By Lizzie Smith For Dailymail.com
Published: 18:24 GMT, 15 March 2019 | Updated: 18:31 GMT, 15 March 2019
Jamie-Lynn Sigler was just 20 when she was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis.
Now 37, the former Sopranos star battled her illness privately for many years, before making her health issues public three years ago.
And now the actress is opening up about how her illness affects her most important role - that of a mother.
Jamie-Lynn Sigler has revealed how Multiple Sclerosis affects her life as a mother... and says she hired a nanny to do the 'fun things' she can't; she is seen here at a launch for the Black Iris fashion label this week
Doens't want them to miss out: While she is mostly at home with her boys Jack, left, and Beau, the actress has also hired a nanny to do the 'fun things' her illness stops her from doing
Talking to Scandal alum Katie Lowes in next week's episode of Shondaland's podcast Katie's Crib, Jamie-Lynn admitted she struggles with the limitations the disease imposes - especially when it comes to her young sons, one-year-old Jack and five-year-old Beau.
'Sometimes I feel guilty or I feel bad because I don't want to put my s**t on [Beau],' she explained.
Luckily, Beau simply accepts his mother as she is, never questioning why she can't always join in with his activities.
Accepting: She says her oldest son Beau simply accepts her as she is, never questioning why she can't always join in with his activities
Explained Jamie-Lynn: 'I think that maybe I'm giving him some lessons in compassion and understanding, and the fact that he's never pointed a single thing that makes me different — the only thing he's ever pointed out is just why he loves me… I'm grateful for him.'
To make sure their children don't miss out, Jamie-Lynn and her baseball player husband Cutter Dykstra have enlisted extra help.
'I just started to have these worries that my disability would slow him down too,' she said.
Multiple sclerosis (known as MS) is a condition in which the immune system attacks the body and causes nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord.