MS is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord, according to the Mayo Clinic. On Tuesday, Blair, 46, appeared on “GMA” in an “exacerbation” of MS – resulting spasmodic dysphonia a condition that alters her voice.
“It’s interesting to put it out there, to be here to say, ‘This is what my particular case looks like right now,’” the “Legally Blonde” actress told Robin Roberts.
Blair, who suffers from an aggressive form of the condition, is doing well these days and even continues to work. She’s got a new Netflix show, “Another Life,” and hit the red carpet of the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday night with the help of a cane.
For years, Blair knew something wasn’t right but didn’t get the answers she needed until last summer.
“Ever since my son was born, I was in an MS flare-up and didn’t know, and I was giving it everything to seem normal,” she recalled. Her son, Arthur, whom she shares with ex Jason Bleick, is now 7.
“And I was self-medicating when he wasn’t with me,” she said. “I was drinking. I was in pain. I wasn’t always drinking, but there were times when I couldn’t take it.”
Blair faced tiresome days. She said simple tasks like driving her son to school would leave her fatigued, forcing her to pull over to nap before making it back home.
“I was ashamed and I was doing the best I could and I was a great mother, but it was killing me,” the actress said. “And so when I got the diagnoses I cried some relief. Like, ‘Oh, good, I’ll be able to do something.’”
She also cried because she “had to give in to a body that had loss of control.”
Speaking with Arthur about her health, he seemed to take the news well.
“And he almost cried and said, ‘Will it kill you?’” she recalled. “And I said, ‘No. I mean, we never know what kills us, Arthur. But this is not the doctor telling me I’m dying.’ And he was like, ‘Oh, OK,’ and that was it.”
At the time of her diagnosis, her doctor said in a year’s time she could have 90 percent of her abilities back.