My son has seen a lot: Selma Blair on multiple sclerosis and parenting

Selma Blair and son Arthur Saint Bleick at the 26th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala, The Beverly Hilton, May 10, 2019.
Selma Blair and son Arthur Saint Bleick at the 26th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala, The Beverly Hilton, May 10, 2019.  Photo: Adrian Cabrero/Everett Collection/Alamy Live News

​Selma Blair is opening up about parenting with a chronic illness, and it's incredibly raw.

In a new interview with People, the 47-year-old actress shares how her multiple sclerosis diagnosis changed her life and her relationship with her son Arthur Saint Bleick.

"He's had to endure a lot; he's seen a lot," Selma told the publication, explaining that he's witnessed her "fall down the stairs" and "rush to a bathroom if she's feeling sick," so there's no keeping secrets from him.

"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.'" And for Arthur, who turns 8 this week, that means visiting him at school and engaging with his friends when they ask "why she walks and talks funny."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She said, "I explain what's happening and that my voice doesn't hurt, and we have really decent exchanges. I had no idea Arthur was proud of that. I thought 'I'm probably an embarrassment,' but to know I'm not was one of my proudest moments."

So sweet. It's presumably difficult for Selma to have these exchanges with her son's classmates, but Arthur doesn't see his mum's illness that way. "He says, 'Mummy's not sick. Mummy's brave,'" she said. And she most definitely is brave.

Selma has been open about life with MS both on social media and in interviews over the last year. Whether it's her doing a makeup tutorial, walking with a cane on the Oscars red carpet, or getting real about parenting on Instagram, it's her candidness that is so appreciated by fans and anyone living with a chronic illness themselves.