Selma Blair has been very honest in what it’s like to deal with multiple sclerosis in the past few months. The 46-year-old actress, who co-starred alongside Cameron Diaz in The Sweetest Thing, has been pretty honest about her struggles.
In an Instagram post, the 46-year-old actress looked a bit tired while she cuddled with a teddy bear. Blair said that “being sociable” comes with a heavy price due to her MS. According to the star, her “brain is on fire,” and people often send her messages asking how she does it, and according to Selma, she only does her best.
Even though the actress enjoys her life, including being a mother to her son named Arthur, Blair has daily battles. According to Fox News, Blair has choked with the pain of what she has lost and sometimes it’s a challenge to even walk around, a common symptom among MS patients.
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There is a truth with neurogedenerative brain disease. It is uncomfortable. It is a stadium of uncontrollable anxiety at times. Going out, being sociable holds a heavy price. My brain is on fire. I am freezing. We feel alone with it even though the loving support has been a god send and appreciated. People write me asking how I do it. I do my best. But I choke with the pain of what I have lost and what I dare hope for. and how challenging it is to walk around . But my smiles are genuine. This is ok. Life is an adventure with many shards of awakening. I can’t sleep at night but daytime I have trouble staying awake . I am a grown woman holding onto a bear that belonged to a sister type of mine. ( thank you @k.d.w.r ) we do what we can. I have a full week ahead with mothering and appointments and things to look forward to. But like many of us, I am praying. Soaking in love where I can. It’s not easy. That’s ok. I send love to you. And by the way, this #eileenfisher sweater is my go to cozy tonight in this hotel room. Thank you. And @lorrigoddard_ I can’t thank you enough for the morale boost of blonde. And to my love @mrchrismcmillan 🖤 #humancondition #strengthinvulnerablity #MS #stillanactress #always #willmakeitwork #heartwideopen ❤️ #thisisforallofus. #littlethings
Continuing to describe what her illness is like, Selam said that it has been an adventure with “shards of awakening,” and while she has trouble sleeping at night sometimes, the days are even more difficult because she can’t stay awake.
Through the challenging times, she turns to her support network for help: her family, friends, and God. She is doing her best every single day and is “soaking in love where I can.” Back in October, Selma announced for the first time she was diagnosed with MS and said that her memory was “foggy” and that she often “drops things.”
Multiple Sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease where the protective layer around nerves, myelin, is attacked by one’s immune system, and nerves become exposed and damaged, and in many cases, scar tissue forms as a consequence.
According to WebMD, the result of the aforementioned ailments are physical, mental, and psychological. Some patients have trouble with balance, walking, feeling exhausted, muscle weakness and spasms, pain, depression, and an inability to remember things.
Typically, symptoms begin to appear between the ages of 20-years-old and forty-years-old. Many people have relapses, where the condition gets significantly worse after it has gotten better. For others, it only gets worse as the years go by. Fortunately, however, scientists in recent years have figured out a way to slow the development of the disease and also prevent relapses.