After spending a year trying to conceal it, former MTV veejay Karen Duffy has admitted to Oprah Winfrey that she is suffering from a mysterious affliction in her central nervous system, which has left her partially paralyzed, according to USA Today.

The disease has curtailed Duffy's gig as a Revlon "Charlie girl" and Almay cosmetics hawker. "There's not a big rush for bald-headed, steroid-bloated spokesmodels," Duffy--who's better known by her nickname Duff--tells Oprah on Thursday's show. Duffy's agent declined comment Wednesday.

Until recently, the 34-year-old Duffy says she tried to disguise her malady. During a dinner date last year with Richard Gere, she put her paralyzed arm in a sling to hide it.

It was the encouragement of friends that first helped her deal with the ailment. "They said, 'some people are insecure, some people have a big butt, some people wet the bed until they're 25. You've got a lump in your head. Big deal.'"

She also thanks her brand new husband, investment banker John Lambrose, for his support. "Now that I've fallen in love with John, I feel that I have a future," she says.

In addition to her stint on MTV and her modeling chores, Duffy has worked on television as a smart-aleck correspondent for TV Nation and American Journal. Her big-screen credits include Blank Check, Dumb and Dumber and Reality Bites.

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