The actress Christina Applegate talks openly about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and how determined she is to finish telling her story in the third and final season of Netflix’s “Dead to Me,” which comes out this month.
Applegate told the New York Times in an interview that came out Tuesday, “This is the first time anyone will see me as I am.” “I gained 40 pounds, and now I need a cane to walk.
I want everyone to know that I know all of that.” In August of 2021, Applegate was told that she had multiple sclerosis.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, the disease makes it hard for the brain and body to talk to each other. This can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness in the extremities, and trouble with coordination and balance.
Sooo I was doing my NYT crossword today. Had no idea. Read along and see who I am. Also couldn’t do the crossword for the last 2 years because my hands shook from MS. So glad I can write again. Anyway I’m figuring out the theme I think. Something to do with “ er”? https://t.co/Nq7a7nkQpu
— christina applegate (@1capplegate) November 3, 2022
The institute says that cases can range from “relatively harmless to somewhat disabling to devastating.”
There is no cure for MS yet, but the MS Institute says that “many people do well with no therapy at all” and that “steroid drugs may be prescribed to treat acute symptoms of an attack, such as inflammation,” but that they “do not change the course of the disease over time.”
Applegate said what was wrong with her in two tweets on August 10, 2021.
“Hi, friends. I was told I had MS a few months ago, “she typed. “It’s been a weird trip.
But the people I know who have this condition have helped me a lot. It hasn’t been easy. We all know, though, that the road keeps going. Unless some jerk gets in the way.”
“One of my friends with MS said, “We wake up and do what the signs say.” And I do just that, “she went on. “So now I want to be alone. As I’m going through this. Thank you xo.”
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society says that MS is more likely to happen to women than men. Most people are diagnosed with the disease between the ages of 20 and 50, but children and people over the age of 50 can also get it.
Applegate told the Times that she wished she had “paid attention” earlier to possible signs of the disease, such as her balance worsening and her limbs tingly.
The actress said that she found out she had cancer while working on “Dead to Me.” Filming was put on hold for five months so she could get treatment.
Applegate came back after a few months to finish the job. Now, on Nov. 17, Netflix will add the last season of “Dead to Me.”
Applegate is used to working hard. She is best known for her iconic roles in the “Anchorman” movies and on TV shows like “Married With Children” and “Friends,” for which she won an Emmy.
Still, the actress said that finishing the “Dead to Me” series was “the hardest thing she’s ever done.” Applegate told the New York Times, “If people hate it, love it, or can only think, ‘Oh, look at the cripple,’ that’s not up to me.”
“But I hope people can just forget about it and enjoy the ride.”