Selma Blair is chronic illness advocate and a renowned actress who gained fame through her remarkable performances in iconic movies such as “Legally Blonde,” “Cruel Intentions” and “The Sweetest Thing.” However, in 2018, Blair took to Instagram to share her struggles with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system.
Since then, she has become an advocate for those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, using her platform to share her journey and encourage others who may be going through similar struggles.
Selma Blair, a renowned actress and chronic illness advocate shares her inspiring journey with multiple sclerosis and alcoholism, culminating in the New York Times bestselling book “Mean Baby.” Her story of resilience and hope is a powerful message for anyone struggling with chronic illness.
Blair’s book, “Mean Baby,” which became a New York Times bestseller when it was first released in 2020 is a detailed account of her struggles with MS and other challenges. The book provides an insight into the actress’s life, giving readers a glimpse into the realities of living with a chronic illness.
In an interview with CBS Mornings on Monday, Blair revealed that she had been experiencing symptoms since her early 20s, including chronic headaches and fevers which she attributed to other causes. However, at 22 years old, a doctor told her she had optic neuritis, which is a common symptom of MS. Despite seeing neurologists for her symptoms, Blair never considered the possibility of having a neurological illness until much later.
Blair received her official diagnosis of MS in her 40s, by which time her symptoms had become increasingly difficult to ignore. When the doctor told her that she had likely had the disease for at least 25-30 years, she was surprised but also relieved to finally have a diagnosis. Blair had previously thought she was “a wimp” and was repeatedly told that her symptoms were in her head or that she was just experiencing the same post-birth emotions as other mothers.
To cope with the pain, Blair turned to alcohol which led to her hitting “rock bottom” during a trip to Cancun, Mexico in 2016. However, she found solace in writing, encouraged by her mother to pursue her passion. Writing “Mean Baby” was a life-changing experience for Blair, allowing her to put together a story that had previously seemed disjointed. The book also aims to help others who may be struggling with similar issues, urging them to be kind to themselves and seek help when they need it.
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Selma Blair Chronic Illness Advocate
Blair’s journey has been a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Despite the challenges she has faced, she has used her platform to advocate for those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, showing that even in the darkest moments, hope and positivity can prevail.
Her story is an inspiration to many, reminding us that we are not alone and that with perseverance and the right support, we can overcome any obstacle.