Selma Blair came to our attention in the 1998 movie Brown’s Requiem and has gone on to appear in a series of roles in hit TV shows and big budget fantasy movies.
But in October her fans were left shocked when she announced she had multiple sclerosis. The Detroit-born star said she thought she’d had the disease for 15 years but had only been diagnosed this year.
As she remains open about her journey, she recently posted a picture of herself with a cane and has been overwhelmed by the support in response.
Now she’s helping thousands of others with the same condition.
The 46-year-old actress posted the image, the first one of her using her cane, without any comment.
“What’s with the cane?” one fan commented.
Selma replied: “I use one.”
Selma Blair was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August 2018.
“I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of [the doctor] trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve,” she wrote on Instagram.
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a “neurodegenerative disease,” Selma explained. As it disrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body it affects people in different ways.
The disease affects at least two to three more times women than men, according to the National MS Society.
“I don’t always get the [nerve] impulses from brain to body. And fall and lose balance,” she explained to a fan.
Due to her loss of balance she has started to use a cane.
On December 24, Selma posted her first photo of herself using a cane on Instagram at the Kardashian-Jenner Christmas Eve party.
It prompted a lot of questions from her fans.
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Merry Christmas Eve. This was heaven. Thank you @krisjenner and the whole #Kardashian #west #jenner family for being so welcoming and generous and fun and truly such a dear family. I need a hug from you @krisjenner , but I got lost in the magical Christmas snow. #beautifulevening ??❄️ #fauxsnow
Selma explained in the comments that her cane not only helped her to keep her balance but also alert others that “I may trip (likely) or fall or slur. So the cane kind of alerts others.”
Hundreds posted comments of support including other MS sufferers.
A few days later, Selma posted another photo of herself with her cane with a quote from writer Jean Améry.
“I had grasped well that there are situations in life where our body is our entire self and fate. I was in my body and nothing else… My body was my calamity,” she wrote.
Many people commented and thanked her for her openness about the disease.
“I can’t feel my left side still and afraid I will injure it,” she wrote in response to a comment. “Total anesthesia limbs. I crash to bathroom every night.”
Hard to accept
She also wrote about her difficulty accepting that she can’t do everything that she used to do before her diagnosis.
“Ms is different for everyone,” she said. “It is an adjustment I will not totally accept. I can’t feel most of my body. I feel short tempered with my limitations sometimes. I want to jump and ride my horse again.”
Thank you for your honesty and bravery Selma, you are helping so many others.
Please share so others can see!