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 84.

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    Comment number 83.

    I have ms and have had a huge improvement since cutting out gluten and dairy, and eating more healthily. Google Dr Terry Wahls TED talk on 'Eating for Your Mitochondria.'

    I was diagnosed at age 35, and found the psychological damage is the worst of it, but one can learn to cope over time. New research is making better treatments a possibility, so we have to remain positive and enjoy our lives.

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    Comment number 82.

    17. mhonesty
    "often fatal condition"

    Minor factual inaccuracy in an otherwise good post.
    MS not classed as a fatal disease (you're obviously not a west wing watcher)

    Although, obvious euthanasia issues could potentially come to the fore.

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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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    Comment number 80.

    @ 71.the-moog
    Why, can I not not know you AND ignore you? That was my advise to the other poster any way, as he was at risk of taking you seriously. Enjoy yourself and make the most of it until the trolling laws come into place.
    I remember Jack doing a series called Adrenaline Junkie, in which he overcame fears. I am sure he will be just a brave facing this challenge.

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    Comment number 79.

    This is a terrible disease hat can affect anyone at anytime. Hopefully this will help to raise awareness and result in more people donating to some of the wonderful charities that work to try to find more about the condition or work hard to help those that have MS. An example of an excellent one below:


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    Comment number 78.

    I reckon krokodil summed it up nicely. Tomorrow's headline : "Osbornes to make fly on wall documentary to promote awareness of MS".

    Vote me down if you like - am not denigrating sufferers of the illness as I've been there myself, but please try and see through the media circus.

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    Comment number 77.

    " 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."

    Why not tell us about the other 65%

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    Comment number 76.

    Anybody moaning that this is classed as frontpage news is more than welcome to click the little red cross on their browser window.

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    Comment number 75.

    Aww really sorry to hear news about Jack. Take Care All you Osbourne Family.

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    Comment number 74.

    I think that ALL coverage of illnesses and deseases should be rewarded as bringing them to the attention of the narrow minded people who think only political reports or non-celebrity stories should be able to be commented on. Forget that it is a celebrity (albeit D list) the main point here is a report on a young man who has a life debilitating desease. Reports like these help raise awareness!

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    Comment number 73.

    Good luck, Jack. There is lots of good support out there for MSers from the MS Society and the MS Trust. The early days after diagnosis are worst - so much adapting to the news to do, but I've had MS for going on 40 years now and am still active and live a great life! Others aren't as lucky. A friend of ours died last year from complications. Hope yours is as relatively benign as mine.

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    Comment number 72.

    For a disease that is estimate for 100 000 people in UK.

    It shows how far society have to go - because it is still genuinely newsworthy that someone is open about the disease.

    I hope that this is another small step towards understanding from Jack's move while we are waiting for the next medical breakthrough.

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    Comment number 70.

    It makes me sick the limited public awareness of All types of M.S, due to the misrepresented lack of media coverage and trivialisation of the disease.
    I have Primary Progressive M.S and there are no drugs to stop my progression, unlike Relapse Remitting M.S, where it can slow progression.
    There is no cure for M.S, and hopefully The Osbournes can make a positive out of a negative vile disease.

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    Comment number 69.

    The BBC should rebrand itself as the British Broadcaster of Celebrities, MS never gets a mention but once a celeb has it you go to town, you remove comments that aint positive towards any celebrity, this is garbage journalism.

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    Comment number 68.

    To all the haters and trolls:

    I have MS and was diagnosed in 2008. This story may not be "front page news worthy" in some of your opinions but it raises awareness of a disease that despite its debilitating nature, is still in relative obscurity.

    Hopefully for Jack it is the benign form, but either way raising awareness can lead to better diagnosis and treatment options for suffers.

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    Comment number 67.

    Why should this not be a front page news item? Such items vary. It's an item which will have helped (briefly) bring MS to public attention again. And that might help clear up some misconceptions which surround MS. And it might draw attention to the flawed Work Capability Assessment and the savage cuts the Coalition has made to benefits for MSers and other ill and disabled people.

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