Christina Applegate and Selma Blair Are Fighting Multiple Sclerosis Together Like True Friends
Nov 28, 2022 by apost team
Christina Applegate has been acting her whole life after she got her start at just 1 year old when she made her TV debut in 1972 alongside her mom in the soap opera "Days of Our Lives." She went on to star in commercials before she made her movie debut in the 1981 horror "Jaws of Satan." As a child star, Applegate continued to find more work herself and really found her footing in the acting industry.
Then in 1987, she landed the role that put her on the map — the rising star officially hit her breakthrough in the FOX sitcom "Married… with Children." Ever since her turn on the hit sitcom, she's stayed in the spotlight, appearing in major comedies such as "Anchorman" and "Bad Moms," as well as hit shows like "Friends," "Dead to Me" and more.
One of her most famous flicks to date is one in which she starred alongside Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair, “The Sweetest Thing,” whom she developed close friendships with. But compared to Diaz, Applegate seems to share more similarities with Blair, as the two have been on the same grueling journey because of a disease they both have.
On top of the hugely successful career that she's built in Hollywood, Applegate overcame many obstacles in her personal life, including a battle with breast cancer in the '00s, which she thankfully beat. Sadly in 2021, the actress revealed she had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, three years after Blair revealed her diagnosis.
In a very recent interview, Blair again spoke dearly of her friend and co-star and how they both help each other, like the true friends they are, in dealing with their respective illnesses.
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On Aug. 10, 2021, Applegate broke the news on her Twitter account.
“Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS. It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some ass––le blocks it.”
Known for her comedic performances, it's in line with her career for Applegate to make a joke despite the serious topic she's talking about. She also wrote a second tweet that stated:
"As one of my friends that has MS said 'we wake up and take the indicated action.' And that’s what I do. So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing. Thank you xo"
Although Applegate had not revealed who that friend with MS that she quoted was, many believed it was Blair, who had revealed her diagnosis of the same illness in 2018 in a heartfelt Instagram post:
“I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord and willpower and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps.”
Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system. According to the National MS Society, an abnormal response of the immune system causes inflammation that damages myelin. This leads to damage to the way that the central nervous system works.
Blair, who recently joined “Dancing With The Stars” Season 31, returned for her final performance on the show’s season finale after withdrawing from the season’s fifth week because of reasons concerning her health.
Gushing about her return to the stage during the “Dancing With The Stars” Season 31 finale episode, Blair shared how “crushed” she was upon leaving the show and noted that it was a “beautiful” experience for her.
Elsewhere in the interview with Entertainment Tonight, Blair was asked about her relationship with Applegate and her reasons for showing up at her friend’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony.
"I'm a fan of hers," Blair said. "There has not been one thing that she's done that I haven't been like, 'Nailed it.' She's nailing just being who she is with this MS."
Blair further went on about how being there to see her dear friend's achievement was huge for her.
"She's funny and definitely, her performance was amazing, but to be there, I just wanted to witness the greats in my friends' lives, just quietly back there. To know I was there for something that we dream about when we're little,” she told the outlet.
Furthermore, Blair revealed that they were both holding on to each other as emotional support in dealing with their respective illnesses.
"Christina still supports me. She's just such a strong one; she really is. She's such a nurturer. If you need something, she's at your house. There have been things that I had been unglued, and she's like, 'I'm outside; answer the door,’” she happily confessed. "I'm really into all that, all the things that help me get around. But she's getting it locked down. She has a lot on her plate. It's a lot, but she's just brilliant and beautiful as ever."
According to Mayo Clinic, there is no cure yet for Multiple Sclerosis, but treatment focuses on slowing the progression of the disease, recovery from attacks and managing its symptoms.
Truly, a strong support system is needed during these trying times. Isn’t Christina Applegate and Selma Blair’s friendship adorable and inspiring? Do you have friends as dependable as they are? Let us know, and pass this on to your family, friends and loved ones who you think would need a much-needed boost!