Karen Duffy Biography
Karen Duffy is an writer, model, television personality and actress born on 23rd May 1962 in Queens, New York, U.S. She is a certified hospital chaplain and in the early 1990s was a VJ for MTV under the name ‘Duff’. She was diagnosed with neurosarcoidosis, a rare form of the disease sarcoidosis in 1995 and has written two books about her life with the illness.
Karen attended Park Ridge High School in Park Ridge, New Jersey. She later joined University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a bachelor’s degree in recreational therapy.
Karen Duffy Age
Karen was born on 23rd May 1962 in Queens, New York, U.S, She is 56 years old as of 2018.
Karen Duffy Parents
Karen was born to Carol Duffy, a homemaker, and Phil Duffy, a developer.
Karen Duffy Husband
Karen Duffy has been married to John Lambros since 28th February 1997. Lambros is an investment banker born in 1966.
Karen Duffy Son
Karen has a son with her husband John by the name Jack Lambros. She gave birth to her son Jack in 2003 and credits George Clooney as the
person who pushed them to have a kid. She also and says that he plays a major role in her son’s life.
Karen Duffy Career
Karen began her career in 1989 as a model and appeared in television commercials.In the early 1990s she was a VJ for MTV under the name “Duff”. She made her film debut in 1991 in the film McBain as Crack Den Girl.
In 1994 she co hosted the pay-per-view television event, Elvis: The Tribute from the Memphis Pyramid alongside Kris Kristofferson.
In 1995 she was a correspondent for Michael Moore, documentary filmmaker, on his television shows TV Nation and The Awful Truth.
In 2006 she was the host of ‘House of Tiny Terrors’ on TLC. On 7th July 2007 she co- hosted Live Earth telecast on the Bravo Channel at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In 2008 she began working with NYC Media on a series of emergency preparedness videos. The videos mimic the style of the network TV show Secrets of New York and helps raise awareness of the dangers of natural disasters and preventative actions families should take to prepare for them.
Karen Duffy Sarcoidosis | Karen Duffy Paralyzed
In 1995, she was diagnosed with neurosarcoidosis, a rare form of the disease sarcoidosis. Her brain and spinal cord were affected, leaving her partially paralyzed. During an interview, she revealed that in 1995 during the Emmy Awards she had a bad headache but she managed to make it through.
“I had this really bad headache, and I started taking aspirins, and then I realized, this headache is really something that I’ve never experienced before.” She described the pain as “a burning, sharp pain that felt like I was being electrocuted, and it wasn’t consistent. It was a dull ache. It would be every 30 to 45 seconds.”
She visited the doctor who did a series of tests and the doctor narrowed the list of possible problems to multiple sclerosis, ALS, AIDS, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and sarcoidosis. After the doctor excluded the first four conditions the doctor concluded that she was suffering to a rare form of sarcoidosis.
Sarcoidosis is a chronic inflammatory disease with symptoms ranging from lung and eye problems to arthritis and for Duffy it was chronic pain all over her body.
“I was losing balance; my gait was off. I lost feeling in my hands and in my feet. It was really a lot of the things I thought were going to pass.”
She underwent numerous treatments to manage the disease.
“Most important was the pain medication. If I didn’t have this, I would be curled up in a ball. It was just so overwhelmingly painful.”If I was going to have to live with a chronic illness, I didn’t want to be bitter. And if I got better I didn’t want to feel like ‘why me?’. Sarcoidosis isn’t some burden that I carry. It’s not a gift that I would have picked out for myself but now that I have it, it’s made me actually stronger. It’s made me braver.”
Karen Duffy and George Clooney
Karen and George Clooney have been friend for years. During an interview she revealed that Clooney was the one who encouraged them (with her husband) to have children and he also gifted them their first dog.
“[George] was the one who really helped us find the doctor so we could have a kid. He was like, ‘I want to see your face on somebody else.’…So I’m an animal agnostic and George has two Cocker Spaniels. He was like, ‘Duff I’m going to break you. And so he found us this unbelievable Cocker Spaniel.”
During her second book launch, Backbone: Living with Chronic Pain without Turning into One, Clooney sent her a tequila fountain as he was on paternity leave. Clooney also makes an appearance in the book.
As a blurb for the book Clooney wrote, “My friend Karen Duffy, who lives with unimaginable pain, has taught me so much; that my complaints are the most ridiculous in the world.”
Karen Duffy Books
- Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass
- Backbone: Living With Chronic Pain Without Turning Into One
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