In a poignant moment on the red carpet at Vanity Fair’s Oscar party, actress Selma Blair said, “It took a lot to come out here”. It was her first time on a red carpet since announcing she has multiple sclerosis.
Looking incredible in a Ralph & Russo gown, she also sported a sleek cane, wrapped in patent leather and adorned with a pink diamond. A walking aid and talisman, customised by a trio of friends.
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This is love . @tombachik customizing my cane with my monogram and a real pink #diamond. How did I get so lucky? I wanted a special cane for #vanityfair dinner. So... @lyon_hearted went out and found patent leather and @bic_owen and he stitched it on. Hours of love put in. And then #tombachick made it especially magical. I burst into tears. These gifts to get me through. #subtle #chic #love. I can’t thank these three enough. There are angels. #oscars2019
The Cruel Intentions star revealed last year that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, known as MS, and had a number of life-affecting symptoms as a result. The Vanity Fair party was her first public event since sharing the news about her illness and had quite an impact on those present.
The moment we will all be talking about tomorrow is the courageous #SelmaBlair, making her first appearance since announcing her MS diagnosis, at the VF Oscar party. She needs a cane to help walk, but she came to prove that no matter how tough this disease, she is a fighter. pic.twitter.com/bCTo0hA59d— Jessica Radloff (@JRadloff) February 25, 2019
In October 2018 Selma took to Instagram to reveal that she had been diagnosed the previous August, saying, “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. 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.”
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I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share. The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show , but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis . I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix , I have a job. A wonderful job. 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. 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. Since my diagnosis at ten thirty pm on The night of August 16, I have had love and support from my friends , especially @jaime_king @sarahmgellar @realfreddieprinze @tarasubkoff . My producers #noreenhalpern who assured me that everyone has something. #chrisregina #aaronmartin and every crew member... thank you. I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me , dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges. And the biggest thanks to @elizberkley who forced me to see her brother #drjasonberkley who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on that mri. I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share. my instagram family... you know who you are.
A neurological condition, MS is the most common progressive, neurological condition in young adults in Ireland, according to the Health Service Executive (HSE). Approximately 8,000 people have MS in Ireland and women are twice as likely to develop it as men.
It can occur at any age, but symptoms tend to first appear between the ages of 20 and 40. While it is a lifelong condition it's not terminal and symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. MS can impact vision and can cause fatigue, muscle spasms, mobility issues, cognitive problems and pain. There is no cure but various treatments, from medication to rehabilitative therapies and lifestyle changes, can help many people to manage their symptoms.