Sarah Michelle Gellar Praises Selma Blair For 'Not Letting MS Diagnosis Define Her'
Two decades have passed since Cruel Intentions hit cinema screens, but Sarah Michelle Gellar's friendship with co-star Selma Blair hasn't wavered: The Buffy The Vampire Slayer actress just praised Selma for not letting her MS diagnosis define her in a heartfelt Instagram.
Selma, who went public with her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in October last year, made her first red carpet appearance at the Oscars party on Sunday evening. Clips posted from the event show the actress totally owning a custom cane she now uses to walk while wearing a gorgeous floor-length dress in pastel colours with a sweetheart neckline.
Sarah took to her personal Instagram page to gush over her bestie hours later, declaring that to say she's proud "would be a gross understatement" ahead of her Good Morning America appearance.
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This is my dear friend @selmablair Last night she stood on the world stage for the first time, since being diagnosed with MS. And later this week, she is taking an even bigger step, and speaking publicly on @goodmorningamerica (with, my girl crush @robinrobertsgma ) To say I'm proud, would be a gross understatement. When I have a cold, I want to hide from the world under my covers. But not Selma. She is facing this diagnosis, the way she faces everything, with dignity, grace and head on. I know the support and encouragement that she has received on this platform has truly been a source of strength for her. This is not an easy journey, but Selma will not let this define her. I love you James.
"This is my dear friend @selmablair Last night she stood on the world stage for the first time, since being diagnosed with MS. And later this week, she is taking an even bigger step, and speaking publicly on @goodmorningamerica (with, my girl crush @robinrobertsgma)," enthused Sarah.
"To say I'm proud, would be a gross understatement. When I have a cold, I want to hide from the world under my covers. But not Selma.
"She is facing this diagnosis, the way she faces everything, with dignity, grace and head on.
"I know the support and encouragement that she has received on this platform has truly been a source of strength for her. This is not an easy journey, but Selma will not let this define her. I love you James."
And in the comments section, 46-year-old Blair replied: "I love you so dearly."
Since her diagnosis, Sarah has publicly supported her longtime pal on social media. "I love you, I'm proud of you, and there is nothing I wouldn't do for you," penned the actress as Blair's MS was revealed to 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.
Selma spoke candidly of the condition on Good Morning America too, telling hosts: "I am doing very well. I am very happy to see you. Being able to just put out what being in the middle of an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis is like.
"So my speech, I have spasmodic dysphonia right now.
"...It is interesting to be here to say this is what my particular case looks like right now."
"I had tears," she explained as she was diagnosed, initially believing she had a pinched nerve. "They weren't tears of panic, they were tears of knowing that I now had to give in to a body that had loss of control and there was some relief in that."
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Sara Michelle Gellar