"I woke up one morning and the left side of my face felt like there were a million ants crawling on it. That feeling when you’ve sat in a position too long? … The feeling’s gone and it’s coming back like a rush of blood," Emma shared in a new interview with Vanity Fair.
She said that her face then began to feel "extremely dull" and, at the recommendation of her acupuncturist, she met with a neurologist to get an MRI.
The doctor ended up calling her while she was in the middle of a film shoot to tell her that she had MS, which she says "was like an out-of-body experience."
"I’m like, 'No, that’s not possible.' I’m like, 'What are you talking about?' He was very matter of fact about it... It was literally a kind of nightmare," she said. "Then I was like, 'I’ve got to go to work now.' What do I do?"
She says she eventually made the decision to keep pushing forward with her life and career — while keeping everything a secret from most people in her life.
"I worked all through it. I’ve worked through it every single time I felt tired," she said, noting that she shot WandaVision in the blazing heat, despite the temperatures causing her condition to flare.
"The heat was unbearable. And I was feeling every inch of that. I got really weak. I just went into survival mode and I remember having to be outside," she said.
Emma continued, "It was just unfortunate timing really. But I was very, very uncomfortable and no one knew. I said nothing. And I paid the price for that."
"It's a weird thing to say when you’re given a diagnosis like that, but truthfully, my attitude is not crumbling under the fear of 'what if' or 'what can,' or 'what has' for other people. I just have to keep going," she concluded.
You can read all that Emma had to say here and learn more from the MS Foundation here.
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