Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who broke out as Meadow Soprano on The Sopranos, is now the happily married mom of son Beau Kyle Dykstra, 2, with husband Cutter Dykstra, but has been battling multiple sclerosis (MS) for 15 years.
In an interview for the June issue of WebMD magazine, summarized by People, she shared some of the lengths she’s gone to to treat the disease, saying she’s tried “every alternative treatment.” That includes traveling all the way to the Dominican Republic, where, Jamie-Lynn revealed, “I had fetal stem cells injected in my spine for an incredible amount of money. It didn’t work. I had this invasive therapy [venous drainage of the brain], where they put something in a vein in your thigh and thread it up to your neck. That didn’t work.”
She’s tried pills and various healing methods from around the world, and currently works with her neurologist to help control her symptoms, although it’s an imperfect solution. “I’m uncomfortable 24/7. I’m always a little stiff, I’m always a little achy. But I’ve been this way for so long, it’s my normal,” she said.
In an interview with People in January, she talked about how MS has affected her role as a mom. “I’m alone with my son a lot and I can do it. It’s hard, maybe harder, but I think it’s hard for anyone. And it’s not always pretty and it’s not always graceful, but I’m doing it.”
Jamie-Lynn is also taking action to help other MS patients. Her jewelry company, CJ Free, collaborated with clothing company Alexx Jae & Milk to create this heather grey “be free” muscle tank made of fair trade organic cotton. 20% of the proceeds will benefit the Race to Erase MS.
Additionally, her Twitter bio promises that she has a new website coming soon where she will “share all I can about MS with you.”