In her first ever TV interview yesterday, actress Selma Blair announced to the world her recent diagnosis of MS. For years, Blair knew something wasn’t right but didn’t get the answers she needed until last summer. Allowing everyone to hear her voice for the first time since last October’s diagnosis, Blair described the moment she learned of her diagnosis.
“I had tears. They weren’t tears of panic, they were tears of knowing I now had to give in to a body that had loss of control, and there was some relief in that.”
Blair, 46, admitted that the most difficult part of her battle with MS was telling her 7-year-old son , Arthur about it. She has faced tiring days. Simple tasks like driving her son to school would leave her fatigued, forcing her to pull over to nap before making it back home.
“Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn’t know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,” Blair said. “And I was self-medicating when he wasn’t with me. I was drinking. I was in pain. I wasn’t always drinking, but there were times when I couldn’t take it.”
MS is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic. Blair’s case resulted in spasmodic dysphonia, a condition that altered her voice.
“I am very happy to be able to put out what being in the middle of an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis is like, It’s interesting to put it out there, to be here to say, ‘This is what my particular case looks like right now,’” she said.
However, Blair, who suffers from an aggressive form of the condition, is doing well these days and even continues to work. She’s got a new Netflix show, Another Life, and hit the red carpet of the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday night with the help of a cane.
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.