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Selma Blair Posts Photo Of Her MS Brain Scan That Looks Like ‘An Incredibly Precious’ Cheetah

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 posted a photo of her brain scan, and it’s surprisingly captivating.

Selma first announced her multiple sclerosis diagnosis to the world in October 2018.

The central nervous system disease causes symptoms like numbness, tremors, loss of balance, and slurred speech. Selma is now a leading advocate for MS. She used a cane at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party this year, and she did a groundbreaking interview in which she explained exactly what MS is like for her.

On Wednesday, Selma posted a recent MRI scan of her brain on Instagram. It shows a black-and-white brain image with colorful lit-up spots.

“What part of the brain looks like an incredibly precious face of a #cheetah?

#mri,” Selma wrote in the caption. “The glowing bits are part of the stuff that makes me feel so different. #christmaslights #activelesions.”

She added that she loves seeing images of her brain.

“I want to see. I want to see everything I can,” she wrote, adding the hashtag #beautifultrauma.

Selma Blair announced her multiple sclerosis diagnosis with an emotional post on Instagram in October. She’s remained incredibly open with fans about her journey with MS ever since.

Selma revealed that she’s experienced symptoms of MS since her son was born, but doctors never took her seriously. She initially thought the problem was a pinched nerve.

She’s currently in the middle of a flare-up or “exacerbation,” and her symptoms include a loss of coordination and numbness.

On Christmas Eve, Selma posted her first photo of herself using a cane.

“I usually hold onto someone’s arm if possible. But I need a balance. A cane,” Selma wrote at the time. “My cane is also to alert people I may trip (likely) or fall or slur.”

“MS is different for everyone,” she wrote in another post. “It is an adjustment I will not totally accept. I can’t feel most of my body. I feel short tempered with my limitations sometimes. I want to jump and ride my horse again.”

Nonetheless, Selma has remained impressively optimistic throughout her treatments, and her openness about the condition is deeply meaningful for fans with MS and other chronic illnesses.

Selma used a cane as part of her stunning outfit at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, and people could not believe how elegant she looked.

After the party, Selma sat down with Robin Roberts of Good Morning America for her first interview since the diagnosis. Her voice wavered as she spoke, which she explained was due to spasmodic dysphonia.

“I am doing very well,” Selma said. “I am very happy to see you just put out what being in the middle of an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis is like.”

Selma said she hoped her appearance at the Oscars would help bring more awareness to the disease. She’s still undergoing treatment with her medical team and agreed to meet with Robin again after a year to see how much she’s improved.

Recently, Selma got even more up close and personal with fans on social media by posting an actual scan of her brain.

“What part of the brain looks like an incredibly precious face of the #cheetah?” she captioned the photo.

“The glowing bits are part of the stuff that makes me feel so different. #christmaslights #activelesions,” she explained. “I love seeing images of my brain. I want to see. I want to see everything I can.”

The MRI scans are a way to track MS to see whether certain types of treatments are working and/or whether the lesions are growing.

Selma’s comments section turned into a supportive, open discussion forum among people with MS, as it always does when Selma opens up about another aspect of the disease. Fans shared their experiences, tips, and questions, and Selma replied to dozens of them.

“Take good care of you, beautiful lady, there are MS patients all over the world who are there with your battle, keeping our fingers crossed for you,” one fan wrote.

“I am on it,” Selma replied with a star emoji.

Again, Selma’s optimism was striking. About the glowing lesions on the scan, she said, “I think of them as a guiding light. Where I need to heal my brain.”

When one fan asked Selma to share some good news, she jokingly replied: “My son had 14 kills in Fortnite today?”

Selma noted that March is MS Awareness Month, and March 30 in particular is World MS Day. But she’s been an advocate for the disease all year long, and her work is just beginning.

Per another Instagram post, she may start working to bring mobility aids like her “walkable trike” to people in need.

It’s incredible that Selma is bringing so much awareness to MS — she’s doing so much good for the community.