Yes, Selma Blair Has MS (and Used a Cane at the Oscars)

Yes, Selma Blair Has MS (and Used a Cane at the Oscars)

She contacted Michael J. Fox early on, who proved to be very supportive.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that gets worse as the years go by. It targets the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain, and damages both it and the spinal cord.

Selma Blair, the American actor best known for her roles in the movie Brown’s Requiem, Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, The Sweetest Thing, and “American Crime Story”, walked the red carpet at this year’s Oscars with a black cane to keep herself steady after being diagnosed with the disease back in 2018.

A report on CNN describes her “relief” at being diagnosed, as it allowed her to find parameters for her health problems, and some answers.

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The Oscars event was Blair’s first public appearance since her diagnosis. Through her Twitter account, she divulged that socializing is particularly hard for her system, as her “brain is on fire”, and she “freezes”. She says she has trouble sleeping at night, but that  her “smiles are genuine” and that everything is OK, as “life is an adventure with many shards of awakening.”

Surely an inspiration to others suffering more privately with MS, Blair reached out to Michael J Fox once she was diagnosed, and said he proved to be very helpful and supportive.

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at the tender age of 29, back in 1991. He kept his condition from the public and disclosed it 7 years later, in 1998.

Blair continues to work as an actor creating content for Netflix.

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