Selma Blair: I was 'self-medicating' with alcohol during early MS struggle

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Selma Blair "appreciated every single second" of the Vanity Fair Oscars Party, her first red carpet appearance since she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in October.

For the event, Blair wore a pink, mint green, ice blue, and black dress by Ralph & Russo that she paired with a custom cane to support her movement.

Blair said that when her son was born in 2011, she "was in an MS flare-up and didn't know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal".

For years, Blair knew something wasn't right but didn't get the answers she needed until last summer.

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"Blair admitted to Roberts she was "a little scared of talking" on camera but that her neurologist told her, "'No, this will bring a lot of awareness because no one has the energy to talk when they're in a flareup.' But I do - because I love a camera!"

Sharing the news of her diagnosis with her 7-year-old son, Arthur Saint Bleick, was an easier task.

"I don't do anything the way I was once able", the actress wrote. After a fan asked him what's it going to take for him to take a woman seriously, during his most recent #AskMeek Twitter session, Meek responded: "She gotta match me and I gotta match her". "I said, 'I don't know who to tell, but I am dropping things", she reveals.

At the time of her diagnosis, her doctor said in a year's time she could have 90 percent of her abilities back. "She's an actress, she's going to these events, she's, you know, doing all this incredible stuff and living this great life, but it just goes to prove that this disease doesn't care who you are or what you've got or what job you have". "I want to see for other people, and I want to see for me, where I am".

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"I cried. I had tears", Blair says. "I had tears. They weren't tears of panic". "I was ashamed and I was doing the best I could and I was a great mother, but it was killing me", she told Roberts.

She also sought support from fellow actor and chronic illness warrior Michael J. Fox, who has lived with Parkinson's disease for almost 30 years. So he really helped me...

"I said, "I have something called multiple sclerosis". "I said, 'I don't know who to tell, but I'm dropping things, I'm doing unusual things.' He got in touch with me, and we began conversations", she said. "'Cause I love a camera". "You just have to".

She also had to sit down with her son to explain her diagnosis, after previously choosing to deal with her symptoms by laughing them off with her kid. It's fine to feel really crappy... "It is interesting to put it out there, to be here to say, 'This is what my particular case looks like right now, '" said Blair. My son gets it and now I've learned not to feel guilty... I will though. I can regain much.

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