Actress Selma Blair has revealed that she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The star of Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy movies and Cruel Intentions took to Instagram recently to reveal, in a lengthy and emotional post, that she has been diagnosed with the disease. While Blair certainly has a long road ahead of her, it appears as though she's taking the diagnosis as well as could be expected.
The 46-year-old actress is currently filming her new Netflix series Another Life. In her Instagram post, Selma Blair explained that an on-set experience she had with costumer Allisa Swanson, in part, inspired her to share her recent diagnosis with her followers. Here's what Blair had to say.
"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."
Approximately 2.3 million people have Multiple Sclerosis worldwide. The disease is often disabling and affects the central nervous system of the body, disrupting the flow of information to the brain, making it difficult for the brain to communicate with the body. In her post, Selma Blair thanked many of her friends, including Jaime King, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., Tara Subkoff, Noah Newman and Another Life executive producer Noreen Halpern. Blair was diagnosed with the disease back in August. She continued in her post, explaining that she's unsure of the future, but thankful for those who helped her get to this point.
"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."
In addition to her continued acting work, Selma Blair has also been a leader in the #MeToo movement ever since it began last year. Aside from her new Netflix series, Blair also has a movie titled The Great Illusion in post-production, Be sure to check out Selma Blair's Instagram post in its entirety for yourself below.