Take Me Home from the Oscars by Christine Schwab
Arthritis, Television, Fashion, and Me

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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.

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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.
Published May 1, 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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When TV makeover expert and fashion consultant Schwab (The Grown-Up Girl's Guide to Style: A Maintenance Bible for Fashion, Beauty, and More..., 2006, etc.) was diagnosed with arthritis at a relatively young age, she learned to hide her debilitating pain to maintain an image of physical and profe...

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As she puts it,”Arthritis seemed to have the power to take everything away…When disease struck, arthritis marched over everything, not caring what it destroyed…I was beginning to understand that [life] went much deeper than just fashion and television.” In recent years, Christine has “come out” ...

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