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Ioan Gruffudd’s girlfriend Bianca Wallace unveils her ‘droopy eye’ as she gives an MS update

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Ioan Gruffudd’s girlfriend Bianca Wallace unveils her ‘droopy eye’ as she gives an MS update

In January, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with ‘aggressive’ multiple sclerosis three years prior. 

And on Sunday, Ioan Gruffudd’s girlfriend Bianca Wallace took to Instagram where she unveiled her ‘droopy left eye and cheek’ and explained that she has had Botox to try and lift it.

Alongside three photographs of herself, the actress also revealed that she’s had brain and spine MRIs after experiencing ‘spasming, nerve pain and numbness’ in an MS update. 

Update: On Sunday, Ioan Gruffudd's girlfriend Bianca Wallace unveiled her 'droopy eye' and revealed she's had brain and spine MRIs in an MS update

Update: On Sunday, Ioan Gruffudd’s girlfriend Bianca Wallace unveiled her ‘droopy eye’ and revealed she’s had brain and spine MRIs in an MS update

Bianca wrote: ‘Hi guys! An update. I came out of remission at the end of September after two entire months of total remission. So incredibly amazing!

‘Before I went to Aus for work I started to have some old issues pop up. Nerve pain, rapid weight loss and blindness / vision disturbances.

‘Unfortunately though, I also had new symptoms appear. My left pectoral/boob, the left side of my face and my in the heel of my left foot.

‘Spasming, nerve pain, numbness across the side and top of my boob and face, and some really unusual sensations.

Journey: Alongside three photographs of herself, the actress also revealed that she's had brain and spine MRIs after experiencing 'spasming, nerve pain and numbness' in an MS update

Journey: Alongside three photographs of herself, the actress also revealed that she’s had brain and spine MRIs after experiencing ‘spasming, nerve pain and numbness’ in an MS update

‘The best way I can describe it is a painful, itchy, “alive” feeling. These symptoms, especially the ones in my pec/boob, have been the kind of pain and discomfort that become quite distracting.

‘I had brain and spine MRI’s yesterday to see what on earth is going on in there, as well as botox put in to help lift up my left eye and right cheek droop (I have added a pic of my eye in action.

‘But as always, I choose to carry on with life. This disability and it’s dramas come along with me on my journey and in turn, working in Australia went well!.

‘Once we know more I shall send out a little update. Maybe a video! Lots of love to you all.’

Positive outlook: 'I choose to carry on with life. This disability and it’s dramas come along with me on my journey' concluded Bianca

Positive outlook: ‘I choose to carry on with life. This disability and it’s dramas come along with me on my journey’ concluded Bianca

Earlier this year, Ioan revealed that he is set to co-star in a new drama with his girlfriend Bianca, which will detail her experience with Multiple Sclerosis.

The actor announced that he had begun working on a project with his partner as he gushed on Instagram: ‘I am so proud to be able to bring Bianca’s extraordinary story to life.’

Bianca and Ioan both reshared a Deadline article which announced they would be working with director Jimmy Gadd on the drama, dubbed A Ray Of Sunshine.

Ioan said he was ‘looking forward to sharing this’, while Bianca said in response: ‘Two truly incredibly humans telling my story!? If only B 3 threes ago could see this… I can’t believe my luck. I love you [heart].’

Sharing the post on her own page, Bianca wrote: ‘Incredibly excited to share this with you all. Love to all.’ 

New project: Earlier this year, Ioan revealed that he is set to co-star in a new drama with his girlfriend Bianca, which will detail her experience with Multiple Sclerosis

New project: Earlier this year, Ioan revealed that he is set to co-star in a new drama with his girlfriend Bianca, which will detail her experience with Multiple Sclerosis

Delighted: The actor announced that he had begun working on a project with his partner in a gushing Instagram post

Delighted: The actor announced that he had begun working on a project with his partner in a gushing Instagram post

'Excited!' Sharing the post on her own page, Bianca wrote: 'Incredibly excited to share this with you all. Love to all'

‘Excited!’ Sharing the post on her own page, Bianca wrote: ‘Incredibly excited to share this with you all. Love to all’

Bianca has taken from her own experience of MS to write the script for the project, which will be co-directed by Ioan and Jimmy.

The story follows a chronically ill newly married young woman finds herself alone at rock bottom, struggling to come to terms with her life-altering diagnosis.

Ioan, who announced his relationship with Bianca in October 2021, told Deadline: ‘Bianca’s unique way of approaching such a sensitive and personal topic as Multiple Sclerosis, with such raw emotion and the perfect glimmer of humor, made me certain that there was something special ahead and I knew I wanted to be involved.’

Ealier this year, Bianca shared a nine-minute long video captioned ‘I think it’s time’, where she explained that she didn’t know if she would ever walk again after being told she had the condition at the age of 25.

She revealed that she first went to doctors after being unable to pick up a pen to write, and that after that ‘everything changed’.

Difficult: Bianca recently revealed she was diagnosed with 'aggressive' multiple sclerosis three years ago

Difficult: Bianca recently revealed she was diagnosed with ‘aggressive’ multiple sclerosis three years ago

Bianca detailed how she now suffers with occasionally going blind in her left eye, has a tremor, and that the whole right side of her body has nerve damage.

The beauty went on to say that the diagnosis has actually been her ‘lucky charm’ and pushed her to get into acting and ‘appreciate life for what it is’.

Bianca has recently hit headlines for her new relationship with Ioan, with the pair both frequently coming under fire from Ioan’s estranged ex Alice.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system that attacks the myelin sheaths protecting neurons in the brain and spinal cord. 

Common symptoms include tiredness, vision problems and problems with walking or balance. Multiple sclerosis cannot be cured, but medicines and other treatments can help ease some of the symptoms  

Sad news: Bianca detailed how she now suffers with occasionally going blind in her left eye, has a tremor and that the whole right side of her body has nerve damage

Sad news: Bianca detailed how she now suffers with occasionally going blind in her left eye, has a tremor and that the whole right side of her body has nerve damage

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 400,000 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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