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  1. Ellen
    Ellen September 20, 2010 at 4:53 am | | Reply

    That was great! Thanks Amy.

  2. Lorraine
    Lorraine September 20, 2010 at 5:45 am | | Reply

    Fantastic interview. Thank you Amy and Crystal!

  3. rita
    rita September 20, 2010 at 6:01 am | | Reply

    Thank you for awesome interview .

  4. Crystal
    Crystal September 20, 2010 at 6:51 am | | Reply

    Great stuff. Thanks Crystal. And to you Amy, for bringing this interview to us.

  5. Susannah Fox
    Susannah Fox September 20, 2010 at 6:56 am | | Reply

    Thank you, Amy & Crystal! I’m a fan of both of you, now more than ever.

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    diabetic neuropathy September 20, 2010 at 7:11 am | | Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Very inspirational story. She really has come a long way, and she’s right. Being diabetic and not having money or insurance to have access to proper treatment should never happen to anybody.

  7. Stacey D.
    Stacey D. September 20, 2010 at 7:39 am | | Reply

    How on earth did you get to interview her???! Thank you so much for sharing her story, I loved reading it :) She is awesome all around!

  8. Lyrehca
    Lyrehca September 20, 2010 at 7:44 am | | Reply

    Great interview.

  9. Jaimie
    Jaimie September 20, 2010 at 7:58 am | | Reply


  10. Leighann of D-Mom Blog
    Leighann of D-Mom Blog September 20, 2010 at 8:02 am | | Reply

    My 6 year old Type 1 aspires to be a singer and dancer in Hollywood when she grows up. It’s so great to see that it is not an unreasonable dream for her.

    Thank you Crystal!

  11. Cherise
    Cherise September 20, 2010 at 9:39 am | | Reply

    awesome interview!

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  13. NancyD
    NancyD September 20, 2010 at 10:52 am | | Reply

    It always amazes me how brave children are with this illness. When you stop to think about being injected several times every day when most children make such a huge fuss at being injected just a couple of times in their lifetime. The sacrifices at childrens parties when they can’t have fizzy drinks, cookies and candy. They are a true inspiration to us all whatever our age!

  14. Kim
    Kim September 20, 2010 at 11:19 am | | Reply

    Great interview.. Crystal, you are an inspiration. Can’t wait for your album to be released! My daughter, who has t1, loves to listen to you. She wants to be a singer too!

  15. Debbie
    Debbie September 20, 2010 at 11:23 am | | Reply

    Great interview!! She is true and down to earth.
    Not easy to live with Type 1. I’ve been at it for 40 years.
    She has a great attitude which is so important to
    have with this disease.
    Keep going for it Crystal!!! <3

  16. Beth B. A.
    Beth B. A. September 20, 2010 at 11:55 am | | Reply

    My sisters and I lost our baby sister to complications of Type I at the age of 37. She had neurapathy and was a mulitple amputee. Her life was hell those last years, made comfortable by only the love of her family and a fantastic Hospice worker. Yesterday would have been her birthday and we miss her every day. Thank you for sharing your experience so that others might improve their quality of life.

  17. Scott S
    Scott S September 20, 2010 at 12:26 pm | | Reply

    I think there’s a perception when it comes to diabetes care among some PWDs and too many doctors that money is no object, but the reality is that for some 3 million Americans living with diabetes, it is a very real object. An estimated 3 million Americans with diabetes have no healthcare insurance (and won’t until 2014 until major portion of healthcare reform go into effect) and for them, fancy gizmos like continuous glucose monitors are just a pipedream. I am so glad that Crystal can use her newfound “celebrity” as she calls it to bring attention to this too often overlooked reality that diabetes care costs a lot of money, and many individuals just don’t have access not because they are bad people, but because of the way our costly healthcare system works.

  18. Art Johnson
    Art Johnson September 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm | | Reply

    Wow, keep on moving forward girl. It’s always hard to face these challenges but we have to keep pushing on. It’s hard for me to find time for this each day with my hectic schedule in real estate industry. But you are an inspiration.


  19. Tina
    Tina September 20, 2010 at 6:04 pm | | Reply

    Great interview Amy!

  20. dargirl
    dargirl September 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm | | Reply


    Great Interview, thanks so much for sharing.

  21. Paul
    Paul September 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm | | Reply

    You are awesome, your talent is unmatched and inspiring! I have a product that has been near a miracle for many folks with diabetes, including my best friend and his father, my mother, my uncle, and numerous others… please contact me…we can help millions

  22. Nettie Flaherty
    Nettie Flaherty September 21, 2010 at 2:48 am | | Reply

    For people who live elsewhere, places that have universal health care insurance, that the US does not have adequate affordable health care delivery for its citizens is shocking. Those of us who watched the recent health insurance debate in your country listened with both bemusement and horror as some tried to depcit universal health insurance as the first step on the slippery slope to communism. How can this be the level of debate in such an otherwise sophisticated country?

    Ensure all your citiznes have a right to primary health care.

  23. Sysy Morales
    Sysy Morales September 21, 2010 at 5:34 am | | Reply

    I very much appreciate how she acknowledged how great resources should be available to everyone, not just the wealthy. And I would say that beyond anything we may want to help everyone get enough insulin considering without it we’re pretty screwed…

  24. Shaamt
    Shaamt September 21, 2010 at 8:52 am | | Reply


    Great Interview and thanks so much for sharing it with us. May god bless you.

  25. Maharaja Lela
    Maharaja Lela September 21, 2010 at 8:56 am | | Reply

    Wow, keep up the good works. You have give me an inspiration to keep on moving. When things get tough only the tough get going.

  26. Michael Armstrong
    Michael Armstrong September 21, 2010 at 9:01 am | | Reply

    Thanks for the interview, Ms Bowersox. You’re a great singer and a great person. My daughter has type I and I know that your story will inspire her to never give up.

  27. Huber
    Huber September 21, 2010 at 9:08 am | | Reply

    Great Interview, thanks so much for sharing.

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  29. Richard Vaughn
    Richard Vaughn September 21, 2010 at 1:47 pm | | Reply

    Thank you so much Amy, for another wonderful blog. I was also diagnosed when I was 6. I wish I could meet Crystal and give her a big hug….but I would probably get arrested. Lol!

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  31. Sylvania
    Sylvania September 24, 2010 at 7:10 am | | Reply

    Your interview is truly amazing. A big thanks to you.

  32. Jo-Ann
    Jo-Ann September 24, 2010 at 10:58 am | | Reply

    Thanks to everyone that made this interview possible! A verg big hug to Crystal for taking her time to make more people aware of just how difficult managing this illness can be. My son is 29 and was diagnosed at 14 months old. He is doing well thanks to the care that was made available to him. He’s been very lucky! So many do not have the good fortune to have had good health insurance to keep them well.

    I could identify with a lot of what Crystal was saying as far as dealing with diabetes as a young child and adolescent coping with this illness. I do understand how scary it is for the mom of a diabetic child, too. Bless you Crystal for shining a light on the need for better care for all who are afflicted with this insidious disease! Good luck with your career, Crystal, and most importantly, please stay well!

  33. carolyn
    carolyn September 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm | | Reply

    That was such a great interview. I can’t wait to share it with my teenage daughter. We had the pleasure of meeting Crystal after the American idol concert this summer. She was so cordial, taking pictures with my daughter, showing her the tatoo , giving her encouragement and signing her testing kit. She is an inspiration for all of us that my daughter will have a great life with many opportunities. Also I am a PT and just treated a type 2 diabetic today who cannot afford insulin or meds. His sugars run in the 400′s. I was so sad for him. My daughter is blessed to have a pump and anything else she needs to stay healthy. GO CRYSTAL!! You are amazing and we love everything about you. We will be walking in the JDRF walk for a cure next weekend raising a lot of money and awareness. THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!! The future for diabetes is very promising!!!

  34. elizabeth snouffer
    elizabeth snouffer September 26, 2010 at 8:08 pm | | Reply

    I have been waiting for an interview with Crystal! Fantastic. However, what I really wanted to know about her Idol experience – other than her hospitalization and threat of being eliminated – was how she managed blood sugars on stage! I always wondered how easy or hard it was for her (adrenaline can make sugars go up or down) to perform in front of a live audience. I can imagine she must have had to check her blood sugars right before she took to the stage and I think her experience on this specifically would have given great insight to would be stage performers. Maybe next time? Great stuff.

  35. Ann Canfield
    Ann Canfield September 27, 2010 at 5:12 am | | Reply

    Thanh you Crystal, You are an amazing young lady. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

  36. Ginger Barnett
    Ginger Barnett October 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm | | Reply

    You go, girl!! We need people like you to be advocates for diabetics. My daughter has had diabetes for 10 years, since age 3. So good to know that there are people like you out there who care! glad to find out about TuDiabetes.

  37. Shaamt
    Shaamt October 5, 2010 at 8:02 am | | Reply

    What could i say. You have done a great job for the diabetic community as a whole. May god bless your soul.

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  39. Molly Johnson
    Molly Johnson November 5, 2010 at 6:25 am | | Reply

    Wonderful Article- just loved it! Made me cry… Keep up the good work Crystal and hope to see you at CC2011.

  40. Jon R Horton
    Jon R Horton November 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm | | Reply

    Cool. Trying to be an artist with T1 and seizures has been very hard for me so I know what you have gone through. If I didn’t have my Veteran’s Administration health care I would have had to fall apart, then die. You are blessed for hanging in there despite everything you faced. Good luck!

  41. Virginia@digestiveenzyme
    Virginia@digestiveenzyme March 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm | | Reply

    This site will be one I visit often – my son is diabetic and I am always on the look out for things to help him.

  42. Girish
    Girish April 2, 2012 at 3:02 am | | Reply

    I am Crystal’s biggest fan in India, I surf the net downloading all the music she’s played that’s there on the net… I’ve never missed any of her performances when she was on idol… man I even have her pic printed on the glass door of my cabin in office. when I learnt that she was diabetic, it broke my heart. I am too and as a result I have had 3 heart attacks, three stents inside of me …. her voice, her intelligence and passion shows in her renditions of covers she does… and of course in her own music as well… a truly great artist.

  43. stephanie
    stephanie June 1, 2012 at 11:36 am | | Reply

    I just came across this while searching for info for people to better understand type 1. My daughter was diagnosed at age 12. It is refreshing to hear people speaking about their type1. There can be an incredible loneliness with it for not only the children(who already have so much to deal with), but also the parents who care for them. People tend to lump diabetes together. When my daughter was suffering from DKA prior to her diagnosis, I actually had people asking if she was bulemic. Four and a half years later, people(even family) advise me on what she should eat or imply that she is dealing with type 1 BECAUSE of what I fed her. She is/never was an overweight kid. Contrary-she is very athletic and fit. Mind boggling. And frustrating- there are actually people out there that are so “helpful”. I am glad she did this interview and hope more people with type 1 in the public eye would step out and make it know the struggles that go on every minute of every day. Yes, they can and probably will live full and active lives and not be held back by anything. BUT… the constant,unending struggles that are exhausting need to be publicized and there if an immense need for educating the general public!!!!!!!!! They can’t simply eat better food and then they’ll be able to stop taking insulin and won’t have to deal with this anymore. They have a part of there bodies that is broken or does’nt work any more. through no choice of there own. thank you and I pray for your health and that you will continue to be able to help educate people.

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  47. Nadine Grabowski
    Nadine Grabowski August 8, 2014 at 7:20 am | | Reply

    Incredible life story. I too have diabetes 2 and have had it for over 20 years. I am 63. I take 12 pills a day or every 2nd day as I cannot afford to pay for them. I should be on insulin but I will never test blood reading at home….cannot afford it. There are many symptoms that I have because of the diabetes but there is no one to help. I have gotten to the point of not caring anymore.

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