Picture it! America: 1992.
It's the election. On one side, Bill Clinton. On the other: George HW Bush. And the other, H. Ross Perot. MTV had a message for young America: Choose or Lose and Rock the Vote. The face of this movement was Karen Duffy, known to millions of loyal fans and 90's nostalgia lovers as "Duff."
What you might not know about Duff is that her career got dealt a real blow when she was diagnosed with sarcodiosis when she was 30. It threw a monkey wrench in her plans but in true Duff fashion, she reaccessed and got to work writing a best-selling book and becoming a patient advocate. She's going to tell us how she got past a major hurdle in her life and kept on moving forward.
ABOUT DUFF: Karen Duffy joined MTV as a VJ in the early ’90s, before landing a supporting role in the comedy smash ‘Dumb & Dumber.’ In 1995, Duffy was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, a rare and incurable disease that assaults one’s central nervous system. She went on work as a correspondent on two Michael Moore shows, first ‘TV Nation,’ then ‘The Awful Truth.’ Branching out into voice work, she played a recurring character on the spirited cartoon series ‘Pepper Ann,’ and lent her voice to Linda Otter in Wes Anderson’s critically acclaimed adaptation of ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox.’ In 2000, she published a memoir titled, ‘Model Patient: My Life as an Incurable Wise-Ass.’ She's got a new book coming out soon, look out for it. Find her at @duffynyc.