Model Patient: My Life As an Incurable Wise-Ass

Model Patient My Life As an Incurable Wise Ass From Revlon spokesmodel to film actress to one of People magazine s Most Beautiful People Karen Duffy was living the life most of us only dream of Then her whirlwind life of celebrity parties came

  • Title: Model Patient: My Life As an Incurable Wise-Ass
  • Author: Karen Duffy
  • ISBN: 9780060957278
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 theFrom 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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    About " Karen Duffy "

  • Karen Duffy

    Karen Duffy a former model, television personality, bestselling author and actress.

  • 177 Comments

  • I love this book. As a sarc sufferer myself, I find Karen's humor and incredible take on life always uplifts me and gives me a boost through my bad exacerbations. Combining Hollywood tell-all with illness inspiration, it's a great read for anyone.


  • Having been just diagnosed with sarcoidosis, I was happy to find books out there to shed some light on this weird disease that no one has ever heard of. This one was available on paperbackswap so I ordered it and finally got the scoop on what I have. Duff's sarcoidosis is worse than mine - it was in her spinal column and brain. She almost died, but was able to use her humor to laugh through it all. She also had a lot of famous friends and connections that hooked her up with top-notch medical pro [...]


  • There are sections, towards the end, where the author really creates a connection with the sufferer of any chronic illness, which cannot be undervalued. In fact, it's ironic that this is the aspect I liked most about the book, given the author's blatant denigration of support groups, as in my mind, they hold the same value. I do have to detract points for the flippant parts, especially those in the pre-sarcoidosis part of the story; although they were meant to set the stage for the author's late [...]


  • Literally one of the worst books I have ever read. I could not stand the author and found her self-absorbed, rude, and completely thoughtless. At the point where she brags about licking a cookie and giving it to an unsuspecting Stevie Wonder I thought she couldn't sink any lower - yet she did. I would not recommend this book top anyone.


  • Surprisingly fluffy and tabloid-esque, yet heart wrenching and uplifting all at once. Not the best book I've read this year, but an enjoyable read nonetheless.


  • 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 cancer with humor, finding love along the way. Hers is a story of hope and strength despite the odds.


  • By the time I was done with this, I wanted to set it on fire. While I do give Duffy credit for trying to approach her illness in a positive way, I found her a disgusting human being overall. She describes how hilarious it was to watch her ex-boyfriend being obnoxious and disruptive in public, with no obvious considering for the other people in and around the situation. She mocks other diseases which, while not life-threatening as her own, are still actual valid diseases that people suffer from. [...]


  • I love this book. As a sarc sufferer myself diagnosed in 2000, I learned about this book when I saw her on Oprah in early 2001. I find Karen's humor and incredible take on life always uplifts me and gives me a boost through my bad exacerbation's. I was happy to find books out there to shed some light on this weird disease that has no cure. Duff's sarcoidosis is in her spinal column and brain, mine is in my lungs, liver and joints. She almost died, but was able to use her humor to laugh through i [...]


  • Hi ,I read this book on my Kindle & can honestly say that anyone going through a chronic illness WILL get a lot out " Model Patient" by Karen Duffy Reading of Karen's story helped me , going through a time , myself .She is funny, smart & loves life . .Besides , dating George Clooney , how can it NOT be a good "Tell All" book & a fun read ? ~ lolEnjoy it & happy Reading AllD :)


  • Interesting accidental life. Clever wit. Great outlook. On the "Reading-Through-This-Section-Was-EXCRUCIATING!!!" side, her husband wrote one chapter in the book. Thank goodness, he chose to keep the day job.Otherwise, a perfectly pleasant read!Makes me want to read "Anatomy of An Illness."


  • An easy read about a likable woman. Having an autoimmune disorder myself, some parts of the book were particularly familiar and difficult to read. I wish I had Duffy's money to treat my own medical issues!


  • I was given this book by my mother 13 years ago when I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis!! Still 13 years later, I struggle with finding doctors who understand what it is, even after Bernie Mac died from it!


  • I think those with chronic illness could get something out of this book. I enjoyed reading her story and hung onto this book forever, sort of out of solidarity with her. Extremely, naturally blessed person struck by an extreme unblessing - it makes for an interesting tale.




  • I read this way back when it first came out and loved her frankness. I found it to be an enjoyable and informative read. I have recommended it to many people looking for an inspiring story.


  • Funny, and empowering. It's hard to be a whiny ass when you think of what Duff went through, and how she didnt let it cramp her style.


  • This book was so funny. She would be really fun to hang out with. And I am SO jealous she got to date Dwight Yoakum.


  • I have recently been diagnosed with Sarc in my Lungs and Lymph nodes. I found Duffy's take on the disease very inspiring.


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