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Selma Blair Opens Up About Her Battle with Multiple Sclerosis

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Safia Ahmed, Staff Writer

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Selma Blair, an American celebrity known for her roles in Legally Blonde and Brown’s Requiem, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, also known as MS, this past August.

     MS is a rare disease that occurs mostly to women and people who are in the age range of 20 to 50 years. It affects a person’s brain, nervous system, and spinal cord and the disease is incurable. The possible symptoms include the inability to see, dizziness, severe back pain, numbness, and muscle pain. It is assumed that those who have MS only live 7 years less than an average human being.

  Blair revealed her diagnosis with a recent post on her Instagram in which she states, “I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously.” She had experienced an illness for about 15 years, but when she went to her doctor on August 16th, it had been clear that she was suffering from MS.

  Blair believed what she was experiencing was due to a “pinched nerve;” however, after her doctor had discovered damaged organ tissues in her MRI, it was obvious that she had MS.

  Many of her fans offered support, including celebrities diagnosed with MS. After she realized she had MS, she did not stop her career as an actress. She has heard words of encouragement by many other individuals who also suffer from the disease.

  American actress, Meredith Salenger, commented on Blair’s post, “Beautiful Selma, you will get [through] this each day being strong even when you take time for yourself to rest.”

   Autumn Johnson (10), a fan of Blair who believes that Blair will get through this as well, said, “Blair should not be treated differently due to her recent diagnosis. Her encouragement and strength give support to others struggling with MS. I believe her actions are empowering and she is a strong independent woman who does not believe in giving up.”

  Blair misses going horseback riding and hanging out with her son. Having MS will be tough for her especially with her career and her new Netflix series Lost in Space, although she plans to get through this by support and love that other fans and family will give to her.

 

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Safia Ahmed, Staff Writer

Safia Ahmed is a sophomore at West and a Staff Writer for Smoke Signals. She is very passionate about literature and the impact it can have on people....

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