'I am just breaking down': Selma Blair reveals she feels 'vulnerable' in candid new Instagram post

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Selma Blair has revealed she feels like she’s “breaking down” in a recent social media post.

The 47-year-old actress, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in Aug. 2018, shared a photo on Instagram of herself curled in a ball, admitting that she is struggling to cope with her illness.

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“I feel sick. This is what happens. There is no bright light of glamour,” Blair captioned the post, seemingly alluding to her red carpet return at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party last year.

Blair at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Image via Getty Images/John Shearer).
Blair at the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Image via Getty Images/John Shearer).

The “Cruel Intentions” star is seen resting her head on her knees with her eyes closed, showing off her short hair, most of which had fallen out while she underwent chemotherapy to treat her MS.

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“My muscles in my face and neck are in spasm. Or so tight I can’t even find a way to stretch and I have been trying for three hours on the ground stretching,” she wrote, adding that she was sick with a stomach flu she caught from her son. “I am even more sideways now. For now. but I am not killed by it. I am strong enough not to be taken down any more than the average bear.”

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This is the thing. I feel sick. This is what happens. There is no bright light of glamour. Of course. It is long nights. Almost all nights. My muscles in my face and neck are in spasm. Or so tight I can’t even find a way to stretch. And I have been trying for three hours. On the ground stretching. I have had the stomach flu. Thanks Arthur! And I am even more sideways now. For now. But I am not killed by it. I am strong enough not to be taken down any more than the average bear. That’s great news. Excellent reassurance. I recover. I stepped wrong last week. In the street. I don’t remember it happening. Or the pain. I was told. And my ankle is sprained and it makes me feel even more fragile. A simple ankle sprain. And I am lucky on a million counts. I know. And I am still feeling alone and vulnerable and scared about the future as a single mom. I’m not dying any more than anyone. I am just hurting. It feels like I am just breaking down. So there’s a truth to give to anyone else feeling this way. It’s just miserable. And scary. To feel unwell. I am so sorry. This is just me to you. In the early hours of the morning. Cause I don’t know what else to do and I want so much to do better. May the silver lining surround us all. And guide us out of the darkest. Thank you all for being the biggest loves. I am in a slow time. I need to recover. I want to recover. And I don’t know what that even really means. 💛. I send you all a reassuring warmth. We all need it. #receivership

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Although Blair does her best to put on a brave face, the MS symptoms and flu, combined with a recent ankle sprain caused her to feel overwhelmed.

“I am lucky on a million counts. I know. And I’m still feeling alone and vulnerable and scared about the future as a single mom,” she continued. “I’m not dying anymore than anyone. I am just hurting. It feels like I am just breaking down...It’s just miserable and scary to feel unwell.”

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Blair thanked her followers for being “the biggest loves,” she said she is determined to get healthy.

“I need to recover. I want to recover,” she added. “And I don’t know what that even really means.”

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