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Actress Selma Blair Brings Chronic Illness Awareness to the Oscars

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Selma Blair brought chronic illness awareness to the red carpet on Sunday at Vanity Fair’s Oscar party, posing with her cane for photographers. It was Blair’s first public appearance since announcing in Oct. 2018 that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The day before the Oscars, Blair shared a photo of her cane getting customized for the event. “I burst into tears,” she wrote of seeing her new cane. “These gifts to get me through.”

Since the initial post sharing her diagnosis, Blair has kept her fans and followers updated on Instagram as she adapts to her “new normal.”

“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,” Blair wrote. “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.”

In Nov. 2018, she shared the grief she experiences even 15 years after the onset of her symptoms. In her post, she recounts trying to show her son a cartwheel — an action she typically does with ease.

“I was the most gymnastic mom I knew,” she wrote. “A cartwheel was just as easy as taking a breath. But when I began to turn one yesterday on an impulse to show my son who had forgotten, it went all wrong. A jumble of confusion for this body I knew so well. A heap. A heap on the ground.”

Blair also posted and the anxiety and isolation she’s experienced. “There is a truth with neurogedenerative brain disease,” Blair wrote. “It is uncomfortable. It is a stadium of uncontrollable anxiety at times.”

Image via Wikimedia Commons/MingleMediaTVNetwork

Originally published: February 25, 2019
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