Christina Applegate explains ‘scary’ period before her MS diagnosis: ‘This body I knew was no longer mine’

Christina Applegate is ‘still in mourning’ after being diagnosed with MS in 2021 (Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzoni)

Christina Applegate shares more about being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The 50-year-old actress spoke out diverse About the last season of dead to me, now streaming on Netflix, how as production began, she experienced “scary” symptoms that eventually led to her diagnosis. MS is a disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain and can cause unpredictable physical, mental and emotional symptoms.

“I wouldn’t say any of it was easy,” Applegate, 50, said of ending the show. “I started having symptoms in January 2021 – so small, you could ignore it. Right before we started filming [in May 2021]It was like I was hit by a truck and I didn’t know what was going on.”

She described it as “very scary for me, because this body I knew was no longer mine”. At first, they had to “kind of work out” her “mysterious symptoms” until I finally had answers. And I found out I had MS while shooting on Monday. I came home, and the doctor said, “I need to do this meeting with you.” . I can feel that this zoom is not going to be good news. It was annoying, I’m not going to lie. “

Actress Christina Applegate during the unveiling of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, US, November 14, 2022. REUTERS/Mario Anzoni

Christina Applegate has said she won’t accept that she has MS, saying instead, “I’m angry.” At the Hollywood Walk of Fame Stars Gala, she rocked a nail polish that read: “FU MS.” (Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzoni)

After Applegate’s diagnosis, the show went off for five months, so the Married with children The alum can process the news and start treatment. However, she said “there is no remedy for the fact that you have a degenerative disease for life”. “Maybe other people could have accepted them. I’m only a year into it, so I’m still in this mourning phase.”

She credits her co-star Linda Cardellini and showrunner Liz Feldman, interviewed alongside, with helping her complete the series. By the time she got back on set—which she insisted she do—she needed a wheelchair. It had to be physically carried, by a crew member off camera, to take pictures. She would take naps to get through the long tape days. Sometimes, she just had to leave and go home.

“If I didn’t have these two ladies, in particular, I don’t know what I would have done,” Applegate said.

Applegate was given the option of not returning. Feldman said they would pull together what they had to finish the story of two widowed best friends. The Emmy Award-winning actress said it was “personal” to finish it.

The conversation came up to, like, ‘Should we just stop? I was like, ‘No, we have to end this for ourselves. We have to tell our story. And I’ll do everything I can—I’ll just need your help,” she said. “When I say, ‘Hey, you know what? I can’t work today,’ they’ll go, ‘Well, we’re not working today,’ or, ‘We’ll find other scenes.'” I was so grateful I could say, “I need a half hour,” or, “I need to lie down—I can’t walk.” … My day started out rough, so it was getting more and more difficult as we progressed through the day. So we just tried to pace ourselves as much as possible. We just went, “Let’s just rely on the story and this relationship. All other things don’t matter.”

Applegate now uses a cane to get around and has gained 40 pounds after her diagnosis. Presenting the show, she said that she would “not look in the mirror anymore” while doing the fittings with the costume designer.

When asked what she learned while presenting the show, Applegate—who isn’t afraid to make jokes about her diagnosis—said, “I have MS. Just kidding—it never gets old!”

Then she got serious, saying, “I don’t think about life poetically. I don’t self-examine. I’ve always been go-go-go-go-go. I’m almost 51. I’ve been at SAG since 1976. I’ve been working for a while.” long. During that, I faced some incredibly difficult things in the midst of work, and work always got me through it. I broke my foot while living my dream of being on Broadway [in Sweet Charity]. I got breast cancer when I was on my favorite show at the time, samantha who? Friend [Lee Grivas] And he also died that year.”

She continued, “Get a bigger one [MS] Happened to me during this, I must be honored to help. I have to feel the pain that I think I’ve always wanted to feel because of all this other stuff, which I wasn’t allowed to because I didn’t get the amazing space to do it. I pushed everything down for a long time. Through these characters – getting the chance to not be around at all times, be funny or hit the punchline; Being able to play these characters that are so shattered, that feel so deeply and so painful—it really taught me: Christina, you have to be able to honor that in yourself sometimes.”

Applegate isn’t sure what her acting future holds, and she’ll definitely continue to produce, but said “The Gift of My Life” co-starred with Cardellini on that show. “I hope this was not my swan song gift. But if it is, I am so glad it was with [her]. “

Earlier this week, Applegate made her first public appearance since her diagnosis, attending the Hollywood Walk of Fame star’s party. She debuted her new crutch and appeared without shoes, as shoes can be a limitation for people with MS. Her former TV mom from Married with childrenKatey Sagal carried her to help her maintain her balance on the platform.

Applegate was accompanied by Cardellini and Feldman, who spoke on her behalf, as well as Sagal and David Faustino. Applegate’s husband, Porno to Pyros musician Martyn LeNoble, and 11-year-old Sadie and her daughter were among her honorees.

She shaded the disease that made her lose control of her body, and made it clear that she accepts none of this, decorating a special manicure for the occasion that said, “FU MS.”

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