These difficulties persisted into adulthood: the pain worsened, especially after the birth of her son, Arthur, in 2011. She began to have vision problems and experienced involuntary muscle contractions in her neck.
Blair claims that until she was diagnosed, she couldn’t understand why her symptoms varied from setting to setting. “I can walk better in my house, but outside it’s like a sand pit,” he said. “In some light, my ability to speak becomes intermittent even though my larynx is fine.”
“It never occurred to me that there is a jam in my brain,” he said.
In the surge of attention that followed the revelation of his diagnosis, he was introduced to Fleit, and agreed to begin filming the documentary in the days before Blair traveled to Chicago for his stem cell transplant.
Fleit said that Blair did not exercise any editorial control over the film, adding that the project would only be successful if the actress “was willing to show the world what really happened, that brutal intimacy and that honesty that you just don’t see, and she was completely agree with that. “
Fleit, who suffers from universal alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss, said she felt a particular connection to Blair as filming progressed.
“Being a bald woman has given me unique access to a certain kind of emotional pain,” Fleit said. “It doesn’t scare me anymore, and I feel ready to understand people who experience that.”
But not all of Blair’s associates were comfortable with the idea of him doing the documentary and the stem cell transplant. Sarah Michelle Gellar, co-star of Sex games and an old friend of Blair’s said she was scared by treatment involving an intensive chemotherapy regimen.