After All) was diagnosed with juvenile (Type 1) diabetes and quickly discovered that managing the disease is a full-time job. With the help of a diabetes specialist, Moore learned to control her blood sugar with a rigorous routine of diet, exercise, insulin injections, and frequent blood glucose monitoring-a regimen that made it possible for her to maintain her demanding personal and professional lives. After 32 years of living with diabetes, Moore, now 72, developed retinopathy and poor circulation in her legs-common complications of long-standing diabetes. Moore details the daily challenges she faces to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. She emphasizes the importance of building a good support system composed of health-care professionals, friends, and family members. Her book also includes a "short course on the world of diabetes" for the newly diagnosed and a list of useful web sites. Moore's humor, authoritative information, and honest evaluation of her own experiences with diabetes make this work essential for diabetes and consumer health collections. Highly recommended.
Karen McNally Bensing
“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)