New and Noteworthy

Karen Duffy.

By Irish America Staff
December / January 2001

Actress, model and former MTV VJ, and Irish America Top 100 honoree Karen Duffy, better known as Duff, can now add author to her list of accomplishments with her new book Model Patient: MY Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass. Pretty impressive, when you consider that for the past five years she has been battling a rare life-threatening and painful illness called sarcoidosis of the central nervous system.

Her new book recounts her struggle with the disease and the sense of humor that has helped her cope. “I hung a picture of Dr. Kevorkian over my bed,” she recalls, and “to keep myself amused. I like to flirt with the doctors. I told them all, ‘The doctor who saves me gets to go out with me.'” That’s no longer the case however, since she has since married a man she met during her convalescence. Instead of getting a date with her, her doctors came to her wedding. ♦

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