Actor Selma Blair swirled around the ballroom dance floor for one final beautiful waltz on Monday night before quitting the reality programme Dancing with the Stars due to health issues.

The actress, who disclosed in 2018 that she had been given a multiple sclerosis diagnosis, a condition affecting the central nervous system, stated on Monday’s show that she would have to withdraw from the competition.

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In a pre-recorded film, she spoke to the camera while explaining the situation to her partner Sasha Farber while fighting back tears.

“I’ve been monitored and in touch with my doctors this whole process. I had these MRI’s and the results came back, and it just all adds up to, I can’t … I can’t go on with the competition. Pushed as far as I could. With a chronic illness, you do have special considerations and my body is definitely taking a hit. It’s way too much for the safety of my bones. There’s just intensive bone trauma and inflammation, among rips and tears, and so I could do extensive damage that, of course, I do not want,” she stated.

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Blair discussed her illness in the documentary – Introducing, Selma Blair, which premiered in select theatres in the United States over the weekend. The film depicts the actress undergoing stem-cell treatment, including chemotherapy, revealing the toll the treatment has taken on Blair’s body.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic condition that affects the brain and spinal cord. MS develops when the immune system assaults healthy nerve fibres and myelin sheathing, which is a fatty substance that covers and insulates healthy nerve fibres.

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Inflammation brought on by this attack obliterates the functions of nerve cells and myelin, changing electrical signals in the brain. MS is unexpected and has varying effects on each patient; some may be just minimally affected, while others may lose their ability to walk, write, or speak.