In the past year, Selma Blair has been incredibly frank about her struggle with multiple sclerosis, and now the actress speaks out to describe the impact her condition has had on her young son – almost 12 months to the day since her diagnosis.
The 47-year-old first revealed to the world that she had MS in October 2018, following the diagnosis in August of the same year. Since then, she and her seven-year-old son Arthur have come to terms with what that means for their lives. Selma admits that her young son has endured & # 39; a lot in the past year & # 39 ;.
While posing with her son for this week's cover People magazine, Selma added that Arthur has seen & # 39; a lot, including watching his mother fall down the stairs and & # 39; running to a bathroom & # 39; when she is hit by a wave of nausea.
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Speaking: Selma Blair started about her multiple sclerosis and how it affects her life and her son 12 months after her diagnosis was made
Proud mother: the 47-year-old actress admitted that her seven-year-old son Arthur & # 39; experienced a lot & & # 39; and & # 39; has seen a lot of & # 39 ;, including watching his mother fall down the stairs
Bond: Despite the toll her MS took, Selma praised her son's positive outlook and said the youngster & # 39; so well adjusted & # 39; is
Despite the toll that his mother's condition has undoubtedly taken, Selma says that Arthur – whose father is designer Jason Bleick, with whom the actress had a relationship for two years, from 2010 to 2012 – remains incredibly positive and immovable supportive.
When it comes to her condition, Selma told People that Arthur, celebrating his eighth birthday on July 25, proudly told his friends that & # 39; Mama is not sick, mothers brave & # 39 ;.
I thought, "I'm probably ashamed," but knowing that I wasn't was one of my most proud moments, & she added.
The actress remembered a moment when her son spoke to her about what his friends at school think about her condition, and explained that he said he likes it when his mother visits his classroom because she & # 39; the children are laughing answers all their questions & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I explain what happens and that my voice doesn't hurt, and we really have decent exchanges, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I had no idea that Arthur was proud of that. & # 39;
When it comes to their daily lives, Selma says she accepts her limitations and tries to make sure she keeps a good balance, to ensure she has enough energy to focus on her son and his needs.
& # 39; Everything is for Arthur, & # 39; she said in a video interview with People. & # 39; He makes me laugh, he is so well adjusted.
& # 39; It took me 44 years to arrive at the age of seven. He knows what he wants, he doesn't like waste, and yet he is very empathetic.
& # 39; And he is very grounded, (he has a great) sense of humor … and he has great hair! He is a handsome boy! & # 39;
Regarding their daily routine, Selma says she is determined to spend as much time as possible with her son, even if that means she has to take time somewhere else during the day to get the rest she needs, for example when her son is up school is.
Coverster: Selma appears on the cover of this week's People magazine, in which she candidly went into detail about her condition and how it changed her life in the past year
Meaningful: Selma admitted that her & # 39; most proud moment & # 39; until now when her son said to his friends at school: & # 39; Mama is not sick, mommy & # 39; s brave & # 39; and said he liked to visit her
Forward: the actress shared that she is currently in a & # 39; transition & # 39; which means that she needs to rest more than normal to become stronger
& # 39; So I am now in a kind of transition where I rest more and try to become stronger, & # 39; she explained, adding that she tends to & # 39; for six & # 39; waking up with her son, giving them time to & # 39; play a little & # 39; before their day really starts.
& # 39; Then I make him breakfast and spend time together, and then I bring him to school and then I rest a little and do little work, & # 39; she said.
Selma also does not allow her condition to stand in the way of mother and son pleasure, and admits that the duo actually & # 39; dodgeball & # 39; plays.
& # 39; I am not avoiding, because that can be so dangerous! & # 39; she remarked. & # 39; Maybe in the future for sure, but I'm not going perfectly perfect from left to right … so I can just hit him. And then he throws it back at me, really chivalrous.
& # 39; And then I can hit him again. And he loves it. It feels good. & # 39;
Arthur is not the only person in her life who has been a source of support; Selma also praised his father Jason and said that her ex – with whom she had a & # 39; flexible guardianship arrangement & # 39; & # 39; has surfaced in a big way & # 39; for her and their son.
& # 39; I am really proud of us, & # 39; she added.
The actress praised her close to her for their continued support and paid tribute to fellow actresses Jaime King and Sarah Michelle Gellar in particular for everything they have done over the past year to help her.
& # 39; Jaime King came to my doctors and I'm always happy to see that face because she's so beautiful, I mean, she really is the prettiest girl I've seen in my life, & # 39; she said.
As for Sarah, Selma revealed that her former Cruel Intentions co-star made & # 39; the meal train & # 39 ;, a system that ensures there is always food in the house for Selma and her son Arthur to eat even when Selma does not boil the energy.
Partners in crime: Selma admitted that & # 39; everything & # 39; what she does for her son Arthur is and explains that she tries to save energy as well as possible so that she can be with him as much as possible
Support system: She said her best friends Sarah Michelle Gellar (left) and Jaime King (right) did their best to help her and Arthur
The actress noted that such support systems help her to get through every day, referring to the & # 39; Spoon Theory & # 39 ;, a metaphor used to describe how people with disabilities deal with a reduced amount of energy.
In fact, the theory uses spoons to describe the limited energy that a person with a disability may have, with Selma noting that if she only has six spoons of energy a day, she might be forced to & # 39; borrow & # 39; to handle everything she needs to do – and will eventually have to spend a whole day in bed because she has exhausted her physical resources too quickly.
However, if people like Sarah help to take away some of her daily burdens, it means that she is taking her energy or her & # 39; spoons & # 39; can save and use them for more meaningful activities, such as reading with her son or spending time with him.
Selma & # 39; s latest interview comes almost five months a day since she made her first TV appearance after her MS diagnosis.
In February of this year, the actress sat down with GM Roberts Robin Roberts to explain what it felt like when doctors finally revealed that she had the condition – which she thought she had before more than ten years ago.
& # 39; I cried, I had tears, & # 39; she said about her response to the diagnosis. & # 39; They weren't tears of panic. It was tears of knowing that I now had to give in to a body that had lost control.
& # 39; And there was some relief in it. Because since my son was born, I was in an MS attack and I didn't know, and I gave everything to look normal. & # 39;
Selma admitted that struggle to appear normal involved self-medication when she was not near her son Arthur, now seven, and drinking heavily to address the pain and exhaustion she struggled to fight.
& # 39; I was self-medication while (Arthur) was not with me, & # 39; she said. & # 39; I drank, I was in pain.
& # 39; I didn't always drink, but there were times when I couldn't bear it. And I really struggled with how to make it through life. & # 39;
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