NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 8:25 AM
Jamie Lynn Sigler (seen in 2014) has revealed that she has fought multiple sclerosis for 15 years.
Just four days after her wedding, “Sopranos” alum Jamie-Lynn Sigler revealed she has battled the debilitating disease multiple sclerosis for 15 years.
“I wasn’t ready until now,” Sigler, 34, told People in an interview published Wednesday. “You’d think that after all these years, somebody would be settled with something like this, but it’s still hard to accept.”
Sigler says her MS, though at first symptomless, has “reared its ugly head” in the last 10 years.
“I can’t walk for a long period of time without resting. I cannot run. No superhero roles for me,” she said. “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, who married baseball player Cutter Dykstra on Saturday, says her husband and their 2-year-old son prompted her to reveal her illness.
The actress, whose post-“Sopranos” roles included stints on “Entourage” and “Ugly Betty,” felt pressured to hide her illness on the job, even when all she needed were a few minutes to “sit and recharge.”
“I wouldn’t ask, because I didn’t want them to be suspicious,” she said.
Her symptoms of the neurological condition, caused by the immune system attacking the protective insulation around nerves, have been “manageable” for the last six years with the twice-a-day pill Tecfidera.
“It takes a fighting attitude to deal with all this,” she said. “This disease can absolutely take over your life if you let it.”
Sigler married her fiance of three years, baseball player Cutter Dykstra, on Saturday — and credited the minor-leaguer and their 2-year-old son, Beau, as the impetus for her big reveal.
“I’m at a point in my life with my son, with my new marriage, it’s a new me,” she said.
“I don’t want to hold a secret where it feels like I have something to be ashamed of or have something to hide. It’s part of me, but it’s not who I am.”