Selma Blair Says She Revealed Her MS Diagnosis So People Wouldn't Think She Was Drunk All The Time - Perez Hilton
When Selma Blair decided to publicly disclose her multiple sclerosis diagnosis nearly a year ago, it wasn’t because she wanted attention.
Actually, it was an effort to prevent bad attention from wagging tongues who noticed her changing behaviour. The actress revealed she was worried people would think her MS symptoms — which include difficulty speaking and an inability to fully use her left leg — were because she was drinking too much.
The Cruel Intentions starring explained at the Time 100 Health Summit in New York City on Thursday:
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“I didn’t want people to think that I was drunk, because I have a history of that. I’m sober and I’m so proud of that. So that’s actually the reason. I’d rather someone believe,’ Oh, she’s going to be in a wheelchair, ’ rather than that I’m up in the minibar.”
Way to take control of the narrative!
Speaking on a panel with Dr. Oz and Dr. David Agus called Searching for a Cure: A Patient’s View , the 47 -year-old admitted she wished she had asked for an MRI as soon as she started having symptoms nearly a decade earlier.
“Before my son was born I definitely noticed a kind of rapid aging in my 30 s, and that was very painful. I only believed I had arthritis. I was very active, horse jumping, and I simply guessed I pinched a nerve, that was the numbness. I’ve always had a lazy eye. I only believed,’ well, human bodies are strange.’ ”
But after giving birth to her son Arthur in 2011, Blair became “incapacitated.” She remembered:
“I thought it was postpartum depression, and I gone on antidepressants. I had a macrobiotic diet, but it get worse and worse. I did go to the doctor several times and had all my blood levels verified and I was malnourished. But I should’ve just asked for an MRI when I stopped being able to use my leg, and I didn’t. My doctor would assure me strolling in, dragging my leg and we would laugh about it.”
Once the star was diagnosed last year, two months before she bravely went public about it in October 2018, she mostly felt relief knowing what was actually happening to her body.