Selma Blair is speaking out about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis for the first time in an interview with Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America.
The actress, who revealed her diagnosis in October of 2018, also recently appeared at the Oscars with a cane on Sunday. Many saluted her elegant embrace of MS, an unpredictable and complex disease that attacks the nervous system.
In the interview, her voice quakes, and she explains that she is currently experiencing spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological disorder which affects her voice and is a side-effect of MS.
The 46-year-old said: "I am doing very well. I am very happy to see you. Being able to just put out what being in the middle of an aggressive form of Multiple sclerosis is like. So my speech, I have spasmodic dysphonia right now. … It is interesting to be here to say this is what my particular case looks like right now."
ON BEING DIAGNOSED
While being diagnosed with a chronic disease must be terrifying, Blair admits that she was also relieved.
"I had tears," she explained. "They weren’t tears of panic, they were tears of knowing that I now had to give in to a body that had loss of control and there was some relief in that."
Blair, who has one 7-year-old son named Arthur, admits that before being diagnosed, she did everything she could to "seem normal," including "self-medicating." (In 2016, she was removed for a plane on a stretcher, later apologizing and blaming it on alcohol.)
Recounted the Legally Blonde actress: "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."AUDIO: SELMA BLAIR MS DIAGNOSIS