Selma Blair has posted an emotional message after triumphantly making her first red carpet appearance since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Sharing a picture of herself proudly walking the Vanity Fair Oscars party red carpet with her manager holding her hand, and with the help of a cane, Blair said on Instagram that it was a moment “indelibly watermarked in my heart”.
The 46-year-old actress, who starred in films including The Sweetest Thing, Cruel Intentions and Legally Blonde, spoke about her condition, saying: “I don’t do anything the way I was once able. I will though.”
She also thanked her manager, Troy Nankin, saying he helped her “be a part of something so special when my body won’t move clearly yet”.
The star revealed in October that she had been diagnosed with MS two months earlier, but said she had been having symptoms for years.
At the Vanity Fair party on Sunday night, Blair cried as she posed for photographers.
In her Instagram post, she said she “sobbed” but “appreciated every second”.
Paying tribute to Nankin for his support, she said: “He knew I wanted to be able to stand proudly as the woman I have become and hope to be. To be a part of something so special when my body won’t move clearly yet.
“And then I felt the love from the photographers who have watched me goof around on red carpets since I was in my twenties. I felt the warmth of the bulbs. The strength of my gown. His attentive touch. And still I hoped my brain could send signals for the remainder of my time there. And I sobbed. And I appreciated every single second.”
Blair then joked about managing to get into a photo with Diana Ross.
In a separate post, she featured another portrait from the night taken by photographer Mark Seliger, saying: “When my life flashes before my eyes, I want this portrait… to be front and center”.
The actress recently played Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner in The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, and is set to star in upcoming Netflix show Another Life.
After first speaking about her condition, she said it was down to the support of the cast and crew of the show that she had been able to continue filming.
MS is a neurological condition which affects the nerves, causing symptoms such as vision loss, pain, fatigue, muscle weakness and impaired co-ordination.
Once diagnosed, it stays with you for life, but the MS Society says treatments and specialists can help manage its symptoms.
More than 100,000 people in the UK suffer from it, and it affects almost three times as many women as men.