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Selma Blair Reveals She’s In Remission After Three Year Battle With Multiple Sclerosis
By Jessica Campbell | Aug 18, 2021
In the early ‘00s, you’d be hard-pressed to find a blockbuster hit that didn’t feature the enigmatic and hilarious Selma Blair. From The Sweetest Thing to Legally Blonde, Blair has starred in some of pop culture’s biggest films, giving us all characters that have proved to be so iconic, we’re still quoting them and copying their style today. With so many of us having grown up with Blair on our screens and in our living rooms, we felt a collective sadness when she revealed in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the incurable autoimmune disease.
Since announcing the diagnosis, Blair has been incredibly transparent about living with the disease. She has used her social media platforms and their extensive following to shine a spotlight on MS, educating hundreds of thousands of people on the symptoms, treatments and daily life struggles for those living with the disease. In the difficult three-years Blair has experienced, she opted to undergo a stem cell transplant and aggressive chemotherapy to restart her immune system after a year of extreme pain which saw her struggle to speak and use her left leg.
Blair has documented her MS journey in a new documentary
This journey was documented and now forms the basis of the upcoming documentary, Introducing Selma Blair, which begins streaming on Discovery+ on October 21. When speaking at a recent press panel to promote the film, Blair revealed that the treatments she received have been working. “My prognosis is great,” she said. “I’m in remission. Stem cell put me in remission.”
She added, “It took about a year after stem cell for the inflammation and lesions to really go down.” But while Blair has been felling better, she also revealed that speaking about her current health has taken some time to process. “I was reluctant to talk about it because I felt this need to be more healed and more fixed. I’ve accrued a lifetime of some baggage in the brain that still needs a little sorting out or accepting. That took me a minute to get to that acceptance. It doesn’t look like this for everyone. I have really felt unwell and misunderstood for so long that it’s just, me.”
Blair credits her 10-year-old son for getting her through
Central to Blair’s recovery has been her 10-year-old son, Arthur. You see it on her social media and certainly in the documentary trailer, but it’s clear that Blair is, above everything, an amazing mum. Her love for her son is palpable, and Blair credits Arthur with giving her the strength to keep going through these last three years while facing immense physical and mental challenges. “It’s not that M.S. was on a path killing me. I mean it was killing me with this flare lasting so long,” she told Vanity Fair. “I was so burnt out. If there was an option to halt me, to rebalance after being hit so hard with that last flare, it’s absolutely for my son. I have no desire to leave him alone right now.”
As for the film, Blair bares all. “I had the conviction of thinking I had something to share. You keep opening windows or closing doors and finding tools. I hope my little life gives someone who needs it some hope or a laugh or more awareness of ourselves. I hope the film shows that MS varies. That people’s strengths and weaknesses vary. All the emotions of life make healing variable too. For all of us.”
Blair is shining a spotlight on life with MS
By speaking out about life with MS, Blair continues to challenge the stigma surrounding the disease. It comes after Christina Applegate recently revealed that she was diagnosed a few months ago with MS. In a tweet, Applegate shared: “It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some asshole blocks it.”
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