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I want him to feel safe: Selma Blair reveals how she told her son about MS diagnosis

Selma Blair has been praised for her empowering appearance at last weekend’s Oscars. The actress, who was diagnosed with MS in 2018, proudly walked down the red carpet in a striking gown by Ralph & Russo and a cane customised by her dear friend Tom Bachik.

The actress has since given her first interview since her appearance at the Oscars. She spoke to Robin Roberts one-on-one about living with Multiple Sclerosis and how she told her son about it.

The Cruel Intentions actress told the broadcaster that she is doing very well. "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."


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The 46-year-old said she cried tears of relief when she was diagnosed with MS because she finally knew what was happening to her body. “They were tears of knowing I now had to give in to a body that had loss of control. And there was some relief in that."

"I dropped my son off at school a mile away and before I got home, I'd have to pull over and take a nap…it was killing me. And so, when I got the diagnosis, I cried with relief,” she added.

Selma is a mum to seven-year-old son Arthur. She admitted that the best way to speak to her boy about her diagnosis was to be open and honest.

“I always want him to feel safe and never responsible to me. He had already seen that I was falling and doing things and I was always laughing, and he would imitate me and I was like that’s fine… and so I did have to tell him after the MRI's that I have something called Multiple Sclerosis."


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Young Arthur was naturally devastated to hear that his mum was ill and cried when she explained what was happening to her. The mum revealed that he asked ‘Will it kill you?'

Selma reassured her son by saying that we never know what kills us and this is not her doctor saying she’s dying.


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We can’t even begin to imagine just how hard it was for Selma to have that conversation with her son Arthur. She really is one incredible woman. Her strength is beyond admirable.

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