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Selma Blair Opens Up About The ‘Uncontrollable Anxiety’ She’s Experienced Since MS Diagnosis

by Angela Andaloro

Selma Blair is best known for her roles in Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde. She has enjoyed a career with many successes, but she’s managed to avoid some of the public scrutiny that some of her peers have endured. Many aren’t aware that Selma has a 6-year-old son, Arthur Saint, with ex-boyfriend and fashion designer Jason Bleick.

As a single mom, Selma’s decided to get back into Hollywood a bit more. She recently appeared as Kris Jenner in FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. She’s currently working on a sci-fi series for Netflix called Another Life.

During filming for Another Life, Selma revealed that she’d been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS is a disease of the central nervous system where communication between the brain and other parts of the body is disrupted, as defined by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Now she’s letting the public into her life a bit more, describing how the illness impacts her everyday living.

Selma Blair has always been an amazing actress. That said, she’s also always been more low-key and private than many of her peers.

Selma has been an actress since 1995. She’s enjoyed the kind of career many people dream of in Hollywood, always working but never really being hounded by the press and public.

These days, Selma is happy raising her 6-year-old son with ex Jason Bleick. She’s also working on a number of new projects.

While filming a Netflix series she has been working on called Another Life, Selma made a shocking admission to fans. During a shout-out to costume designer Allisa Swanson, Selma revealed she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

In the post, Selma acknowledged that Allisa doesn’t just put together her outfits for the show. She also helps dress Selma, who struggles with certain movements as a result of MS.

“I am disabled,” Selma wrote in the caption where she explained her diagnosis. “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.”

As she thanked the many people who have supported her, she shared wishes for the future: “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. “

Since coming forward with her diagnosis in October, Selma has posted more photos of herself using her cane. It seems she’s becoming more comfortable with letting the public in on what she’s going through.

More recently, Selma has opened up about the anxiety she’s dealt with since her diagnosis. She said, “There is a truth with neurodegenerative brain disease. It is uncomfortable. It is a stadium of uncontrollable anxiety at times.”

She went on to explain how draining some basic tasks can be. “Going out, being sociable holds a heavy price,” she said. “My brain is on fire. I am freezing. We feel alone with it even though the loving support has been a god send and appreciated. People write me asking how I do it. I do my best.”

Selma’s diagnosis has also kept her from horseback riding, which she loves. She’s reunited with her horse in this photo. She explained, “I choke with the pain of what I have lost (riding) and what I dare hope for. and how challenging it is to walk around. But my smiles are genuine. This is ok. Life is an adventure with many shards of awakening.”

As tough as this has all been, Selma wants it to be clear that her life is not about suffering. She said, “Some outlets use quotes as clickbait of suffering. My life is not about suffering. These are moments of sharing in a way that some may find too much, but there is positivity in these posts.”

Selma hopes to bring a new face and perspective to those interested in learning about MS. She wants to share her struggles alongside her successes to show that both are possible and real. “I am succeeding and love my life,” she explained. “It is doable to have some rough moments and express it.”

We applaud Selma for her strength and honesty. Her approach to the conversation around MS will show so many people how it’s possible to both live with it and thrive.