Hollywood actress Selma Blair has revealed she has multiple sclerosis.

The actress shared on Instagram that she was diagnosed with the immune disease in August.

The 46-year-old was inspired to share her health update by the kindness of costumer Allisa Swanson on the Netflix show they’re currently working on, Another Life.

Selma wrote that Swanson “carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself”.


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“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.”

“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 wrote.

The actress apparently had MS symptoms for years and says she probably “had this incurable disease for 15 years at least.”

After finding lesions, which are typically found on the spinal cord or in the brain, she’s “been in the thick of it.”

Selma says she hopes “to give some hope to others. And even to myself. … I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse.”

She added that she’s “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.”


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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.

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  • Wishing her all the best and hopefully managing her health the best she can.

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  • I recently saw a photo of Selma in a gossip mag. She was walking with a walking stick. Now I know why. Best wishes for the future, it’s gonna get tough

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  • You are an amazing person no matter what, you are brave to come out with it not many people do. Also not many accept that they have it. Very very hard to go through and process

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  • Thats terrible news for her. I hope she can bring some comfort to other sufferers by sharing her journey.

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  • It must be very hard to find out you have MS. I wish her all the best and hope the road ahead is manageable for her.


    • There are incredible support services out there – so wishing her the best also.

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  • She shows strength in the midst of the challenge of this difficult degenerative disease.

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  • Good on Selma for sharing and raising awareness about Multiple Sclerosis.

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  • What an awful thing to have..
    I’m happy that she is getting up and about and still doing acting.

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  • It changes your life, celeb or not. So brave to share it with the world

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  • So overwhelming indeed. She’s taking everything with the right attitude, but it’s surely hard, very hard.

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  • How terribly sad! Such an awful illness!

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