Karen Duffy’s Wise Up

Karen Duffy’s Wise Up

Karen “Duff” Duffy has done it all – model, MTV VJ, actress, correspondent for the Emmy-winning TV Nation, host of HBO’s “The Buzz,” Community Emergency Response Team member, a creator of the Tell a Joke to the Pope campaign, movie producer, and Buddist hospital chaplain. None of it prepared her fully to deal with a life-altering case of neurosarcoidosis. 

Her new book, Wise Up, is a series of letters to her son about how she defined a philosophy for life. Duff recounts the reserves of wisdom she found in the strangest of places–in the ancient Greek Stoic philosophers, in donkeys, and at furry conventions. 

Wise Up asks the question, if you were able to watch a film of your life, from birth to death, what would it take for you to jump out of your chair, start pumping your fists in the air and shout “Yes, this is it! This is a good life! This is a life well lived!”? Despite the challenges of overcoming acute sarcoidosis and living with chronic pain, Duff has found the upside of a life turned upside down.