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Christina Applegate Opens Up About Her Battle With MS

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Christina Applegate Opens Up About Her Battle With MS

Christina Applegate went through a tough period in her life. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 at age of 36.

Applegate first underwent a lumpectomy, which is surgery to remove cancer or other abnormal tissue from your breast.

When she was told that she has the BRCA1 genetic mutation (a gene associated with an increased risk of both breast and ovarian cancer), she opted for a double mastectomy followed by the removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes.

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However, the dark period for the beautiful actress wasn’t finished. On August 10 she exposed that she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

It was a shock for all of her fans when she tweeted about her diagnosis for the first time.

In a second tweet, Applegate asked for privacy as she deals with her condition.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

It’s a lifelong condition that can sometimes cause serious disability, although it can occasionally be mild.

In many cases, it’s possible to treat symptoms. Average life expectancy is slightly reduced for people with MS.

It’s most commonly diagnosed in people in their 20s, 30s and 40s although it can develop at any age. It’s about 2 to 3 times more common in women than men.

When Christina revealed about her diagnosis with MS, Selma was one of the first to voice her support for her friend online, who was also diagnosed with MS back in 2018.

“Loving you always. Always here,” Selma wrote. “As are our kids. Beating us up with love.”

Since then, Christina has taken condition seriously and started rowing as a way to manage her health. “With MS, most exercises can be scary due to numbness in feet and legs,” she tweeted. “So sitting and knowing I’m still using my body is awesome.”

On her 50th birthday in November Christina shared a tweet describing her journey as she moves forward with her daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble which is 10, and her husband Martyn LeNoble, 52.

“Yup. I turned 50 today. And I have MS. It’s been a hard one,” she shared. “Sending so much love to all of you this day. Many are hurting today, and I am thinking of you. May we find that strength to lift our heads up. Mine currently is on my pillow. But I try.”

We will keep her in our prayers and encourage her to be brave as she is till now.

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