“No kisses please,” she wrote in her latest health update
Since first revealing her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in October, Selma Blair has been totally transparent about what it is like to struggle with a chronic, debilitating illness. The actress and devoted mother-of-one’s vulnerability has been nothing short of beautiful as she details what it is like to parent with a disability, the hardships of undergoing treatment, and her excitement in discovering new gadgets and tools that make her life with multiple sclerosis a little easier.
This week, after her heartfelt interview with People hit the newsstand, Blair shared another tear-jerking Instagram post after undergoing an experimental treatment. Posing in front of her beloved Alinker bike in a hospital room, showing off her new freshly shaven head, the actress offered up her health update.
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Today is a banner day. I am being discharged from the care of an incredible team of nurses and techs and a visionary Dr. who believes in my healing as much as I do. This has been a process. And will continue to be one. I am immunocompromised for next three months at least. So no kisses please. I wanted to make sure any complications that might arise here were my private space. And we got through brilliantly. I thank you all for your love and support and that extra dose of great with a @people cover. I see things so much more clearly now. And I am excited to share this journey when I am ready. For now, I have recovery. And a great @the_alinker_world so I gotta split. Bye!!!!!! This is the best gift I could give to Arthur. #newimmunesystem #whodis? 🎂
“Today is a banner day. I am being discharged from the care of an incredible team of nurses and techs and a visionary Dr. who believes in my healing as much as I do,” she wrote in her Instagram post. “This has been a process. And will continue to be one. I am immunocompromised for next three months at least. So no kisses please. I wanted to make sure all complications here were my private space. And we got through brilliantly.”
“I thank you all for your love and support and that extra dose of great with a @people cover. I see things so much more clearly now. And I am excited to share this journey when I am ready. For now, I have recovery.”
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Mom! I have arrived! I am on the cover of @people and the Michigan girl in me is smiling way too broadly. This is such an honor to have this magazine and this thoughtful writer @karajwarner , pay a tribute to chronic illness and the people who pave the way to healing and love. This isn’t about how sick I may seem. This is about me as a mom and friend and a person who is growing every day and I hope some of you feel represented. Thank you. #queenforaday or however long this magazine stays on newsstands. 👑. Ps. On newsstands. Go buy so you can read the actual cover cause this country western fan cropped off the other news 🤷♀️
While Blair has been putting on a brave face, she explained to People that she has been experiencing “constant weakness and fatigue” and feels like “throwing up all the time” in addition to spasmodic dysphonia, a weakening of the vocal chords that makes her voice waver and tremble.
She also revealed to the magazine how her condition has impacted her son, Arthur. “He’s had to endure a lot; he’s seen a lot,” Blair said, adding that he has seen her fall down stairs and rush to the bathroom when she is feeling sick.
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I slept two hours. There is a pain. In my head. In my throat where the tears start. I want to smell him. Tell him I am so proud of him. Hold him. And I will. Just not on his birthday. Which is today. It was a painful induced labor. He was weeks late according to doctors. I felt fine. He wouldn’t listen. And there was still fluid. But I was pressured , and agreed. Defeated. The inducing was horrific and no dilation. Full labor with no dilation. for 37 hours. I finally asked for an epidural. I was so at their mercy. And I had to protect him. I was scared of motherhood. My friend @juliedesanto , his godmother , drove two hours to be by my side. To hold my stricken face. To tell me I will be a good enough mother. Good enough. And I started to relax. He was born at 1021 this morning. July 25. I even had to fire a doctor who said I needed a c section. And got my beloved dr paul crane back in town to easily deliver our boy. Jason cut the cord and said he looked like me. And now my kid can cut his moms hair and make jokes and assure me just by being him that I am good enough. Even if we aren’t together for this birthday. Which makes tears well, I know he is happy with dad , dancing and playing on the beach later today. What more could I really ask for. Happy birthday. My son. I love you oceans, mama #arthursaintbleick 🖤. @cassblackbird 📸 #cassblackbird
But instead of thinking she is weak, her son sees her for the super strong badass that she is. “He says, ‘Mommy’s not sick. Mommy’s brave,’” Blair says. Which is a total understatement, because Blair is basically a superhero. And her outlook on her situation proves it. “This is it. The only life we get,” she says. “My disease isn’t a tragedy, but I tell myself, ‘You’re going to live in a way that would be an example for yourself and your son.’”
Selma, thanks for taking us on this journey with you. You are such an inspiration, and we couldn’t love you any more.