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Actor Selma Blair reveals that she has multiple sclerosis

MS diagnosis came in August but Hollywood star has lived with symptoms for years

The American actor Selma Blair has been praised for speaking candidly about having multiple sclerosis (MS).

In an Instagram post the 46-year-old Cruel Intentions star said she had been officially diagnosed in August but had experienced symptoms for years.

I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS,” she wrote. “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.”

Multiple sclerosis is a lifelong condition, which can affect the brain or spinal cord. It can cause a wide range of symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

According to the NHS, it is two to three times more likely in women than men and is usually diagnosed in people in their 20s and 30s.

Blair, who will appear in the Netflix series Another Life, said the “profound” help she received from costume designer Allisa Swanson had inspired her to speak openly about her condition.

[S]he 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,” she wrote.

I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow.

There is no cure for MS but symptoms can sometimes be managed with painkillers or drugs to reduce nerve inflammation, physical therapy to ease muscle stiffness or medication to slow progression.

Genevieve Edwards, director of external affairs at the MS Society, said many people living with MS would be grateful for Blair’s decision to speak out.

She’ll raise vital awareness of a condition that affects more than 100,000 people in the UK,” she said. “MS is unpredictable and different for everyone so, as the actress revealed, you can live with symptoms for years and not receive a diagnosis.”

There is no cure for MS but thereare a range of treatments available for the relapsing form of the condition, as well as new research-led developments happening all the time, Edwards added.

According to the NHS, more than eight in 10 people with MS are diagnosed with the relapsing remitting type. A person with relapsing remitting MS will have episodes of new or worsening symptoms, which can occur without warning but are sometimes associated with periods of illness or stress. These can worsen and last for days, weeks or months, then slowly improve over a similar time period.

What’s most encouraging about Selma’s post is the attitude of her colleagues. Having the right support around you is crucial because when your employer takes time to understand MS, you can enjoy a full working life for as long as you want or are able to.

Blair discussed the support she had received from her producers, writing: “By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix , I have a job. A wonderful job.” Her producer Noreen Halpern assured her “everyone has something”. Blair added that all members of the crew had been supportive.


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‘Heathers’ Reboot Enlists Selma Blair

The hourlong dark dramedy will air on Paramount Network in 2018.

Selma Blair has booked a recurring role in the hourlong dark dramedy set to air on the upcoming Paramount Network in 2018.

Heathers is an anthology based on the 1998 Christian Slater-Winona Ryder cult movie of the same name. It was scheduled to debut in the fall on TV Land, but is now expected to launch in the first quarter of 2018 on Paramount Network (which is being rebranded from Spike TV in January). Heathers went through the development and pilot process as a half-hour comedy but shifted to an hourlong dramedy after the final cut clocked in at more than 40 minutes. It was slated to be TV Land’s first hourlong entry.

The 10-episode series is set in the present day and features a new set of popular-yet-evil Heathers — only this time the outcasts have become high school royalty. Heather McNamara (originally played by Lisanne Falk) will be portrayed by Jasmine Mathews; Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty in the film) is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath (Brendan Scannell); and Heather Chandler (originally Kim Walker) has a body like Martha Dumptruck and will be played by Melanie Field. Newcomers James Scully and Grace Victoria Cox star as J.D. and Veronica, respectively. Original Heathers star Doherty guest-stars in the pilot, which was directed by Leslye Headland and written by Jason Micallef.

Blair will take on the role of Jade, Heather Duke’s (Scannell) step-mother, described as a stripper and menthol smoker who is rough around the edges but with a bit of glamor to her. She’s biding her time until her 82-year-old husband kicks the bucket.

Blair’s recent TV credits include playing Kris Jenner on People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Her last sizable role was opposite Charlie Sheen on FX’s Anger Management. On the big screen, her credits include Hellboy, Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions.


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Selma Blair breaks down, says she’s ‘still crying’ after driving away from gas pump with nozzle still in

Selma Blair had a pretty rough Friday.

The “Mothers and Daughters” star took to Instagram to share a video of herself looking a little teary-eyed, and detailing her unlucky day in the caption. According to Blair, the series of misfortunes began after she drove away from a gas pump with the nozzle still in her fuel tank.

Ok. So my head is still pounding,” she explained. “I drove away from a gas pump with the nozzle still in. I was chastised for wearing fur but that was weird ’cause it was teddy bear fur. And then I paid for the broken pump so that was over a 500 dollar tank of gas. Felt awful for being so absent minded.

Then I burst into tears in front of barista after ordering and made everyone uncomfortable,” she added. “Still crying. And I ran out of dog food. And excedrin. Can I have someone say this will pass? #waytogo #crapday #stillgrateful #makemelaughplease #timetoplaywithmylittleone.

And judging by her latest pic, it appears that’s exactly what she did on Saturday! The 44-year-old actress shared a sweet photo with her 5-year-old son, Arthur, who accidentally woke her up by placing his feet on her face.

Too cute!

Back in June, the Southfield, Michigan, native suffered a much more serious incident during a flight, which resulted in her having to be removed from the plane.