Since revealing that she has multiple sclerosis, actress Selma Blair has been very open about the struggles that come with dealing with the disease.
Blair has also been very open with how the diagnosis has affected her son, 7-year-old Arthur Saint Bleick.
Most recently, Blair took to Instagram to share a selfie with her son while he was at a “young authors workshop.”
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Young authors workshop. He wrote a story about being trapped in a house. He told me I inspired it. 🙁 also, he likes making cute rabbit teeth. I approve. #arthursaintbleick #myeverything #momlife 📚💘📚. And he always wears his #Athena warrior @aweinspired_ necklace. I approve.
She also admitted that the short story he wrote was inspired by her. The mom wrote, in part:
He wrote a story about being trapped in a house. He told me I inspired it. 🙁 also, he likes making cute rabbit teeth. I approve. #arthursaintbleick #myeverything #momlife
Fans said the inspiration just shows how understanding her young son is of his situation:
And that metaphor alone demonstrates his total devotion to, and spiritual understanding of you, even when he may not know the reality in the same literal and earthshattering way that you or I do. That is amazing and rare. He is a gem.
What a sensitive boy and creative and brave topic. Not that it matters, but I also approve. Of all of this.
Writing is such a powerful tool, especially when processing grief. What a beautiful metaphor, both for what you are going through in your body and what he is going through in his being witness. My mom had MS and writing was the creative outlet that helped me stay anchored in that journey. Write, dear boy, write.
Back in October 2018, Blair took to Instagram to reveal that she was diagnosed with MS. Later, the star graced the Oscars red carpet with a custom cane before she did her first on-camera interview with ABC since the diagnosis, during which she struggled with spasmodic dysphonia, a common MS flare-up.
This was her first time attending a public event after revealing she was diagnosed with Multiple Scelerosis.
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In the interview, Blair revealed what it was like to have to tell her young son about the diagnosis and how MS has affected their mother-and-son relationship:
“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 has also admitted that while it’s difficult to interact with her son in the same way she used to, she’s glad it’s not him who has to deal with the pain and suffering. She wrote on Instagram:
Here’s a truth. I feel sick as all hell. I am vomiting and all the things which are not polite to speak of. My son ran away. From me. I have to get him to school. The medical treatments take their toll. I am going to get through this. We do. This will pass.
And to moms and dads who watch their kids sick on things we want them to take to get better… I hold you. So glad this is me and not my child. I cannot imagine ever feeling ok again. #roughday.
Nonetheless, Blair writes, they will get through.