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

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

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by Mary Tyler Moore

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

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.
Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Library Journal

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

From the Publisher
“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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This book has been one of the most exciting projects of my life. It came about at the behest of a lovely young woman named Diane Revzin, 19, who is the daughter of Philip Revzin, senior editor of St. Martin’s Press. She has type 1 diabetes.

It seems that one day father and daughter were washing the family car—an enjoyable weekend task Diane thought of as a kind of sporting event the two of them could share. “How’s it going?” Diane’s Dad asked.

“Oh, you know, okay, I guess,” she replied and tossed down her sponge (a most unusual attitude for her), and blurted out, “I wish I had a diabetic best friend, someone to talk to about what it’s like to have diabetes. Sometimes I feel, I don’t know, alone. Ya know?”

Her father lowered his head and looked at her over the rim of his glasses and answered, “Honey, you’re as well informed as anybody, having read most of the books out there.”

“But I want to know about someone else’s experiences with diabetes. You’re right, I‘ve pretty much read the “ABC’s of Diabetes” and the “What To Do” books. I want to read someone else’s personal experiences, both good and bad, and the emotional gymnastics that go with it all. Is there anybody like that you can think of, Dad?

Dear Phil thought of me! He tells me he set out my diabetes bio for Diane’s consideration—“Mary Tyler Moore, she’s a diabetic, first and foremost, she’s the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and she makes me laugh. I kind of think that’s important. She seems to be deeply involved in the government relations for JDRF including the time she spends in Washington lobbying Congress for increases in federal funding for research.”

“I know she can’t be my buddy, but maybe she can come up with something.”

When Phil called me, I was in the last throes of unpacking an endless array of clothes, beauty products (I keep trying), medications, toiletries, and diabetes lifelines: insulin —- two types, syringes, monitors, test tapes, charts, list of appropriate insulin doses, test strips used to spot the dreaded ketones in urine, glucose tablets, alcohol swabs, Glucagon (emergency kit), lancets, diabetes literature, stacks and stacks of books and letters on the subject, and a box of chocolate-covered raisins.

My husband Robert and I were carrying out the decision we’d made to move out of our apartment in Manhattan to spend full time at our country house in Millbrook, New York. It was a major upheaval, but strong longings for open skies, riding trails, meadows, animals, and the quiet beckoned us.

It was my cell phone. It was there, somewhere, I could hear it screaming at me! I ought to give myself a break and change to nicer, less critical music. But then I might never find it.

Aha! There it was, the phone, buried under some exercise leotards. I plucked the damn thing out of the jumbled mess of (would-be) ballerina togs, grateful for the opportunity to sit, and offered my all purpose, if a bit breathless, “Hello.”

”May I speak to Mary Tyler Moore?” a male voice asked. And in a most proper tone (Dad would be proud) I answered, “This is she.” It sometimes takes guts to be correct with our language. I now opt for the compromise of “Speaking.”

With a smile in his voice, my “gentleman caller” said, “I’m Phil Revzin —- St. Martin’s Press. We’d like to talk to you about writing a book concerning your experiences with diabetes. I’ll speak to your agent, of course, but before I do that, I’d like to know if the idea is of some interest to you.”


And that’s how it began.

Meet the Author

MARY TYLER MOORE is a seven-time Emmy Award–winning actress, Tony Award recipient, Academy Award nominee, as well as a longtime activist and fund-raiser for diabetes research. Her previous autobiography was After All.

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Growing up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just so others know what they're getting...there's VERY little of the "Life, Loves" part. This book is almost entirely about her struggle with diabetes (and most of that struggle was simply denial). Not what I was expecting.
willow1948 More than 1 year ago
This is a great book by Miss Moore. She has provided both biographic information as well as a lot of information regarding diabetes. It is not the most entertaining of writings, but I feel it is the kind of book that one who has any relationship at all to diabetes and its effect on one's life, as well as those around him/her (relative, caretaker, other diabetics, etc.) would like to have among the books of their individual libaries. It contains a plethora of information, while not usurping the relationship that a patient has with his/her medical care provider.
jeffreyh27 More than 1 year ago
The Vivacious and Lovable personality of The Dick Van Dyke Show has now finally left us with another incredible reminder of how precious Life is, through triumphs, but also through the obstacles which are suddenly placed as hindrances to our pie in the sky attitudes which cloud our ability to factor in life's difficulties as vehicles to drive us into the levels of accomplishments which would otherwise not be attainable. MTM Illustrates how she developed her attitude of rational thinking, and developing abilities to make the best available choices no matter how insurmountable they may seem at the time. Her anecdotes are very timely and placed succintly into her story to accentuate the points of encouragement, from examples she has experienced, and strongly feels that others could benefit from her examples. Her story is never dull, her ability to capture an audience is easily transfered from the Television camera, into this autobiography. She has been forced to"grow up again", but MTM illustrates it with all the Charm that we have come to love in the Character roles she played so well, for us. This is a book well-worth the investment, either for the pure injoyment of discovering a deeper look into the life of MTM, Or for those who, like me were first just a bit curious, then compelled to follow her story along with a hidden expectation of gleaning some of her wisdom, developed over the years, both during good times and bad, in order for me to perhaps see an develope strategy to move past some of life's hurdles, and continue on in our race.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, I will admit that I have not finished this book yet, got about 2/3 through and just couldn't waste any more time on it. As a Type 1 diabetic of almost 30 years I had really expected a lot more out of it. Many, many times while reading, I felt as though I were reading a 150 page booklet at the doctor's office - "Diabetes and You", that kind of corny writing etc. She wastes a lot of time discussing how many times a year to get blood tests, A1C, how often to test blood sugar. I mean, UGH, I'm not 8 years old and just diagnosed. What I had hoped for was a more personal perspective on dealing with a chronic illness, how she really feels about it. Instead, she lightly covers the negatives and then goes on to optimistic rants and thanks-givings to research and science advances. It came up very short in my opinion.
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Ok bye
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Walks behind Jade and puts her air over her shoulder and kiss the ack of her neck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U stole ma name the dora hater
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( I gtg theres a movie on that i wanna see. Bye! &hearts )
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A redhaired girl with deep blue eyes walks in wearing a tight strapless dress about two sizes too small that shows off her great pencil thin(but not anorexic) curves & big b o o b s & just barely covers her firm round b u t t. Underneath her dress is a hot pink lace thong that is totally see through & shows every juicy part of her tight wet p u s s y. Her t i t s stick way out of her dress wich barely covers her b o o b s as well. You can see her p u s s y juices running down her bare legs & making sticky stains on her silk seven inch platform heels. You can also see her c l i t straining against her thong. You also notice that she has a c l i t ring as well as two t i t rings, one on each t i t.
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Sydni waks up unclothes. Come and get me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It helped out a lot!
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Is ready
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friend-books More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It was also very educational. I have recommended to several friends.
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I bought this book thinking it was going to be more of a biography, (after all, I purchased it from the bio section), mixed with a little information regarding Mary's fight with Juvenile Diabetes. In fact, it was almost entirely the later. While it wasn't uninteresting, (due to the fact that I have a niece with JD), I read through it and gleaned what info I could, before gifting it to my niece and her parents as a resource.