Selma Blair has shared a touching photo of her son helping to cut her hair, following her MS diagnosis.
Selma Blair was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in October, and since then has been open on social media about the debilitating disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord.
She has described MS as an ‘unpredictable disease’, which has caused her to lose some of her motor skills. As a result, the star has had to alter the way she gets ready in the morning to make it easier to manage, including how she styles her hair.
Selma has now opted for a buzzcut, after chopping her hair into a bob a few months ago as it’s much more manageable for her current lifestyle. She posted this sweet snap of her and seven-year-old son Arthur as he helps with the transformation.
Posting the image to her 1.5m Instagram following, the star wrote ‘Back to my roots. Zen barber who still says butthole whenever given an opportunity. I love him.’
Her honesty has resonated with Selma Blair fans, who have taken to the comments section to share their support and own experiences.
One heartfelt comment read ‘You’re such an amazing mumma, some days i just want to give up and throw the towel in with my brain disorder making me so tired and exhausted, but then i see you and it always inspires me to keep going and put a smile on my sons face despite how im feeling. You give me hope. 💕’
The star is also open about using a cane, making her first public appearance with one at the 2019 Oscar’s party. Manicurist Tom Bachik customised a cane for the party with her monogram and a diamond, after Selma revealed she wanted ‘something special’ for the occasion. Outside of public appearances, she frequently shares photos on her Instagram where she’s using one.
MS is more common in women than men, and is commonly diagnosed in people in their 20s and 30s. Key symptoms include fatigue, difficulty walking, muscle stiffness or spasms, and vision problems.
In her original Instagram post, Selma wrote ‘I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things’ and had described the diagnosis as ‘overwhelming in the beginning’, adding ‘You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers.’
There is currently no cure for the disease, though there are a number of treatments available to those currently living with MS.