Selma Blair reveals symptom that led to her MS diagnosis

Natalie Cornish
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Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images
Photo credit: Frazer Harrison - Getty Images

Selma Blair has spoken about the months leading up to her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, including the symptom that signalled something wasn't quite right with her body.

The Cruel Intentions actress was diagnosed with MS in 2018. Since then she has become a vocal campaigner for those living with the progressive disease of the nervous system, talking candidly about how it has impacted her life in interviews and on Instagram.

Blair told Town and Country that she noticed something was off while modelling in a New York Fashion Week show in February 2018. She said she felt numbness in her left leg for the first time.

'It was on that runway, with the thrill of walking in the show, that I suddenly lost feeling in my left leg,' she explained. 'But I was on a runway and thinking, 'What do I do?'"

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In photos from that day that she later shared on Instagram, Blair explained that she'd noticed 'for first time, my leg was numb. When I first stepped out. I couldn’t feel the ground or how to lift my left leg. My brain was trying to compute. As I walked the runway, stunned'.

Later that year, the Legally Blonde star was diagnosed with MS. She had suffered symptoms for many years, but put them down to other causes. A scan on her brain revealed the lesions brought on by the chronic illness.

'I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation,' she told her Instagram followers in October 2018. 'By the grace of the lord, and willpower and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS.'

Photo credit: Mike Coppola/VF19 - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Coppola/VF19 - Getty Images

She also told Town and Country about returning to the red carpet with her cane, to attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars party – her first public appearance since her diagnosis.

'It was a no-brainer, and there was no choice,' she said. 'I hadn't been on a red carpet for so long, and now I was coming. I knew, since my diagnosis, people might be watching. I didn't know if I would be forgotten about and be the last one on the red carpet.'

In fact she was anything but. Her strength, resilience and gorgeous multi-coloured Ralph & Russo gown with matching cape gown were celebrated with cheers and applause as she walked the red carpet.

Blair says she is now 'very comfortable' in her body. 'I am fascinated by this body and this life,' she added. 'I am humbled and pleased to be any inspiration for people.'

You can read Selma Blair's full interview with Town & Country here.

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