Sopranos star, Jamie-Lynn Sigler has gone public with her MS struggle which she has been battling for the last 15 years. Sigler, who is best known as mobster Tony Soprano’s daughter revealed the secret she’s been keeping to People magazine this week.
The actress, 34, says she was diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder at 20, when she was still on The Sopranos and remembers experiencing feelings of tingliness and heaviness in her legs. Not wanting anyone on set to know, she kept the symptoms to herself: “Sometimes all I needed was like five or 10 minutes to sit and recharge but I wouldn’t ask, because I didn’t want them to be suspicious.”
Sigler has decided to come forward with news of her illness as her symptoms are becoming worse year by year. It’s becoming extremely difficult to hide them.
“I can’t walk for a long period of time without resting,” she says. “I cannot run. No superhero roles for me. Stairs? I can do them but they’re not the easiest. When I walk, I have to think about every single step, which is annoying and frustrating.”
Although she is battling with MS, Sigler says the disease is more manageable now and that her symptoms have been stable for the past six months, thanks to MS drugs including injections and infusions and the twice-daily pill Tecfidera.
On top of having the medication to keep her feeling good, Sigler also has a lot going on in her personal life to keep her spirits high. This past Saturday, she married her husband, pro baseball player Cutter Dykstra, in Palm Springs, California. The couple are parents to their 2-year-old son, Beau Kyle.
“I’m at a point in my life with my son, with my new marriage, it’s a new me. 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 says. “It’s part of me, but it’s not who I am.”
“I don’t know what’s to come. But I’m excited for the first time in a long time,” she adds. “I’ve got my brain and my heart and I’ve prepared myself for everything that could happen. But I’ve got an amazing husband, the best son, and I hope that we can make more babies and just keep having fun. I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”
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