Christina Applegate announced that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The 49-year-old star, who has appeared in films such as Bad Moms, Married… with Children, and Dead to Me, revealed she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis “a few months ago” in a tweet posted overnight.
What Christina Applegate Shared with Her Fans
Applegate shares with her fans that to her, this is a strange journey but that she was supported by people that also have this condition. Christina Applegate also says that it’s a tough road, but that’s life and she must keep going.
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune illness where the immune system destroys its healthy cells. It affects the central nervous system. It harms one’s quality of life and can be disabling.
More About This Condition
Multiple sclerosis, sometimes known as MS, has no cure; however, many people can manage their symptoms and adjust to new lifestyles after being diagnosed. When a person’s immune system attacks the coverings of nerve fibers throughout the body, the disease develops.
Myelin is the protective sheath that surrounds nerves and aids in the nerve system. When myelin is lost, nerves are exposed, which slows communication between cells. The indications and symptoms are proportional to the extent of the impairment. Researchers believe the condition is caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors, but the exact cause is unknown.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, more than 2.3 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with MS. According to the nonprofit organization, about 1 million persons over the age of 18 in the United States have been diagnosed with MS.
It’s Not Applegate’s First Serious Health Problem
This isn’t the first time Christina Applegate has had a health problem. She decided to have both of her breasts removed in a double mastectomy in 2008.