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Selma Blair Shares Emotional Update About Her Health After Undergoing Experimental MS Treatment

by Kim Wong-Shing
Kim Wong-Shing is a staff writer at LittleThings. Her work spans beauty, wellness, pop culture, identity, food, and other topics. She is a contributing writer at NaturallyCurly, and her work has also appeared in HelloGiggles, Lifehacker, Wear Your Voice Magazine, and other outlets. She grew up in Philadelphia, attended Brown University, and is now based in New Orleans.

Selma Blair’s latest health update is honest, emotional, and inspiring — none of which is surprising at this point, because being super raw about her life with multiple sclerosis is Selma’s new MO.

Selma first revealed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in October 2018. She’s been stunningly transparent about her illness ever since, including how it makes her brain “glitchy” and how it has required her to start using mobility aids like a cane.

Recently, People published a heartfelt interview with Selma in which she described how her son helps support her.

“He’s had to endure a lot; he’s seen a lot,” she told the outlet. “He says, ‘Mommy’s not sick; Mommy’s brave.'”

Shortly after, Selma posted an update about her health on Instagram. She posted a photo of herself in the hospital with a freshly shaven head next to her Alinker bike. In the caption, she explained the experimental treatment she’d just undergone.

Selma Blair’s journey with MS has been a constant juggling act of figuring out the tools, tricks, and treatments that work for her particular case.

Most recently, she underwent an experimental treatment with her medical team.

While she didn’t share all of the nitty-gritty details with fans, she did post an emotional update on Instagram.

“Today is a banner day. I am being discharged from the care of an incredible team of nurses and techs and a visionary Dr. who believes in my healing as much as I do,” she wrote.

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“This has been a process,” she continued. “And will continue to be one.”

Because of the treatment, Selma is now immunocompromised for the next three months “at least.”

“So no kisses please,” she said.

She explained why she didn’t open up about the treatment sooner.

“I wanted to make sure all complications here were my private space. And we got through brilliantly,” she said.

Selma then thanked her supporters and promised to share more when she’s feeling up to it.

“I thank you all for your love and support and that extra dose of great with a @people cover. I see things so much more clearly now. And I am excited to share this journey when I am ready. For now, I have recovery,” she wrote.

In true Selma fashion, she humorously hashtagged the photo “#newimmunesystem #whodis?”

But despite her humor and strong spirit, living with MS can be really tough, and Selma doesn’t try to pretend it’s not. She made waves when she did an interview while experiencing spasmodic dysphonia, which makes her voice tremble.

In her interview with People, Selma explained that she still has spasmodic dysphonia. She also experiences “constant weakness and fatigue” and feels like “throwing up all the time.”

Through it all, she also has to remain a mom to her 8-year-old son Arthur.

But Arthur inherited his mom’s humor and resilience. Though he has had to see a lot of potentially tough things, like Selma falling down the stairs or rushing to the bathroom if she feels sick, he doesn’t seem to view her illness negatively.

She recently learned that he even likes having her visit his school. Selma says she’s happy to explain to the other kids at school why she “walks and talks funny.”

“I explain what’s happening and that my voice doesn’t hurt, and we have really decent exchanges,” she said. “I had no idea Arthur was proud of that.”

Indeed, Arthur calling her “brave” was one of Selma’s proudest moments.

He’s not only her biggest supporter, but also her biggest inspiration.

“My disease isn’t a tragedy, but I tell myself, ‘You’re going to live in a way that would be an example for yourself and your son,'” Selma told People.

Selma also opened up a window into her mind on Tuesday. She reflected on her sense of gratitude and what it’s like to share her journey with so many people.

“I am bowing down to all that have shown up for me. For my son. For my eventual recovery. For the curiosity to learn more on behalf of other people,” she wrote in an Instagram post.

“The women that have stopped me saying sharing has meant something. Thank you. I carry your faces in my pocket to fumble for and look at when I feel down. I root for the people willing to change their lives for the better every day. It’s brave. It’s worth it. Trying. Doing,” she continued.

Selma is such an inspiration to others — but it’s a two-way street, she says.

“Energy breeds energy. And I have been given so much and I send as much as I can back to all of you in your bed or crying in your car or numb or angry as you might even read this,” she wrote. “May the force be with you. Love.”