Christina Applegate, known for “Dead to Me” and “Bad Moms,” recently revealed her multiple sclerosis diagnosis to her fans on Twitter.
The 49-year-old actress wrote, “Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS. It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a–hole blocks it.”
The actress has been dealing with the diagnosis for a couple of months now without the prying eyes of fans and the media.
She wrote in a follow-up tweet, “As one of my friends that has MS said ‘we wake up and take the indicated action.’ And that’s what I do. So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing. Thank you xo.”
Meanwhile, her fans have quickly rushed to comment support and love for the longtime actress. Many chose to share their own personal experiences with MS. The disease tends to affect more men than it does women. It is also typically diagnosed when a person is anywhere from 20 to 50. There are about 2.3 million people with the disease in the world.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there have been a few stars that recently revealed they are living with MS. This includes Selma Blair, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Montell Williams, and Jack Osbourne. Christina Applegate has often been open about what she’s experiencing and what’s on her mind.
Christina Applegate Cancer Battle
Her extremely popular role in “Dead to Me” has been a way for her to open up about some of the hardest parts of her life. This includes her battle with breast cancer. She was diagnosed in 2008 and had a double mastectomy, which has allowed her to now be cancer-free.
“I think after I had cancer and I talked about it out there in the world, I was trying to be a champion for myself, you know, almost like, lying to myself about the great thing about it. I was trying to be positive, and that was how I was dealing with it and surviving. But when I was just sitting there with myself, it’s an incredibly painful thing to go through. It’s an amputation of a part of you. It’s part of being a woman, and I wanted to be honest. So I brought it to Liz and she was like, ‘OK, let me see how we can weave this in.’ I think she did it beautifully,” Applegate said to The Hollywood Reporter.
In December 2020, Christina Applegate used her voice to advocate for two young sisters with sickle cell disease. Kimora and Kylie Van Sciver, ages 9 and 11, have this rare blood disorder that can cause pain, fatigue, and infections. Applegate urged people to do a swab in order to see if they are a possible bone marrow match.
“I really want to not only bring awareness to DKMS [the largest blood marrow donor center in the world], but also, we want to save these girls’ lives. I can’t imagine as a mother, having both your daughters with this disorder, and they can’t find a match. The more we can get people to do this, then the bigger chance that they have of surviving,” she told People.