Model Patient: My Life As an Incurable Wise-Ass

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages

From Revlon spokesmodel to film actress to one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," Karen Duffy was living the life most of us only dream of. Then her whirlwind life of celebrity parties came to an abrupt, grinding halt when she was stricken with a serious illness in one of its rarest forms: sarcoidosis of the central nervous system.

Duffy soon realized that the only way for her to survive was not to take the disease too seriously. Instead of hiding from life, she chose to run toward it. She learned to embrace the chaos of a life-threatening disease with a wit and humor that helped her to find the love of her life at a time when things seemed darkest.

Model Patient is a gripping, inspiring, and hilarious memoir that recounts the singular triumphs and tragedies of coping with a chronic, life-threatening disease.

 

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Karen Duffy had it all - great career, lots of friends, an active social life and a bright future. Then cancer hit, and not the easily curable kinds. Duffy decided to embrace her new reality, treating ... Read full review

Contents

Contents Introduction
1
The View from the Penthouse Overlooking Success Street
3
Had It Coming
7
Didnt Just Fall Off theTurnipTruck
11
Welcome to My World of Disease and Decay
53
Modern Immaturity
73
My Misery Had a Lot of Company
85
Recapturing the Juice
101
Johns Side of the Story
147
Pimplefaced Judas
167
A Love Letter to Western
173
The Marriage of Patient
187
No Finnering in the Waiting Room
197
Sick Joke
209
My World May Be Going to Hell but I Want to Look Good
223
Things I Wish Somebody HadTold Me
231

Dr Sawbones
109
Love and Luther Vandross Burgers
119
Helen and Potato Joe
137
Duff Thanks
247
Bibliography
257
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About the author (2009)

Karen Duffy continues to model for Revlon, tour the country as a women's health advocate, and report for Michael Moore's new show, The Awful Truth. She lives with her husband in New York City.

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