Selma Blair, famous for her roles in Legally Blonde, The Sweetest Thing and Cruel Intentions shares what life was like after her MS diagnosis in August last year.
Hollywood, United States – Selma Blair has been struggling with her health since the birth of her son. She visited multiple doctors, none of which could accurately diagnose her.
She spent years feeling like she was fighting a battle with her body, falling down, falling asleep and losing feeling in her legs and fingers. She persisted to seek medical care, asking time and time again for an MRI scan so that they could see what was happening. Her doctors kept pushing her off, saying an MRI wasn’t necessary.
It wasn’t until she fell in front of her doctor that she was taken seriously. From there she went for testing and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
She calls it the snowflake disease as one person’s symptoms is never the same as the other. Her symptoms affect her leg and vocal cords. She has come forward with her diagnosis to raise awareness and highlight the seriousness of listening to your body and fighting to be heard by doctors.
She now hopes to work on a fashion line for people with disabilities, making clothing options more accessible for people with different needs.
She took to the red carpet for the first time over the weekend and looked flawless. As she stopped at the press section for photos, she burst into tears of joy because she didn’t ever think she would be back on that platform.
Even though she struggled with her body and her voice, she has continued to work, featuring in an upcoming movie “After” and Netflix TV series. In Hollywood where nothing is a secret when it comes stars, Selma was so grateful for everyone she worked with keeping her secret until she was ready to come out on her own.
Selma sat down with Robin Roberts from ABC News Nightline to talk about life after the MS diagnosis. She emotionally describes sharing the news with her son and shares her positive outlook on life now.
MS affects women more than men. In South Africa, people battling the disease can find help and support via Multiple Sclerosis South Africa (MSSA).
Watch her emotional interview below.