The actress took to Instagram to reveal that she's been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis—and opened up about how she's been exhibiting symptoms for the past 15 years.

By Faith Brar
October 22, 2018

Selma Blair, known for her roles in Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions, took to Instagram on Saturday to reveal that she's been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The actress learned about her condition back in August but opened up about how she's been exhibiting symptoms for the past 15 years.

"I have #multiplesclerosis," she wrote alongside a mirror selfie. "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."

For those who might not know, multiple sclerosis is a chronic neurological disease that occurs when there's a breakdown in communication between the brain and other parts of the body, according to the National Institutes of Health. The exact cause of it is unknown and the disease looks different on everyone. Common symptoms, however, include blurred vision and difficulty with coordination and balance.

Blair is one of the 400,000 people who are living with MS in the United States, according to NIH, but it with this candid caption, it seems like she's hoping that by talking about her disease that she can provide other sufferers with support. The number-one lesson she's learned so far is to not shy away from asking for help, she expressed. (Related: Fitness Saved My Life: From MS Patient to Elite Triathlete)

"I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others," she says. "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."

Blair continued her post by thanking her friends and family for their undying support and said she's received tons of messages from those living with the disease. She hopes that by coming forward, she will shed light on what it's like to live with the condition, raise awareness, and let others know that they're not alone.

"I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least," she said. "And I am relieved to at least know. And share."