It’s been four months since Selma Blair announced to the world that she has multiple sclerosis. And while she’s still active and vocal on social media, this past weekend was her first public appearance since she revealed her diagnosis — and she did it in grand fashion. Stepping out at the Vanity Fair Oscars party, Selma looked absolutely stunning in a gorge Ralph and Russo gown with a custom cane. She showed courage and poise, got a little emotional, which was completely understandable, and she partied on.
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There are moments that define us. This is one of those indelibly watermarked in my heart. This is #troynankin ; my former publicist turned manager , best friend , and fake husband. We joke. I have become a different woman in the last few years, through struggles and the intense pride of motherhood. @vanityfair has always been a champion of mine, like Troy. And yet, I have not fully realized my capabilities as an actress. I wanted to be at this red carpet to remember my first time attending with a not yet famous friend, @jakegyllenhaal . I believed in him and his career and wanted him there. And this dinner always symbolizes so much. And I kept going because it was always a night in hollywood that was full of hollywood dreams with all the talent present in their glory. I loved to watch. I was invited this year. I am featured in March issue . Thank you @radhikajones @kristasmith @samiranasr #juliemiller @cassblackbird . So this was a streak of light. To say I am here. I am still in an exacerbation so there was some nervousness. I don’t do anything the way I was once able. I will though. I can regain much. Mommas gotta work. And I will be able to do so much more on my own, But this man. Until that comes …This man and a host of others light the way and hold the moon @thetexastroya was a hero. Wanting me to shine brightly in a time that can be so challenging. He knew I wanted to be able to stand proudly as the woman I have become and hope to be. To be a part of something so special when my body won’t move clearly yet. And then I felt the love from the photographers who have watched me goof around on red carpets since I was in my twenties. I felt the warmth of the bulbs. The strength of my gown. His attentive touch. And still I hoped my brain could send signals for the remainder of my time there. And I sobbed. And I appreciated every single second. Every surprising tear, he was there. As he has always been. And that is the reason I could. Thank you Troy. We got me just where I wanted to be. For a night. And I later pushed my way into a family photo with @dianaross (omg) . So much to post but not before this one. True love. Right here. Forever.
LOOK AT HER. Despite tearing up, she held her head up high and looked positively regal, thanks to the dreamy cape that only accentuated how gutsy she’s been and continues to be. She worked it like a GD superhero.
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Still giving me life. 🌈 This gown. This cape. This night. #ralphandrusso #vanityfairoscarparty #chrismcmillan #frankieboyd #elizabethstewart #troynankin #gettyimages thank you to all of you for the support and for everyone who is challenged in all the ways we humans may be. 💛
On Tuesday, Blair was interviewed by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America where she spoke about her condition including spasmodic dysphonia, a neurological disorder that was affecting her voice right then and there.
“I am doing very well,” Blair told Roberts. “I am very happy to see you. Being able to just put out what being in the middle of an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis is like. So my speech, I have spasmodic dysphonia right now … It is interesting to be here to say this is what my particular case looks like right now.”
Blair revealed that she cried upon being told she has MS. Obviously. But not in the way that you think. “I had tears,” she explained. “They weren’t tears of panic, they were tears of knowing that I now had to give in to a body that had loss of control and there was some relief in that.”
Up until then, Selma was doing “everything to seem normal,” even though she knew something was up every time she needed to take a nap between dropping her son, Arthur, off at school and driving the mile back home. She admitted she drank and self-medicated. “There were times I couldn’t take it … I was ashamed.”
Prior to her diagnosis, she reached out to Michael J. Fox, who has Parkinson’s disease, and said, “I don’t know who to tell, I’m dropping things, I’m doing strange things.” He got in touch with her and they now speak regularly. “He gives me hope.”
As for raising her son, the single mom told Roberts that her main focus is to make the seven-yer-old “feel safe, never responsible for me.” Blair added that she’s learned to listen to her mind and body and if they’re telling her to take a break, she needs to listen. “My son gets it and now I’ve learned to not feel really guilty.”
How amazing is that? How amazing is SHE? Also? Arthur sounds like a great kid.
And at least he knows who’s still boss. Heh.
The best thing to come out of Selma’s interview? The news that her doctor told her she could regain 90 per cent of her abilities in a year’s time, so she’s hoping to update Roberts with her progress in 2020. Just one other thing to look forward to next year.
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When my life flashes before my eyes, I want this portrait by @markseliger to be front and center. @vanityfair @frankieboyd @mrchrismcmillan @elizabethstewart1 #ralphandrusso @thetexastroya @tombachik @lyon_hearted @kristasmith @radhikajones Thank you. 🖤 #markseliger #glory