Christina Applegate was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) just six months ago. But on her 50th birthday, she didn’t let the disease stop her from celebrating with family, friends and fans. The star of Anchorman is still determined to find joy in everyday living, tweeting: “Today, I celebrated my birthday. I never stopped, just as I still never stop fighting for my life.” Applegate also shared a message of support to fellow #CUREMS supporter Zendaya, tweeting: “Happy Birthday, @Zendaya. As you know, you inspire me everyday with your spirit, your dance moves, and your strength. Your message is real.” The actress, comedian and television personality has been vocal about her joy in life so far. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, she revealed that even though she is aware of her disease, she can’t get around without a cane. She told the paper that her tremor is “reaching uncontrollable levels.” “I’m concerned about my short-term memory,” she said. “I’ve become disorganized.”
Last month, Applegate learned that she had been diagnosed with progressive MS. The illness may seem to be in the early stages, but the actress said in her interview that she was recently diagnosed with several more types of it. Her husband, actor Martyn LeNoble, was informed. He told the Chicago Tribune that he was in shock, having never heard of MS before.
Living with #MS is hard because not all signs have been diagnosed. Drs #DrRoulet @StephenCourtney and @DrStefanoNardi are always available for support & tips!#liveandlove #dance #fitness #jams #hype #swing #beBODY #belegended A post shared by Christina Applegate (@officialcapplegate) on Jan 5, 2018 at 12:16pm PST
But Applegate told the Tribune that it “will get better” and that she plans to keep fighting. “It’s going to be really weird when I have time to move with my cane, but I don’t need to do that yet,” she said. “That’s more of the next phase, when it gets worse.” The actress also suggested that watching her daughter, Sadie, play basketball is a better cure than medication. “That’s a game that doesn’t have to be left in the adult world, and that’s important to me,” she said. “When I see my daughter having a blast at her sport, that’s what drives me. That’s what I keep pushing for.”
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