During award season last year, many people were surprised to see Selma Blair walking the red carpet at the Vanity Fair party with the help of a (very fashionable) cane. The 47-year-old actress keeps a fairly low profile, and many fans were shocked to learn she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in August 2018. The degenerative condition has affected every aspect of her life, but she hasn't let it stop her or slow her down. Blair has been very open about her journey with MS, sharing the highs and lows of her everyday life with her 9-year-old son Arthur. She's also been open about how Arthur has been there with her every single step of the way, calling him her inspiration. We know it isn't easy to manage a condition like MS, especially as a parent. But while Blair calls Arthur her inspiration, we have to hand it to both of them for being so brave and open in the midst of everything.
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I slept two hours. There is a pain. In my head. In my throat where the tears start. I want to smell him. Tell him I am so proud of him. Hold him. And I will. Just not on his birthday. Which is today. It was a painful induced labor. He was weeks late according to doctors. I felt fine. He wouldn’t listen. And there was still fluid. But I was pressured , and agreed. Defeated. The inducing was horrific and no dilation. Full labor with no dilation. for 37 hours. I finally asked for an epidural. I was so at their mercy. And I had to protect him. I was scared of motherhood. My friend @juliedesanto , his godmother , drove two hours to be by my side. To hold my stricken face. To tell me I will be a good enough mother. Good enough. And I started to relax. He was born at 1021 this morning. July 25. I even had to fire a doctor who said I needed a c section. And got my beloved dr paul crane back in town to easily deliver our boy. Jason cut the cord and said he looked like me. And now my kid can cut his moms hair and make jokes and assure me just by being him that I am good enough. Even if we aren’t together for this birthday. Which makes tears well, I know he is happy with dad , dancing and playing on the beach later today. What more could I really ask for. Happy birthday. My son. I love you oceans, mama #arthursaintbleick 🖤. @cassblackbird 📸 #cassblackbird
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Selma Blair reflected on how strong Arthur is, and how he's dealing with her diagnosis. Blair says he's had to endure some pretty heavy stuff, like her falling down the stairs or rushing to the bathroom when she's sick. But in spite of it all, Arthur is incredibly supportive of his mama and wise beyond his 9 years. Arthur says, "Mommy's not sick. Mommy's brave". We couldn't agree more, Arthur!
Last week, on his birthday, Blair shared a beautiful post about his birth. The picture she included was of Arthur helping to cut her hair, and in the post she mentions not being able to spend his birthday with him.
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Today is a banner day. I am being discharged from the care of an incredible team of nurses and techs and a visionary Dr. who believes in my healing as much as I do. This has been a process. And will continue to be one. I am immunocompromised for next three months at least. So no kisses please. I wanted to make sure any complications that might arise here were my private space. And we got through brilliantly. I thank you all for your love and support and that extra dose of great with a @people cover. I see things so much more clearly now. And I am excited to share this journey when I am ready. For now, I have recovery. And a great @the_alinker_world so I gotta split. Bye!!!!!! This is the best gift I could give to Arthur. #newimmunesystem #whodis? 🎂
Turns out, Blair was in the hospital on Arthur's birthday, undergoing treatment to help manage her MS. In a photo she shared in discharge day, Blair is standing next to her walk assist bike, with a clean-shaven head and a look of determination on her face. The actress had just completed an intense round of treatment that will leave her immunocompromised for the next three months, so no kisses for Selma for the time being! It sounds like she and her medical team are happy with the results, and hopeful for what the future holds. We're pulling for you, Selma! Best of luck on your recovery!