Selma Blair Reveals ‘I Have Multiple Sclerosis’

“I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy,” the “Another Life” actress writes. “But we are doing it”

Last Updated: October 20, 2018 @ 8:21 PM

Selma Blair has revealed that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August.

The “Cruel Intentions” star wrote in a lengthy Instagram post Saturday that she decided to share the news after a two-day wardrobe fitting for her Netflix show “Another Life,” saying that the show’s costumer, Allisa Swanson, not only designs what her character wears, but also helps her dress.

“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,” Blair wrote.

Although she added that the symptoms of the disease are worsening, it’s not stopping her from living her life.

“By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job,” she wrote. “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.”

Blair went on to say that she has had symptoms for years and is, at least, relieved to know what she’s dealing with.

“I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself,” Blair wrote. “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.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, multiple sclerosis is a disease in which the “immune system attacks the sheath that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.” An estimated 2.3 million people live with MS, which affects more women than men.

Read Blair’s entire message below.

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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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