Selma Blair was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis almost a year ago, and since then, she has continued to wow fans with her refreshingly open and honest approach to the disease.
Blair tells People that she was afraid her 7-year-old son Arthur would be embarrassed by the sometimes unpredictable symptoms the disease can present. But as it turns out, Arthur just sees Blair as his mom.
"He says, 'Mommy's not sick. Mommy's brave,'" Blair said. The 47-year-old says that Arthur has seen the effects of MS himself on multiple occasions, including falling down stairs and running to the bathroom to be sick.
And yet he still loves showing her off to his friends, as ever. "He said, 'I love when you come to school because you make the kids laugh and you answer all their questions,'" Blair said.
Blair explained that she often addressed questions about why she "walks and talks" funny. "I had no idea Arthur was proud of that. I thought 'I'm probably an embarrassment,' but to know I'm not was one of my proudest moments," Blair shared.
And she also explained that she stays active, by getting creative with some of the rules of the game. "We play dodge ball, but I don't dodge because that could be so dangerous," Blair said. "Maybe in the future for sure, but I don't move side to side perfectly, and so I get to just hit him and then he throws it back to me, really chivalrously. And then I get to hit him again, and he thinks it's amazing."
According to the Mayo Clinic, MS is "a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord." Symptoms may include tremors, electric-shock sensations, numbness, loss of vision and slurred speech, among others.