Writer’s Block: A Star Is Born!

By Corinne Wnek

Back in March I wrote a column about my experience with sudden and severe pain in my right thigh. For a while, I thought I just overstretched a muscle. But the pain wouldn’t go away. It was many months later when I actually got an x-ray because, when it comes to doctors and all things medical, hope springs eternal in me that some miracle will take place and the pain will simply go away. I have ‘white coat syndrome’ or fear of people in the medical profession. Now how ironic is it that my daughter will become a doctor next year?

As it turned out, the x-ray showed a severe breakdown of the right hip to the extent that most of the cartilage was gone and bone was rubbing on bone. Ouch! It hurts just remembering that. Thanks to a wonderful orthopedic surgeon and the even more wonderful Joint Replacement Center at the Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Rahway, I got my life back. I also got a hip replacement.

As an ex-dance teacher, I still work out daily and have a need to keep moving. But as a school counselor, I also need to be able to walk around a fairly large high school. I can now do both and it seems like the pain I once had was nothing more than a bad dream.

And then the call came in late summer. Because of this column and the original article about my experience at RWJ Rahway, I was asked if I would be willing to do a community service message so that others might become aware of the great work done at this joint replacement center. Of course I would! I’m living proof of the excellent work that is done at the former ‘Rahway Hospital’. This was a no-brainer.

But little did I know that this community service message would actually turn out to be a real commercial. Finally, someone realizes what a looker I am and what talent goes along with this pretty face! My fifteen minutes of fame, airing on channels such as Fox News Network, MSNBC, The Food Channel, The History Channel, TNT, OWN, Hallmark and a few others this week and next, have become a defining moment for me. Now I know how hard it is to do those other commercials on TV that look like a good way to earn some easy money.

Starting at 9:00 in the morning and ending around 7:00 in the evening is the time it took for a thirty second commercial. The constant repeating of lines and dance movements done over and over for just the right angle with just the right lighting said or done in just the right way was exhausting. Hey, didn’t these guys know I had hip surgery? Laughter is the best medicine and that day of filming there was plenty to go around. Donna Mancuso, from RWJ /Rahway Public Affairs and Phil Colombrita, coordinator of the Joint Replacement Center came by to wish me luck and watch the shoot. Finally, I have something in common with Angelina Jolie. I have people!

Now, about the paparazzi.

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