Just weeks after Jamie-Lynn Sigler revealed she's been battling Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 15 years, the actress has confessed she was told by an "industry professional" to hide her diagnosis from the public.
"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,'" she said during a recent interview on Today.
Jamie-Lynn with Cutter and their son, Beau, in October 2014. (Photo Credit: getty Images)
"And I took that advice. I was 20-years-old and I was scared and I thought that was the best thing," Jamie-Lynn, 34, added during her sit-down with anchor Matt Lauer.
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The Sopranos star — who recently married her longtime love, Cutter Dykstra — revealed her MS diagnosis on Wednesday, Jan. 20. "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," she told People.
“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."
"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," Jamie-Lynn added.
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