Introducing, Selma Blair’ Director on Documenting the Actress’ Multiple Sclerosis
SXSW: ‘Introducing, Selma Blair’ Director on Documenting the Actress’ Multiple Sclerosis 3/17/2021 by Mia Galupp (PRINT THE ARTICLE – PDF)
“In October 2018, actress Selma Blair revealed on Instagram that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Less than one year later, in May 2019, documentary filmmaker Rachel Fleit found herself in the actress’ Studio City home, filming Blair’s daily struggles with the autoimmune disease for what would later become a feature documentary.”
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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body. Eventually, the disease can cause permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.
Signs and symptoms of MS vary widely and depend on the amount of nerve damage and which nerves are affected. Some people with severe MS may lose the ability to walk independently or at all, while others may experience long periods of remission without any new symptoms.
There’s no cure for multiple sclerosis. However, treatments can help speed recovery from attacks, modify the course of the disease and manage symptoms.