Actor Selma Blair just shared an incredibly touching post on Instagram. The “Legally Blonde” star, who has undergone chemotherapy treatment for multiple sclerosis, warmly embraces a man in glasses, writing, “Being cared for by this angelic being is a true gift.”
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Blair revealed she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in October 2018, after suffering for years with unexplained symptoms like falling, dropping things, and foggy memory. She has been updating her supporters on social media with inspiring posts that show off her shorn locks (now growing in and proudly salt-and-pepper), and loving moments with her son and friends.
Who Is Selma Blair’s ‘Angelic Being’?
At first glance, the man in question might be a devoted uncle or father. In fact, he is Bobby Klein, a clinical psychologist, writer, and intuitive Life Path Counselor, according to his website, who who began his career photographing rock icons such as Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. He’s also the founder and director of the Yäan Wellness Spa in Tulum, Mexico where he hosts spiritual retreats and workshops.
On his own Instagram page, bobbykleinofficial, Klein writes: “I was with my dear Selma this morning. She is amazing. A brave warrior of love and spirit. The bravest woman I know. All who see this please close your eyes for a second and see her surrounded by a Blue Light, the healing force of love.”
Selma Blair’s MS and Chemotherapy Journey
Blair revealed her chemotherapy treatment to the world this August in an Instagram post: “Sunday. Rest. Gratitude. I write this with helping someone else in mind… Since chemotherapy and high doses of prednisone I have lost any ability to focus with my eyes.” She said that her vision problems extend to looking at her phone, and that she often starts to panic when she does.
Why Did Blair Undergo Chemo if She Doesn’t Have Cancer?
Blair has been receiving chemotherapy as part of a treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacks the body’s central nervous system. The MS treatment, called “Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation,” or “HSCT,” involves taking stem cells from the bone marrow or blood, wiping the immune system clean with chemotherapy, then reintroducing the cells to “grow” a new immune system. The treatment has U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for MS, and according to the National MS Society, “Publication of the outcomes from well-controlled clinical studies of HSCT therapy will encourage greater acceptance and use by the medical community.”
Chemotherapy and Hair Loss: You're Not Alone
A side effect of her treatment has been hair loss. Blair made the brave decision — especially for an actor in the public eye — to let it grow back its natural color.
“I will leave it short and grey, something I have never before wanted to do,” she wrote in an Instagram post, alongside a bird’s eye view of her post-chemotherapy hair growth.
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For those few interested at an in depth look at hair growth ,post chemotherapy for #hsct. I cut my hair short to transition myself and my son for impending baldness. Easy. Baldness came. I didn’t shave head to that end. Of course it fell out. Shiny. Pale dome. Nice enough. It took two months to begin regrowth And it came in fine and pale and very sparse. I shaved it. It looked too sad. For me. I let it grow back. It was patchy in color and I felt like dying it brown. Ridiculous! I really only succeeded in dying my scalp. After a week, I buzzed shorter with clippers and a few weeks later, here we are ????. A thinnish, patchy charcoal head. I will see how a pixie grows in. Or I will buzz again. It seems to be too much to have long hair again. So I will leave it short and grey, something I have never before wanted to do. I equated it with giving up. And maybe giving up long, brown hair, complete with time consuming and expensive highlights and lowlights isn’t necessarily a give up. Give in. Embrace. Sure. I’ll try it. Unless…some fancy pants company with a thick checkbook wants to entice me out of dye retirement. Then I will sing about the glories of processed hair! I certainly will. So, until that wished for day, enjoy the head ???? #buzzed #saltandpepperhair #showingmyroots #thecomeback