Christina Applegate uses humor to ‘get away’ about her ‘extremely difficult’ MS battle

Christina Applegate says she uses black humor to deal with her “very difficult” MS diagnosis.

“My armor of humor makes me feel good, but of course, on the inside, you feel things and I do it to kind of pervert and then make people not be afraid to be around me,” Applegate said on Friday’s episode of the show. The Kelly Clarkson Show”.

She added, “You know, when people now see me as a disabled person, I want them to feel comfortable. We can laugh about that.”

For example, Applegate shared that she wrote a Christmas joke about her MS called “Disabey Baby,” and sang the lyrics: “Hurry down the chimney tonight. I can’t. ‘Cause a wheelchair doesn’t fit in him.”

The 51-year-old “Dead To Me” actress admitted that she is determined to finish the Netflix show despite the challenges she faces.

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Christina Applegate often uses humor to help manage her struggles with MS.
The Kelly Clarkson Show

“To be honest, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year and what happened to my body, to my mind, to my soul, to everything, of course, I didn’t want to be around or talk about anyone, but to go to work,” she said.

She added that she was not “forced” to go to work but knew she had to end the show.

“It was like part of my family. Linda Cardellini, Liz Feldman, everyone there is my family.” “And there’s a story that we haven’t finished. And I pushed as hard as I could through it, it was really, really hard.”

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Applegate says humor helps those around her feel more comfortable.
The Kelly Clarkson Show

After being pushed to complete the series, Applegate was on a short hiatus before returning to the spotlight.

“I went to sleep for a few months, and then all of a sudden, I had to go out again and be this person,” she said. “People have seen me as this other person for almost the last 40 years, and I’m different now which is very difficult.”

She revealed that she has MS in August 2021.


Christina Applegate in November.

She revealed that she has MS in August 2021.


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Applegate concluded that she would “do everything she can” to “get over it”.

The “View from the Top” star announced that she had been diagnosed with MS in August 2021. She only went public in November 2022 after sharing the news. She attended the “Hollywood Walk of Fame” ceremony, singing “fu MS”. Manicure was barefoot for her convenience.

Christina Applegate in
The actress was determined to finish filming Dead To Me despite her health struggles.
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Amidst her struggles with MS, Applegate was able to turn to her best friend and “The Sweetest Thing” co-star Selma Blair, who also suffers from MS.

Despite staying strong and having an amazing support system, Applegate admitted her role in Dead To Me could be her last acting gig.

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