Back in October, actress Selma Blair bravely revealed to the world that she’d been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the central nervous system.
As Selma told “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, when she received her diagnosis, she cried. But they weren’t tears of panic; they were tears of relief. She’d been dealing with symptoms from flare-ups and the loss of control over her body for years. Finally, one doctor had listened.
“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,” she shared on Instagram. “I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share.”
Now, though Selma struggles with parts of daily life such as walking, speaking, and everything that comes with being a mom, she refuses to hide any of it. She doesn’t just live with a chronic condition; she makes the best of it.
She’s turned her cane into a fashion accessory, for example, and by opening up about how MS affects her, she’s become an inspiration to many, especially to those who also have the disease.
“I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy,” Selma wrote. “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.”
Selma credits her great attitude and tough spirit to the support of everyone around her, including her friends Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jaimie King, and Freddie Prinze Jr. And thanks to her coworkers making accommodations, she’s still working on her Netflix show “Another Life.” But her biggest supporter is, without a doubt, her 7-year-old son Arthur.
While Selma’s diagnosis initially (and understandably) terrified the little boy, he calmed down with reassurances that this wasn’t a death sentence. Since then, he’s always jumped in to help his mom with whatever she needs — including a stylish new haircut.
Selma’s illness makes it difficult for her to raise her arms for simple tasks like applying makeup and styling her hair, so she has opted for shorter and shorter cuts since her diagnosis. Recently, she shared a photo of Arthur shaving her head with a pair of clippers. The powerful, intimate scene touched the hearts of thousands, who flooded her comments section with words of love and support.
When Selma first announced her diagnosis, she said, “I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others.” By sharing her struggles, triumphs, and everything in between, this brave, beautiful woman is doing just that. Stay strong! And keep up the great job, Arthur, in taking care of your mom.
Hear more from Selma about her disease in the interview below. Share to spread awareness about what it’s like to live with a chronic condition like MS.
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