Jamie-Lynn Sigler: “I Have Multiple Sclerosis”

The Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler posted a family photo via Instagram Wednesday and revealed her struggle with multiple sclerosis.

“Hi. My name is Jamie, and I have Multiple Scelrosis. This has been a part of me, that for many reasons I was terrified to share for the last 15 years since I was diagnosed..but I’ve finally found the strength to come forward and be ok with who I really am and trust that life will still have things to offer even though I have this disease,” the actress, 34, captioned the family photo with newlywed husband, pro baseball player Cutter Dykstra, 26, and their 2-year-old son Beau.

The actress – who wed Dykstra on Saturday (January 16) in Palm Springs, Calif. – went on to talk about her 15-year struggle with MS.

“It has slowed me down and it can make things hard, but there is still a lot I CAN do. I hope I can be an example to anyone struggling out there to push through and past your circumstances. I want to thank @people magazine for sharing my story in such a huge way and allowing me to reach out. Your publication always handles stories so beautifully, and mine is no exception. And an even bigger thank you to my husband, my son, my family and my friends (who are my family.)..You all have fiercely protected me over the years when I was too scared to share this publicly, for fear that everything would go away. You stood by me, helped me when I needed it, and always made me feel loved and worthy of things even when I felt less than and different. I really am a lucky girl and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me now that I can finally live my truth Love to all of you. XX [love] Jamie [photography]: by the wonderful @andrewsoutham,” she added.

In a new interview with PEOPLE, The Christmas Note star reveals why she is finally coming forward with her diagnosis.

“I’m at a point in my life with my son, with my new marriage, it’s a new me,” she shares. “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.”

And she wants to be a positive role model for her growing boy.

“I didn’t want him to get to an age where he felt like he had to keep this secret for me as well,” she says of her son. “I wanted to be an example to him of strength and courage.”

Does she want to try for more babies?

“I don’t know what’s to come. But I’m excited for the first time in a long time,” Sigler says. “I’ve got my brain and my heart and I’ve prepared myself for everything that could happen. But I’ve got an amazing husband, the best son, and I hope that we can make more babies and just keep having fun. I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”

Hi. My name is Jamie, and I have Multiple Scelrosis. This has been a part of me, that for many reasons I was terrified to share for the last 15 years since I was diagnosed..but I’ve finally found the strength to come forward and be ok with who I really am and trust that life will still have things to offer even though I have this disease. It has slowed me down and it can make things hard, but there is still a lot I CAN do. I hope I can be an example to anyone struggling out there to push through and past your circumstances. I want to thank @people magazine for sharing my story in such a huge way and allowing me to reach out. Your publication always handles stories so beautifully, and mine is no exception. And an even bigger thank you to my husband, my son, my family and my friends (who are my family.)..You all have fiercely protected me over the years when I was too scared to share this publicly, for fear that everything would go away. You stood by me, helped me when I needed it, and always made me feel loved and worthy of things even when I felt less than and different. I really am a lucky girl and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for me now that I can finally live my truth Love to all of you. XX?Jamie ?: by the wonderful @andrewsoutham

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