Just days after getting married to pro baseball player Cutter Dykstra, Jamie-Lynn Sigler is opening up about a secret she's kept for more than a decade — her battle with multiple sclerosis.
The actress reveals she was diagnosed with the disease, which damages the central nervous system, when she was 20-years-old.
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"I wasn't ready until now," Jamie-Lynn says of talking publicly about her illness. "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 husband Cutter. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Though the 34-year-old went symptom-free for "quite some time," she explains that MS "reared its ugly head" over the last 10 years, causing a myriad of difficulties for her.
"I can't walk for a long period of time without resting. I cannot run. No superhero roles for me," The Sopranos star shares. "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 and Cutter with son Beau. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Jamie-Lynn admits she was always worried about how the diagnosis would affect her ability to 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."
While there is no cure for MS, the brunette beauty is currently taking the twice-daily pill Tecfidera, which has kept her symptoms stable for the past six years.
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"Things are manageable now," she says. "It takes a fighting attitude to deal with all this. This disease can absolutely take over your life if you let it."
Jamie-Lynn tells People magazine she finally decided to come forward with her struggle for two-year-old son Beau.
"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," she shares.
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