Jamie-Lynn Sigler isn't hiding anymore!
Last week, the Sopranos alum revealed that she has been living with multiple sclerosis for 15 years.
And on Wednesday's Today show, the actress opened about why she kept her battle with the degenerative disease secret from the public for so long.
Photo: Jamie-Lynn & Cutter Dykstra Share A Romantic Honeymoon Snap!
Speaking to Matt Lauer, Sigler explained that she listened to an "industry professional" who advised her to keep her diagnosis a secret for the sake of her career!
"I know they were looking out for me at the time but they said, 'I'm going to pretend you didn't tell me that, and I don't think you should ever tell anyone that you have this disease, because people will limit you, people will judge you, and they won't hire you.' And I took that advice. I was 20 years old and I was scared and I thought that was the best thing."
When she was initially diagnosed, the actress said she experienced some "heaviness" and tingling in her legs, but lived symptom-free for a few years until a stressful time in her life when she was going through a divorce.
While the 34-year-old admits her symptoms have been "hard" for the past five years, she now feels like a huge weight has been lifted off her shoulders after going public with her diagnosis!
Ch-ch-check out the inspiring interview (below) to find out why Sigler's 2-year-old son Beau was her inspiration to go public!
[Image via NBC.]
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