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 124.

    When I read the headline, I automatically assumed it was about the Chancellor's son, developing some unusual pity for that family. Glad to find out that I can redirect all my pity to the far more deserving family of Ozzy and Sharon.
    Best wishes and best of luck.

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    Comment number 123.

    Just gotta treat it like another extreme challenge Jack and seeing how well you have done with the many challenges in your life , I am sure you wont let this one beat you either , good luck !

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    Comment number 121.

    Being diagnosed with MS is a shock, like being diagnosed with any illness would be, but as my Dr told me, "It's all about ATTITUDE!!" and I believe that!! My older sister also has MS, very progressive, & at 50 had to go into a nursing home, she is now 58 years old. So I was terrified when I was DX, thinking I would have the same fate, but 8 years later, I am still hanging in there. ATTITUDE!

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    Comment number 120.

    Pretty similar to me this. I used to go blind in my right eye when I was 23. An eye specialist said it was migraine without a headache and had no neuro follow up. 15 years later and after spending 10 days in an acute stroke unit I finally had an MRI. Which showed acute inflammation and previous numerous patches of demyelination. There is a lack of awareness from doctors too. Good luck Jack.

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    Comment number 119.

    Much symapathy for Gerr60 but the flip side is that MS does not always have a fatal end. My wife has dissabilities related but at almost 70 is still coping.

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    Comment number 118.

    If those idiots in Washington would put more money into funding MS research instead of funding the military in order to find more ways to kill people, maybe we could make real progress in combating this horrific disease. Unfortunately, those politicians will do only what is politically correct!

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    Comment number 117.

    Same old story.

    Once a "celeb" comes down with a disease an outpouring of sympathy as if no one else has ever suffered or ever been affected. Then comes the usual prominance of the disease and the calls for more action to be taken etc etc etc. Shame we dont pay more attention before not when a celeb becomes ill. Personally I find that offensive and insutling to others similarly afflicted.

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    Comment number 115.

    It's a good thing his parents are millionaires so he won't need to worry ATOS assessing how fit he is for work.

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    Comment number 114.

    As an MS sufferer myself my thoughts are with Jack and everyone who suffers from this terrible condition. I'm in the middle of a relapse which reminds me daily how crap having this condition is!!

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    Comment number 113.

    Very sad news indeed. Jack has been an inspiration the way he's put his life to good use, and it's terrible he's been struck by this now. My dad suffers from Primary Progressive MS and from my experience, his attitude of "adapt and concur" will be the best way of approaching it (perhaps better described as "adapt TO concur"). You can't beat it (yet), but hopefully he'll live with it well!

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    Comment number 111.

    I wish Jack Osbourne good luck with this disease. I suspect his family will be better able to deal with this than many in the UK who have to fight for every penny of benefit and against the prejudice that seems rife in the country against the disabled on benefits thanks to the Coalition and the press.

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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 109.

    Parents always feel "what did I do wrong". NOTHING. MS can strike anyone. My sister was in her 20's living in South Africa: she was a nurse when she developed MS. After she came home for treatment she responded very well. It is a slow developing type she has and she is now 62 years of age. Combined with treatment Jack's character will win through.

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    Comment number 107.

    Good to see so many 'Keep your chin up' messages. I wish Jack and his partner all the best for the future and hope the crappy condition does not impact there lives to much. As a carer for an MS suffer (the wife) MS is not curable, not predictable and not easy to live with and wish them all the best. Fingers crossed this article raises alittle awareness of this cruel condition

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    Comment number 106.

    For all those little people complaining that no one publishes stories about illnesses which don't have a celebrity angle, just think of it this way - if a non celebrity has a life limiting illness then they won't have to deal with media intrusion, rumours, falsehoods etc. If Jack Osbourne had decided not to go public, the press rumour mill would have gone into overdrive at some point.

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    Comment number 105.

    Sorry to hear this, but maybe something good will come from it. Maybe the Osbornes will set up or help a Charity to research the disease and look for a cure.


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