Actor Selma Blair, known for her roles in Cruel Intentions and Hellboy, said in an Instagram post on Saturday evening that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August. While Blair only recently learned of her condition, in the post she said she may have been exhibiting symptoms for 15 years.
In the post Blair said that she struggled with mobility on her left side, that her memory is often foggy, and that she struggles with fatigue. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic condition that affects the brain and or the spinal cord and can cause vision problems, muscle stiffness, balance problems, fatigue and others.
Blair is currently filming Another Life, a new Netflix series co-starring Katee Sackhoff, about astronauts on a mission to explore the origin of an alien artifact. Blair said she felt empowered to talk openly about her diagnosis because of the help she’s received from Another Life’s costume designer, Allisa Swanson. “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.”
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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.
Multiple sclerosis is a neurological disease that occurs when there’s a breakdown in communication between the brain and other parts of the body, according to the National Institutes of Health. Symptoms include blurred vision and difficulty with coordination and balance.
Multiple sclerosis affects 400,000 people in the United States and 2.1 million people worldwide, the NIH says. “I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know,” she posted.