Since being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2018, Selma Blair has lived a life of self-imposed isolation.
Now, she's revealed some of the lessons she’s learned from her condition, in a bid to help others through the current coronavirus pandemic.
Appearing as a guest on Miley Cyrus’ Instagram live show Bright Minded, Blair, who was officially diagnosed two years ago (despite suffering symptoms of the disease for around 15 years previously), used her experience of practising social distancing to offer advice to those finding it hard being stuck at home.
'I have been pretty much in isolation for two years because of my physical issues that make it harder to get out, harder to speak, all of these things,' Blair said, referring to the difficulties she faces due to MS, a disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. 'Now everyone’s on this same kind of daily trajectory I’m on.'
Speaking about how she makes the best of her time at home, 47 year-old Blair revealed her joy at being able to be home to spend quality time with her son, and encouraged people to 'take this opportunity to be the best you you can be, to help your days along'.
When Cyrus asked how people can manage 'receiving medical news that can immediately feel terrifying,' Blair reminded listeners that 'this moment is all we have', and suggested the best way to deal with an ongoing threat (such as the current coronavirus outbreak) is to '[be] there for our loved ones... keeping ourselves strong — and also being vulnerable, which is a form of strength, to me.'
Reflecting on the fact the rest of the world is now experiencing what her daily life is usually like and having enforced downtime at home, the Cruel Intentions star said: 'This is an incredible time for me, because I’m home, and [I] have my son home.'
'We're all just doing what we can to enjoy this [time at home] and help our children or parents or neighbours.'
Inspirational words which will hopefully help those of us struggling to adapt to our current lifestyle!
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