Despite her battle with juvenile diabetes and the stress of the American Idol competition, Crystal Bowersox is now better than ever — thanks in part to the Fox hit reality show. “Through the care I received, I have had a complete change and [have] never been as healthy as I am right now,” the season nine runner-up says. After growing up in poverty lacking the funds for proper medical care, Crystal realized in a moment of crisis that her new resources as a singing superstar could do wonders for her well-being. “Once I got sick, a team of people swarmed in to help me, and I never felt so loved in my life,” the 24-year-old single mom, who was hospitalized mid-competition in March for complications from her disease, adds. Though initially she was reluctant to discuss her health problems, Crystal now wants to be a spokesperson for diabetes. “I [feel] like I have a platform to become a role model for kids, and to help the diabetic community worldwide. That is the main focus of my career after Idol. I want to do good things,” the big-hearted star says.