"I burst into tears. These gifts get me through," Blair says of her new, personalized cane.
Stepping out at Sunday's Vanity Fair Oscars Party in Beverly Hills, the actress sported a gorgeous gown, matching cape and a cane personalized with her monogram.
The moment we will all be talking about tomorrow is the courageous #SelmaBlair, making her first appearance since announcing her MS diagnosis, at the VF Oscar party. She needs a cane to help walk, but she came to prove that no matter how tough this disease, she is a fighter. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/bCTo0hA59d— Jessica Radloff (@JRadloff) February 25, 2019
"This is love," she captioned an Instagram video of her manicurist painting SB on her new accessory. "How did I get so lucky?"
Blair went on to thank all the people who helped her find the cane and bling it out, including her boyfriend and Sunday-night date, David Lyons. "I burst into tears. These gifts get me through. I can't thank these three enough. There are angels."
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This is love 💓. @tombachik customizing my cane with my monogram and a real pink #diamond. How did I get so lucky? I wanted a special cane for #vanityfair dinner. So... @lyon_hearted went out and found patent leather and @bic_owen and he stitched it on. Hours of love put in. And then #tombachick made it especially magical. I burst into tears. These gifts to get me through. #subtle #chic #love. I can’t thank these three enough. There are angels. 🖤 #oscars2019
The 46-year-old actress publicly revealed her diagnosis in October of last year, opening up on social media about her daily struggle with the debilitating disease. MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body.
After a moving encounter during a wardrobe fitting for her upcoming Netflix series, "Another Life," the actress decided to share the sad news. She 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."
Blair went on to praise and appreciate the "understanding producers" at Netflix willing to work with her, describing her condition as exacerbating.
"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," she said. "But we are doing it."
According to the actress, she was first diagnosed on Aug. 16 and spoke of the emotional and psychological struggles 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. She speculated that she's likely 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.
At the time, Blair also thanked the support of famous friends like Jaime King, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. And after her touching post, she received even more support from celebrities and fans around the world.
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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 . 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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