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 entrée into the best part of this actress's life. Five stars.
Author of: Miles to Go, etc.
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