Selma said after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she didn’t want to be defined by it. Pressing forward, Selma continues staying busy with acting projects. It seems for years Selma was not being taken seriously by the doctors that she went to see. During an interview on ABC News Good Morning America Selma said, “I am doing very well.” She notably had problems with her speech, due to her spasmodic dysphonia.
People with spasmodic dysphonia, often have breaks in their voice when they speak. This is due to a strain on their vocal cords. This is a side effect from Selma’s multiple sclerosis. Occasional breaks happen when they speak once every few sentences.
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, had kind and positive words to say about her her friend and “Cruel Intentions” co-star Selma Blair, who have remained friends since 1999. When asked about Selma, she said:
“To say I’m proud, would be a gross understatement. When I have a cold, I want to hide from the world under my covers,” Gellar added. “But not Selma. She is facing this diagnosis, the way she faces everything, with dignity, grace and head on.”
“I know the support and encouragement that she has received on this platform has truly been a source of strength for her,” she ended. “This is not an easy journey, but Selma will not let this define her.”
Selma Blair is now 46 years old, she has appeared in popular movies including Cruel Intentions (1999), The Sweetest Thing (2002) and Hellboy (2004) among other productions.
Selma stated the following: “I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power 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. But we are doing it . And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best. Since my diagnosis at ten thirty pm on The night of August 16, I have had love and support from my friends , especially @jaime_king @sarahmgellar @realfreddieprinze @tarasubkoff @noah.d.newman.”
Also appreciative of her public support, Selma said: “I love you so dearly.” Selma tries to read as many comments as she can on social media.
By going public with her MS diagnosis, Selma has brought serious attention to this disease. Currently, there are an estimated 2.3 million people around the world with MS. About 1 million of them live in the United States according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.