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“He’s Had To Endure A Lot” Selma Blair Speaks About Her Multiple Sclerosis Journey With Her 8-Year-Old Son

Date July 25, 2019 16:27

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS), about 400,000 people in the United States and 2.3 million people worldwide have multiple sclerosis.

MS is a potentially disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system( the brain and spinal cord).

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MS causes the immune system of the affected person to attack the protective sheath called Myelin that covers nerve fibres.

This then causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of the body which can eventually cause permanent damage to the nerves.

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Last year, American actress Selma Blair was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Selma's journey with MS and her son's thoughts about it

From the moment Selma was diagnosed with the disease, she has had to readjust almost every aspect of her life.

However, the only constant thing she has maintained is loving and doting on her 8-year-old son, Arthur, whose bravery through it all constantly surprises her.

Speaking to PEOPLE, Selma said her son, Arthur Saint Bleick, has had to endure a lot and has seen even more.

From watching her fall down the stairs or constantly rushing to the bathroom when she feels sick, Arthur is privy to all that goes on and Selma said she'd like to keep it that way.

“He’s had to endure a lot; he’s seen a lot.”

As for Selma, she's determined that MS will not keep her from living life and that meant carrying out her motherly duties which included visiting Arthur in school.

And when her son's classmates ask why she walks or talks funny, she patiently explains to them about her illness.

The actress explained that initially, she was sad that she might be embarrassing her son, but how wrong she was!

Recalling her son's words to her, Selma said:

“He said 'I love when you come to school because you make the kids laugh and you answer all their questions.”

She continued:

“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.”

Ways to cope with MS diagnosis

  • Learn as much you can about the condition;
  • Understand that your symptoms can be unpredictable.
  • Track your symptoms;
  • Never lose hope.

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Selma’s testimony about her MS journey gives hope to many that have the condition. Her bravery is to be commended!