Emma Caulfield, often known for her iconic role as Anya in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, told Vanity Fair she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010 and only now felt confident enough to share that information with the larger public.
She says she was worried about not landing jobs in the cutthroat entertainment industry.
However, talking with her 6-year-old daughter changed her mind.
“My daughter has changed my perspective, as I think anybody who is a parent can attest."
"I know that she has a 30% greater chance of coming down with this, just the luck of the draw for her....She’s just started first grade … It got me thinking about her and how full of joy and active she is, and she’s just such a remarkable little creature."
"I’m not actually doing everything I can for her because I have my mouth shut. If I had a platform at all, I should be using it.”
Reactions and well-wishes came pouring in.
Including from fellow actor and MS diagnosee Selma Blair.
People wished her the best and sent their support.
Others commented about how they or loved ones were living with MS and offered messages of support as well.
Lastly were those who told Caulfield she was inspiring.
Best wishes to Caulfield as she goes forward with her illness and her career.