Just days after Jamie-Lynn Sigler married her longtime love, Cutter Dykstra, the actress has made a surprising health confession — she has been battling multiple sclerosis (MS) for 15 years.
"I wasn't ready until now," the 34-year-old actress said of revealing her illness to People. "You'd think that after all these years, somebody would be settled with something like this, but it's still hard to accept."
Jamie-Lynn and her husband, Cutter, in January 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“I feel that it’s important for me to share that I have MS now because I think that I’m at a point in my life with my son, with my marriage — it’s a new me, and I want to live my truth,” the mom to Beau, 2, continued. “I don’t want to hold a secret where it feels like I have something to be ashamed of or I have something to hide."
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After being diagnosed with MS at age 20, The Sopranos star said she was symptom-free "for quite some time," but the disease — which damages the central nervous system — has "reared its ugly head" over the last decade. "I can't walk for a long period of time without resting. I cannot run. No superhero roles for me," she said. "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."
Jamie-Lynn with Cutter and their son, Beau, in October 2014. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"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," she continued.
"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," Jamie-Lynn added. "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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