Christina Applegate said it sucked when her doctor told her she had multiple sclerosis.
The actress, 51, described the moment she received the life-changing diagnosis during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday, where she called shooting Dead To Me during her health battle the “hardest thing” she’d ever done.
Christina found out she officially had MS after she finished working on the Netflix series for today, but the symptoms had already gone manifest in the four years prior to official diagnosis.
‘I didn’t know what was happening to me’: Christina Applegate said it was ‘suckers’ when her doctor told her she had multiple sclerosis
“Shooting the show was the hardest thing I’d ever done in my life, because being diagnosed while shooting was the thing. I didn’t know what hit me,” she explained.
Christina couldn’t walk and said she needed a wheelchair to get her to the show.
“I couldn’t walk, they had to use a wheelchair to sit me down. I was going crazy until someone said, “You need an MRI,” and then one Monday after work I found out I had MS, a disease I’ll have for the rest of my life,” she said.
“And then I started thinking about the past four years, and I had very minor symptoms.”
‘I was crazy’: Christina couldn’t walk and needed a wheelchair to get to the show
Christina said she had experienced symptoms over the years before they reached their current state.
“We were on set and I’d go “Oh! I think I’m tired!” So it happened a few years ago until it got as bad as it did.”
“It sucked,” she added when she was diagnosed.
‘It occurred a few years ago’: Christina said she had already experienced symptoms over the years that developed into their current condition
Life-changing diagnosis: The Married… With Children star recalled the fateful moment her doctor told her she had MS
Christina spoke about her battle with the disease as she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month.
In a tearful speech, the Emmy Award-winning actress thanked her friends and family for helping her live with the debilitating condition every day — before openly joking about it.
“By the way, I have a disease,” she told the audience, who was barefoot and standing with the help of a cane while supported by her Married With Children co-star Katey Sagal. “Didn’t you notice?”
‘A disease I will have for the rest of my life’: MS sees the immune system eat away at the protective covering of nerves and interrupt the flow of information between the brain and body
Honored: Christina addressed her battle with the disease as she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month
“I’m not even wearing shoes,” Applegate continued, before showing off her freshly manicured nails as she read “FU MS.”
The actress first revealed in August 2021 that she had been diagnosed with MS – a disease in which the immune system eats away the protective covering of nerves and interrupts the flow of information between the brain and body.
In November, she said the disease had destroyed her mobility, leaving her unable to walk without a cane and said she had gained 40 pounds.
Applegate was diagnosed with MS during the production of the final season of her show, Dead to Me, who then took a five-month hiatus so she could begin her treatment.
Debilitating: In November, she said the disease had destroyed her mobility, leaving her unable to walk without a cane
But the Anchorman star persevered to continue shooting this past season.
‘I had an obligation. Those in power said, “Let’s just stop. We don’t have to finish it. Let’s put together a few episodes [with previously recorded footage],” Applegate previously told The New York Times. “I said, ‘No. We’re going to do it, but we’re going to do it on my terms.'”
She also shared that when production on the show – which earned her two Emmy nominations – went on hiatus, “There was this feeling of, ‘Well, let’s get her some medicine so she can get better.’
However, the actress added, “There’s none better,” and said, “I’ll never accept this.” I am lost.’
Star power: Applegate sat with her newly minted star at her ceremony last month
In the end, taking the break was “good” for her: “I had to process my loss of my life, my loss of that part of me. So I needed that time. Although it’s not like I got to the other side, like, “Woohoo, I’m totally fine.”‘
The Los Angeles-born beauty also said that, looking back, there were some signs of the disease, as she talked about losing her balance in a dance scene during the first season.
‘I wish I had paid attention. But who was I to know?’ she said.
‘The hardest thing’: Applegate called taping the final season of Dead To Me amid her health battle the most challenging thing she’d ever done in her life
The star shared that once she got back, she needed a wheelchair to adjust due to her reduced mobility, and had to have a sound technician hold her legs up to take certain shots.
She said she couldn’t film footage of her walking into a room because she would need help, and would lean against doors while standing to stay upright.
The star also said she’s not sure if she’ll watch the final season because it’s too painful, but wanted to finish filming for her co-star Linda Cardellini and show creator Liz Feldman.
“If people hate it, if people love it, if all they can focus on is, ‘Ooh, look at the cripple,’ that’s not on me. I’m sure people will be, like, “I can’t get past it.” Well, don’t pass it then. But hopefully people can get past it and just enjoy the ride and say goodbye to these two girls,” she said.
Health struggles: Applegate was diagnosed with MS during production of the final season of her show, Dead to Me, who then took a five-month break so she could begin her treatment