Mary Tyler Moore?has been out of the spotlight since April 2013, struggling with complications from her long battle with diabetes. Now, facing some of her toughest challenges yet, her friends speak out to?Closer Weekly,?showing their support and offering an update on her condition. ?tyler

“Her eyesight is what the big problem is right now,? former?Mary Tyler Moore Show?co-star?Betty White?reveals to?Closer. Mary, who was diagnosed with?Type 1 diabetes when she was only 33, ?is almost beyond the point [of being able to see],? Betty says.

The illness forces Mary to stick close to home these days, though she stays connected to her longtime friends via frequent calls. ??I don?t see her often, but I talk to her a bunch,??Dick Van Dyke, who played her husband on?The?Dick Van Dyke?Show, reveals to?Closer. ?She hasn?t been too well. She?s really having a battle with it, I?m sorry to say.?

Keeping an eye on her at all times is her husband of more than 30 years, Dr. Robert Levine, who is a cardiologist. ?With his background in medicine, he understands the disease,? says Dr. Mark Atkinson, who?s worked with Mary and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for about 25 years. The doctor speaks to Robert weekly and tells?Closer, ?We?ve laughed together, cried together, gotten disappointed together. They?ve just been the perfect couple.?

Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda on?The Mary Tyler Moore Show, tells?Closer?the diabetes ?does ravage her body, but she stays healthy.? However her ?wonderful friend? sounded great when they last spoke.


?Mary is not a woe-is-me woman,? a longtime friend assures?Closer. ?She has her bad days emotionally, but she just tries to find enjoyment in each and every day.?

Source:Victoria Moran


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