Selma Blair, 46, has been a familiar face on our screens since Cruel Intentions. But she recently revealed that for the last fifteen years, she’s been silently battling multiple sclerosis.
“I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy,” Selma confessed to the world.
Finally, a Diagnosis
In an emotional Instagram post, Selma shared her story of finally receiving a diagnosis. She had been trying to get a doctor to listen to her for years. Eventually her friend Elizabeth Berkeley (Showgirls) recommended that Selma make an appointment with her brother, a doctor.
“I had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him [Dr. Berkeley] trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve,” Selma wrote. “I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know.”
‘I Am OK’
Selma is currently filming the sci-fi drama Another Life for Netflix. She offered heartfelt thanks to the wardrobe team, who help her dress on set each day. Although she needs help and support, Selma is still determined to live her life as fully as possible.
“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,” Selma wrote.
With a wry sense of humor, she added, “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.”
What Is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system. Essentially, the body’s immune system attacks the protective covering of nerve fibers, causing communication pathways between the brain and the body to break down.
Sometimes, a person with MS can appear fine most of the time. Another person with MS may have trouble performing simple tasks or walking without help. Common symptoms include vision trouble, difficulty walking, depression, memory trouble, and mood swings.
Along with Selma Blair, fellow actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler has been outspoken about living with MS. Jack Osbourne (Ozzy’s son) also has MS, as does Montel Williams. It’s estimated that about a million people in the United States have the disease. There is no cure for MS, but treatment options can help people enjoy a better quality of life.