Selma Blair first revealed she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October 2018, and since then, the actress has kept her fans updated with candid social media posts about her condition. Blair also recently made her first public appearance since her diagnosis, arriving at the February 24th Vanity Fair Oscar Party in a show-stopping multicolored gown, holding a customized cane. Now, Blair has given an on-camera interview to show what her life with MS is like day-to-day.
Blair’s interview with Robin Roberts aired on the February 26th episode of Good Morning America (although it was taped several days prior, before her Oscars appearance). The 46-year-old actress told Roberts that she was in the midst of a flare up, but that she was “doing very well.” She explained that she wanted to do the interview in order to shed light on what living with her condition is like.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, flare-ups, or exacerbations, can cause the worsening of old symptoms or the development of new ones. These episodes last from a few days to months. Blair explained that as part of her exacerbation, she was dealing with spasmodic dysphonia, a condition that can cause spasms in the vocal folds, making it more difficult to talk, as the National Institutes of Health notes.
She admitted that she had been “a little scared of talking” during a flare up, but that her neurologist told her it would “bring a lot of awareness because no one has the energy to talk when they’re in a flare-up.” She then jokingly added, “But I do ’cause I love a camera.”
When doctors determined she had MS, Blair said that she cried, but her tears “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.”
You can watch the full interview here:
Of course, not everyone with MS will have the same experience as Blair, but we’re confident opening up about her condition will help others feel less alone. Thank you so much for your candor, lady.