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BRAVE CHRISTINA GIVES MS THE FINGER Applegate’s nails send message as she battles disease

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GUTSY Christina Applegate is bravely thumbing her nose at crippling multiple sclerosis to inspire others — but sources say the ailing bombshell is caught in an increasing­ly desperate battle as the incurable disease relentless­ly ravages her body!

In her first public appearance since her

August 2021 announceme­nt that she was stricken with the debilitati­ng illness, the 51-year-old Anchorman actress accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and played the role of fearless heroine to nearperfec­tion.

Standing at a podium with her Married with Children co-star Katey Sagal physically supporting her from behind, a shockingly bloated and slowed Christina joked to the crowd, “By the way, I have a disease. Did you notice?” During another defiant moment at the tear-filled ceremony, she lifted her hands to show she’d painted the letters “F U M S” on her fingernail­s! “Christina was certainly never one to lack for

courage, and she’s bringing that same cannot-be-beaten attitude to the fight of her life against MS,” says an insider. “She didn’t want to appear cowed or beaten during her Walk of Fame ceremony, and she definitely pulled it off!

“It’s important to her to set an example of bravery for others who are dealing with the same illness.”

But as The National ENQUIRER previously reported, the married mother of 11-yearold Sadie Grace LeNoble has trod a difficult path since being diagnosed with the dire condition.

Christina is forced to walk with the aid of a cane. She recently admitted to having gained 40 pounds from lack of exercise and diminished mobility. She also shared her current starring role on Netflix’s Dead to Me series could be her last.

“With my disease, I don’t know how capable I am,” she says. “But this was a gift. This was a gift to me.” Florida internist Dr. Gabe Mirkin explains MS is a progressiv­e autoimmune disease that attacks the protective covering of nerves, resulting in damage that impacts the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Common symptoms include fatigue, pain, vision loss and coordinati­on problems.

“Unfortunat­ely, the truth is MS has no cure, and she will eventually become weaker and weaker until she loses control of her muscles,” says Mirkin, who has not treated the actress. He adds that it is a disease of “variable progressio­n, meaning it can take as long as 20 years to run its course.”

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The actress says diminished mobility led to added pounds
She showed up to receive
her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — and revealed
fingernail­s reading “F U M S”
NOW The actress says diminished mobility led to added pounds She showed up to receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — and revealed fingernail­s reading “F U M S”
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Katey Sagal
Christina was assisted by her former co-star Katey Sagal
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Sagal and Applegate
Married with Children’s David Faustino, Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal and Applegate

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