Christina Applegate has revealed that she’s been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and has opened up about her latest health battle on Twitter.
Applegate, an Emmy-winning actress who is also a breast cancer survivor, took to the social media site to tell fans that she’d been diagnosed with MS a few months ago.
The forty-nine-year-old admitted it’s been a “tough road” since her diagnosis, though she seemed positive as she acknowledged those supporting her.
“Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS,” she wrote. “It’s been a strange journey. But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some a**hole blocks it.”
She then added to her original tweet with another, saying: “As one of my friends that has MS said ‘we wake up and take the indicated action’.
“And that’s what I do. So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing. Thank you xo.”
It’s clear the Dead To Me star is ready to continue on her journey in battling the disease and will do so with the support of thousands behind her.
In August 2008, she was diagnosed with breast cancer with a representative issuing a statement on her behalf, saying: “Christina Applegate was diagnosed with an early stage of breast cancer.
“Benefiting from early detection through a doctor-ordered MRI, the cancer is not life-threatening. Christina is following the recommended treatment of her doctors and will have a full recovery. No further statement will be issued at this time.”
Later that same month she underwent a double mastectomy, meaning she was now cancer-free.
When recalling the diagnosis and experience, Applegate said: “I was just shaking and then also immediately, I had to go into ‘take-care-of-business-mode,’ which included a change to a more healthy diet.”
With the forty-nine-year-old’s latest battle, it’s every fan’s hope that she does the same again.
MS has a wide range of symptoms, some of which may not appear as a cause for concern to the sufferer, or may cause misdiagnosis, however MS is 1 of the biggest causes of disability in younger adults, according to the NHS.
The condition itself affects the brain and spinal cord, which in turn can lead to issues with vision, limbs, balance and sensation.
Fans were quick to send their hopes and well-wishes to the actress, as well as other MS patients sharing their experiences with the condition.
We’re all rooting for you, Christina.