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 104.

    Sorry to hear this news. I have studied MS for many years and have written an article in the Daily Telegraph (google Mark Walker Daily Telegraph). MS cannot be cured but treating CCSVI often slows it down even stops progression. Vitamin D3 is vital as well. Happy to discuss this.
    PS NICE has approved research on CCSVI. It is becoming mainstream.

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    Comment number 103.

    Recent medical research has shown that Vitamin D does more than maintain bone health. e.g. people with Psoriasis (also an auto immune condition) were found to be vit D deficient in winter months - when the condition is often at its worst. The vitamin seems to moderate the immune system and keeping levels high can mitigate the effects of auto immune disease. BBC please report on Vitamin D research.

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    Comment number 102.

    Its such a cruel world and its the good people who seem to suffer these terrible life changing illnesses and never the nasty bad people. Wishing Jack and the rest of his family the strengh they need to adjust and lets hope that awarenes will eventually find a cure x

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    Comment number 101.

    Dreadful news, this affects so many people, yet there is so little awareness.

    Hopefully Jack can raise awareness and some good may come of what must be devastating news for him and his family.

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    Comment number 100.

    For all the celeb haters out there,A celeb has more clout than your average Joe,If it filters through too us Joes in the real world then its a dammed GOOD thing.Why dont you all crawl back under your stones.

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    Comment number 99.

    Chin up Jack. I'm sure he will manage this and turn it into an awareness campaign and who better to do it. He will win.

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    Comment number 98.

    We need people to raise awarness to this 'hellish' disease, it's cruel in one so young. There are drugs to help you and stay positive, I have 'progressive MS' which is a beast, with no help with drugs. There is hope, the MS society website is very helpful and the MS Trust. You are not alone, take care, M

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    Comment number 97.

    I wouldn't wish it on anybody but Jack Osbourne's record suggests he is as well-equipped as anyone to deal with this shattering illness.

    He's a good-hearted guy and I hope he can exploit his high profile to increase awareness of MS.

    Best wishes, Jack.

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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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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 94.

    Give that MS Hell Jack Osbourne,All the best.

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    Comment number 93.

    I have recently been diagnosed with Benign MS so my heart felt thoughts go out to Jack and his family.

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    Comment number 92.

    The treatments for auto-immune diseases like MS and colitis are worse than the condition at times and very expensive.

    I feel very sorry for Jack Osbourne and his family.

    Fortunately he is in the USA where the FDA has approved LDN, Low Dose Natrexone, for the treatment of MS. This is a cheap symptom-free drug. Our UK authorities, in the hands of the drugs companies, has not even trialled it.

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    Comment number 91.

    there s actually a new treatment, not yet fda approved, the marhall protocol. (www.mpkb.org). It has helped and helps so many MS Patients right now. Look into it, it seems to be great.xx

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    Comment number 90.

    On Sunday 15th July over 800 drummers on full drum kits will be raising vital funds for the MS Society. We wish Jack all the best and if you would like to support the MS Society you can donate via our Just giving page. All the details are available via our web site Please search for Stick it to MS.

    Getting Loud about MS

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    Comment number 89.

    MS has no paragrim & MS still remains a THEORY , MS drugs can/will take a toll on your other keys organs.... thats why you can only stay on them for some months... I was DX 2009 and was offered the drugs I declined and alls well like they say every one is different. See Dr Hubbard CCSVI dont play too much in the "montel" play yard hes funded by the big pharmo and his views maybe compromised

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    Comment number 88.

    Hopefully this will bring MS to the fore and make people aware of it. My little sister has it, and like many others with the disease is embarrassed by it, which is not right. With a little luck this will educate people and stop them making nasty comments, such as "having one too many" to some sufferers who have slightly slurred speech as a result of the disease.

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    Comment number 87.

    @69 Gillian

    Garbage Journalism? If you don't like it, don't read the entertainment section like I don't generally. Personally I think the article has worth because there are many who suffer without public understanding or recognition. I hate the celebrity-obsessed culture as much as the next guy but you can't blame the BBC and besides if it is means to a valid end. So be it...

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    Comment number 86.

    Heads up everyone:
    People with MS and chronic pain (what about our injured mentally damaged armed forces?) frequently look 'normal' which deceives the observer often into assuming they are a 'benefit cheat' or don't need a Blue Badge.
    Lest we forget....
    Benefit cheats only account for 1% claiments of DLA -

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    Comment number 85.


    You post derogatory/inflamatary remarks then react to the response with full on personal attacks. The paranoia in here astounds me sometimes.

    Good on ya Jack for raising awareness and keeping MS in the public eye.


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