Robbie’s Story

It has been a love-hate relationship with sugar that has defined Robbie McCauley’s experience with diabetes. But it has been Sugar in another form that has helped her towards healing.

Robbie McCauley, Professor of Performing Arts at Emerson College in Boston, has achieved a career that many would envy. She has filled the roles of performance artist, playwright, director, and educator. Her award-winning work in the theater has been acclaimed as groundbreaking in its unabashed confrontation of issues of race and class during a time when these topics were simply not discussed.

“But even in the midst of all of that,” says Robbie, “the one thing I was not going to acknowledge was my own silence about [my] diabetes. And of course we’re silent about it. No one ever asks, and we all know the shame and blame that can come with it. But one has to speak at some point.”

Growing up, Robbie’s mother always prepared healthy meals, and the family rarely ate junk food or even had dessert. “But I craved candy bars all the time during junior high,” she remembers. “I was sneaking candy, and eating mounds of peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches on Wonder bread, and what did [...] continue the story

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