Learn about multiple sclerosis and the stars who suffer from it
When celebrities open up about their struggles with various medical conditions, it has an incredible impact. For instance, many people didn’t really know about Parkinson’s disease until Michael J. Fox started speaking about his diagnosis. When a star uses their platform to share information about an illness, it goes a long way to raising the public’s awareness, as well as making those who suffer from the same condition feel less alone. Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a relatively common neurological disease that affects many young people around the world. Several celebrities have disclosed their MS diagnoses and shared how it affects their lives. Emma Caulfield, known for appearing in hit shows like 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'WandaVision,' revealed that she has MS in a recent interview with Vanity Fair. She got the diagnosis in 2010 and kept it a secret for more than a decade, but decided she was ready to open up about her condition. The 49-year-old first realized something was wrong when she started to experience numbness in one side of her face. She received a call from her doctor after an MRI and was shocked to learn that she had MS. The news was devastating at first and left her reeling. “This is what’s going on. I’m at work. I can’t even function. I’m trying to just keep myself together." She continued, "I was like, 'Am I dying? How bad? What’s happening?' I was so overwhelmed and pretty hysterical." As Caulfield came to terms with her diagnosis and began treatment, she carried on working and decided to keep the condition a secret. Her reasoning was that she would get less work as an actress if it was known that she had MS. "There are already plenty of reasons to not hire people, reasons most actors don't even know. 'You look like my ex-girlfriend … You're too short. You're too tall. You look mean. You look too nice. You don't have the right color eyes.' I knew in my bones that if you talk about this, you're just going to stop working. That's it." However, Caulfield has changed her mind now that she has a six-year-old daughter with husband Mark Leslie Ford. She told Vanity Fair that she didn't want to hide her MS from her daughter anymore and felt it was time to use her platform to raise awareness. Click through this gallery to learn more about the condition, and the other famous figures who live with it.