Jack Osbourne diagnosed with MS, Ozzy and Sharon reveal

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The Osbournes have revealed that son Jack has multiple sclerosis (MS).

The TV and music star family said Jack was diagnosed from tests taken when he lost 60% vision in his right eye earlier this year.

He told Hello! that after first feeling angry and upset he has now taken an attitude of "adapt and overcome".

MS is an incurable neurological condition that damages the nerves and affects the transfer of messages around the body.

Jack Osbourne, 26, said he had chosen to speak out in order to raise awareness of the condition. He added that the support of his fiancee Lisa Stelly was helping him to stay positive.

MS can have a wide range of symptoms, including tiredness, temporary blindness, loss of co-ordination and speech difficulties.

It is unpredictable and affects everyone differently. One in five sufferers has a benign form with mild attacks and no permanent disability, while another 15% have a progressive disease that steadily worsens.

Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with the condition three weeks after the birth of daughter Pearl, now two months old.

"The timing was so bad," he said. "I'd just had a baby, work was going great - I kept thinking: 'Why now?'"

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are finding Jack's illness hard to come to terms with

Parents Ozzy and Sharon said they were still trying to come to terms with their son's condition.

Former X Factor judge Sharon said she had been asking herself if she was to blame.

"I kept thinking: 'What did I do wrong, what did I eat or drink when I was pregnant?' I feel like it's somehow my fault."

Former Black Sabbath star Ozzy said: "If it was me, you'd think: 'Ozzy had a reputation and it caught up with him', but Jack is such a good guy."

Jack Osbourne - known as an extreme sports enthusiast - will use a combination of daily drug treatments, holistic therapies and lifestyle changes.

The family were the subject of a worldwide hit reality TV show, The Osbournes, which originally aired on MTV between 2002 and 2005.

The programme, also featuring the Osbournes' daughter Kelly, won an Emmy award in 2002.


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    Comment number 172.

    Thank you for your comments on this story. A number of you have posted comments discussing treatment and theories. The comments on this story are there purely to raise debate around the topic of MS and they should not be seen as professional advice.

    It is worth noting the following statement from Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the MS Society: 'MS is most commonly diagnosed in people in their 20s and 30s. There's no cure for MS, so dealing with a diagnosis can be tough - but there is lots of help and support out there for people like Jack, including help from the MS Society, which means many people with the condition go on to live full lives.'

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    Comment number 129.

    Two of my Uncles died of MS so I've experienced firsthand what a terrible illness it is. If you'd seen how much pain and heartache this relatively untalked about illness causes to those who have it, and their loved ones, then you probably wouldn’t be moaning about whether it's front page news or not. Any press is good press when it comes to raising awareness.

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    Comment number 110.

    Like Jack, I was diagnosed with MS after losing the vision in my eye. The doctor thinks I've had it for a long time, having looked at my medical history (bouts of unexplained prolonged fatigue, pins & needles in my hands & feet or my face, tremors in my hands, loss of power in my limbs, etc. that all disappeared.) MS is very unpredictable. More research is needed to understand the disease.

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    Comment number 96.

    Very sad that another person has this awful illness. I don't care if he is a celebrity or Joe Blogs. It is a wicked untreatable condition that all too many people are suffering from.
    I hope and pray a cure can be found for it as soon as possible.

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    Comment number 81.

    Terribly sorry to hear the news. Keep your chin up Jack and more importantly - keep fighting. Everyone I know is rooting for you.
    Good luck to you and the rest of your amazing family.


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