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09-21-2010, 03:57 AM
September 20, 2010, 1:52 pm An Idolís Struggle With Type 1 Diabetes

By TARA PARKER-POPE ( Chris Pizzello/Associated Press Crystal Bowersox
The ďAmerican IdolĒ 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 didnít have health insurance, according to a new interview posted on (
I have been in the position of begging for insulin. I was 21, 22 ó playing in subways all day. I had no insurance and thatís what it came to. No one should have to go through that. My mom has Type 2 diabetes, but for a long time she didnít check her sugar or take the meds because she couldnít afford the strips or pills. Thatís just wrongÖ.
Good care shouldnít be a privilege to the wealthy. I want to bring awareness to the need. Thatís what I want to do with this thing we call ďcelebrity.Ē
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 ďAmerican IdolĒ 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, ďIím going to be famous someday.Ē I wonder what heís thinking now.
To read the full interview, go to the Diabetes Mine Web site (, then please join the discussion below.