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Christina Applegate got tested for MS thanks to Selma Blair: 'Going to have a better life because of her'

It might be true that Blair saved Applegate from years of struggle until she would have been diagnosed with the actual problem. 

Christina Applegate got tested for MS thanks to Selma Blair: 'Going to have a better life because of her'
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Some friends who care for you can make a big difference in life and that's true for Selma Blair. Christina Applegate shared that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at an early stage because of Blair, who suggested getting tested based on a single symptom, as reported by GOD.

“I was sitting in Selma’s living room, our children playing, and I told Selma I’d been having this weird tingling in my feet,” Applegate told British Vogue. “She said, ‘You must get tested for MS.’ [Even my doctor doubted it], but there it was. In essence, because of her, I’m going to have a better quality of life.” 

Image Source: Celebs Attend GQ Magazine Party in LA - Getty Images/ Sebastian Artz
Image Source: Celebs Attend GQ Magazine Party in LA - Getty Images/ Sebastian Artz

 

She had earlier revealed that she was diagnosed with a neurological disease that has various symptoms which affect speech, vision, and mobility while filming for the final season of "Dead To Me."

Like Blair, Applegate also has been vocal about her experience with multiple sclerosis. In March, she reportedly responded to a call by Candace Owens to explain to her why it matters to advertise accessible clothing. “Candace Owens, do you know when you have seen pictures of me how f—ing hard it was to get my clothes on?” Applegate tweeted. “A team has to help me!!! So I’m excited for accessibility clothing for me and my community.”



 

 

It might be true that Blair saved Applegate from years of struggle until she would have been diagnosed with the actual problem. 

However, recently Blair also opened up about being diagnosed with MS in 2018 in an interview with British Vogue. Though her doctor asked her to keep her diagnosis a secret, Blair knew the importance of being a public figure with a disability. “I didn’t imagine I could ever make a difference by showing up as myself and being open about my experiences,” she said. “But when others with mobility aids rallied around my presence on the red carpet with a cane and in the midst of an MS flare, I noticed. I felt empowered to share… Now it’s a conscious choice to.” 

Blair opened up about struggling as a kid with her eye, leg, and bladder. She had unexplained laughter and crying also. She later realized that her mannerisms were signs of undiagnosed juvenile MS. While facing these issues, she thought she was "a hugely emotional person." After four years, she was informed that she had an MS diagnosis. “I looked like a ‘normal’ girl to them,” she said, “but I was disabled this whole time.”



 

 

Talking about going public about her diagnosis, Blair said it "has had an incredible impact on the MS community but, more so, she’s had an impact on how the world views it.” She opened up that she has not given up on her acting career. “I haven’t actively pursued work in acting — it hasn’t been the right time yet — but it’s absolutely doable for me. I have to take the leap,” she said. Blair and Applegate were co-stars in the 2002 movie, "The Sweetest Thing" and have a strong bond. They have publicly supported each other for years, according to Insider



 

 

In 2022, Blair attended Applegate's Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony. In an interview after the ceremony, Blair told Entertainment Tonight that they both support each other as they live with MS. "If you need something, she's at your house," Blair said of Applegate.

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