Actress Selma Blair, who next stars in the Netflix series "Another Life," has announced she has multiple sclerosis.
Posting an Instagram photo of herself in a wardrobe fitting for the upcoming science-fiction drama, Blair, 46, wrote that costumer Allisa Swanson "not only designs the pieces . . . [Blair's character Harper Glass] 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," or MS, an incurable, potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system.
Revealing she was diagnosed on Aug. 16, Blair -- whose credits include such films as "Cruel Intentions" (1999) and the "Hellboy" franchise (2004, 2008), and such series as "Anger Management" and the American version of "Kath & Kim" -- wrote that, "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."
She added, "You can't get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always 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," referring to 8-year-old Arthur, her child with former boyfriend Jason Bleick. "I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok."
Blair thanked actor friends Jaime King, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Tara Subkoff and Elizabeth Berkley -- "who forced me to see her brother," Los Angeles neurologist Dr. Jason Berkley, "who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on . . . [an] mri" -- as well as environmental scientist Noah Newman and "Another Life" creator Aaron Martin and executive producers Noreen Halpern and Chris Regina.
Among the 400,000 Americans afflicted with MS are actors Teri Garr, David Lander and Jericho-born Jamie-Lynn Sigler, TV personalities Jack Osbourne and Montel Williams, Fox News' Neil Cavuto and NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne.