Selma Blair says that thanks to a stem cell transplant, she’s in remission from multiple sclerosis The 49-year-old actress was diagnosed in 2018 with the disease. Per Yahoo! News, Blair told a Television Critics Association panel yesterday (August 16), “My prognosis is great. I’m in remission.”
The Cruel Intentions actress underwent hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation which uses stem cells derived from bone marrow, peripheral blood or umbilical cord blood.
“It took about a year after stem cell for the inflammation and lesions to really go down, so I was reluctant to talk about it because I felt this need to be more healed,” she said. “I don’t have any new lesions forming. There’s still maintenance, treatment and glitches, and wonderful things. Cognitively, I’m very changed and that’s been the harder part.”
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the protective myelin sheath that covers nerve fibers. It can cause vision loss, pain, fatigue and impaired coordination.
Blair filmed a documentary revealing her fight with MS in Introducing, Selma Blair, debuting October 15 in theaters and October 21 on Discovery+.
In 2019, Blair candidly shared how she felt while undergoing treatment for the disease. “Here’s a truth. I feel sick as all hell. I am vomiting and all the things which are not polite to speak of. My son ran away. From me. I have to get him to school. The medical treatments take their toll,” Blair said. “I am going to get through this. We do. This will pass. And to moms and dads who watch their kids sick on things we want them to take to get better… I hold you. So glad this is me and not my child.”
Just last week, Blair’s The Sweetest Thing co-star, Christina Applegate revealed her own MS diagnosis. “It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition,” Applegate said. “It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a–hole blocks it.”