Selma Blair is raising spirits of others during the coronavirus pandemic. She thinks a little self-improvement is something we should try during the quarantine.
On Tuesday, Miley Cyrus did an episode of her Instagram Live talk show "Bright Minded," during which she interviewed the stars and got their advice for what to do amid the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Cyrus spoke to athlete Zion Clark, singer Alicia Keys, and actresses Millie Bobby Brown and Selma Blair. Blair, 47, had some unique words of encouragement for others.
As soon as the "Hellboy" actress came on, she made a disclaimer about her speech. It might have sounded off to some people listening, but Blair revealed her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis back in October 2018.
Just as she noted, her voice calmed down soon after she began talking — not that it mattered. Blair's advice to be positive and focus on each day as they come was priceless.
She told Cyrus that although it's terrifying to get medical news, the way we "show our grace and being there for our loved ones, [...] and also being vulnerable" can be a source of strength for others.
Selma Blair attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California on February 24, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
She added: "So to be open, but also really take this opportunity to be the best you can be, to help your days along." The "Legally Blonde" alum compared the situation to her illness.
Despite her situation, Blair has never once felt sorry for herself. She understands that she's not at immediate risk of death right now unless she gets the virus "like everyone else."
For Blair, it's all about living in the now. As a middle-aged woman with a disease, she's finally realized that this is the one chance she has to enjoy life and be kind to others.
Like other moms, Blair is currently at home with her child, an eight-year-old named Arthur Saint. Last October, Blair shared heartwarming words about her desire to be there for her son.
At the time, the "Cruel Intentions" actress was speaking at the Time 100 Health Summit about undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Blair said she saw it as a last resort when other treatments wouldn't work.
"My dream is to lie next to my son at night and be there as long as he needs me. And hopefully, do something for people," Blair said. She pointed out that she didn't care about side effects like hair loss.
Last July, Blair proudly displayed her shaved head in an Instagram health update post. In the photo, Blair stood smiling as she leaned against her Alinker bike, which aids with walking.
Despite the news that she was "immunocompromised," Blair's attitude in the post expressed hope for recovery and an excitement to share her journey with others.
Although she seems on the up and up, Blair has made it clear that, as a human dealing with disease, she experiences downtimes. In February, she gave fans a peek into one of them.
Along with a photo of herself balled up, Blair shared a lengthy caption talking about being unable to stretch for three hours while having the stomach flu.
She admitted that she was still scared and "vulnerable," but also noted that she's "lucky on a million counts." The pain she feels is just physical, but her heart is as strong as they come.
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