Actress Selma Blair Speaks Out in First Televised Interview Since Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Selma Blair attends Oscars discusses health MS Diagnosis
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Countless fans remember actress Selma Blair in movies such as Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde and The Sweetest Thing. But these days, it is certain that Blair will be known for so much more.

She will be known for her determination and grit while facing Multiple Sclerosis.

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Back in October, the much-loved actress announced to the world that she was dealing with the disease. And in a new interview on Good Morning America on Tuesday (Feb. 26), Blair talked about having to tell the news to her son Arthur.

“After the MRI, I said, ‘I have something called multiple sclerosis,’ and he almost cried and said, ‘Will it kill you?’ ” Blair says. “And I said, ‘No. I mean, we never know what kills us, Arthur. But this is not the doctor telling me I’m dying,’  And he was like, ‘Oh. Okay!’”

The effects of the disease can be heard throughout the interview as Blair’s voice sounds much different from the one we recognize in her movie and television work. Yet, her strength still comes through, especially when she talks about the days before her official diagnosis.

“There were times when I couldn’t take it and I was really struggling with how I’m going to get by in life,” she admitted. “I dropped my son off at school a mile away and before I got home I’d have to pull over and take a nap … it was killing me. And so when I got the diagnosis, I cried with relief.”

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When asked what gets her through the difficult days, Selma shared, “I get in bed and I don’t move. You just have to. You can’t do it all. It’s fine to feel really crappy. My son gets it and now I’ve learned not to feel guilty.”

Selma’s prognosis is not grim. She revealed to Robin Roberts, the information that her doctors have shared with her.

“The doctor I saw, he said, ‘within a year I could have, at the time, ninety percent of my abilities back. So this is to say, let’s meet again next year and see if I’m better,” Selma shared. “If I’m not, and I can still have a conversation, that’s good enough. I want to see. I want to see for other people and I want to see for me and see where I am. I was a little scared of talking. Even my neurologist said, ‘No, this will bring a lot of awareness because no one has the energy to talk when they’re in a flare up.’ But I do, because I love a camera.”