Last August, Selma Blair publicly revealed her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis — an incurable disease she believes she has been dealing with as a part of her life for the past 15 years or so without her knowing it. Now, about half a year since fearlessly coming forward, we’re getting insight into how she is handling it all behind the scenes.
“Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often very disabling disease,” a source close to Selma told In Touch in the magazine’s latest issue, on newsstands now. “Hers is aggressive. The thing is, she’s not letting it get her down. She’s being so brave as she battles this.”
“She’s stronger as a person,” the source continued, reassuring us all that the Cruel Intentions actress isn’t letting her medical situation get her down — almost the complete opposite, actually. “She feels empowered.”
Throughout her health journey, we’ve seen Selma being very open and public about the ups and downs she has experienced. There was the tearful reunion with her horse she hasn’t been able to ride lately and then there was her being open about the “uncontrollable anxiety” she deals with. Most recently, after gloriously showing up at the Oscars, she sat down with Good Morning America for a candid new interview.
In said interview, Selma recalled how her 7-year-old son Arthur asked if she was going to die after he was told the news of her diagnosis. It was an extremely vulnerable moment for the Legally Blonde alum and, in the aftermath, she got support from friend Sarah Michelle Gellar who praised her longtime pal for “facing this with dignity and grace.”
“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,” Selma said when first coming forward with her diagnosis, admitting that there will be times when she will need a helping hand. “Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges.”
Stay strong, Selma!