Before I found the online diabetic community, I felt so alone being a type 1. This is a topic I have discussed before, but I find it an important one. I have decided to list some famous diabetics so if anyone else stumbles upon this they can see that even famous people have diabetes as well.
Mary Tyler Moore-If there were such a thing as my favorite diabetic, SHE WINS! I love her! She is best known for her roles on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show", which I grew up watching on 'Nick at Night', and was so excited to later learn she also is a type 1! I just finished reading her amazing book, and I highly recommend it! She has also helped raised millions for JDRF and is an inspiration to all!
Halle Berry- She is an Academy Award winning actress and we all know who she is. I was thinking of not listing her at all because of how stupid she is by saying she would classify herself as being a type 2 diabetic, as she had supposedly weaned herself off insulin. RIGHT, because that happens. Anyway, she has diabetes too. TYPE 1.
Jean Smart-Another actress, best known for the hit TV shows, "24", "Hawaii Five-O" and "Samantha Who?". She has been a diabetic since she was 13 years old!
Dorian Gregory-Another Actor, known for being on "Charmed" and the last host of, "Soul Train". He was very private about his battle with diabetes, until recently. Now, he is a National Spokesman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Bret Michaels-I know him from, "Rock of Love" on VH1, but he was also a member of the band Poison. He also earned $640,000 for the American Diabetes Association for winning the Celebrity Apprentice 3. He was diagnosed when he was six years old.
Nick Jonas-Who doesn't know who the Jonas Brothers are? Well Nick, (in my opinion, the cutest) was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at 13. He has done a lot of awareness and has even developed the Change for the Children Foundation. Bayer Diabetes Care has work with him as a diabetes ambassador to promote young people to manage their diabetes. He also spoke to the U.S. Senate to promote more research funding.
Anne Rice-It seems today everyone is obsessed with Vampires (including myself-but don't tell! shh...WHEN DOES "TRUE BLOOD" START AGAIN!?!?!?)But this type 1 diabetic, is a best selling author, who is best known for writing the "Vampires Chronicles".
Justice Sonia Sotomayor-She is the first Hispanic Justice for the Supreme Court and also the first Justice with Type 1!! That is a lot of really important firsts! US diabetes are just taking over the world :)
Jay Cutler-Athletes can even succeed with diabetes! He is a quarterback for the Chicago Bears, and even though I don't really follow sports, I can really appreciate all the work he has done for diabetes.
Elliot Yamin-He came in third on the fifth season of American Idol, but that didn't stop this diabetic from being a huge singing sensation! He was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 16 and wears an insulin pump to help him manage his diabetes, JUST LIKE ME! I also really appreciate this diabetic because I LOVE LOVE to sing and he represented "Inspired by Diabetes", which is a competition where diabetics can express themselves in multiple disciplines.
There are many others, but these are just a few highlights. Are there some of your favorites that I missed?