What an incredibly brave story!
On Wednesday, Jamie-Lynn Sigler decided to open up about her battle with multiple sclerosis. The Sopranos alum, who just married her baby daddy Cutter Dykstra, revealed she was first diagnosed at only 20. Whoa!
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In a recent interview with People magazine, she explained:
"I wasn't ready until now. You'd think that after all these years, somebody would be settled with something like this, but it's still hard to accept."
We can only imagine what a hardship this has been for the 34-year-old. Luckily, Miz Sigler was relatively symptom free for a pretty long time — although, it seems as she gets older the MS is taking a bigger toll on her body. The brunette beauty shared:
"I can't walk for a long period of time without resting. 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."
How sad! In fact, the mother-of-one used to hide the side effects from her condition while at work.
"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."
Unfortunately, MS has no cure but the starlet has taken various treatments for her disease — including injections, infusions, and a twice a day pill named Tecfidera. Oof!
Still it seems like things are now going alright for the Entourage vet, as she relayed:
"Things are manageable now. It takes a fighting attitude to deal with all this. This disease can absolutely take over your life if you let it.
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. It's part of me, but it's not who I am."
Well said! Apparently, this honest admission is not only for herself but for her son Beau too. Jamie concluded:
"I didn't want him to get to an age where he felt like he had to keep this secret for me as well. I wanted to be an example to him of strength and courage.
I don't know what's to come. But I'm excited for the first time in a long time. 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."
We couldn't be prouder of Jamie-Lynn for this moment of candor. Well done!
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