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Karen Duffy is an entertainer and author who suffers from a rare disease

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In September 1995, Karen Duffy was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoidosis, known as neurosarcoidosis.

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The disease affects both her brain and spinal cord

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Her doctor found an inoperable "mostaccioli-sized" lesion crushing her nerves

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Around the brain stem and spinal cord

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Neurosarcoidosis is a lifelong illness that can drastically decrease the overall quality of life

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However, Duffy is able to manage her pain through multiple treatments.

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The 60-year-old uses steroids, chemotherapy, morphine, and pain patches

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To help combat the effects of the disease