Christina Applegate has revealed that she was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
The 49-year-old actress took to Twitter on Monday to candidly share the news of her diagnosis while letting fans know that she is very optimistic about her future.
“Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS. It was a weird trip,” the “presenter” star wrote. “But I have been so supported by people I know who also have this condition. It has been a tough road. But as we all know the road goes on. Unless a hole blocks it.”
In a follow-up tweet, she quoted a friend who also suffers from the disease before asking her fans for confidentiality about it.
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“As a friend of mine with MS said ‘we wake up and take the right action.’ And that’s what I do,” she concluded. “So now I’m asking for privacy. As I’m going through this thing. Thank you xo”
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society describes MS as “an unpredictable and often crippling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information in the brain and between the brain and the body.” The cause of the disease is still unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of environmental and genetic factors. The organization notes that there are approximately 1 million people living with MS in the United States at this time.
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In fact, Applegate isn’t the first celebrity to publicly share a diagnosis of MS in recent years. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Applegate’s announcement was preceded by “The Sweetest Thing” co-star Selma Blair, “Sopranos” actress Jamie Lynn Sigler, former talk show host Montell Williams and reality TV star Jack Osbourne.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time Applegate has had to share a life-changing medical diagnosis with the public. In 2008, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Soon after, she revealed that she no longer had cancer after undergoing a double mastectomy.
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The aftermath of her recovery was actually presented in a plot line for her Netflix drama series “Dead To Me” in which her character unwittingly befriends her husband’s killer. At one point, her character reveals that she had both breasts removed as a preventive measure after her mother died of breast cancer.
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“It hasn’t really been discussed on shows before; I don’t think there are a lot of characters with double mastectomies,” the actress told USA Today in 2019. “But I’ve been through it. , and it’s a horribly painful process – emotionally, spiritually, physically – and I never really talked about it. I thought this was my chance to talk a little about myself, but also about all the women who have been there. “
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