Blair, 49, was diagnosed with the chronic immune disease in 2018. During a year of intense pain, she had a hard time speaking and couldn’t fully use her left leg. She pursued an “aggressive” course of chemotherapy and had a stem cell transplant to try to restart her immune system, the magazine reported. The process took time, but it worked, she said during a virtual appearance on Monday.
“My prognosis is great. I’m in remission. Stem cell put me in remission,” she said during a discovery+ Television Critics Association panel in support of her upcoming documentary, Introducing Selma Blair, which premieres Oct. 15.
“It took about a year after stem cell for the inflammation and lesions to really go down,” she said. “While I am in remission, there’s still maintenance and treatments and glitches.”
Blair said she’s been doing well for the last few months but wanted to wait to share the news with the public. “I was reluctant to talk about it because I felt this need to be more healed and more fixed,” she said. “I’ve accrued a lifetime of some baggage in the brain that still needs a little sorting out or accepting. That took me a minute to get to that acceptance. It doesn’t look like this for everyone.”