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Model Patient: My Life As an Incurable Wise-Ass [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Karen Duffy

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13. November 2001

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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An inspirational and often light-hearted memoir from a top model and actress, who was struck by a painful and incurable disease of the nervous system, discusses how she overcame her mental and physical agonies to embrace life again. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Patient" Is A Virtue! 18. Oktober 2000
Von Eden Pell - Veröffentlicht auf
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Ok, I admit it.
I was looking for some real escapist reading and figured that a book by Karen Duffy called "Model Patient" would fit the bill. I expected a slap-dash tell all with a big dose "oh-feel-sorry-for-me-because-I-have-the-disease-of-the-week."
Was I wrong.
I found the book totally engrossing and found that I had had a completely skewed idea of what kind of person Duffy is. She turns out not only to be whipcrack smart but also completely down to earth about having had a major fling with minor stardom. She seems as surprised and bemused by it all as you would be if you suddenly found yourself inside your TV looking out, a refreshing perspective.
She also has a surprisingly healthy relationship with the disease that almost killed her. Rather than feeling crushed by it or (gag) made somehow noble by it, she seems to treat it like the bully up the block who may not be going away but is not going to be permitted to stand in the way of a good time. I have to admit that her grit made me feel whiny about my (relatively) petty complaints.
Having undergone a recent hospitalization, I was pleasantly surprised that there were some genuinely useful tips and sidebars about surviving the cure as well as the disease.
And, yes, Duffy throws in enough juicy celeb gossip to easily justify the price of the book. I usually like my dish a little more salty and tart than this but there are more actual insights offered here than in your average unauthorized biography.
In the end, Karen Duffy, as she comes across in this book, is just great company. I have already given away several copies to friends and family members going through, shall we say, unplanned life-altering experiences but I would recommend this to anyone who likes a brisk, eye-opening read that let's you walk in someone else's (Prada) shoes and realize that the fantasy life is the one you are already living.
Eden Pell
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Thanks, Duff! 11. Oktober 2000
Von Nancy Ross - Veröffentlicht auf
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My best friend has severe symptoms of Sarcoidosis and just sent me Karen Duffy's book. I didn't know much about Duff until I began reading her hilarious and horrendous stories of suffering with this mysterious disease.
Duff is doing a world of good by putting a face and a name to Sarcoidosis and pushing for a cure. And she's giving Sarcoidosis patients--and anyone who's ever thought THEY had problems--a reason to laugh in the face of adversity!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Model Patient 11. Oktober 2000
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I picked up Model Patient as a big Duff fan, but thinking it might be another illness-porn sellout. Not a chance. Karen Duffy's personal brand of tough-as-nails goofiness is, in fact, a great update on the idea of grace under pressure. When I stopped laughing--which took a while--I realized that Duff's approach to the illness she recounts in this book was an act of courage and imagination. Model Patient, in its no-nonsense love of life, has more to offer those in similar situations than any number of smarmy "inspirational" books. It's also a hilarious unvarnished account of celebrity circles and a truly moving love story. Duff serves up the real thing--with a welcome side of twisted humor.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I resisted, but... 2. November 2000
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This is not the kind of book I would normally read--I'm into poetry, science fiction, goth-horror, some nonfiction scientific books. But I have a friend who reads a lot of books about illness (she even went to the reading Duff gave in San Francisco.) She bugged me about it until I agreed that she could loan me the book. I started to read it, and enjoy it, and when I finished I decided I would listen to my friend's recommendations more often. Truly a funny and moving books, and a good helping of macarbe humor that I really enjoyed.
After I read it I checked the reviews on Amazon, and no surprise, most of the other people didn't seem to share my taste in literature, but obviously a lot of people responded to the book, maybe not because of the same reasons I did. I'm glad this one seems to be popular. I can't say too much about Tuesdays with Morrie because I've never read it, but I don't think I would enjoy that nearly as much as Model Patient.
As for the people who didn't seem to like it, I think they must not have gotten very far into the book. There is a lot of celebrity stuff in the beginning that was funny but wasn't necesarily my thing. But when you get to the end you realize that without understanding where she was coming from, you can't understand where she wound up. I urge them to take another crack at it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Get Model Patient! 2. November 2000
Von Lucy - Veröffentlicht auf
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Forget the categories--this book is a biography, humor book, inspirational, you name it! If you only buy one book this year (yeah right) buy Model Patient! I have a friend with sarcoidosis and I was considering buying it for her, but I read it myself first to see if she would like it. Needless to say I immediately got her a copy when I was finished. Don't walk, run! to get Model Patient.
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