Selma Blair Said She Cried With 'Relief' Over MS Diagnosis
Selma Blair has described the emotional moment she finally discovered she had multiple sclerosis.
The Cruel Intentions actor said that despite experiencing symptoms many years ago, doctors dismissed her pain as simply exhaustion and new motherhood.
Blair said when it was confirmed that she was living with MS, she "had tears".
"They weren't tears of panic," she explained in a new interview with Good Morning America. "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."
The actor told reporter Robin Roberts that she began experiencing problems with her health just after she gave birth to her son, Arthur Saint, in 2011.
"Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal," Blair said. "And I was self-medicating when he wasn't with me. I was drinking. I was in pain. I wasn't always drinking, but there were times when I couldn't take it."
“I was really struggling with, ‘How am I gonna get by in life?’” she added. “And not taken seriously by doctors, just, ‘Single mother, you’re exhausted, financial burden, blah, blah, blah.’”
Blair said that after receiving her diagnosis, she faced the task of having to explain to her now 7-year-old son what the news meant.
"I did have to tell him after the MRI. I said, 'I have something called multiple sclerosis,'" she said. "And he almost cried and said, 'Will it kill you?' And I said, 'No. I mean, we never know what kills us, Arthur. But this is not the doctor telling me I'm dying.' And he was like, 'Oh, ok,' and that was it."
Blair first wrote about her MS diagnosis on Instagram in October 2018, along with a behind-the-scenes photo of a wardrobe fitting for the upcoming Netflix series, Another Life.
"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," she told her followers.
The actor made her first public appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscars party over the weekend, rocking a pastel gown with her walking stick, in what's been hailed as a powerful moment for disability visibility.
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