Take Me Home from the Oscars: Arthritis, Television, Fashion, and Me

Take Me Home from the Oscars: Arthritis, Television, Fashion, and Me

by Christine Schwab

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Overview

Forty-six million people suffer from arthritis. Frustrated with the lies, driven to deceit by a career that celebrates beauty and fashion, lifestyle reporter Christine Schwab is not most people. She managed to keep her illness a secret for years, even as a recurring guest on Live with Regis & Kelly, Oprah!, The Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, and elsewhere. She juggled her career with a thrilling personal life in Hollywood: married to Shelly Schwab, then the president of television distribution at Universal Studios, she traveled, dined with celebrities, and met presidents of the United States. How could she allow a devastating disease associated with aging and disfigurement to take over her life?

Rather than let it, she hid it—a skill learned well in childhood. In Take Me Home from the Oscars, Schwab openly speaks of her arthritis for the first time, looking to her past for clues of how she managed the deception, but also of lessons learned when she could no longer hide. A turning point came when she had to leave her tenth-row Oscar seat because she was in too much pain to sit for even a moment longer. From her nineteen-year journey through the UCLA Medical Center to the exhilaration of more than twenty years of appearing on national television, Schwab’s voice is at once smart and friendly. The reader will root for her at every step, and cheer when, through medication, she ultimately finds remission.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616082642
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.16(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Christine Schwab is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle television reporter and author. She has been a recurring guest on Oprah!, NBC Nightly News, CBS's The Early Show, The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Rachael Ray, Inside Edition, and E! Entertainment. Schwab has also been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine; Newsweek; Vanity Fair; Ladies Home Journal; Women’s World; The Chicago Tribune; The Huffington Post; and the Washington Post Book Magazine/Sunday. She is author of Quickstyle and The Grown-Up Girl’s Guide to Style. Schwab lives in Newport and Beverly Hills, California.

Table of Contents

1 Nobody Walks Out of the Academy Awards 1

2 Sneakers to the Rescue 13

3 Gulping Tylenol 25

4 No Time for Derailment 31

5 Rockin' to the Pointer Sisters 41

6 Losing Control 55

7 Playing with Fire 65

8 Pepperoni Pizza at Cedars 85

9 Running at Steroid Speed 95

10 An ET Christmas 103

11 Stable Until Ready 109

12 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow 116

13 Oprah, My Best Friend for a Day 129

14 Rejected for the Rat Cage 141

15 Just Do It… 149

16 And the Results Are… 153

17 The Robo Arm Makeover 161

18 The Enbrel Honeymoon 175

19 Nightly and Me 179

20 Double-Dipping at UCLA 185

21 This Grown-Up Girl's Osteo Race 191

22 A Makeover for Arthritis? 197

23 The Future 205

About the Author 210

Acknowledgements 212

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