Actress Selma Blair Reveals She Suffers From MS

By Chris Jasurek
Chris Jasurek
Chris Jasurek
Writer
October 21, 2018 Updated: October 21, 2018

Actress Selma Blair announced via an Instagram post that she has been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis for years and was officially diagnosed with the illness in August.

In an Instagram post on Oct. 20, the 46-year-old actress said she had been suffering the effects of the disease for about 15 years before she finally got the diagnosis.

Blair, who has a recurring role in the Netflix series Another Life, decided to share her condition with her fans after being deeply moved by how much help she was getting from her costume designer.

The costumer, Allisa Swanson, not only designed the clothing Blair’s character would wear—she spent her time and energy helping Blair dress each day.

Selma Blair attends the Stella McCartney
Selma Blair attends the Stella McCartney Autumn 2018 womenswear collection and Autumn Winter 2018 menswear collection on Jan. 16, 2018. (Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)

“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,” Blair posted on Instagram.

“I have #multiplesclerosis,” Blair posted. “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.”

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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 @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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Some Treatment, No Cure

Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease which affects the central nervous system.

MS causes the immune system to attack myelin, the fatty sheathes that protect the nerve fibers. Myelin functions like insulation, and when it is gone, the nerves short-circuit—nerve impulses don’t get to where they were intended or come through intermittently.

This leads to problems with balance, vision, muscle control, and a number of other basic bodily functions.

While there is no cure, there are drugs that can limit nerve inflammation, fight pain, and in some cases slow the disease’s progression.

MS usually starts affecting its victims between the ages of 20 and 50 and is twice as common in women as in men. Generally, people with MS have their life expectancy shortened by 5–10 years.

Despite the bad news, Blair said in her post that she was glad to finally get the diagnosis.

“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.”

Actress Selma Blair attends Paramount Network Launch Party
Actress Selma Blair attends Paramount Network Launch Party at Sunset Tower on Jan. 18, 2018. (Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

Support for Fellow Sufferers

Blair hoped that by coming forward she could help others suffering in the same situation.

“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.”

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