Selma Blair keeps fighting the good fight – and wins! The star “Cruel Intentions” has suffered from multiple sclerosis since she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in August 2018.
MS has caused the 49-year-old to deal with enormous pain and physical disabilities. Blair also had difficulty speaking and lost the ability to use his left leg. A year went by in which she dealt with her physical pain, and Blair decided to undergo a stem cell transplant and chemotherapy to help repair her immune system.
During a virtual appearance at the Discovery + Television Critics Association panel on Monday to promote her upcoming documentary, “Introducing Selma Blair,” Blair said she is now in remission.
“My prognosis is good. I’m in remission. Stem cells put me in remission, ”said the“ After ”star. “It took about a year for stem cells before the inflammation and lesions really fell.”
She added that she would wait to share her story with the world. “I was reluctant to talk about it because I felt this need was more healed and more firm,” she revealed. “I have amassed a lifetime of some baggage in my brain that still needs to be sorted or accepted a bit. It took me a minute to reach that acceptance. It does not look like that for everyone.
“I have really felt uncomfortable and misunderstood for so long that it’s just me,” she continued.
Blair admitted it was hard for her as well as for her 10-year-old son, Arthur, to get MS flaring up. “It’s not that MS was going to kill me. I mean, it killed me with this flare-up that lasted so long, ”she added. “I was so burned out. If there was an opportunity to stop me from rebalancing after being hit so hard with the last flare, it is definitely for my son. I do not want to leave him alone right now. ”
The Michigan native explained that she has many friends and family who support her, saying that getting an MS diagnosis “can be very isolating” for some people.
“People took great care of me. I never really like life. I’m doing it now – strange, huh? she said. “Just because life is so weird. I was so scared in life. Suddenly start to find an identity and a security in me, find out boundaries, time management and energy. I have the time in my life. ”
Blair concluded that she loves how her fame has helped raise awareness about the disease, and it has helped others find strength in their own illnesses.
“To hear that I just showed up with a cane or shared something that could be embarrassing, it was a key for many people to find comfort in themselves, and that means everything to me,” said “Legally Blonde” – the actress. “I am excited that I have a platform. I am by no means saying that I am speaking for all people in this state or a state of chronic illness, I am telling my story and I am helping to normalize one thing to open the door for other people to be safe by tell their stories. I’m excited to have this. ”
“Introducing Selma Blair” premieres in select theaters on October 15 and streams on discovery + from October 21.