Selma Blair’s awe-inspiring battle against multiple sclerosis
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Selma Blair who is an American actress has been described as “inspiring” and “brave” for speaking out about living with multiple sclerosis (MS).
She was dropping things, her pinky was shaking, and her leg felt numb. The actress opened up about the shame she felt in an emotional ABC interview.
Doctor’s would not take Selma seriously. They thought she was just an exhausted single mom. Selma Said, ‘And I even got to the point where I said I need go to work and I have to say awake. I dropped my son of at school a mile away and before I got home I had have to pull over and a take a nap.And I was ashamed, and I was doing the best I could, and I was a great mother, but it was killing. She reached out to fellow actor Michael J. Fox who has been publicly battling Parkinson’s disease for years.’
Even though they didn’t know each other, he supported her on quest to finding answers. She struggled for 7 more years of unexplained pain and fatigue and would sometimes self medicate and drink out of despair. Selma kept a brave face for her son, Arthur Saint. It wasn’t until she fell in front of a doctor that her symptoms were taken seriously. The diagnosis was a relief. She added that, ‘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.’
Telling her son that she had multiple sclerosis was the most difficult part. Armed with a sense of purpose she shared he diagnosis on Instagram. Selma made her first public appearance since the diagnosis at the Vanity Fair Oscar party. She rocked a custom cane and designer gown and cried tears of joy when reporters showed her support. She is now creating a clothing line for people with disabilities. And starring in a new Netflix show.
She gracefully lets the costume designer help her get in and out of outfits while filming and she is never afraid to lean on her friends for support. Selma’s perseverance inspires us all to take things one moment at a time let go things we can’t control and always find love and laughter in the midst of it all. She ended her conversation with ABC host Robin Roberts with powerful words.
She said that, ‘I’m still an actress. Momma’s gootta still bring home the bacon. I’m a single mom. Let’s meet again next year and see if I’m better. If I’m not, and I can still have a conversation that’s good enough. I was a little scared of talking and even my neurologist said ‘ No, this will bring a lot of awareness, noon has the energy to talk when they are in flare up. But I do. Because I love a camera.’
Source: Life Stories (Facebook Page) , The Cut