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The DX Diabetes Dish: Victor Garber

Actor Victor Garber on living life healthfully with diabetes

Victor Garber is a multi-talented Canadian-born actor of stage and screen, currently shooting a series for the CW network in Vancouver, called Legends of Tomorrow, a spinoff of The Flash and Arrow. Garber was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child, and he is dedicated to helping raise money and awareness for the campaign Beyond Type 1

Actor Victor Garber on living life healthfully with diabetes
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With over four decades of experience starring in award-winning movies and TV shows, Garber is also a veteran stage actor who received several Tony Award® nominations. The 66-year-old actor is passionate about healthful living and living beyond diabetes. When Garber isn’t working on his new TV show, he lives in New York City.

What is your state of mind today?

I’m looking forward to going back to New York to see my friend Andrea Martin, who’s starring in Roundabout Theatre’s Broadway production of Noises Off. I was in the original Broadway production that opened in 1983.

What three words would you use to describe who you are?

I would describe myself as curious, positive and accepting.

How does diabetes change – or not change – who you are?

I have been living with diabetes for a long time, over 50 years. It was a significant change at the age of 12, which I have come to treat with more respect as the years go by.

What inspires you to do what you do?

I have always been fortunate to know what I wanted to achieve in my life and pursue it with confidence and gratitude. I am inspired by the many artists I have had the privilege to know and work with.

What role, on stage or screen, have you always dreamt of playing but haven’t … yet?

I only dream of continuing working.

What do you appreciate most in your friends?

I appreciate everything about my friends, especially their ability to make me laugh.

What would you pack for your favorite vacation?

I rarely go on vacations and when I do, I pack as little as possible.

What’s in your refrigerator right now?

There is always unsweetened almond milk, plain yogurt, some chicken salad and insulin.

What is your favorite way to relieve stress?

I relieve stress with meditation and walking.

What is your idea of happiness?

Happiness is a natural state of being I strive for daily. I try not to think about it.

What do you most dislike?

I dislike rudeness and insensitivity.

What’s your favorite diabetes management tip?

Type 1 diabetes does not define you.

People living with diabetes may sometimes blame themselves. What words of encouragement would you give them so they can let go of the blame?

Blame is a complete waste of time and energy. It gets you nowhere.

Everyone gets stuck in a rut now and then. What do you do to remotivate yourself? 

I go for a walk and look at the world around me, and try to focus on the fact that I am part of something much bigger than myself.

What words do you try to live by?


What is your greatest fear?

Living in fear.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Hotels and restaurants.

What does diabetes advocacy mean to you? What goals do you have for upcoming diabetes projects and initiatives?

I hope to live to see a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My heroes are people who manage to live with unimaginable obstacles and still see the light.

What are you looking forward to right now?

I am looking forward to dinner and watching Grease: Live on TV.

All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the contributor and interviewees, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.

© 2016 The DX: The Diabetes Experience

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