On Saturday, Selma Blair, The Sweetest Thing alum, admitted she was diagnosed with MS or multiple sclerosis. On Instagram, the Hollywood star shared why she chose to reveal her story.
According to the actress, MS is a challenging illness to cope with. She’s disabled and falls down sometimes. She drops things, and her memory doesn’t work as good as it used to.
Using an interesting analogy, Selma explained her “left side” is asking for directions from a “broken GBP,” but she’s managing to make it work. The star revealed the doctors diagnosed her with the debilitating disease on the 16th of August this year.
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I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share. The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show , but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis . I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix , I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it . And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best. Since my diagnosis at ten thirty pm on The night of August 16, I have had love and support from my friends , especially @jaime_king @sarahmgellar @realfreddieprinze @tarasubkoff @noah.d.newman . My producers #noreenhalpern who assured me that everyone has something. #chrisregina #aaronmartin and every crew member… thank you. I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me , dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges. And the biggest thanks to @elizberkley who forced me to see her brother #drjasonberkley who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on that mri. I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share. 🖤 my instagram family… you know who you are.
As for why she’s speaking about it now, Blair said she decided to be more forthcoming with her story because she may inspire others who are struggling with the same problem. Another star to face an MS diagnosis is The Sopranos star, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
However, it turns out doctors told her she had multiple sclerosis approximately 20 years ago, but she just decided to tell the world. In January of 2016, Jamie said for the last 15 years, she has been terrified to share her struggle with her fans.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society website, the disease is often times unpredictable as well as disabling. It affects the central nervous system, primarily, and disrupts the flow of information between the brain and body.
Currently, doctors around the world don’t know what causes it, but they believe it has something to do with a person’s environment in combination with a genetic predisposition.
The website claims that, typically, people between the ages of 20 and 50 are diagnosed, but women are affected by it two to three times more often than men.