Selma Blair is celebrating her 50th birthday today, 23rd June 2022. She strolled around LA yesterday with her adorable service dog, Scout, to do some pre-birthday prep.
Since receiving her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis in 2018, Selma Blair has struggled with her ability to speak and use her left leg. Although to help her, she has accepted some assistance in the form of a furry friend who is aiding her daily life.
After meeting a friend for lunch yesterday, the actress and Scout made their way home before she reached her big birthday milestone.
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Selma Blair’s life with adorable service dog
In December 2021, Blair welcomed an English Labrador puppy named Scout as her service dog. It was Blair’s neurologist who recommended that she should get a service dog as it would help her both physically and emotionally.
In a recent interview, Blair revealed that: “He’s with me all the time. If I fall into a big [muscle] spasm or have some trouble moving and need to recalibrate, he can get between my legs, help me get up, and balance me. It’s given me a lot of independence.”
Scout also helps her with reaching things and aids in her mobility, helping Selma to build stamina and coordination. Whilst Scout is very friendly, Blair warned fans not to approach them as distractions set her back as the duo is always working.
Especially being a single mom to a 10-year-old son Arthur, the extra support is much appreciated. Having the dog also helps Arthur not worry about his mom so much, “My son, when he goes to his dad’s, he loves knowing Scout is by my side,” Blair revealed. “And I didn’t realize he had concerns about my mobility or safety.”
Selma Blair documents life with MS
While promoting her documentary ‘Introducing Selma Blair’ at the discovery+ TCA panel, she was asked for an update on her health status admitting: “I’m doing really well. I’m in remission with the MS. And everything’s looking really good,” she said.
The actor is in remission after receiving hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in 2019, which has widened her range of mobility. She said, “it took about a year after stem cell for the inflammation and lesions to really go down.”
The actress is currently undergoing at-home Intravenous Immunoglobulin therapy (IVIG) treatments to prevent further relapses. Blair hired a nurse and shares updates on Instagram explaining how IVIG infusions work, Selma reveals: “This is how days go oftentimes – I’m very lucky these days aren’t painful for me, for some people they are”