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Crystal Bowersox: Striving To Live Without Limitations

Crystal Bowersox: Striving To Live Without Limitations

Crystal Bowersox: Striving to Live Without Limitations Nobody thought for even a second that Crystal Bowersoxs 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 fathers fierce dedication helped her as a young girl and teen in her struggle against diabetes. Now working with blues legend B.B. King onLifeFirstTM,a diabetes awareness campaign sponsored by OneTouch, Crystal relates some profound lessons shes learned along the way. (Crystals 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 toddlers 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. Continue reading >>

Singer Crystal Bowersox Comes To Terms With Diabetes

Singer Crystal Bowersox Comes To Terms With Diabetes

FRIDAY, June 17, 2011 (HealthDay News) -- Crystal Bowersox, one of 20 finalists on American Idol last year, almost had her dreams dashed by the disease she's had since the age of 6 -- type 1 diabetes. Several days before the 10 female finalists were supposed to perform, Crystal started feeling ill. She checked her blood sugar and it was over 400 milligrams per deciliters (mg/dL) -- dangerously high. Target blood sugar levels in people with diabetes vary, but generally should be below 180 mg/dL, according to the U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. "I knew I had to go to the hospital, but I thought it would be a quick fix. I ended up staying there two days," said Bowersox. The singer/songwriter, now 25, had developed diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a condition common among people first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, when they don't know they have the disease. The biggest risk for DKA is not caring for type 1 diabetes -- not checking blood sugar and not getting enough insulin. People with type 1 diabetes have to constantly balance their need for insulin with the foods they eat, their physical activity and their stress levels. When DKA occurs, the body can't use sugar (glucose) for energy, so it starts breaking down fat for energy. This creates a highly acidic byproduct that can cause severe damage and lead to coma and death if untreated, explained Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the clinical diabetes center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Bowersox wasn't the first Idol contestant with diabetes, but she didn't want to broadcast it. "My priorities weren't where they should have been during the Idol process," she said recently. "I wanted to keep my diabetes a secret. I didn't want special treatment, and I didn't want to be viewe Continue reading >>

Bowersox Embraces Role As Ambassador For Diabetes

Bowersox Embraces Role As Ambassador For Diabetes

Bowersox embraces role as ambassador for diabetes She's long struggled with potentially deadly disease Crystal Bowersox, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 6, was named an ambassador of the disease by Lilly Diabetes. Crystal Bowersox, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 6, was named an ambassador of the disease by Lilly Diabetes. Typically at this point in the summer, American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox is in the midst of a nationwide tour of clubs and intimate venues, playing from a set-list that includes tracks from her two major-label albums, 2010s Farmers Daughter and 2013s All That for This, and 2014s seven-song EP Promises. Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6, the Elliston, Ohio, native has long struggled with the potentially deadly disease, which, the American Diabetes Association says, affects 1.25 million Americans. Bowersoxs battle with diabetes took a dramatic turn on network TV, when high sugar numbers landed her in the hospital overnight midway through her run on American Idols 2010 season, and forced the shows female and male contestants to alternate performance nights. The singer-songwriter responded to the health scare with a gospel-ly church version of Long as I Can See the Light that had the judges gushing. Not only was it Bowersoxs breakout moment on American Idol, it also marked a major turnaround in her effort to control her Type 1 diabetes. Six years later, the 30-year-old is proud to report shes doing quite well. Absolutely, she said in a recent phone interview with The Blade. I have better management of my diabetes and better stability in my life. Because of that, Im happy to try and help other people so that they can have that too in their lives. In fact, Lilly Diabetes, which is part of global pharmaceutica Continue reading >>

Crystal Bowersox Gives Her First Interview On Her Diabetes

Crystal Bowersox Gives Her First Interview On Her Diabetes

We're sorry, an error occurred. We are unable to collect your feedback at this time. However, your feedback is important to us. Please try again later. I'm a huge Crystal Bowersox fan. Personally, I think this husky-voiced "busker" should have won this year's American Idol competition, but it's still freakin' amazing to take 2nd place in this larger-than-life national competition. Those of you who follow entertainment news (or this blog) know by now that Crystal is "one of us" a person with diabetes (PWD). She's a type 1 and insulin pumper, currently using her new-found fame to help fellow PWDs. I can't tell you how excited I was to have the opportunity for a phone interview with my music idol Crystal last week. I found her exactly as down-to-earth and cool as she appears on TV. So here it is as far as I know, the first-ever interview with Crystal focused solely on her experience with diabetes: With exclusive photos thanks to Bill Petros for JDRF "I threw a fit. I literally begged and pleaded, and I cried and said, 'No way I've come this far to let diabetes stop me!'" Crystal Bowersox, on nearly getting kicked out of the 2010 American Idol competition DM) Crystal, can you start by sharing your diagnosis story? Was your twin brother Carl also hit with the 'betes? CB) I was diagnosed at age 6. I was always really small, just 48 lbs in the 2nd grade, so one of the smallest kids in class. My brother was always towering over me. And no, he thankfully doesn't have diabetes. He's perfectly healthy. At school I was taking too many bathroom breaks and snack breaks. I was actually punished for it. My mom went to the school to discuss it, and then realized something was wrong, so she took to me the doctor to test my blood sugar. I was admitted to the hospital for a week. My 6-yea Continue reading >>

A Day At Diabetes Camp With Crystal Bowersox (in ...

A Day At Diabetes Camp With Crystal Bowersox (in ...

A Day at Diabetes Camp with Crystal Bowersox (in 93 Seconds) Todays guest blog post comes from Crystal Bowersox, Nashville-based singer/songwriter and the newest Lilly Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes Ambassador. Crystal works with the Lilly Camp Care Package Program and other initiatives to encourage and inspire kids with diabetes. This summer I had the amazing opportunity to tour the country with Lilly Diabetes, visiting diabetes camps and spending time with kids with diabetes. We talked, we sang, we played and I enjoyed every single minute. Cant wait to get back to it next summer! Crisscrossing the country is nothing new to me. Ever since I started my professional music career, Ive traveled constantly and kept up a hectic schedule, which can make it tough to manage my diabetes. Sometimes I get so caught up in whats happening around me that I dont take care of myself like I should, and that can have serious consequences. Diabetes has been part of my life since I was six years old. Luckily, I have a diabetes support team that includes my doctor and theyve been with me every step of the way. We came up with a plan to help me manage my diabetes when Im on the road. I know if I follow it, Ill feel and sound my best. Today is World Diabetes Day and a great time for me and my friends at Lilly Diabetes to remind everyone with diabetes that you can do anything you put your mind to. And you dont have to do it alone. If you or a loved one has diabetes, work with your doctor and support team to put together a diabetes management plan so you can live your best life. I did it and so can you! Did you notice a new name at the top of this post? LillyPad is proud to partner with a variety of guest bloggers from around the world, and we're committed to hosting a range of viewpoints on our sit Continue reading >>

An Interview With Crystal Bowersox

An Interview With Crystal Bowersox

The "American Idol" star talks about her new album and life with diabetes Crystal Bowersox doesn't look like the typical American Idol contestant. Most of them are squeaky-clean and pop starready. Bowersox, on the other hand, has a head of dreadlocks and a sound that's one part folk, one part rock, and another part country. She plays guitar, writes her own songs, and has a voice that's often compared to rock legend Janis Joplin. Her talent won over the judges, who remarked that her laid-back performing style and lack of gimmicks were a breath of fresh air in the competition. During Idol's ninth season, Bowersox, 25, learned more than how to give a great performance; she discovered the importance of diabetes control. Though she's had type 1 since she was 6 1/2 years old, the competition took time away from her diabetes managementand landed her in the hospital. Diabetes Forecast caught up with Bowersox to find out about life after American Idol (she was runner-up to Lee DeWyze); her new album, Farmer's Daughter; how the show helped her better manage her disease; and the impact she hopes to have on other people with diabetes. Known for: Coming in second during last season's American Idol Family: Husband, musician Brian Walker, and 2-year-old son, Tony Fun fact: Her inner wrist is tattooed with a dragonfly, the words type 1, and the medical alert symbol. Q. You were diagnosed with diabetes at a young age. How did growing up with the disease affect you? It's one of those things that have shaped me in every way, really. In school you always received a little extra attention from the teachers, and sometimes the other students didn't understand why you got to have a snack in class. You're constantly branded as different growing up, and now as an adult it's something that I've Continue reading >>

'american Idol' Finalist Crystal Bowersox Shares Positive Message, Songs At Camp Tanager

'american Idol' Finalist Crystal Bowersox Shares Positive Message, Songs At Camp Tanager

'American Idol' finalist Crystal Bowersox shares positive message, songs at Camp Tanager Kids with diabetes spend the day with Nashville recording artist MOUNT VERNON Nashville recording artist Crystal Bowersox had some advice to share with dozens of kids attending diabetes camp in Mount Vernon Wednesday: Know that your attitude is your best friend or your foe. Bowersox, who rose to fame as a finalist on the Fox reality show American Idol in 2010 finishing as runner-up to winner Lee DeWyze visited Camp Tanager, 1614 W. Mount Vernon Rd., as part of her nationwide tour of diabetes camps in partnership with Lilly Diabetes and the Lilly Camp Care Package program, one of the largest diabetes camp support programs in the United States. Bowersox, who has been living with Type 1 diabetes for more than 25 years, shared her story, as well as some songs, with the campers who also have the disease. You can spend your time being angry and resentful about it (Type 1 diabetes) or you can accept it and start living your dreams, Bowersox said. If you embrace it and learn to care for it and love it, then it wont stand in your way. Camp Tanagers youth diabetes camp provides children with diabetes a safe and healthy environment to partake in a variety of educational and recreational activities under the direct supervision of a trained medical staff. Its a phenomenal program. We have kids that come back year after year, said Donald Pirrie, camp director for the past 23 years. Weve had kids that come back from when theyre 6 until theyre 17. This is a huge part of their lives. For the camps staff, Bowersoxs message was a great one to emphasize. To hear Crystal reinforce a lot of the same messaging that we give kids is great. When the kids come to camp they can do anything, they can be anythi Continue reading >>

Crystal Bowersox To Visit And Perform At Diabetes Camp

Crystal Bowersox To Visit And Perform At Diabetes Camp

Crystal Bowersox to Visit and Perform at Diabetes Camp Acclaimed singer-songwriter inspires kids with type 1 diabetes to pursue their dreams OKLAHOMA CITY - Crystal Bowersox understands how crucial it is to find a healthy balance on and off the stage. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) at age 6, Crystal now 30 reached the heights of American Idol in 2010 and maintains an ongoing musical career. Having nearly lost her spot on the show due to a short hospitalization brought on by the rigorous taping and rehearsal schedule, she vowed to make it her mission to touch others impacted by diabetes with her music and her message. On Wednesday, July 20, Crystal will visit Camp Blue Hawk, a residential camp serving Oklahoma kids also growing up with T1D. Camp Blue Hawk is a project of Harold Hamm Diabetes CenterChildrens at the University of Oklahoma. This years five-day camp will serve 48 children ages 10 to 15 near Guthrie at the Central Christian Camp and Conference Center. Crystal will meet the campers, share her story, and perform briefly. Growing up with diabetes, I felt isolated from other kids because they didnt understand the challenges I faced, and today I know there are many who experience the same things, said Crystal. However, despite the obstacles, I learned how to manage the disease, and I try to live my life to the fullest. Crystals grit and determination caught the eye of Lilly Diabetes, which today introduced her as its newest type 1 diabetes ambassador. Crystals visit to Camp Blue Hawk is part of the Lilly Camp Care Package program, one of the largest diabetes camp support programs in the United States. Attending a diabetes summer camp can be a valuable experience for children learning to live with the disease, particularly those transitioning from parental c Continue reading >>

Crystal Bowersox, Diabetes Bloggers, And Dr. Bernstein

Crystal Bowersox, Diabetes Bloggers, And Dr. Bernstein

Move over Nick Jonas , these days Crystal Bowersox is definitely the hottest musician with an insulin pump. In fact, shes the hottest musician around period. I dont just love Bowersox because she has type 1 diabetes. I love her voice, her style, and her charm. Im looking forward to this weeks American Idol, so I can see the clips from her hometown Ohio visit. For me, watching American Idol is kind of like a hometown visit. I live in Tel Aviv now, and havent been back to Houston, my hometown, for many years. But when Im watching Idol, I immediately revert back to my 12-year-old Texan self. The only real difference is that 12-year-old me snacks on Chips Ahoy and M&Ms, while grown-up diabetic me snacks on cheese and cucumbers. I suppose another difference would be that 12-year-old me might think Casey James is cute. Grown-up me definitely does not. In fact, I dont get him at all. How is he still on the show after that horrific Huey Lewis performance? On a different subject: I enjoyed reading so many of the D-Blog week posts. I wish Id been organized and free enough to participate. I found Scott Strumellos post on To Carb or Not to Carb especially interesting because it addresses an issue that I never really consider: protein raises blood sugar. Scott writes, nutritional components, especially proteins, do in fact also raise blood glucose levels. The main difference is that while a piece of bread will show up in your blood glucose test results within a matter of minutes, protein usually takes anywhere from 6 to 8 hours before hitting your blood glucose. So often I find myself trying to figure out why my blood sugar is high, even though I havent eaten a thing for hours, or when Ive eaten only protein and a salad. Now I have a new variable to consider. Protein. And actually Continue reading >>

Inspiration File: Singer Crystal Bowersox

Inspiration File: Singer Crystal Bowersox

Brought to you by Lilly Diabetes | Disney Inspiration File: Singer Crystal Bowersox For Crystal Bowersox, becoming a successful musician wasnt something she did despite type 1 diabetes, but because of it. When she was diagnosed with type 1 at age 6, she began to sing and make music as a way to cope emotionally. Little did she know that the unique country/folk/rock style she created would someday land her a spot on the national stage, performing in front of millions on American Idol. On the show, Crystal wowed the judges with her raw talent and, ultimately, with the perseverance she showed to take care of her diabetes. Since her Season 9 second-place finish, Crystals music career has taken off. And now, in addition to touring the country performing for her fans, Crystal has teamed up with Lilly Diabetes and the Lilly Camp Care Package program to visit diabetes summer camps and meet with hundreds of children to show them that diabetes is not a barrier to their dreams. Here, she shares some of the high notes from her experience as a performer, parent, and advocate with type 1. Q: You were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6. What do you remember about this experience and adjusting to life with T1D? A: At the time of my T1D diagnosis, I was very young, and I dont recall feeling the same sense of worry that I now know that my parents felt. A weeklong stay at the hospital felt more like an adventure than an emergency. Of course, once the shots and blood glucose checks began, I do remember hiding under the bed and the hospital needing a few nurses to drag me out. I was a very strong-willed child! Once I was sent home from the hospital and returned to school, the new norm was difficult for me to understand, and it was also difficult for my teachers and classmates to grasp. Continue reading >>

Type 1 Diabetes In American Idol - The New York Times

Type 1 Diabetes In American Idol - The New York Times

Well | An Idols Struggle With Type 1 Diabetes Chris Pizzello/Associated Press Crystal Bowersox The American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox almost left the show because of complications related to Type 1 diabetes. Now she has opened up about her lifelong struggle with the illness, particularly the challenges of paying for supplies when she didnt have health insurance, according to a new interview posted on DiabetesMine.com I have been in the position of begging for insulin. I was 21, 22 playing in subways all day. I had no insurance and thats what it came to. No one should have to go through that. My mom has Type 2 diabetes, but for a long time she didnt check her sugar or take the meds because she couldnt afford the strips or pills. Thats just wrong. Good care shouldnt be a privilege to the wealthy. I want to bring awareness to the need. Thats what I want to do with this thing we call celebrity. Ms. Bowersox, an early Idol favorite who placed second in the national singing competition, missed a show because she was hospitalized with complications from her Type 1 diabetes. (The male contestants agreed to change their performance date so Ms. Bowersox was allowed to stay in the competition.) She also tells something of a harrowing tale about traveling to the American Idol tryout in Chicago. On the trip she realized she had forgotten to bring an infusion set that was essential for her insulin pump. She posted a panicked request on the social network TuDiabetes and was helped by a stranger in Rockford, Ill. I sang him a song in his living room as a thank you. And I said, Im going to be famous someday. I wonder what hes thinking now. Continue reading >>

Former American Idol Runner-up Visits Fort Mill Diabetes Day Camp | The Herald

Former American Idol Runner-up Visits Fort Mill Diabetes Day Camp | The Herald

Nashville singer/songwriter Crystal Bowersox visited Fort Mill on Sunday to meet with children who live with Type 1 diabetes. Camp KUDOS (Kids Understanding Diabetes with Our Support) is a day camp for children 4 years old to eighth grade with Type 1 diabetes. For the past few years the camp, which is in its 24th year, has been hosted at Nation Ford High School. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease also known as juvenile diabetes. Type 1 means the pancreas produces little to no insulin, the hormone needed to allow cells to process sugar and turn it into energy. Bowersox, 33, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 6 years old. She has been performing since she was 10 and was a contestant on the ninth season of American Idol. Bowersox has worked with artists such as the late Joe Cocker and BB King, Alanis Morrisette, Jakob Dylan, John Popper of Blues Traveler and Melissa Etheridge, according to her bio. The northwest Ohio native visited Camp KUDOS Sunday as an ambassador for the Lilly Diabetes Camp Care Package program , which provides scholarships, insulin, inspirational speakers and supplies for camps for children with diabetes. Bowersox sang for the participants and shared her story of living with Type 1 diabetes. Its a daily balancing act ... some days its difficult to manage, but these kids are here learning how to do that well and making friends that they will have for life, Bowersox said. I just want to share my story with them and show them that you can follow your dreams no matter what. Madison Williams, 17, travels from Delaware to Fort Mill each summer to take part in the camp. The camp is staffed with nurses, dieticians, doctors and counselors and allows the children to have fun while maintaining their blood sugar levels, said Mandy Goode, clinical coordin Continue reading >>

Diabetes Success Story: Musician Crystal Bowersox

Diabetes Success Story: Musician Crystal Bowersox

Diabetes Success Story: Musician Crystal Bowersox If you manage your diabetes, it wont manage you. Crystal Bowersox When Crystal Bowersox was taken to the hospital in the second grade, she had no idea it would change her life. To her, it was a fun trip to some place new. To her family, it was a devastating diagnosis for their 6-year-old girl type 1 diabetes. Not really understanding what that would mean for her future, Crystal quickly realized she stood out, but for reasons a little girl her age couldnt fully grasp. All she knew growing up in northwest Ohio was that there wasnt anyone else at school who had diabetes. And she felt alone. I dont think that I was fully aware of what having diabetes meant for me back then. I just wanted to be a kid and eat ice cream. At age 10, Crystal started to stand out for another reason: her music. I was like a horse with blinders on. There was only music. If I couldnt play, it was like not having air to breathe. Playing and performing on stage gave Crystal a sense of pride and accomplishment, but it wasnt until she attended her first diabetes camp that she felt a sense of belonging. And at a critical juncture in her life as a pre-teen, camp was a chance to meet others exactly like her, and make friends for a lifetime. Going to camp was everything to me. It touched my life in ways that are still with me today, and I know for sure that my first steps toward managing my diabetes on my own were taken at camp. There, I was just like everyone else. Now, the one-time American Idol star, and current Nashville recording artist, has teamed up with Lilly Diabetes and the Lilly Camp Care Package program . In addition to touring the country performing for her fans, she will attend diabetes summer camps and meet with hundreds of children with diab Continue reading >>

American Idol Runner-up Shares Type 1 Diabetes Story In Berks County

American Idol Runner-up Shares Type 1 Diabetes Story In Berks County

American Idol runner-up shares Type 1 diabetes story in Berks County American Idol runner-up shares Type 1 diabetes story in Berks County Brett Sholtis/Transforming Health |08.09.18 Crystal Bowersox stands for a portrait at Camp Swatara in Bethel, Berks County. The songwriter and American Idol runner-up met with children who, like her, have Type 1 diabetes. (Lisa Wardle/WITF) When Crystal Bowersox isn't on tour or working on songs at home in Nashville, she goes on a different kind of tour - meeting children who, like her, have Type 1 diabetes. That tour brought her to Camp Swatara in Bethel, Berks County in July, where she performed for children and teens from all over the east coast. She never meant to become a spokeswoman for people with Type 1. Her dream was to become a professional musician. But she would learn that her dreams and her disease are both part of who she is. With Type 1 diabetes, the pancreas stops producing insulin. It can be life-threatening if not properly managed. "I was diagnosed with Type 1 when I was six years old, and I had started playing piano, actually, around the same time," Bowersox said. "Music, for me, became this cathartic way to deal with the emotions of that." At first she accepted her diagnosis the way kids tend to accept whatever is thrown their way, she said. But when she got a little older, it got more difficult. "For me it became more stressful in my adolescent years, and as a teenager, just being different than your peers and standing out." The autoimmune disorder affects 1.25 million Americans, with 40,000 new cases diagnosed each year. It's often children who receive that hard diagnosis, which is why the disease used to be called juvenile-onset diabetes. To Bowersox, her diabetes was one more obstacle keeping her from her goal Continue reading >>

Crystal Bowersox Goes To Camp

Crystal Bowersox Goes To Camp

You might know singer-songwriter-musician Crystal Bowersox from her appearance on American Idol. Shes currently a recording artist living in Nashville. But you might not know that she has had type 1 diabetes for nearly 25 years. She has teamed up with Lilly Diabetes this summer as an ambassador. This summer as Crystal Bowersox crisscrosses the country visiting with children at diabetes camps, she took some time to answer my questions about her life with type 1 diabetes, how diabetes impacts her music career, and advice for kids and teens also living with type 1 diabetes. She even answered my question about a rumor I heard years ago! Before reading my interview with Crystal below, here is a video where she talks about her diabetes: CB: I was in second grade. I had the usual suspect symptoms: extreme thirst, frequent urination, weight loss. My teacher was the one who suggested that it might be a medical issue. My doctor performed several tests, but it wasnt until he checked my glucose that we knew. LC: How did your diagnosis change your life at the time? CB: I went from being a normal kid to having people worry about me all of the time. I was always being called in by the school nurse from the playground to test my blood sugar. I didnt fully understand what was happening at the time, but now its all my own version of normal. CB: I use an insulin pump and a CGM. The combination of the two devices gives me the ability to have more flexibility in my daily routine. I try to eat well, get plenty of sleep, and some form of exercise every day. Yoga is my favorite. LC: Do you feel diabetes has influenced who you are or choices you have made? CB: Absolutely. Throughout my adolescence (and even sometimes now) I dealt with the heavy emotional burden that living with Type 1 Diabetes Continue reading >>

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