‘I'm pissed’: Christina Applegate opens up on ignoring signs that lead to diagnosis of multiple sclerosis

Christina Applegate discusses the early physical issues that resulted in her multiple sclerosis diagnosis in the summer of 2021

‘I'm pissed’: Christina Applegate opens up on ignoring signs that lead to diagnosis of multiple
sclerosis
Christina Applegate, 50, revealed that she first noticed changes in her body several years ago while shooting the first season of 'Dead To Me'(Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Critics Choice Association)
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HOLLYWOOD HILLS, CALIFORNIA: Christina Applegate is speaking openly about her initial physical symptoms now that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Applegate, 50, said she first noticed changes in her body some years ago while filming the first season of the Netflix dark comedy 'Dead To Me.'

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When Applegate was recording a dance routine for the show, she remembers feeling off-balance, she recalled during an interview with The New York Times published on Tuesday, November 1. Later, when she saw her tennis game had deteriorated, she persuaded herself she simply needed to train more. “I wish I had paid attention,” said Applegate. “But who was I to know?” reported  Today.

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When Applegate started filming the third and final season of 'Dead To Me', in the summer of 2021, she was finally given her diagnosis. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Emmy winner gradually started to experience numbness and tingling in her extremities, symptoms that are characteristic of the neurological condition. Multiple sclerosis is a disorder of the nervous system that can lead to numbness, tingling, mood swings, pain, paralysis, and other symptoms. For roughly five months, the show was off the air so the actress could start her treatment. “There was the sense of, ‘Well, let’s get her some medicine so she can get better,’” recalled Applegate. “And there is no better. But it was good for me. I needed to process my loss of my life, my loss of that part of me. So I needed that time.”

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The former 'Married... with Children' star, however, is frank about her feelings regarding her diagnosis and easily acknowledges that it irritates her. “Acceptance? No. Never I'm going to accept this. I'm pissed," she said.

Christina Applegate attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Dead to Me' at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage on May 02, 2019 in Santa Monica, California.
Christina  Applegate attends the premiere of Netflix's 'Dead to Me' at The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage on May 02, 2019, in Santa Monica, California (Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix)

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Furthermore, the toughest thing Applegate has ever done, in her opinion, was to film the last season of 'Dead To Me', which debuts on November 17. She praises Linda Cardellini, her co-star, and close friend, for her support on the set of the show. "She was my champion, my warrior, my voice,” Applegate said of Cardellini, adding, “It was like having a mama bear." 

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MEAWW recently reported Christina Applegate says using canes is her 'new normal' as she gets ready for an 'important ceremony' after she tweeted a picture of her current walking canes only last week.  "I have a very important ceremony coming up. This will be my first time out since diagnosed with MS. Walking sticks are now part of my new normal. Thank you @neowalksticks for these beauties. Stay tuned to see which ones make the cut for a week of stuff."

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The award-winning actor, who has experienced health issues throughout the years, will be attending her first public event since her diagnosis as reported by Today.

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