Jamie-Lynn Sigler's Decision to Reveal Her Multiple Sclerosis Can't Have Been Easy

jamie-lynn siglerIt's been a pretty huge week for former Sopranos actor Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Over the weekend, the 34-year-old star married longtime boyfriend Cutter Dykstra; now, Sigler has come forward to reveal that she's been battling multiple sclerosis -- for the past 15 years! 

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For anyone who associates MS with wheelchairs, this news comes as a huge shock. Sigler looks healthy and happy -- she even gave birth to a beautiful baby boy (Beau) two years ago! And now we find out that she's been suffering from a serious disease since she was 20 years old?! But blasting common misconceptions about MS is one of the reasons Sigler is speaking out now, as 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,” she said. “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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As one might expect, Sigler said the news definitely came as "a shock."

I had been diagnosed with Lyme disease a year before, so to get the diagnosis was confusing and also strange because I didn’t feel sick. I didn’t feel like anything was really wrong. At the time, my ideas of MS were limited ... I thought it meant wheelchair. I thought it meant your life was over.

I want to change people’s ideas of what this disease means to them and possibly give people hope that it’s not the end.

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 feel better.

That's great news for everybody! And I truly have to commend Sigler for being so open about such a very personal issue. In Hollywood, most actresses in their 30s (well, actresses of any age) are expected to be utterly perfect -- not just in looks, but in every other aspect of their lives, too. Anything less than perfect is supposed to be lasered away or otherwise obscured (perhaps by the efforts of skilled publicists). So it's admirable that Sigler has chosen the full disclosure route, especially since she's doing it to spread awareness and acceptance. I can only imagine how comforting her story must be to other people with multiple sclerosis (and their families, too!). 

Best wishes on your new marriage, Jamie-Lynn -- and for many happy, healthy years to come!

 

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