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."
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.
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— Megan Mullally (@MeganMullally) October 21, 2018
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— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) October 20, 2018
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— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 21, 2018
I was dxd with MS at 30.— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) October 21, 2018
I can so relate to how #SelmaBlair feels.
I am grateful to all celebs who share their dx stories.
They help demystify #disability & broaden awareness. #CripTheVote
Selma Blair emotionally reveals #multiplesclerosis diagnosis: https://t.co/qfRzdxcl5k
Hi @SelmaBlair I’m a #multiplesclerosis sister too like @JaniceDean and I’ve been diagnosed for 18 years. Thank you for sharing your diagnosis because we all are here to suppprt each other. There is life to be lived and let us know how we can help you in your journey. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/5BTNywxHNj— Krys (@krysflorida) October 21, 2018
@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.— Sydney Allenberg (@Skya0922) October 21, 2018
STAY STRONG NOT ALONE!— Carolyn Holmes (@HolmesCarolyn23) October 21, 2018
@SelmaBlair my prayers are w/you. I understand as I am an #MSWarrior— Chef Monica (@mChefsmith) October 21, 2018
Diagnosed in 2014. Im suppose to be in a wheelchair but I keep walking, moving & living. Never give up. Together w/@mssociety we are #MSStrong ❤️ pics of me getting my MS Drug infused pic.twitter.com/vrgZwFgM7S
They just found 14 lesions on my brain, heading to Cleveland Clinic next month. We will rise above 🙌🏻— Kelly (@kellyproudUSA) October 21, 2018
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— catsnexttime (@catsnexttime) October 21, 2018
@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.— jane isabel neutron 🏳️🌈 (@caite_m8) October 21, 2018
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— John Collier (@FriendsUnitedUK) October 21, 2018
I’m 28 years into MS Selma. The current available treatments and info are wonderful. Stay active, learn, and you’ll be fine. There are lots of resources out there. All my best! 🌹— Robert Shepherd (@THEHOKIE) October 21, 2018
Admiring Selma Blair’s bravery. Celebrities fighting autoimmune disease in public brings awareness, research and strength to others in a similar boat.— mstewartmoan (@mstewartsloan) October 21, 2018
Thanks so much to @SelmaBlair for speaking up so few people understand this Disease we need awareness but most of all we need a cure! #MS #findacure wishing you all the best Selma! https://t.co/bCU6Muzs7R— Ashlinn Ralston (@mamarocks2) October 21, 2018
@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.— ib dribbles (@iamdribbles) October 21, 2018
"Another Life" is a science fiction drama series that also stars Katee Sackhoff, Tyler Hoechlin and Justin Chatwin. Currently in production, Netflix has not yet scheduled a premiere date.
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