Jamie-Lynn Sigler just made a heartbreaking confession: She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was young and has battled the disease for nearly 15 years.
“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 34-year-old newlywed told People.
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She 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.”
MS is a disease of the central nervous system that impacts communication between the brain and the body; while symptoms (and the severity) vary for each person, it can cause loss of vision, pain, fatigue and impaired coordination.
Jamie-Lynn and her new husband. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
News of the Sopranos actress’ diagnosis comes days after she wed Cutter Dykstra, the father of her two-year-old son Beau.
By coming forward with her diagnosis, which she called a “shock,” she said she hopes to educate people.
“I want to change people’s idea of what this disease means to them and possibly give people hope that it’s not the end,” she said. “In my lifetime, I think there really will be a cure and my doctor tells me that all the time. And I don’t think he’s telling me that just to [make me] feel better."