Christina Applegate shares post on "hard" birthday following multiple sclerosis diagnosis

Photo credit: Mike Coppola - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Coppola - Getty Images

Christina Applegate has shared a bittersweet message on social media to mark her 50th birthday after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The Dead to Me star took to Twitter on 26 November to ring in her milestone birthday with a message about how she is coping with the diagnosis.

Christina tweeted: "Yup. I turned 50 today. And I have MS. It's been a hard one. Sending so much love to all of you this day.

She continued: "Many are hurting today, and I am thinking of you. May we find that strength to lift our heads up. Mine currently is on my pillow. But I try."

Photo credit: Mike Coppola - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Coppola - Getty Images

Many followers responded to the star’s tweet with words of encouragement and well wishes during this time.

One user said: "Happy 50th Birthday, I was diagnosed last summer at age 33. It's a real struggle but on the plus side has anyone noticed how all of us MS warriors are so frickin' gorgeous. I hope you have a really lovely birthday. Sending lots of love your way."

Many other users shared their personal experiences with MS and offered advice on how best to cope with the condition.

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Photo credit: Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

Her latest update comes after the actress, who also starred in Anchorman and Friends, shared the news on her Twitter on 10 August for the first time.

"Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS. It's been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It's been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some asshole blocks it," she tweeted.

She later added: "As one of my friends that has MS said 'we wake up and take the indicated action'. And that's what I do. So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing. Thank you".

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, according to the NHS, and can result in a range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation and balance.

For more information about MS, as well as help and support, visit the MS Society.

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