Selma Blair Makes First Public Appearance Since Being Diagnosed with MS at the Oscars

February 2019

Actress Selma Blair walked the Oscars’ red carpet this week as her first public appearance since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) last year.

Last October, the actress famous for roles in films such as Cruel Intentions and Hellboy announced on Instagram that she has been suffering from chronic disease multiple sclerosis (MS) which affects the nervous system. Selma revealed that she thinks she may have been suffering from the neurological disease for at least 15 years but was only diagnosed last year when she fell in front of a doctor who was investigating a supposed pinched nerve.

The Oscars were Selma’s first public appearance since her diagnosis and she dazzled onlookers in her multi-coloured Ralph & Russo gown with matching cape. She also had her trusty cane – that is becoming a familiar addition on her Instagram account – as one of the symptoms of MS is a loss of balance and difficulty walking.

In her Instagram post, Selma wrote: “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. 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.”

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I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share. The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show , but she 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 . I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix , I have a job. A wonderful job. 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. 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. Since my diagnosis at ten thirty pm on The night of August 16, I have had love and support from my friends , especially @jaime_king @sarahmgellar @realfreddieprinze @tarasubkoff . My producers #noreenhalpern who assured me that everyone has something. #chrisregina #aaronmartin and every crew member... thank you. 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. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me , dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges. And the biggest thanks to @elizberkley who forced me to see her brother #drjasonberkley who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on that mri. I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share.

Seeing Selma on the red carpet of such a highly publicised event helps to give a public platform to multiple sclerosis and will hopefully help to raise awareness of the chronic disease and to educate people on the symptoms and treatment available to them.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects almost three times as many women as it does men. Around 100,000 people in the UK are known to have the illness and it is most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 60.

MS is a neurological disease that affects the brain, spinal cord and immune system. The incurable disease attacks a substance called myelin which coats and protects the nerve fibres in the central nervous system. Myelin helps messages to travel between the brain and the rest of the body. The damage caused by MS disrupts messages travelling along nerve fibres and can slow them down, distort them or prevent them from getting through entirely.

Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life but treatment and specialists can help you to manage the condition and its symptoms.

Initial symptoms of multiple sclerosis includes:

-          Extreme fatigue

-          Numbness or tingling in arms, legs, hands or feet

-          Blurred eyesight or seeing double

-          Feeling dizzy and having issues with balance

-          Difficulty walking

-          Problems with talking or swallowing

For more information about MS, visit the NHS or the MS Society.

At Able2 Wear we offer a range of wheelchair clothing that be suitable for anyone suffering from MS.