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Selma, who has been very public about her difficult health journey with multiple sclerosis (or MS) and its impact on her mobility, recently walked on stage of the 2022 Emmy Awards with the help of a cane. And during DWTS rehearsals, she's been spotted with a service dog.
Selma went public about her MS diagnosis back in 2018 and, since then, has kept fans posted on her progress and various speed bumps along the way.
Here’s a look back at her MS journey.
What is multiple sclerosis, or MS?
MS is an often disabling autoimmune disease of the central nervous system, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. With MS, the body's immune system attacks nerve endings in the central nervous system, the National Institutes of Health explains. This disrupts the flow of information in the brain, as well as between the brain and body.
Symptoms can vary, but may include:
Numbness or tingling
Feelings of stiffness
2018: Selma is diagnosed with MS.
Selma initially shared that she had symptoms for at least five years before her official diagnosis, but thought she was just suffering from a pinched nerve.
“I have #multiplesclerosis,” she wrote on Instagram. “I am in an exacerbation. By the grace of the lord, and will power and the understanding producers at Netflix , I have a job. A wonderful job. I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it.”
Selma said that her friend, Elizabeth Berkley, urged her to see her brother, Jason Berkley, D.O., a neurologist in Los Angeles. Dr. Berkley diagnosed Selma with MS after "finding lesions on [an] MRI." (Lesions, or plaques as they are sometimes called, are areas of damage or scarring in the brain caused by the disease, per MSTrust.org).
"I have had symptoms for years," Selma said, "but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of [Jason Berkley] trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve."
Selma also said in the post that she thinks she could have been suffering from the incurable disease for 15 years before her diagnosis.
2019: Selma undergoes a stem cell transplant and chemo.
Selma revealed in 2019 that she was undergoing chemotherapy and a revolutionary stem cell transplant treatment to help with her MS symptoms. The treatments, she said in a since-deleted Instagram, caused her to lose her hair and forced her to be away from her home state of California—and her son—for two months.
She also said that she "had more chemo than they usually do for cancer patients, because they almost kill you," at the Time 100 Health Summit.
2019-2020: Selma provides updates on how the disease and treatments affects her day-to-day life.
In 2020, Selma went on to share that at times, she "was a mess with MS" and couldn't feel her hips or her left leg. But she was still trying to take things slow.
"I will always have MS, I now see. Always. But I am going to learn how to use this body, brain and emotions," she wrote in her IG caption.
August 2021: Selma is in remission.
While MS is incurable, the symptoms can improve for days, weeks, months, or years at a time, per Healthline.
"My prognosis is great. I'm in remission. Stem cell put me in remission," Selma said during a Discovery+ TCA panel in support of her documentary, per People. "It took about a year after stem cell for the inflammation and lesions to really go down."
Selma also said that she was "reluctant to talk about it because I felt this need to be more healed and more fixed.”
May 2022: Selma publishes her memoir.
In one excerpt, Selma writes: "Now finally here it was, my diagnosis was the validation I’d been searching for… that I was human and that it was ok.”
September 2022: She attends the 2022 Emmy Awards.
Selma received a standing ovation when she appeared at the 2022 Emmy Awards.
“I never imagined I would walk across that stage and be given the truest gift for me. Love. Applause. Standing along with me,” she wrote on Instagram the following day.
“I have never been on this stage before. I haven’t had awards like this in my career, but my God, to be recognized by these brilliant talents. And loves. And icons. The ones who give us their life for this art. What admiration I have. I am basking in this moment. I thank you for having me. For embracing me. Humbled with gratitude.”
2022: Selma will star on the next season of DWTS.
Selma said on Instagram that she’s “so unbelievably grateful I can’t stop crying” about the fact that she gets to be on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.
She also told Good Morning America that she’s “beyond thrilled” about the opportunity.
Everyone is rooting for you, Selma!
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