Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers Praise Selma Blair For Opening Up About Diagnosis
People with multiple sclerosis have thanked Cruel Intentions star Selma Blair for opening up about being diagnosed with the condition.
The actor, 46, revealed she is living with the lifelong illness in a post on Instagram.
"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 wrote.
View this post on InstagramI 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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"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," she added.
Blair, who has a seven-year-old, described her diagnosis as 'overwhelming', but said she wanted other MS sufferers like her to seek out help and support.
"I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others," she wrote. "And even to myself. You can't get help unless you ask."
Since opening up about her diagnosis on social media, hundreds of people with MS have thanked Blair for talking openly about her condition and offered the actor words of support and advice.
Writing on Twitter, senior meteorologist at Fox News Janice Dean said: "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."
Journalist Victoria Bradsworth said she was diagnosed with MS at 30.
"I can so relate to how Selma Blair feels. I am grateful to all celebs who share their dx stories.
They help demystify disability & broaden awareness," she wrote on Twitter.
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. :heart: pic.twitter.com/Mo2UpeH6uB
- Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) October 21, 2018
Others praised Blair for being honest about the impact of her diagnosis.
One Instagram user wrote: "Thank you for sharing. I was diagnosed almost 4 years ago. My brother and sister both have it.
"I was 24, diagnosed not long after having my son who's now 17, I'll be the big 40 next month," another person wrote on Instagram. "MS will make you fall, cry, laugh, get angry, go in denial. But always take help when offered... Just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you."
Another wrote on Instagram: "Thank you for sharing. I keep putting off seeing a neurologist. You are in inspiring to make the call. You are a warrior and life isn't over, it has just changed direction."
Another woman said she had been diagnosed in her 20s, commenting: "You're not alone. You can do it. Even on the days you don't feel like you can. Thank you for sharing it's so important for people to know that they aren't alone and that you can be successful and happy with this diagnosis and taking away the stigma," she wrote.
MS is an incurable condition of the central nervous system, which causes symptoms such as vision loss, pain, impaired coordination and muscle weakness.
According to the charity MS Trust, there are around 110,000 people with MS in the UK, of which around 70 per cent are women.
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