Type 1 and American Idol: Crystal Bowersox

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-01-22 14:37:23 -0600
Started 2013-01-22 11:17:05 -0600

I don't watch American Idol often. I'm rather hit and miss with it. But I came across this great story about a young type 1 diabetic who took second place last season and is rocking on without stopping. This young lady is an inspiration. Enjoy the read!

By: Diabetes Health

Crystal Bowersox: Striving to Live Without Limitations
Nadia Al-Samarrie
Jan 17, 2013

Type 1 Crystal Bowersox-Harper Smith for 19/Jive 2010

Nobody thought for even a second that Crystal Bowersox's second-place finish on "American Idol 2010" meant that the 26-year-old was headed back to her native Elliston, Ohio, to resume a quiet life.

Instead, she moved 2,000 miles west to a new home in Los Angeles and quickly began a hectic round of recording studio sessions and public appearances. Today, along with her always frantic schedule, Crystal has to manage motherhood and type 1 diabetes. The result is a life without many pauses.

Recently, Crystal was kind enough to slow down and answer some questions from Diabetes Health publisher and editor-in-chief Nadia Al-Samarrie. In her wide-ranging responses to Nadia, Crystal tells why she kept her diabetes a secret from "American Idol" producers, talks about what it was like growing up, and names her biggest musical influences. She also reveals that acting was once her first love, and she describes how her father's fierce dedication helped her as a young girl and teen in her struggle against diabetes.

Now working with blues legend B.B. King on "LifeFirstTM," a diabetes awareness campaign sponsored by OneTouch®, Crystal relates some profound lessons she's learned along the way.

(Crystal's official website is www.crystalbowersox.com.)

Nadia: Looking back, when did you first sense that something was wrong?

Crystal : My parents divorced when I was two, and I lived with my mom. I was a small kid and weighed about 48 pounds in second grade. That was a toddler's weight, really, and it was actually my second-grade teacher who noticed that I was taking too many bathroom and water breaks. She punished me by taking away my recess, so I went home and cried to my mom. The thought came up it might be a medical thing, and, you know, it was. They checked my A1c, and it was out of this world. I was hospitalized for a week or so.

Read the entire interview here: http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2013/01/17...

2 replies

MHoskins2179 2013-01-22 14:37:23 -0600 Report

Crystal is a great D-Advocate and does a lot for our community. She attends many different events, including the Friends for Life conference every summer!