Loni Anderson Reveals Daughter's Battle With MS On 'The Doctors'

By ZACH SEEMAYER

May 01, 2014

Joined by her daughter Deidra, actress Loni Anderson sat down with The Doctors, and the two revealed the truth about Deidra's long battle with multiple sclerosis.

In this exclusive clip from The Doctors, Anderson, best known for her role in the hit sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, explains how, five years ago, Deidra was blow-drying her hair when she suffered a mini-stroke. When she went in to get an MRI, the test revealed that she was afflicted with MS.

But hints that something was wrong with Deidra were present long before that incident.

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"I diagnosed myself years before with just stress and I had lots of symptoms that I ignored," Deidra tells The Doctors. "I was busy. I was a mom, I worked full-time. I didn't have time for everything that was happening to me and the diagnosis stopped me in my tracks."

Multiple Sclerosis is an auto-immune disease, in which the body's own immune system damages the nerves in the brain and spinal column which leads to loss of muscle control, balance, physical sensation and vision.

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It's not definitely known what causes the illness, however women are two to three times more likely to suffer from it, and it affects nearly 400,000 people in America alone.

Since the diagnosis, Loni and Deidra have been activists for MS foundations, raising money in an effort to raise awareness, and hopefully a cure.

This emotional episode of The Doctors airs Thursday, May 1. Check here for local listings.



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