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Jamie-Lynn Sigler Says an Industry Insider Told Her to Keep MS Diagnosis a Secret: People 'Won't Hire You'
Originally posted 01/27/2016 10:25AM
The Sopranos star – who was diagnosed with the disease at 20 years old while shooting the fourth season of the hit HBO show – gave her first live interview Wednesday on the Today show since revealing her diagnosis to PEOPLE this month.
When asked by Matt Lauer if she was worried the diagnosis would impact her career, Sigler, 34, admitted, "Yes, very much."
Originally posted 01/25/2016 05:45PM
"I would love to have another child," the actress tells PEOPLE exclusively
Originally posted 01/25/2016 12:20PM
The Sopranos star and new husband Cutter Dykstra shared a stroll in the sand during their mini honeymoon in Santa Barbara, California, and PEOPLE has exclusive photos of the romantic outing.
Wrapped in a red blanket, Sigler, 34, beamed while walking barefoot with the professional baseball player.
Originally posted 01/21/2016 10:20AM
Though she had been diagnosed with Lyme disease the year before, the actress had taken antibiotics "and things had started to go away," she says. "Then I started to feel this heaviness and tingling in my legs. I remember we were in my apartment in New York and the doctor called my dad and he said, 'Your daughter has MS. But there's no reason to believe that she can't live a perfectly happy, healthy life," she recalls.
"It was a shock. I didn't feel sick. My ideas of MS were limited. I thought it meant, 'Wheelchair.' I thought it meant your life was over."
Originally posted 01/22/2016 10:15AM
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler's New Husband Cutter Dykstra Opens Up About Her MS: 'I Want Her to Know I'm There for Her'
Originally posted 01/21/2016 01:20PM
So when the actress, 34, confided in Dykstra within a week or two of dating that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (an incurable autoimmune disease, also known as MS) at age 20, the pro baseball player wasn't fazed.
"I know she was nervous in telling me," he tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "But I just wanted to make her feel not so alone ... to know that I would always be there."
Originally posted 01/20/2016 06:15PM
Decades ago, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis – an autoimmune disease for which there is no cure – could have been viewed as a death sentence. But today, it's entirely possible to live a normal, full life with the disease.
Originally posted 01/20/2016 01:15PM
Lance Bass officiated her weekend wedding and helped her celebrate her last night as a single lady with a Vegas bachelorette party. Now, the 'NSYNC boy-bander is supporting pal Jamie-Lynn Sigler during a more trying time after she revealed her health secret: She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 15 years ago.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler Says Her Sopranos Dad James Gandolfini Was 'Very Protective' When She Confided in Him About Her Multiple Sclerosis
Originally posted 01/20/2016 12:00PM
Starring as Meadow on the hit HBO series, The Sopranos, the actress naturally grew close to the late actor James Gandolfini, who played her father.
And after she was diagnosed at age 20 with multiple sclerosis (an autoimmune disease, also known as MS, that impacts the central nervous system), Sigler was able to keep her condition a secret for several years until symptoms started to present themselves.
"I was still able to hide it really well," she tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "I didn't really need help necessarily, it was more like some pain and feeling uncomfortable but I could easily hide it."
All the Details on Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Cutter Dykstra's 'Laid-Back' Wedding: 'We Put So Much Heart and Love Into This'
Originally posted 01/20/2016 09:00AM
For Jamie-Lynn Sigler, planning the perfect wedding meant making everything "relaxed and easy."
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