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Selma Blair discloses her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis in Instagram post

The actress was diagnosed in August.


Ellen Ioanes


Posted on Oct 21, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:36 am CDT

Selma Blair, the actress best known for her roles in classics like Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde, revealed in an emotional Instagram post on Sunday that she suffers from Multiple Sclerosis.

In the post, Blair described how she depends on the help of the costume designer on the set of her new Netflix show Another Life.

“The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflixshow , but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis,” the actress revealed.

Blair surmised that she had been suffering from MS for 15 years, but had never gotten a proper diagnosis until August of this year. Blair said that her friend Elizabeth Berkley, better known as Jessie Spano from Saved By The Bell, insisted that Blair go to see her brother, who is a doctor and gave her an accurate diagnosis.

MS is a neurological disease with symptoms like fatigue, trouble thinking, numbness and vision problems, among others. Its cause is presently unknown.

Blair expressed her gratitude for friends like Sarah Michelle Gellar, whom she worked with in Cruel Intentions, and Gellar’s husband, Freddie Prinze, Jr., as well as Netflix for giving her a job despite her disability.

Despite the gravity of the post, Blair managed to find a bit of humor in the situation.

“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,” the post reads. But if you see me , dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up.”

Blair’s post seems to have resonated; by this writing, it had 71,499 likes and lots of supportive comments from fans and MS patients.


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*First Published: Oct 21, 2018, 5:23 pm CDT