Hollywood actress Selma Blair made a bold and beautiful appearance at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on 24th February 2019. Dressed in a delicate Ralph & Russo gown and carrying a customized cane covered in black patent leather, she looked like a queen. It was Selma’s first public appearance after she announced in October 2018, about her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. In severe cases, it may cause paralysis or loss of vision.
Blair had been experiencing symptoms of multiple sclerosis since her son was born in 2011. Selma admitted that she tried her best to cope up with the intense fatigue, emotional distress, and loss of physical control. In August 2018, she was finally diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It has affected her speech and made it difficult for her to walk without any support.
“I was ashamed and I was doing the best I could and I was a great mother, but it was killing me,” “And so when I got the diagnosis, I cried with some relief. Like, ‘Oh, good, I’ll be able to do something.” -Selma Blair
Selma’s voice faltered when she spoke. But among people suffering from multiple sclerosis, her speech was quite loud and clear. Multiple sclerosis started when Selma was a teenager and the vision in her left eye got blurred. There were many more signs as she grew up, but she could realize it’s seriousness when about 10 years ago, she was with her kids to an ice-skating rink and suddenly realized she couldn’t stand straight on her skates.
“I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS. But we are doing it,” “I have MS and I am ok.” Selma Blair
There have been many kinds of research to find out the exact cause of multiple sclerosis but none has not been able to do so. The disease seems to be genetic, but there are also a number of other factors such as deficiency of vitamin D, childhood obesity and smoking which can trigger MS.
Selma Blair told that doctors often miss to diagnose the disease could be difficult to diagnose early because the symptoms like numbness, tingling or fatigue can be common in other diseases as well besides multiple sclerosis. People suffering from MS often go through a cycle of worsening and recovery. Multiple sclerosis is often treated by steroids, which help patients to recover from relapses or therapies which modify disease, which usually focus on managing symptoms in the long term.
Selma Blair is definitely an inspiration not just for all those battling with multiple sclerosis but many other weakening diseases. She is motivating people to come out of their shell and admit openly all their flaws and rock the world with them. She is truly a wonderful woman who is spreading hope to live life normally even after suffering from serious diseases.