Emma Caulfield has multiple sclerosis.
The “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress recalled her “out-of-body experience” when she was diagnosed with an MRI at the insistence of an acupuncturist while experiencing some worrying symptoms.
She told Vanity Fair: “There was a time when I had zero health problems. Back in 2010, I was researching [executive producer] “Gigantic” by Marti Noxon, before starting this work, woke up one morning and the left side of my face felt like a million ants were crawling on it. That feeling when you sit in one position for too long? …
“That feeling was gone and it came back like blood. Then it was gone, I wouldn’t say total numbness because I could still scratch it and feel my nails. But it was very dull. I went to find My acupuncturist, he said, ‘I don’t know, man. Maybe you have Bell’s palsy?'”
Recalling the phone call she got for a diagnosis when she got back on set, she continued: “I’ve got five minutes or something. He’s like: ‘You have MS. ” that’s it.
“It was like an out-of-body experience. I thought, ‘No, that’s impossible. I thought, ‘What are you talking about?’ He was very factual about it. “Well, you can get a second opinion. …..” It was a nightmare… It turned out to be a big deal. Then I thought, “I have to go to work now. ” what do I do?” “
The 49-year-old actress – who has six-year-old daughter Knightley with her husband xx – feels “well now” but is “tired of being dishonest” about her situation.
She said: “To be honest, my attitude didn’t affect other people by being afraid of ‘if’ or ‘could’ or ‘what’. I just had to go on…
“My daughter changed my mind.
“I didn’t actually do everything I could for her because I kept my mouth shut. If I had a platform, I should have used it.
“Even if it affects my ability to work. It would be better for me to at least have a voice on this.”
But the “WandaVision” actress didn’t seek “special treatment” from insiders.
She said: “I never asked for it. I didn’t expect it. … Oh God, please don’t make me a role model. [But] It would be great if I talked about this to give some comfort or encouragement to those who have it. “