Jamie-Lynn Sigler Has MS, Says Multiple Sclerosis Is “Hard To Accept” (VIDEO)
Jamie-Lynn Sigler has multiple sclerosis. The 34-year-old Sopranos star says she was diagnosed with MS when she was 20, and has been keeping her condition a secret ever since. See the video below.
Sigler, who wed baseball player Cutter Dykstra on Saturday, as Gossip Cop reported, says she’s now decided to come forward because she’s “at a point in my life with my son [2-year-old Beau], with my new marriage… I don’t want to hold a secret where it feels like I have something to be ashamed of or have something to hide.” Sigler adds, “It’s part of me, but it’s not who I am.”
The actress notes she didn’t exhibit any symptoms of multiple sclerosis, which attacks the central nervous system, for the first few years after finding out she has the disease. But in recent years, it has affected her to the point where she says she “can’t walk for a long period of time without resting. I cannot run. No superhero roles for me.” Sigler also acknowledges that going up stairs is “not the easiest. When I walk, I have to think about every single step, which is annoying and frustrating.”
Sigler says she made it a point to hide her illness from producers and directors. She tells People she would often need “five or 10 minutes to sit and recharge” on sets, but never asked for a break because “I didn’t want them to be suspicious.” And with the help of a drug called Tecfidera, she has been able to keep her symptoms in check for the last six years.
While the actress says, “Things are manageable now,” she admits, “It’s still hard to accept” after all these years. But, notes Sigler, “I’ve got my brain and my heart, and I’ve prepared myself for everything that could happen.”
Watch the video below of Jamie-Lynn Sigler talking about having multiple sclerosis.