[Video] Selma Blair opens up about her MS diagnosis

February 26, 2019

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You might already know that the fight against Multiple Sclerosis is VERY near and dear to my heart because my mom has been battling MS for nearly a decade. It's a disease most people aren't familiar with until someone close to them, or maybe even they themselves, receives a diagnosis. 


Actress Selma Blair was diagnosed with MS last year, and I have been closely following her on Instagram to understand her story. She has been so transparent and so open about what she's been facing, and in turn has been a champion for millions of people living with MS whose voices are not so widely heard. 

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 . 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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She sat down with Robin Roberts after her emotional return to the Red Carpet at the Oscars and gave a brave, sometimes tearful interview. 


Her diagnosis is unique, as each one is, and it is a reminder to me that MS does not discriminate. It doesn't care if you're male or female, or if you're famous or not. And the fight for a cure will take all of us, and it's within reach!!


KISW's Walk MS Team is back at it on Saturday, April 6th in Snohomish and I would LOVE to have you join our team, raising funds and awareness for a world free from Multiple Sclerosis. 


If you can't join us for the walk, please consider making a donation to support the live-changing work of the National MS Society


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I can't express enough how much I appreciate Selma Blair stepping into the spotlight, not being afraid to stand proud and talk about MS. It means a great deal to see someone utilize such a massive platform to bring people together for increased awareness.  

This was a pleasure. A gift of love and support to all of us from @goodmorningamerica @robinrobertsgma and me --. Meeting and talking with #robinroberts was everything . Tune in #february26 to see the interview on #goodmorningamerica. #ms #warriors #support #stillanactress #mom #keepon #thebestisyettocome ⭐️ #notcopyandpasted. --

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And thank you, Rockaholics, for always supporting me, my awesome mom and the MILLIONS of others impacted by Multiple Sclerosis. 


Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly