Selma Blair Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis
Selma Blair has announced over Instagram today that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
The actress, who is currently playing a journalist on Netflix’s Another Life, revealed the news to fans in an emotional Instagram post while thanking her Another Life costume designer Allisa Swanson for helping her when needed.
"She carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself," she wrote. "I have Multiple Sclerosis."
She continued to describe the physical and mental toll the incurable disease has begun to take on her, writing:
"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," she said of the series. "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 from precisely but I will do my best."
She went on to thank her supportive crew, friends and family, adding that fellow actress Elizabeth Berkley insisted she visit her brother, neurologist Dr Jason Berkley.
Berkley diagnosed her on August 16, after she collapsed in front of him and after discovering lesions on an 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."
"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," she continued.
"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," she added.
Despite the disease remaining incurable, Blair seems to be remaining positive in her situation, saying, “I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.”
Fans were quick to send messages of support to the star across social media, with many commending the star for her bravery, while others were appalled at medical professionals dismissing her prior to her diagnosis.
Multiple sclerosis is a condition of the central nervous system which interferes with nerve impulses within the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves, and affects over 25,600 in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide.
Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, with women diagnosed with the disease almost three times as much as men.