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Celebrity Sickness

Any celebrity who experiences a disabling injury or chronic illness has a tough row to hoe. I suspect it is a mistake to assume that a celebrity’s public revelations about his/her disease, treatment, prognosis and attitude bear much, if any relationship, to the truth. Montel Williams, Teri Garr and others have been criticized roundly for their overly optimistic, pollyanna-ish, and downright ignorant representations of multiple sclerosis in general and their own experiences in particular, but who among us would want to play out the minute-by-minute agony of learning about and coming to terms with a chronic illness on the public stage?

Montel Williams is now apparently ready to provide a more realistic account of his situation. So the next time I hear a celebrity brightly say, “I’m not going to let this beat me!”, I’m going to assume that’s the story for the masses, not necessarily that she’s stupid enough to believe it.

Katja

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