For years, Sopranos actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler attended the Race to Erase MS Gala—an annual black-tie fundraiser in Los Angeles—to lend her star power to help find a cure for the neurological disease. What no one knew was that Sigler wasn’t there to support a friend or merely embrace another important cause—she was there as someone living with the disease.
In fact, the Sopranos actress says she and her pro-baseball player husband Cutter Dykstra are planning to have another child. Their son Beau is three years old.
“When I was pregnant with my son, it was in remission,” Sigler, 35, says of her MS, which she was first diagnosed with when she was 20. “It was glorious and it’s an amazing thing to happen for women living with MS. I welcome it and my doctors welcome it. I think we just figured out that it might be the right time.”
Sigler went public with her MS last year.
“I think I’ve gotten to this point where I don’t want to be at war with myself anymore,” Sigler said. “You can wake up every day and feel like your own body is betraying you. I’ve worked hard, very hard, to find peace and figuring out how I can work with my body and not against it.”
“I was given MS for a reason and I don’t know why,” Sigler said. “I would never have chosen it for myself but I’ve got to figure out how to make the best of it, make it worth it, because otherwise life can feel pretty bleak. I’m not trying to sugarcoat it though. I still have my moments. I still have days where it just sucks but I’ve got to do the best that I can with this. That has been sort of my new mantra and affirmations that I recite to myself daily because I have no choice.”
Davis praises Sigler for her honesty and decision to use her voice in the fight against MS. “Since she did come out I think it’s made a huge difference in people’s lives, people who really identify with her and her age,” Davis said. “So many young people have MS…I think a lot of people feel like, ‘Hey, it’s OK, I’m not the only person with this.'”
Davis launched Race to Erase 24 years ago.
This year’s gala will feature performances by Chicago, David Foster and singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett. Presenters will include Lance Bass, Kate Graham, Kathy Griffin, Randy Jackson and Howie Mandel.