Selma Blair reveals she has multiple sclerosis

The 46-year-old said she suspects that she has unknowingly lived with the disease for at least 15 years. — AFP pic
The 46-year-old said she suspects that she has unknowingly lived with the disease for at least 15 years. — AFP pic

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 21 — Actress Selma Blair revealed she has multiple sclerosis yesterday, in an emotional Instagram post offering insight into her life with the illness.

The Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions star, 46, said she was diagnosed with the chronic central nervous system disease -- which causes symptoms including fatigue, pain and coordination problems -- in August after suffering symptoms “for years.”

“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,” she wrote.

Blair, who is currently working on Netflix sci-fi drama Another Life, said she revealed her diagnosis to share her gratitude toward costume designer Alissa Swanson, who “carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself.”

Blair also thanked celebrity friends including fellow Cruel Intentions star Sarah Michelle Gellar as well as Jaime King and other Hollywood friends for supporting her.

“I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others,” she said.

“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.” — AFP

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