- Actress Selma Blair was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2018, and has gotten chemotherapy to treat the disease.
- Blair says that her horse, Nibbles, brings her so much joy amid her battle.
- When coping with an illness like MS or cancer, focusing on the good – and staying positive – can make a big difference, experts tell SurvivorNet.
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Blair said credits her horse Nibbles with helping her find joy in life, “I am at the beginning. Still. And I cannot stop smiling. I cannot. When I am at the barn. I finally have the white unicorn I cannot believe is in my life and I want to rise to the occasion. P.S. Still wearing the same shirt from 30 years ago.”
Selma’s MS Journey
Selma Blair shared her life-changing diagnosis of MS in 2018, and she’s been open, vulnerable, and transparent with fans throughout her journey. We so admire the way she is bravely living in the public eye with her diagnosis, and how she’s raising awareness around MS in the process. MS is a disease that affects the immune system, eating away at the protective covering around the body’s nerves.
In October 2018, Blair spoke candidly about her MS on Instagram, saying, “I have multiple sclerosis. I am in an exacerbation…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…”
The actress has chemotherapy to help treat the disease. Side effects from chemotherapy may include nausea, hair loss, fatigue, and nerve pain.
Staying Positive Through a Diagnosis
Coping with a life-changing diagnosis like MS or cancer can feel overwhelming, and may lead to feelings of anxiety or depression. When dealing with a new diagnosis, it’s good to focus on the positives and arm yourself with a good support network of family, friends, and loved ones.
Dr. Zuri Murrell, a colorectal surgeon at Cedars-Sinai, said in a previous interview, “My patients who thrive, even with stage 4 cancer, from the time that they, about a month after they’re diagnosed, I kind of am pretty good at seeing who is going to be OK. Now doesn’t that mean I’m good at saying that the cancer won’t grow. But I’m pretty good at telling what kind of patient are going to still have this attitude and probably going to live the longest, even with bad, bad disease. And those are patients who, they have gratitude in life.”