Fans on social media praise the star for bringing awareness to the disease, while many currently living with MS offer words of support and encouragement.
After a moving encounter during a wardrobe fitting for her upcoming Netflix series "Another Life," Selma Blair decided to reveal her recent multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
The veteran actress wrote the post in part to praise costume designer Allisa Swanson, who patiently worked with her during the process, even going so far as to help dress her as needed, with Blair saying Swanson "not only designs the pieces Harper Glass 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."
She went on to praise and appreciate the "understanding producers" at Netflix, willing to work with her as she described her condition as "in an exacerbation," which indicates worsening symptoms.
"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," Blair revealed. "But we are doing it."
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According to the actress, she was first diagnosed on August 16, and spoke of the emotional and psychological struggle's she's endured since then. "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," she explained. "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."
In a way, the actress described the diagnosis as a relief, because it gave some clarity to years of symptoms, speculating that she's probably had MS for 15 years. It was "Saved by the Bell" actress Elizabeth Berkley who recommended Blair see her brother, who was able to provide the diagnosis after seeing lesions on her MRI.
She also thanked the support of famous friends like Jaime King, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. And after her touching post, Blair received even more support from celebrities and fans around the world via social media, including many kind words of support and encouragement from people living with MS themselves.
damn, it's hard to know what to say, except i'm terribly sorry to hear this, and thank you for your courage and for coming forward, selma. you're helping hundreds of thousands of people. Selma Blair Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis | Hollywood Reporter https://t.co/DowTufN2iA
You are a stellar being, Selma Blair. Your truth and honesty will help so many. Blessings on your journey #MS #SelmaBlair Reveals Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis in Emotional Instagram Post - The Hollywood Reporter https://t.co/t6FUTALWBI
Hi @SelmaBlair I'm a #MultipleSclerosis sister. I was diagnosed 13 years ago. We're grateful you told us because so many are afraid to. I promise you will be ok. The diagnosis is scary, but it gets better. I promise. Please let me know if I can help. You are not alone. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Mo2UpeH6uB
@SelmaBlair I to was diagnosed with MS in 2016. Thank you for sharing your story. I am glad that you prove that people can still live life with the disease. More power to you and @Montel_Williams. I have new people to look up to regarding this disease.
You will be fine..I've had it for 18 years. I was lucky enough to be diagnosed quickly so treatment was started right away. That's important!!! Prayers for you! ⚡️ “Selma Blair reveals multiple sclerosis diagnosis”https://t.co/DZdyX4jskV
@SelmaBlair told the world she has MS, and now loads of people aren't afraid to talk about their chronic illnesses. that's real influence. i don't have MS but i have an unnamed autoimmune disorder (bc only 7 known people have it) and i have chiari malformation. we're with you.
I am grateful that people like #SelmaBlair and @JackOsbourne are so open and honest about their #MS it is a very personal condition that is different for every #MSWarrior but knowing we are not alone is both encouraging and heart lifting 🙏 @mssociety
@SelmaBlair Heard the news, I'm crushed...wife and I have love and prayers for you and your family. Stay strong...didn't know what else to do except we made a large financial donation to the MS foundation.