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Christina Applegate has just revealed that she has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
The 49-year-old Dead To Me actress confirmed that she had been diagnosed with the auto-immune condition on Twitter last night, telling her followers that she received the diagnosis a few months ago…
“Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS,” her post began.
“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.”
The Emmy-award-winning-actress finished off her post by asking for privacy while she continues to deal with the diagnosis…
“As one of my friends that has MS said, ‘We wake up and take the indicated action.’ And that’s what I do,” she continued.
“So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing. Thank you xo.”
According to The National MS Society, Multiple Sclerosis is “a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the CNS.”
Multiple Sclerosis can therefore cause problems to a person’s mobility, vision, speech, balance, and memory, among other things. Those diagnosed can also suffer with extreme fatigue and brain fog.
It’s widely believed that no two people have the same experience with the condition, as it affects everyone so differently. Every day is said to be different for those suffering with MS, as they can have good days and bad days as the disease flares up and then goes into remission, which is why it could take years for some people to receive a diagnosis.
While there is currently no cure for MS, symptoms can be managed through various disease modifying drugs and therapies which are constantly being developed, as well as diet, exercise, mindfulness, and more.
We want to give Christina Applegate all the privacy she needs while she comes to terms with this life-changing condition. But we hope that she will eventually speak out when she feels comfortable to do so, just like she did back in 2008 when she battled – and beat – breast cancer.
In 2008, the Anchorman star revealed her breast cancer diagnosis, and underwent a bilateral mastectomy, and also had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.
After recovering, she set up the ‘Right Action for Women’ foundation to help women get access to MRI scans which would help them catch the cancer as early as possible and therefore improve their chances of survival.
Head to the National MS Society to find out more about Multiple Sclerosis.