Christina Applegate has revealed that she has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The 49-year-old actress shared the news Monday evening, posting a message to her 1.4 million followers on Twitter. Applegate wrote, “Hi friends. A few months ago I was diagnosed with MS. It’s been a strange journey.”

She added: “But I have been so supported by people that I know who also have this condition. It’s been a tough road. But as we all know, the road keeps going. Unless some asshole blocks it.”

In a follow-up tweet, Applegate wrote, “As one of my friends that has MS said ‘we wake up and take the indicated action.’ And that’s what I do. So now I ask for privacy. As I go through this thing. Thank you xo.”

When reached by The Hollywood Reporter, Applegate’s reps pointed to the actress’ online statement.

“We love and support Christina and respect her privacy as she takes the time and space she needs in this moment,” Netflix and CBS Studios said in a joint statement to THR on Tuesday of their Dead to Me star.

Production on the third season of the acclaimed series, which stars Applegate and Linda Cardellini, has been paused temporarily.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the disease, which affects more women than men and is typically diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, is described as “an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.” With her diagnosis, Applegate joins the estimated 2.3 million people living with the disease worldwide.

A number of stars have revealed that they are living with MS in recent years including Applegate’s The Sweetest Thing co-star Selma Blair, Sopranos actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, talk show host Montell Williams and reality star Jack Osbourne.

In August 2008, Applegate revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and later that month announced she was cancer-free after a double mastectomy. Her battle with cancer was included in the storylines for Netflix drama Dead to Me, which Applegate also executive produces. 

Jackie Strause contributed to this report.

9:30 a.m. Updated to include Netflix and CBS Studios statement.



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