“It was a tough approach”
- Christina Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few months ago.
- MS is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information in the brain and body.
- Other celebrities living with MS include Selma Blair, Joan Didion, Montel Williams, and Clay Walker.
- The “Dead To Me” star also battled breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy in 2008.
Christina Applegate reveals that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis a few months ago.
“It’s been a strange journey,” the Emmy Award-winning actress tweeted on Tuesday. “But I’ve been so supported by people that I know they also have this disease. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road goes on. Unless some (expletives) block it.”
“As one of my friends who has MS said, ‘We will wake up and take the actions indicated’.
USA TODAY asked the Applegate representative for additional comments.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society website describes MS as “an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information in the brain and between the brain and body.”
The cause is unknown, the website says, although the disease is believed to be caused by an environmental factor in a person with a genetic make-up for a response. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, and women are two to three times more likely to get the diagnosis.
Other celebrities living with MS include Selma Blair, Joan Didion, Montel Williams, Clay Walker, Jack Osbourne, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Teri Garr.
Applegate rose to fame as a child actor on the sitcom Married … with Children from 1987 to 1997 before embarking on a successful adult career in film, television and theater that earned her an Emmy Award, Tony Award and four Golden Globes nominations.
Her most notable appearances include starring in the sitcoms “Jesse” and “Samantha Who?”, Rachel’s sister in “Friends” (for which she received an Emmy in 2003) and Ankerveronica Corningstone in “Anchorman”. She currently plays “Dead to Me” alongside Linda Cardellini on Netflix.
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The actress previously spoke about health issues in 2008 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. In 2017, Applegate announced that it had also removed her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent further cancer diagnoses.
“My cousin died of ovarian cancer in 2008. I was able to prevent that,” she told the Today show. “So I have everything under control. It’s a relief. That is another thing off the table.
Applegate opened to USA TODAY in 2019 to continue battling her body image more than a decade after surgery.
“I think about it every day,” she said. “Girls who go through this we say to each other, ‘Yeah, it’s been 10 years,’ but you’re never aware that you’ve been through this. Everything looks different. You have to shower and you’re like,” Oh, there they are. That happened.” “
Contributor: Kim Willis
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