Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Multiple Sclerosis Doesn’t Stop Me from Being a Hands-on Mom

As a mom to a toddler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler already knows that motherhood can be challenging.

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at age 20, Sigler says her symptoms, which include a weaker right side and difficulty walking for long periods of time, don’t hinder her from taking care of her 2-year-old son, Beau Kyle.

“He doesn’t know any different,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I’m still on the floor with him playing. It may take me a few more seconds to get up than other moms, but he doesn’t look at me any differently, and that makes a huge difference for me too.”

Jamie-Lynn Sigler son Beau MS
Andrew Southam

Thinking “wheelchair” when she first heard MS, Sigler was more than grateful to learn that she could lead a full life — including possibly having a child.

“I was so relieved when I was pregnant because I was so afraid I was going to have trouble because of all the years of [treatment],” says the actress, who went off her medication before and during her pregnancy.

She adds, “You never know how things are going to affect you.”

In fact, Sigler went into full remission during her pregnancy. “I can’t walk my hill with my dog today but when I was nine months pregnant, easy breezy,” she says. “It’s just something beautiful. Everything goes quiet.”

Jamie-Lynn Sigler son Beau MS
Steve Steinhardt

As for expanding her family with her husband, pro baseball player Cutter Dykstra, 26, Sigler says she hopes to have that chance — but she understands if it’s not in the cards.

“I would love to have another child. I would love to be working and feel inspired and strong, but if life takes another path, I’ll be okay,” she tells PEOPLE.

“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.”

Jamie-Lynn Sigler son Beau MS
Andrew Southam

For now, being a wife to Dykstra and raising their son together keeps Sigler going on a daily basis.

“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,” she says. “And it’s not always pretty and it’s not always graceful, but I’m doing it.”

For more on living with MS and to contribute to the fight against the disease, visit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler son Beau MS
Andrew Southam

For more of Sigler’s revealing interview, including exclusive photographs from her wedding album, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE on newsstands now.

— Julie Jordan

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