On Saturday, Selma Blair announced that she’s been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis via a heartfelt Instagram post. The 46-year-old actress learned she had the incurable disease of the central nervous system in August, but felt compelled to share the news after a “profound” experience during her wardrobe fitting for the Netflix sci-fi drama series Another Life.

Blair wrote with gratitude about the costume designer, “[She] carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself. I have #multiplesclerosis.”

Cast in a recurring role alongside Katee Sackhoff, Blair is set to play Harper Glass, a media influencer who follows a crew of astronauts searching for the genesis of alien life.

“By the grace of the lord, and willpower and the understanding producers at Netflix, I have a job. A wonderful job,” Blair continued. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. 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.”

The Mom and Dad star stated she’s suffered from symptoms for years without knowing the cause. And she believes she’s likely had MS for over 15 years. Grateful for all the love and support she’s received from her friends and colleagues since sharing the news, Blair hopes to be an inspiration to others–and she’s reminding people just how important it is to seek medical help when needed. Indeed, Blair gives her biggest shout out to her friend, Eliz Berkley, who forced her to visit a doctor.

Approximately 350,000 people in the United States suffer from MS. The condition affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord, and it usually strikes teens and young adults between the ages of 15 and 40. However, women are three times as likely to develop MS than men. And although there are no known cures for the disease, early diagnosis can prevent the progression of damage to the body such as halting total vision loss and paralysis.

The following 9 signs and symptoms are associated with MS:

  1. Numbness in areas such as arms, legs, the face, and fingers. It can also reveal itself as an electrical shock-like feeling when a person moves his or her neck.
  2. Vision problems like blurred vision, pain, double vision, or color blindness are among the most common symptoms of MS.
  3. Cognitive impairment strikes about half of MS patients. This includes memory loss, disorganization, inability to focus, and severely reduced attention spans. It’s not associated with a loss of intellect.
  4. Bladder and bowel issues like incontinence, urinary urgency, or constipation often appear in the early stages of the disease.
  5. Muscle Spasms, chronic pain stemming from the back and leg muscles, stiffness, and jerky motions are associated with the disorder. Tremors occur in about half of all MS patients.
  6. Dizziness or lightheadedness can affect coordination, balance, and a person’s ability to stand up and walk.
  7. Depression can set in as a result of any pain associated with MS as well as the overall stress of gradually losing one’s ability to control his or her body.
  8. Fatigue and exhaustion strike most MS patients. The tired feeling often starts in the legs, but fatigue might occur during a workout due to heart-related problems.
  9. Speech difficulties like pausing between words or slurred speech can emerge.

Blair joins a list of actors also diagnosed with MS including Rachel Miner from The CW Network series Supernatural, The Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and legendary comedian Richard Pryor.

“If you see me, dropping crap all over the street, feel free to help me pick it up. It takes a whole day for me alone. Thank you and may we all know good days amongst the challenges,” Blair wrote. “I am a forthcoming person and I want my life to be full somehow. I want to play with my son again. I want to walk down the street and ride my horse. I have MS and I am ok.”

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