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 24.

    I am sure there is potential for an Osbourne fly on the wall documentary on Jack's journey.....

    Novel idea no?

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    Comment number 23.

    I know a young man with MS. He copes amazingly well. It's not something you associate with the young and a lot of people think he's drunk. He's a real inspiration and I wish Jack all the best.

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    Comment number 22.

    So sorry for Jack Osbourne and his family, I too have MS and it's not something I'd wish for my worst enemy, not that I have any. I don't know why I have it but can assure Sharon that it's not her fault and there is lots of research going on to help us.


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    Comment number 21.

    11. Yes it is news of national and international importance as he is raising the profile of a horrible debilitating illness which is the most common illness of its type to affect yound people. The quicker the cause/cure can be found the better for people both nationaly and internationally.

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    Comment number 20.

    What is wrong with you people? Do you lead such Vapid unsatisfying lives that the most important thing to you is berating the BBC for delivering news? It's not just Jack Osborne who is sick....

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    Comment number 19.

    Every sympathy for the guy. But I do wonder why on earth is this on the front page of the news. Some new breakthrough in the treatment for MS would be front page - but is the BBC now trying to rival HELLO?

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    Comment number 18.

    Sad for anyone who gets this disease, but the publicity from someone famous having it can be a good thing; as it will raise awareness and maybe help change attitudes to MS and other disabilities.

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    Comment number 17.

    To the HYS posters bemoaning this being a front page news item - how about applying a little thought before you post? People suffering from this debilitating and often fatal condition may find your comments wanting its existence airbrushed from your consciousness a little upsetting. The fact the Mr Osbourne has been diagnosed is an ideal opportunity to raise profile. Sorry you'd rather not be told

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    Comment number 16.

    My son, himself a doctor, was diagnosed with MS in 2008. I hope Jack Osbourne will go to the website called "Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis" which is founded by Professor George Jelinek who was himself diagnosed with MS in 1999 but has recovered. My son has benefited hugely from the simple remedies Jelinek recommends. These, in turn, are based on those of Professor Roy Laver Swank. Google !

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    Comment number 15.

    To posts 7, 9 and 11; this is in the entertainment section, it's just the number 1 read story at the moment... less uninformed BBC bashing please!

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    Comment number 14.

    Jack thinking of you, the future is going to be tough but fight on you have a determined character

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    Comment number 13.

    My sister in law was recently diagnosed with MS why wasn't that front page news?

    Oh of course, she's not a millionaire who is fawned over by sycophants.

    Whilst I wish Jack Osborne well we all know he'll get far better treatment than 99.9% of MS sufferers because he can afford it.

    Lets hope he starts donating millions to the MS Society.


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    Comment number 12.

    To Gillian69: Like my partner who is an MS sufferer and works 40+ hours a week, if Jack is able to, I am sure he will work. This thread is about a young man with a truely horrible disease. Leave your politics at the door please.
    Here is wishing you all the best Jack. There is support out there and if anyone can beat this you can.

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    Comment number 10.

    From personal experience I can say that MS is a horrid condition. Good luck Jack, hopefully the changes you are making to your lifestyle will help you lead as full a life as possible.

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    Comment number 9.

    Have to agree this should be in the entertainment section and to back up the previous comment if you look at other countries news channels there is so much going on thats not reported on.

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    Comment number 8.

    I feel sorry for anyone with this condition. The only good that can come out of this situation is the increased press coverage of MS

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    Comment number 7.

    Sad news of course but does this REALLY need to be Front Page News ? This should be in the Entertainment section.

    More and more over the last 18 months the BBC are ignoring real news and dumbing us down with stories like this. Come on BBC - don't let Cameron tell you what to print ! Fight back !

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    Comment number 6.

    100,000 people in uk share this condition. It is caused by a number of factors(genes,virus etc) coinciding with each other.His parents do not need to feel guilty it is not caused by inherited genes alone.The progression depends on which variety he has.Jack is right to adapt to living with the condition and living as full a life as he can. research continues.

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