Selma’s sad bat­tle

Aftera dev­as­tat­ing di­ag­no­sis, the ac­tress is hang­ing on to hope

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Contents -

Be­hind the smiles, ac­tress Selma Blair has been lead­ing a life of sor­row, trou­bled for years by a mys­te­ri­ous health con­di­tion. Now, the 46-yearold fi­nally has some an­swers, hav­ing been di­ag­nosed with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis.

Sto­ically, the star of Cruel In­ten­tions has vowed to stay strong since dis­cov­er­ing in Au­gust that she has the au­toim­mune dis­ease, which af­fects the cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem. And the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind her fight to stay healthy is her beloved seven-year-old son Arthur.

Al­though Selma ad­mits it’s “over­whelm­ing” and she con­stantly wants to sleep, she’s de­ter­mined to bat­tle on for the sake of her lit­tle boy.

“I am a forth­com­ing per­son and I want my life to be full some­how,” she wrote on Oc­to­ber 20, when she broke the news on In­sta­gram. “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.”


Put­ting on a brave face, the ac­tress went on to de­tail some of her symp­toms.

“I am dis­abled,” she wrote. “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. I don’t know ex­actly what I will do pre­cisely, but I will do my best.”

Selma ini­tially be­lieved she had a pinched nerve un­til her friend and fel­low ac­tress Eliz­a­beth Berkley per­suaded her to see her brother Ja­son Berkley, who’s a doc­tor.

Al­though the di­ag­no­sis is scary, the ac­tress is re­lieved to fi­nally get to the bot­tom of symp­toms that had been trou­bling her for years.

“I have prob­a­bly had this in­cur­able dis­ease for 15 years at least,” she re­veals. “And I am re­lieved to at least know. And share.”

Selma, who’s cur­rently film­ing the Net­flix sci-fi drama AnotherLife, has a net­work of close friends to lean on as she comes to terms with the dis­ease. Among those she thanked were Sarah Michelle Gel­lar and Jaime King.

“I love you, I’m proud of you and there is noth­ing I wouldn’t do for you,” Sarah shared af­ter Selma made the an­nounce­ment.

Jaime added, “Al­ways and for­ever, I will take care of you, love you and hold you. You are the strong­est woman I know. We will get through this be­cause you are a war­rior.”

Sad de­cline: Just last year, the ac­tress was able to carry Arthur. Selma was seen walk­ing with the aid of a cane af­ter re­veal­ing her di­ag­no­sis.

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