Selma Blair Shares That She Has Been Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

Selma Blair took to Instagram on Saturday to share an emotional update about her health: In August, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The actor credited her new role on the upcoming Netflix series Another Life with her decision to share her diagnosis. 

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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,” Blair wrote. “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.” 

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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.

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Blair went on to clarify, “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.” 

She revealed that her exact diagnosis time was 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 and that she received it from Dr. Jason Berkley, the brother of actress Elizabeth Berkley (of Saved By the Bell fame). 

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In addition to thanking Elizabeth for pressuring her to seek help, Blair thanked famous friends Jaime King, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Tara Subkoff for being constant sources of support in the time since she learned of her MS. 

In sharing her news, Blair wrote, she hoped to provide a source of hope and comfort for other people who may have been recently diagnosed. 

“You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always 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 among the challenges,” she wrote. 

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In closing, Blair speculated that she likely had this disease, undiagnosed, for 15 years. 

According to the National MS Society, multiple sclerosis is a “chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system” that is thought to be immune-mediated (the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy CNS tissue). 

Although there is no cure for MS, treatment has improved greatly in recent years, and the outlook for people with MS is much better than it once was. 

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