Selma Blair made an emotional appearance at the Oscars after revealing her MS diagnosis

If you haven’t caught up on all of last night’s Oscars action, the award for the most badass moment at this year’s ceremony has to go to Selma Blair, who made her first public appearance since revealing she has multiple sclerosis last year.

The 46-year-old actor and mum-of-one defiantly hit the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, looking radiant in a multicoloured dress with a sheer cape and a personalised cane to help her walk.

Wiping away tears on the red carpet as she posed for the cameras, Blair was overcome with emotion as the crowds cheered her on.

She later posted on Instagram:  “I wanted a special cane for #vanityfair dinner. So… @lyon_hearted went out and found patent leather and @bic_owen and he stitched it on.

“Hours of love put in. And then #tombachick made it especially magical. I burst into tears. These gifts to get me through. #subtle #chic #love. I can’t thank these three enough. There are angels.”

Social media users were quick to take to Twitter to post their support for the actor, who revealed her diagnosis with the lifelong condition on Instagram in October.

“Selma deserved an Oscar for her strength,” one posted.

Others highlighted that the move was a brilliant way to bring MS to Hollywood’s attention.

“What a brilliant moment from Selma Blair bringing chronic illness and disability awareness to an event such as the Oscars,” said one user. “She’s proving what we have always known, that disability and glamour are not mutually exclusive concepts.”

Selma Blair at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Ian West/PA)
Selma Blair at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Ian West/PA)

MS is a neurological condition of the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, which can affect your vision, balance and muscle control, among other things.

The MS Society estimates that there are approximately 100,000 people with MS in the UK, and that 5,000 people are newly diagnosed with the condition each year.

According to the NHS, it is two to three times more likely for women to get it than men, and it’s most commonly diagnosed in people in their 20s and 30s.

Despite her diagnosis, Blair has continued to work and was recently cast in an upcoming Netflix series called Another Life.

Back in October, she told her Instagram followers that she believed she’d had MS for at least 15 years

“I have MS and I am OK,” she posted. “But if you see me dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone.

“And the biggest thanks to @elizberkley who forced me to see her brother #drjasonberkley who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on that mri. I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least.”

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I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share. The brilliant costumer #Allisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show , but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis . I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix , I have a job. A wonderful job. 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 my diagnosis at ten thirty pm on The night of August 16, I have had love and support from my friends , especially @jaime_king @sarahmgellar @realfreddieprinze @tarasubkoff . My producers #noreenhalpern who assured me that everyone has something. #chrisregina #aaronmartin and every crew member... thank you. I am in the thick of it but I hope to give some hope to others. And even to myself. You can’t get help unless you ask. It can be overwhelming in the beginning. You want to sleep. You always want to sleep. So I don’t have answers. You see, I want to sleep. But I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok. But if you see me , dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges. And the biggest thanks to @elizberkley who forced me to see her brother #drjasonberkley who gave me this diagnosis after finding lesions on that mri. I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share. 🖤 my instagram family... you know who you are.

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The condition can cause lost of different symptoms, and that they can vary from person to person. However, here are some of the common early symptoms to look out for.

1.  Fatigue

Extreme tiredness is one of the most debilitating symptoms of MS, as it can make it difficult to carry out everyday tasks.

2. Problems with your sight

For around one in four people, the first symptom to be noticed is problem with one of the eyes.

3. Vertigo

This unpleasant symptom is characterised by dizziness or feeling like the room is spinning.

4. Loss of balance and coordination

Difficulty walking and needing to stabilise yourself is another common symptom of MS.

5. Numbness and tingling

Numbness and tingling are two of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

6. Stiff muscles

Spasticity is a symptom of MS that causes your muscles to feel heavier and more stiff than usual.

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One of the many reasons we #WalkMS

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7. Bladder or bowel problems

This includes constipation, loss of bowel control and diarrhoea.

If you’re worried you may have the early signs of MS, you should speak to your GP. Often, the early symptoms will be linked to other less serious causes, so there’s no immediate reason to panic.

- Press Association

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