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Selma Blair has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after 'not being taken seriously' for years

‘I am disabled.’

IN AN EXCEPTIONALLY poignant Instagram post yesterday, Selma Blair revealed that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

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The 46-year-old actress, who recently played Kris Jenner in American Crime Story: The People vs. O. J. Simpson, uploaded a selfie alongside a caption which disclosed the details of her diagnosis.

Paying tribute to costume designer, Allisa Swanson, Selma thanked her for the effort she puts into assisting her throughout the day.

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.

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Selma expressed gratitude that she’s still in a position to work, but admits that the symptoms of the condition have made it exceedingly difficult at times.

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.

Selma was diagnosed in August, and says that the support she has been shown by friends and colleagues in the aftermath has been paramount in helping her process the situation.

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.

‘If you see me dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up,” she added.

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The actress then revealed that she had been experiencing symptoms of the condition for years but ‘was never taken seriously’ until being seen by Dr Jason Berkley.

[He] 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,” she concluded.

The post has been liked more than 85,000 times since its upload yesterday.

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