How to MS Like a Boss

How do you MS like a boss?!
How do you “own it?”
How do you feel more self-empowered with MS?

 
I was super inspired by the recent actions of ultimate-MS-boss Selma Blair beautifully displaying herself on the red carpet at the vanity fair Oscar party for the first time since her multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
 
She stood poised for photos looking proud with her head held high and personalized cane outstretched, powerfully “throwing” her Ralph & Russo gown outwards for a dramatic photographic look.
 
She discussed how you “shouldn’t have to sacrifice style” when you have MS, and the actress announced she is also making an accessible fashion line.
 
In case you missed her Good Morning America interview a few weeks ago, I strongly urge you to watch it online.

Selma was incredibly brave doing this interview, but doing the interview whilst she was also having a flare up where she was suffering from spasmodic dysphonia—meaning she was struggling to talk? That’s positively boss like.
 
Being in the public eye and coming out in an interview that is so honest and transparent is a very brave thing for a celebrity to do. Can you imagine broadcasting to the world about your innermost personal symptoms? How scary must that have been for her?
 
I've seen many people online say, “well it’s ok for her, but what about the rest of us that deal with this everyday? We don’t get special treatment or attention.” To those people I would say, see the bigger picture of what this means for MS and for her as an actress!
 
She doesn’t have to just announce it to work colleagues, friends and family like we do she has to announce it to the world.
 
Everybody in her world will be treating her differently now. She’ll be getting letters and messages from fans on a daily basis wanting to tell her about their diagnosis story. It may affect any future acting roles she gets as an actress because directors may think twice about casting her and worried she won’t be up to the job. She may even lose jobs.
 
The most important thing that will happen now that Selma has bravely raised awareness of her condition is that the general public will now understand more about what MS is and how it affects us.
 
Celebrities have the power to influence the general public and by sharing her story in this way she has done a very powerful thing.
 
All those times we were told that MS wasn’t a real condition? I would hope that becomes a thing of the past.
 
All those times doctors and neuro’s have said “it’s all in your head” (which, ironically, it actually is!), I imagine patients would be taken more seriously.
 
So, is it a good thing that Selma Blair came out about her diagnosis? HELL YES! She’s helping to change the worlds perception of MS. She has the ultimate platform for influence, and she’s using it for good, so let’s celebrate her for bringing MS into the mainstream media. And let’s certainly celebrate her for making an accessible clothing line because these celebrities are the only ones changing disability for the better.
 
How do you feel about Selma’s diagnosis? Should celebrities highlight their health conditions? Comment your thoughts below and if you’ve enjoyed reading this don’t forget to click the heart to show your appreciation.
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Jessie Ace

Jessie Ace is the founder of jessieace.com, a website that provides real-world help and advice for people living with chronic health conditions after her own experiences of being diagnosed with MS at 22 years old. She’s also the host of the DISabled to ENabled podcast, author of the ENabled Warrior Symptom Tracker book, founder of the ENabled Warriors community and public speaker.