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Jamie-Lynn Sigler Reveals How She Stays Independent While Battling Multiple Sclerosis

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By Nic Morales

At the age of 20, the 38 year-old actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). In a recent interview with People Now, Sigler gives the details about living in the public eye and coping with her diagnosis. “I have my bad days as we all do,” she began.

“I think what has happened is that for me it was so much about fighting it and keeping it a secret and covering it up. And then, when I became public about it, then it was accepting that people knew."

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And now it’s sort of shifted into this thing where, I think people don’t realize, they think with chronic illness it’s so much the physical stuff and the way it affects you physically, but emotionally it can really affect you even more.” Sigler continued.

“It’s almost become this thing where I’m like, realizing all of the things that it’s brought to me, the positive things it’s brought to me and who it has made me today,” the talented actress explained.

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The actress has learned to embrace her diagnosis, and continues to make the best of the life she's been given. She says,

“Do I still wish I didn’t have MSI didn’t have MSI didn’t have MS? Sure. But it’s like my thing in this lifetime, maybe. And I am dealing with it the best I can. I’m still independent. I just went on a trip alone to Punta Cana with my son. I’m still able to work. I have the energy to do all these things."

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“Does it slow me down physically in certain ways? Sure. But I’ve figured out in the 18 years living with it how best to function and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything in life because of it.”

When asked to discuss the experience and life with MS of fellow celebrity Selma Blair, who's also living a public life with the ailment, she confessed, “I can’t speak for her, but what I can say to her is that she is another face of MS,”

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“It affects us all differently. No one is the same, and I think that she’s been brave from the get-go about sharing the highs and lows of it, and I commend her. I think she’s giving a voice to a lot of people and she’s fighting it every day, as we all do, the best she can.”

Sigler confirms the disease takes it's course on everyone diagnosed with it differently. The progression and timeline of worsening varies between each individual with MS.

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