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Selma Blair Opens Up About Battle With Multiple Sclerosis

by Vera • 28 Feb 2019

In interviews with Good Morning America and Vanity Fair, Blair is speaking about her experience with MS to inspire hope in others.

Blair, 46, opened up about her health in a new Vanity Fair interview, published Tuesday about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis -- and the many years it took to receive the diagnosis -- has sparked an outpouring of praise and support.

On Sunday, she stepped out for her first public appearance since revealing her diagnosis and broke down in tears on the Vanity Fair Oscar party red carpet.

"I had tears. They weren't tears of panic," Selma told Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" in a taped interview that aired Tuesday. "They were tears of knowing I now had to give in to a body that had loss of control, and there was some relief in that."
Though Blair says she can no longer raise her arms to brush her hair, the actress told Vanity Fair: “There is a humility and a joy I have now, albeit a fatigued joy.”

“There’s no tragedy for me,” she said. “I’m happy, and if I can help anyone be more comfortable in their skin, it’s more than I’ve ever done before.”
Selma Blair first made public her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in October 2018 through an Instagram post saying: "I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation,” she wrote. “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.”



Blair said her doctor had told her she could have 90 percent of her powers back within a year.
"So this is to say, 'Let's meet again next year and see if I'm better,'" Blair told Robin Roberts. "If I'm not, and I can still have a conversation, that's good enough."

There is currently no cure for MS, but the condition can be managed with medications to decrease the hardness of relapses, worsening of symptoms, and injury to the body, according to the National MS Society. Overall, these FDA-approved medications are designed to slow the progression of the disease. Vocal, physical, and emotional improvement may also be suggested to enhance the quality of life.

   



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