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Jamie-Lynn Sigler, former star of “The Sopranos,” has been living with multiple sclerosis for 22 years. She publicly revealed her diagnosis in 2016, 15 years after being diagnosed at the age of 20. Multiple sclerosis is a disease where the immune system attacks the central nervous system, damaging the protective coverings surrounding nerve fibers and affecting communication between the brain and the body. Symptoms vary from person to person and can include numbness, tingling, vision problems, fatigue, and cognitive issues. There is no cure for MS, but treatments are available to manage symptoms.

Despite initially feeling embarrassed and struggling to control her condition, Sigler has become an advocate for MS awareness and openness. She has shared her journey with the disease, including her symptoms and struggles, in various interviews and essays. Sigler continues to act and be involved in projects such as theater, podcasts, and television, while also speaking out about her experiences with MS. She has learned to navigate her symptoms, which include incontinence, difficulty balancing, and a slight limp, with the support of her family and medical professionals.

Recently, Sigler has teamed up with Christina Applegate, who also has MS, to co-host the new podcast “MeSsy.” The podcast aims to provide a platform for vulnerable conversations about their experiences with MS, as well as with friends, co-stars, and others who have helped them navigate the challenges of living with the disease. Sigler and Applegate connected over their shared diagnosis and decided to record their conversations to help others going through similar struggles. They hope to provide tools and insights that have helped them in managing their MS.

Managing MS has brought its challenges for Sigler, including difficulty walking for long periods, inability to run or wear high heels, and constant achiness and stiffness. Despite these challenges, Sigler remains determined to continue pursuing her goals, both professionally and personally. She has found ways to adapt, such as using a wagon to lean on while walking and making accommodations on set to help her focus on her work. Sigler’s openness about her struggles with MS has led her to a path of self-reflection, acceptance, and finding beauty in vulnerability.

By sharing her story and becoming an advocate for MS awareness, Jamie-Lynn Sigler has embraced her diagnosis as a source of strength and connection with others. She believes that by being open and raw about her experiences, she can create meaningful connections and share resources that have helped her in managing her symptoms. Through her work in theater, podcasting, and television, Sigler continues to inspire others living with MS and raises awareness about the challenges and victories of navigating life with a chronic illness. Her journey with MS showcases resilience, perseverance, and the power of vulnerability in connecting with others.

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