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Jamie Lynn-Sigler on Being a Mom with MS

October 17, 2016

Jamie-Lynn Sigler recently appeared on the Today Show to talk about living with multiple sclerosis while taking care of her 3-year-old son Beau Kyle.

“I would never use the word ‘sick’ because I don’t want to overload or scare him,” she explained.

The 35-year-old actress and jewelry designer went on to say that Beau isn’t old enough to fully understand her condition. So she’s cautious about telling him about her illness, which often limits her from doing simple things we take for granted.

As many patients will tell you, symptoms of multiple sclerosis may vary from person to person. Some people don’t need treatment, while others may have a much harder time getting around. It’s a condition that can affect the brain, spinal cord, vision and other body functions.

For Sigler, this condition often makes it difficult to do activities with her son.

“I tell him that Mommy’s legs can’t do that and if he wants to play with me, we have to play a game where we’re sitting down,” she explained.

Despite limitations, Sigler said it’s all worth it because Beau gives back to her in more ways than one. She actually kept her condition secret for 15 years, and said that her son inspired her to go public.

“I didn’t want to bring my son up in a home where he felt like he had to hold this secret for me, too. I wanted to be an example of strength and show him that despite what I have or my limitations, that everyone is deserving of opportunity and love and respect,” she told Today. “Sometimes, we have to work a little bit harder but maybe it will be a good example for him.”

It’s clear that the mommy son team have a very special bond. Sigler added that he’s the light of her life.

My hat goes off to her. Honestly, being a parent is exhausting when you’re healthy. I can’t imagine how difficult it is taking care of child while battling a disease like multiple sclerosis.