Barefoot Christina Applegate, 50, walks with a cane as she is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in her first public appearance since revealing multiple sclerosis has ravaged her body – and caused 40 pound weight gain

  • Christina Applegate, 50, was supported by former castmates as she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday
  • It marked the actress’s first public appearance since revealing earlier this month that multiple sclerosis has devastated her mobility and prompted a 40lb weight gain 
  • Barefoot and walking with a cane, she was supported on the podium by her Married With Children co-star Katey Sagal, who played her feckless mother Peggy Bundy on the hit show which ran from the late 80s to the late 90s

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Christina Applegate today made her first public appearance since revealing how multiple sclerosis has ravaged her mobility, left her unable to walk without a cane and had prompted her to gain 40lbs. 

The Emmy Award winning actress, 50, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Applegate, who was barefoot and stood with the aid of a cane, was supported on the podium by her Married With Children co-star Katey Sagal. 

She teared up as she spoke about her friends and family who have helped her through the debilitating disease.

The actress revealed in August 2021 that she had been diagnosed with MS – a disease in which the immune system eats away at the protective covering of nerves, and interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body. 

Earlier this month she said that the illness had devastated her mobility, leaving her unable to walk without a cane and said she had put on 40lbs. 

Christina Applegate, 50, was supported with a cane and her Married With Children co-star Katey Sagal as she accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday

The Dead to Me actress spoke about her struggles with Multiple Sclerosis at the ceremony in Los Angeles

The Dead to Me actress spoke about her struggles with Multiple Sclerosis at the ceremony in Los Angeles

Segal could be seen keeping Applegate upright as she thanked her friends and family for helping her live with MS every day

Segal could be seen keeping Applegate upright as she thanked her friends and family for helping her live with MS every day

The event marks the actress's first public appearance since she revealed how multiple sclerosis had devastated her mobility, left her unable to walk without the support of a cane and had prompted her to gain 40lbs

The event marks the actress’s first public appearance since she revealed how multiple sclerosis had devastated her mobility, left her unable to walk without the support of a cane and had prompted her to gain 40lbs

Applegate who stood barefoot on the red carpet on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, leaned heavily on Segal as they took photos

Applegate who stood barefoot on the red carpet on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, leaned heavily on Segal as they took photos

Applegate sat proudly with her plaque honoring her for her years of work in Hollywood, both in television and films. She is pictured with her Married with Children co-stars David Faustino and Katey Segal

Applegate sat proudly with her plaque honoring her for her years of work in Hollywood, both in television and films. She is pictured with her Married with Children co-stars David Faustino and Katey Segal

Applegate is pictured here greeting guests at the ceremony on Monday. She has been a TV and film staple since her childhood. Her breakthrough role in Married With Children, where she played promiscuous teen Kelly Bundy alongside Katey Sagal and Ed O'Neill gave way to roles in a series of shows and movies including the cult classic Anchorman and her current Netflix series Dead To Me, the final season of which airs on November 17

Applegate is pictured here greeting guests at the ceremony on Monday. She has been a TV and film staple since her childhood. Her breakthrough role in Married With Children, where she played promiscuous teen Kelly Bundy alongside Katey Sagal and Ed O’Neill gave way to roles in a series of shows and movies including the cult classic Anchorman and her current Netflix series Dead To Me, the final season of which airs on November 17

Speaking at the ceremony on Monday, Applegate teared up as she thanked her friends for helping her live every day with the condition.

‘This day means more to me that you could possibly imagine,’ she began, adding: ‘I don’t say I have friends, I have family. These people take care of me every day of my life, and without them I don’t know what I would do.’

But, she said, ‘the most important person in this world’ is her daughter, Sadie Grace.

‘You are so much more than even you know,’ the famed actress told her daughter. ‘You are so beautiful and kind and loving and smart and interesting, and I am blessed every day that I get to wake up and take you to school.

‘You are my everything,’ Applegate said. ‘Thank you for standing by my side through all of this.’

She then turned back to the audience, saying: ‘Oh and by the way: I have a disease. Did you not notice?’

Prior to receiving her star and giving a speech, Applegate sat in the audience on Monday leaning on her bejeweled cane

Prior to receiving her star and giving a speech, Applegate sat in the audience on Monday leaning on her bejeweled cane

Applegate paused to show off her hands before dipping them in the cement to seal her place on the Walk of Fame

Applegate paused to show off her hands before dipping them in the cement to seal her place on the Walk of Fame

Applegate thanked all of her friends, whom she said she considers family, for helping her get through the disease. She is pictured with her Dead to Me co-star Linda Cardellini

Applegate thanked all of her friends, whom she said she considers family, for helping her get through the disease. She is pictured with her Dead to Me co-star Linda Cardellini

Applegate's devoted husband, Martyn LeNoble, dabbed away her tears at the ceremony on Monday

Applegate’s devoted husband, Martyn LeNoble, dabbed away her tears at the ceremony on Monday

 

WHAT IS MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS?

Multiple sclerosis (known as MS) is a condition in which the immune system attacks the body and causes nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord.

It is an incurable, lifelong condition. Symptoms can be mild in some, and in others more extreme causing severe disability.

MS affects 2.3 million people worldwide – including around one million in the US, and 100,000 in the UK.

It is more than twice as common in women as it is in men. A person is usually diagnosed in their 20s and 30s.

The condition is more commonly diagnosed in people of European ancestry. 

The cause isn’t clear. There may be genes associated with it, but it is not directly hereditary. Smoking and low vitamin D levels are also linked to MS. 

Symptoms include fatigue, difficulty walking, vision problems, bladder problems, numbness or tingling, muscle stiffness and spasms, problems with balance and co-ordination, and problems with thinking, learning and planning.

The majority of sufferers will have episodes of symptoms which go away and come back, while some have ones which get gradually worse over time.

Symptoms can be managed with medication and therapy.

The condition shortens the average life expectancy by around five to 10 years.

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