Many know actress Selma Blair as the star of Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde, but few know she also struggled with multiple sclerosis for years. In a recent Instagram post, snuggling with a teddy bear, the star and mother wrote about what it's like living with the disease.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MS is "an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body."
@etnow @SelmaBlair My love and support goes out to Selma.— George Jobson (@George Jobson)1547574831.0
Blair wrote in her post:
There is a truth with neurogedenerative brain disease. It is uncomfortable. It is a stadium of uncontrollable anxiety at times. Going out, being sociable holds a heavy price. My brain is on fire. I am freezing. We feel alone with it even though the loving support has been a god send and appreciated. People write me asking how I do it. I do my best. But I choke with the pain of what I have lost and what I dare hope for. and how challenging it is to walk around .
@etnow @SelmaBlair Selma is an over comer and she will over come MS!!!!!!!!!! #BeatMS. #ETnow— Kelly Ann Scovell (@Kelly Ann Scovell)1547508669.0
The star left her fans with a positive message, however:
But my smiles are genuine. This is ok. Life is an adventure with many shards of awakening. I can't sleep at night but daytime I have trouble staying awake . I am a grown woman holding onto a bear that belonged to a sister type of mine. ( thank you @k.d.w.r ) we do what we can. I have a full week ahead with mothering and appointments and things to look forward to. But like many of us, I am praying. Soaking in love where I can. It's not easy. That's ok. I send love to you.
@ABC This is sad. She is a great actress. I hope she improves— Cindi Benson (@Cindi Benson)1547617595.0
Plus, it's hard to be unhappy wearing such a nice sweater!
And by the way, this #eileenfisher sweater is my go to cozy tonight in this hotel room. Thank you. And @lorrigoddard_ I can't thank you enough for the morale boost of blonde. And to my love @mrchrismcmillan 🖤 #humancondition #strengthinvulnerablity#MS #stillanactress #always#willmakeitwork #heartwideopen ❤️ #thisisforallofus. #littlethings
Twitter was inspired by Blair's honesty:
@ABC With any condition you understand just how precious every day a. Not everyone will understand that if they don… https://t.co/t1iIRoIMOG— Todd B (@Todd B)1547558114.0
@PageSix I love her. I spent a lot of time talking to her on Christmas eve and she is a doll! Candid and funny as h… https://t.co/gK8iddfIAg— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin)1547542950.0
@ABC Selma, don’t give up HOPE! So much is being done each day in the Medical field. Stay strong, keep healthy & bu… https://t.co/j8uQvaKoJp— Applegreene1 (@Applegreene1)1547617420.0
Other people with MS could totally relate to Blair's post.
@ABC i spent a month in bed after my dx, then I decided I wasn't worrying about tomorrow. I make the most of today,… https://t.co/dtCL8eBYCd— Hiking Diva (@Hiking Diva)1547558124.0
@ABC I wish her all the best. I have a friend who was diagnosed with MS in her 30's. After 2 flair-ups, she has be… https://t.co/gf5v623W4C— Carol Valentine (@Carol Valentine)1547618279.0
@PageSix My wife had MS. To see walk and not give up was amazing. She broke both knees and her wrist. It was very e… https://t.co/w4mj8z2CNC— Lilly (@Lilly)1547495136.0
If there's one thing for certain, it's that Selma Blair isn't going to let MS control her life.