Thinking ahead! Jamie-Lynn Sigler was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis more than a decade ago, and the actress will explain the condition to her little ones one day.
“My oldest son is five and so he has awareness,” the Sopranos alum, 38, told Us Weekly exclusively of Beau on Wednesday, June 12, at the Saint by Ira DeWitt launch benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Only in the past year have I used the words MS to explain things. I think I just follow his lead, what he wants to know. Then I will tell him. I don’t need to offer the information. … If he’s inquiring about something, I’m happy to talk about it and don’t force it on him. It doesn’t need to be the topic all the time because it’s only a small part of me.”
She added: “He’s well aware of my abilities and disabilities and he knows no other mom, and so he has no judgment about that, which I appreciate.”
The Wise Girl author, who also shares 16-month-old son, Jack, with her husband, Cutter Dykstra, also told Us that she doesn’t like to compare her MS experiences to actress Selma Blair’s.
“Everybody’s different,” the New York native explained. “I think if you get in the game of comparing, then you start feeling like, well, I’m fortunate here, but I’m less fortunate here — and I just really try never to go down that rabbit hole.”
The Another Life star, 46, revealed her diagnosis with an emotional Instagram post in October 2018. “I am disabled,” Blair wrote at the time. “I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken gps. But we are doing it . And I laugh and I don’t know exactly what I will do precisely but I will do my best.”
Sigler showed that she is “still strong” with MS in April, 15 months after Jack’s birth, when she showed off her post-baby body progress. “This was 5 months postpartum.. and then the second photo was in January,” she captioned before-and-after shots on Instagram. “I do strength training 2-3 times a week on a rug in my home. That’s it. Also, it is NOT about being skinny. I could care less. This hard work is what keeps all my professional and personal dreams alive. I have MS and I am still strong.”
With reporting by Antonia Blyth
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