Selma Blair opens up about multiple sclerosis in poignant new interview

Selma Blair opens up about multiple sclerosis in poignant new interview

Blair opened up about her struggles with MS in an interview with Robin Roberts on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time) on Good Morning America.

Blair spoke about her love for the cameras on Monday, writing how wonderful it was to feel the "warmth of the bulbs" on Sunday night while walking the red carpet for the Vanity Fair Oscar party.

For the event, Blair wore a pink, mint green, ice blue, and black dress by Ralph & Russo that she paired with a custom cane to support her movement. Blair explained that she has spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological condition involving involuntary spasms in the muscles of the voice box or larynx. "It is interesting to be here to say this is what my particular case looks like right now". The Cruel Intentions star explained she "cried" when she was first diagnosed last August, but "they weren't tears of panic, they were tears of knowing that [she] now had to give in to a body that had loss of control". "Like, "Oh, good, I'll be able to do something". "I'm cooler than I thought, '" she quipped. "And there was some relief in that". I was drinking, I was in pain.

'If I can still have a conversation, that's good enough. And I got really kind of pissed off about it, because I was of the mindset, like, who are you to tell me what I can and cannot do, based on a disease you literally know nothing about.

"There were times when I couldn't take it and I was really struggling with how I'm going to get by in life..."

"I was self-medicating when [my son] wasn't with me", she says.

The actress said that she reached out to fellow actor Michael J. Fox, who revealed in 1998 that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"I did have to tell him after the MRI". But Blair knew that having to "pull over and take a nap" after dropping her son off at school wasn't normal. His attentive touch. And still, I hoped my brain could send signals for the remainder of my time there. "So he really helped".

Sharing the news of her diagnosis with her 7-year-old son, Arthur Saint Bleick, was an easier task. "And I said, 'No". And he nearly cried and said, "Will it kill you?' And I said, 'No".

Additionally, Blair wasn't "taken seriously by doctors", and was told that her symptoms were due to her being "a single mother", "exhausted" or dealing with finances. "And he was like, 'OK!'" She also thanked Vanity Fair, who "has always been a champion of mine". "I was a little scared of talking, and even my neurologist said, 'No. I want to see where I am". She speculated that she's likely had MS for 15 years. Whatever. Just kind of roll with it, I'm doing OK now, ' that kind of thing. "And my son gets it, and now I've learned not to feel guilty". This will bring a lot of awareness, 'cause no one has the energy to talk when they're in a flare-up.' But I do. "But I do, 'cause I love a camera".

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