Christina Applegate diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis: ‘It’s been a strange journey’

Christina Applegate diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis: ‘It’s been a strange journey’

The Dead To Me and Friends actress, 49, confirmed her condition – a lifelong condition that affects the brain and nerves – on social media, explaining that it has been a ‘strange journey’ so far.

Taking to Twitter, she told fans: ‘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*****e blocks it.

‘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.’

Fans rushed to offer the star their support, flooding the comments with an outpouring of love.

‘Sending you light. Holding space & praying for you & your family. You are strong, but it’s also ok to not be strong all the time,’ one posted.

‘Let your friends & family be your strength at times. You are one of my favourite actresses & inspiration. Your are so talented & beautiful [sic].’

‘Well let’s face it. You are a true inspiration. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Keep swinging. Keep ducking. You’re a fighter. We’re always rooting for you,’ another agreed.

‘Christina we all love you so much and we are sending you so much positivity. You are a ray of sunshine in every way,’ a follower commented.

‘You are made of extra strong stuff. Take good care of yourself you wonderful lady. Xxx.’

As a Twitter user added: ‘God Speed your journey through this diagnosis and road you will be traversing.

‘You have my heartfelt prayers admiration & complete support always You’ve given me such artistic pleasure in life it’s my turn to give back to you My most tender hugs & embrace.’

MS is a lifelong condition that damages nerves in the body and makes it difficult for sufferers to do everyday things, including walking, talking and eating.

Christina’s fellow actress Selma Blair has been open about her own battle with the condition, having been diagnosed three years ago.

‘I have #multiplesclerosis . 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,’ she said on Instagram at the time.

‘My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS. But we are doing it. And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.

‘I have had symptoms for years but was never taken seriously until I fell down in front of him trying to sort out what I thought was a pinched nerve. I have probably had this incurable disease for 15 years at least. And I am relieved to at least know. And share [sic].’