Selma Blair has spoken candidly about the moment she learned she was ill while continuing to publicly share her fight against multiple sclerosis.
In an interview with Variety, the Legally Blonde star, who was diagnosed with MS in August 2018, recalled how, after years of “mysterious symptoms,” she learned something was wrong when her leg gave out while walking in a Christian Siriano in February 2018.
According to Blair, it was at this point that she realized that the symptoms were not psychosomatic, because she was so happy to be on the show.
“I’m on the runway and I want to be the shit. I love this moment!” The actress told Variety, which noted that a few months later, Blair’s hands “basically stopped working.”
This is not the first time that Blair, who documents his health issues in the upcoming Discovery + documentary Introducing, Selma Blair, has spoken publicly about the moment during the fashion show, having previously told Town & Country that she knew something was wrong when she was on the catwalk and noticed a loss of feeling in her leg.
“It was on that catwalk, with the excitement of walking in the show, that I suddenly lost feeling in my left leg,” said the star of Cruel Intentions. “But I was on a catwalk and I was like, ‘What do I do?'”
Blair, who publicly shared her MS diagnosis in October 2018, also previously reflected on the February experience on Instagram, where she frequently shares candid health updates with her followers.
“Three years ago. My two dearest friends came to watch Siriano’s show. I walked that day. On the show. When I first realized it, my leg was numb. When I first came out. I couldn’t feel the ground or how to lift my left leg, “she captioned the photos from the night of the parade.” My brain was trying to calculate. As I walked down the runway, stunned. It barely clouded my day, though. “
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As Blair’s fight was just beginning, he told Variety that it was a relief to finally receive the diagnosis of MS, before pointing out that it would have been easier on herself if she had known the cause of her symptoms earlier.
“If I could have recognized that there was something real, a label that people understood, it would have helped me emotionally,” he said. “If I could have found this label and give myself some comfort that it was actually a fucking troupe, it would have been so much easier on myself.”
In another part of the interview, he acknowledged that he used to compare himself to other people, but did not realize that it was not normal to “hurt yourself every day.”
“I compared myself to people. I didn’t understand that people didn’t hurt each other every day, “he said, adding,” It hurts for as long as I can remember. “
In a clip from the upcoming documentary shared by Vanity Fair in August, Blair recalled being told to “plan to die” while undergoing various medical procedures, such as a stem cell transplant, to treat the disease.
“They told me to make plans to die, not because I have MS, because I am battling MS,” he said in the trailer.
However, last month, Blair shared positive news about her battle with the disease, with the actress revealing that she is in remission and that her “prognosis is excellent” after the stem cell transplant was successful.
Introducing, Selma Blair will begin streaming on Discovery + on October 21.
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Selma Blair recalls when she knew she was ill before diagnosis