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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Jamie-Lynn Sigler has revealed that she’s been battling multiple sclerosis for the past 15 years.
“The Sopranos” actress tells People magazine she was diagnosed with the degenerative disease when she was 19 years old, ahead of the show’s fourth season.
Sigler says she wasn’t emotionally prepared to reveal her condition to the public 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.
The 34-year-old actress says her symptoms have become worse over the past decade. Sigler noted that she can’t run or walk for long periods of time without rest.
She said that after “The Sopranos” ended, she covered up her illness.
“Sometimes all I needed was like five or 10 minutes to sit and recharge, but I wouldn’t ask because I didn’t want to become suspicious,” she said.
“The Sopranos” actress portrayed Meadow Soprano throughout the HBO show’s six seasons. She has also appeared in stage productions of “Cinderella” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Sigler married baseball player Cutter Dykstra on Saturday in Palm Springs, California. They have a 2-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 said. “It’s part of me, but it’s not who I am.”