When Selma Blair is feeling weak, she turns to her 8-year-old son, Arthur, for strength.
The actress revealed last October that she had been living with multiple sclerosis for years. Earlier this year, she made her first public appearance at the Oscars since sharing her diagnosis, sporting a beautiful, flowing gown and a cane.
Speaking to People for its most recent issue, Blair credited her son with keeping her strong. “He’s had to endure a lot; he’s seen a lot,” Blair said. And yet, Arthur constantly tells her, "Mommy’s not sick. Mommy’s brave."
MS "is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body," according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Its cause is unknown.
Blair added that Arthur told her he especially appreciates when she accompanies him to school and speaks to his fellow students about what MS is. “I had no idea Arthur was proud of that," she said. "I thought, ‘I’m probably an embarrassment,’ but to know I’m not was one of my proudest moments.”
It's his faith in her that serves as her inspiration to live life to the fullest.
“This is it. The only life we get,” she said. "My disease isn’t a tragedy, but I tell myself, 'You’re going to live in a way that would be an example for yourself and your son.'"