Why Selma Blair Says She Chose To Reveal Her Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

"I have MS and I am ok."

Over the weekend, actress Selma Blair shared a powerful Instagram post in which she expressed gratitude and optimism while revealing that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in August.

Blair posted a selfie from a recent wardrobe fitting for the upcoming Netflix series Another Life. In the caption, she shared that costume designer Allisa 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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Her gratitude for Swanson's kindness was so "profound," she writes, that she chose to share her diagnosis with followers. According to the Mayo Clinic, MS is a disease of the central nervous system that can lead to nerve damage, with symptoms including numbness, loss of vision, lack of coordination, and fatigue.

"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," Blair wrote of her symptoms. "But we are doing it."

She went on to thank friends for their support, including Jaime King, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Freddie Prinze Jr., as well as those involved with the new show. She also thanked Elizabeth Berkley, who encouraged Blair to see her brother, Dr. Jason Berkley. She shared that has likely had the disease for at least 15 years

Blair got honest about her experience, and why she decided to share it publicly:

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. 

The post has received more than 88,000 likes as of this writing, with fans showing their support in the comments. Some have even shared that they or their loved ones have the disease. Blair's friend Jaime King also posted a photo of the two of them on her own Instagram, writing, "To the strongest woman I know... Always got your back. I love you Blair. Let's do this."

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