Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler Opens Up About Her Battle With Multiple Sclerosis

Jan 21, 2016 at 5:37 pm |

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who most of us remember for playing Meadow Soprano on The Soprano’s, opened up this week and revealed that she’s been battling Multiple Sclerosis for the last fifteen years. The actress was diagnosed when she was 20, but has kept her illness a secret, until now.

CULVER CITY, CA - JANUARY 09: Actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler attends The Art of Elysium 2016 HEAVEN Gala presented by Vivienne Westwood & Andreas Kronthaler at 3LABS on January 9, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Art of Elysium)
Jamie-Lynn opened up to PEOPLE Magazine about why she kept her illness a secret for so long saying, “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.”
Now 34 years old, the actress says that in the initial few years after her diagnosis she was basically symptom free, but in the last 10 years or so she has begun to feel the effects of the disease, which damages the central nervous system, more.
“I can’t walk for a long period of time without resting. I cannot run. No superhero roles for me,” she says, laughing. “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.”
Sigler reveals she has ‘run the gamut’ of treatment options and now takes medication that has controlled the disease and kept her stable for the past 6 years.
“Things are manageable now,” she adds. “It takes a fighting attitude to deal with all this. This disease can absolutely take over your life if you let it.”

The Sopranos actress decided to reveal that she’s been battling the disease for the past fifteen years, crediting her 2 year old son and new husband with giving her the courage to be open and honest.