Transcript for Selma Blair gets candid about life with MS in emotional Instagram post
story for you now. Actress Selma Blair poping up about her battle with Ms and getting candid about how it's affecting motherhood and her career. Janai Norman is here with more. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning. So Selma Blair has been open about her struggles since revealing the diagnosis back in October. In her most recent post on Instagram the actress calls the neurodegenerative brain disease of stadium of uncontrollable ax -- anxiety. This morning, "Legally blonde" actress Selma Blair getting candid about multiple sclerosis opening up to her more than 00,000 followers on Instagram about the disease that affects the central nervous system saying, I choke with the pain of what I have lost and what I dare hope for and how challenging it is to walk around. Adding, I can't sleep at night but daytime I have trouble staying awake. The 46-year-old who was diagnosed with Ms back in October talks balancing her health alongside her day-to-day routine as mom to 7-year-old son Arthur going out, being sociable holds a heavy price writes Blair. My brain is on fire, I'm freezing, we feel alone with it even though the loving support has been a godsend and appreciated. Selma wants everyone to know out there her fans and also those suffering from Ms to let them know they are not alone. Reporter: Blair revealing in the post she's taking things in stride. We do what we can. I have a full week ahead with mothering and appointments and things to look forward to, but like many of us, I am praying. Soaking in love where I can. It's not easy. That's okay. And she's posted photos of herself using a cane. She wrote that it's challenging just to walk around but adds that her smiles are genuine. You see some of those on her Instagram feed and wishing her the best. Thank you so much. Dr. Jennifer Ashton is here. First of all, kudos to Selma Blair. Awareness, awareness, awareness. Why is it so difficult to diagnose it. Because the symptoms are so vague. We're talking about a disease that attacks the way nerves send signals and those signals are received and that goes on all over the body. When you look head to toe there can be effects in the brain, could be vision, could be cognitive abilities, it could be mood working your way down the body, then you can see things like in the throat, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, in the belly you can have problems with digestion, bowel and bladder function and in the extremities in terms of move many, weakness, pain. So the symptoms are vague and not like discrepancy throat where there is a culture and either positive or negative? She says it's been with working but has also said #stillanactress. She wants to remain active. Ms does tend to affect women more than men although -- Why? We don't know. But when you talk about work, this is a huge issue for anyone dealing with a chronic illness. Ms is no different. By the way she talks about working as an actress. Any parent is working inside the home just as a parent and it can take its toll so I think the tips for anyone with a chronic illness especially Ms with respect to work, don't let fear of the possibility and the future dictate what you do right now. A lot of people pull out of the workforce because they don't know what's going to happen when you can be creative and helps to have a creative and supportive employer. It was they are pucic for me to work through my illnesses. The emotional toll. We have to connect the body and the spirit. We have difficulty dealing with things that we can't see and living with a chronic illness takes an emotional toll. We have to remember in medicine, just as in society, we have to treat the spirit as much as we treat the body and this is a perfect example of that. It is, all right, thank you and thanks again to Selma Blair. Really appreciate it.
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