Actress Selma Blair made a graceful return to the red carpet since revealing she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) four months ago.
The inspirational moment was captured at the Vanity Fair Oscars party. The 46-year-old star, who carried a cane because of her MS symptoms, has spoken about life after her surprise medical diagnosis with Vanity Fair.
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She told the publication:
I really feel like people with disabilities are invisible to a lot of people. Because they’re uncomfortable, or don’t have the energy to dress up, don’t want to be seen …
As Dearly previously reported, what Blair initially “thought was a pinched nerve” turned out to be MS.
She said she had symptoms for years but had never taken them seriously. This past August in an Instagram post, Blair revealed:
I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share.
The actress told Vanity Fair:
“There’s no tragedy for me. I’m happy. I don’t know if I believed in myself or had the ambition before my diagnosis. And oddly now I do, and I don’t know if it’s too late.”
Watch a clip from Selma Blair’s red carpet appearance:
This was her first time attending a public event after revealing she was diagnosed with Multiple Scelerosis.
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Blair’s health has continued to worsen as she struggles with memory loss, movement, and other symptoms. In a recent interview with Good Morning America, her speech is also being affected. Blair’s voice had a tight, strained quality due to spasmodic dysphonia.
According to the National Mulitple Sclerosis Society, MS is an incurable disease that affects the immune system. The dishabilitating condition disrupts brain, spinal cord, vision, muscle functions, and balance.
The mother of 7-year-old Arthur Saint says her relationship with her son has also changed since her medical diagnosis:
“He wants to be closer to my body more, and I can tell he wants to make sure I’m still here inside. I used to be so athletic with him. Now I fall in front of him.
There’s a humility and a joy I have now, albeit a fatigued joy.”
Blair said there’s a need for “honesty about being disabled from someone recognizable.”
Watch the video below to hear more from Blair about MS: