They’ve come forward about their symptoms to spread awareness and inspire hope in others.
During her first appearance since her diagnosis in August 2018, Selma Blair attended the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscars Party with a customized, patent leather cane in hand. The actress admits that her condition went undiagnosed for years, even though she was experiencing crippling symptoms. She first announced her diagnosis in October 2018: “I have #multiplesclerosis. I am in an exacerbation,” she revealed on Instagram. “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. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.”
Since then, Blair has been candid about her experience with MS, and has opened up about her voice changes due to spasmodic dysphonia, her anxiety from the disease, and other symptoms that have made daily life challenging. Through it all, Blair has maintained a unique humor and positive mindset, inspiring her fans in the process.
Best known for playing Meadow Soprano in The Sopranos, Jamie-Lynn Sigler was diagnosed with MS at age 20 while filming the show. The actress began to experience difficulty walking and weakness in the right side of her body.
Now, at 37, she’s decided to come forward about her symptoms. “I can’t walk for a long period of time without resting. I cannot run. No superhero roles for me,” she told People in an interview. “Stairs? I can do them but they’re not the easiest. When I walk, I have to think about every single step, which is annoying and frustrating.” Still, Sigler remains hopeful and says a “fighting attitude” and the support of her family has made all the difference.
Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 26 after he began to lose vision in his right eye, which is one of the first signs of MS for many people. “The timing was so bad,” he told the British magazine Hello. “I’d just had a baby, work was going great … I kept thinking, ‘Why now?’”
Since his diagnosis, the reality star has become an activist for multiple sclerosis and launched the website You Don’t Know Jack About MS, which aims to provide insight and resources to people who are newly diagnosed with the disease. “I wanted to let people know that, while [relapsing-remitting MS] is a part of my life, it’s not controlling my life. I also want to change the way people think about MS. There are so many misconceptions about the disease,” Osbourne explained in an interview on the site.