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‘It’s been a tough road’: Christina Applegate, 49, reveals she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis

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  • Christina Applegate, 49, reveals she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
  • The actress revealed she received her diagnosis a few months ago  
  • The disease is ‘unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body’
  • The condition can cause problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance 
  • It is treatable in most cases, though life expectancy is slightly reduced. It is twice or three times more common in women than men
  • Christina’s close friend Selma Blair, 49 has also been diagnosed with MS – she went public with her condition back in 2018 

Christina Applegate has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The actress, 49, took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal that she found out ‘a few months ago’ that she suffers with the autoimmune disease, which affects the central nervous system.

She wrote: ‘Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS. It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition.

‘It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a****** blocks it.’

Brave: Christina Applegate has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (pictured September 2019)
Brave: Christina Applegate has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (pictured September 2019)

She continued: ‘As one of my friends that has MS said, “we wake up and take the indicated action”. And that’s what I do. So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing. Thank you xo,’

According to the National MS Society the disease is an ‘unpredictable disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.’

The condition can cause problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

It is treatable in most cases, though life expectancy is slightly reduced. It is twice or three times more common in women than men.

Post: The actress, 49, took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal that she found out 'a few months ago' that she suffers with the autoimmune disease, which affects the central nervous system (pictured January 2020)
Post: The actress, 49, took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal that she found out ‘a few months ago’ that she suffers with the autoimmune disease, which affects the central nervous system (pictured January 2020)

Ups and downs: 'It's been a strange journey,' she wrote. 'But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It's been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a**hole blocks it'
Ups and downs: ‘It’s been a strange journey,’ she wrote. ‘But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a**hole blocks it’

Christina shares daughter Sadie, seven, with her second husband, Dutch musician Martyn LeNoble, whom she married about two years after their daughter was born.

The Emmy-winning TV star was previously married from 2001 until 2007 to actor Johnathon Schaech, who is now on his third wife.

‘I love my kid … more than I’ve ever known [is] possible. Like, humanly possible,’ Christina said to People in 2016, overwhelmed with affection.

Though she has not appeared on film or TV since last year, and described herself jokingly as ‘semi-retired’ in Entertainment Weekly, she has projects in the works.

Christina’s close friend Selma Blair, 49 has also been diagnosed with MS – she went public with her condition back in 2018.

Celebrities who have been diagnosed with MS include host Montel Williams, Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler and reality star Jack Osbourne.

What is multiple sclerosis (MS)?

MS is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

The immune system attacks the protective sheath (myelin) that covers nerve fibers and causes communication problems between your brain and the rest of your body.

It’s a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild.

A study of the incidence of MS, developed in conjunction with Public Health England (PHE), estimates that 18% of total MS diagnoses in the UK are in people age 30 or under. This is compared to the previous estimate of only 12%.

There are 130,000 people living with MS in the UK and, in the last year alone, the charity estimates more than 1,250 people under 30 have been diagnosed. It is the most common progressive neurological condition in young people today.

When diagnosed with MS, no one can predict how the condition will affect you, how disabled you will become, or how quickly, and tens of thousands of people still have no treatment to help as their MS advances.

Family celebration: Christina's close friend and The Sweetest Thing co-star Selma Blair, 49 has also been diagnosed with MS - she went public with her condition back in 2018
Family celebration: Christina’s close friend and The Sweetest Thing co-star Selma Blair, 49 has also been diagnosed with MS – she went public with her condition back in 2018

She will star as a widow opposite Linda Cardellini in the darkly comic upcoming half-hour TV show Dead To Me, according to the program’s IMDb page.

Christina apparently is also slated to play the leading role of a bereaved psychologist in a TV movie called Your Time Is Up, written by actress Kathleen Robertson.

Christina’s close friend Selma Blair, 49 has also been diagnosed with MS – she went public with her condition back in 2018.

Selma famously shared a heartfelt tribute to the people who had been helping her get by as she struggles in everyday life and on the set of Netflix’s Another Life.

‘I was in this wardrobe fitting two days ago. And I am in the deepest gratitude. So profound, it is, I have decided to share,’ Blair wrote in an Instagram post.

The brilliant costumer #Alisaswanson not only designs the pieces #harperglass will wear on this new #Netflix show [Another Life], but she carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis.’

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