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 144.

    "There is only so much space for front page news, so by selecting a celebrity story the BBC demotes something else."

    Merlin, the BBC have not made this front page news, readers have. It's on the most popular tab. If you look in the news sections, it's not headlined except under Arts and Entertainment. Now that may say a lot about what we rank as news, but it's not all the BBC's fault.

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    Comment number 143.

    Like altzehimers (sorry my spelling is terrible), this is an utterly degrading and cruel illness. I hope Jack and his family find the courage to see them through these dark days.
    My sympathies to the Osbournes.

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    Comment number 142.

    I was recently diagnosed with MS and am now self medicating with injections once a week.
    Like Jack, i would call myself abit of an adrenaline junkie and absolutely love to jump out of planes......
    MS has not changed my life that much, but i still get annoyed at the ignorance of some people. Chin up Jack, life still carries on.
    Congratulations on the birth of your first child. Emma Brown xx

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    Comment number 141.

    If the Osbourne family's legacy is to educate the masses about MS then that can only be a good thing. Michael J. Fox has forwarded research and taught many about living with Parkinson's Disease. Celebrity, on occasions, can have a purpose after all.

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    Comment number 140.

    Difficult diagnosis... it's not easy having to come to terms with receiving the news and hopefully Jack and his family will make the most of their time together. I was also diagnosed with MS and while it is hard sometimes, MS has given me so much more in life than I ever thought possible. I've learnt to enjoy the little things in life, be more aware of what makes the world tick and just love more.

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    Comment number 139.

    Much as I have sympathy with anyone unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with a serious illness, I don't believe this warrants a BBC headline.

    If it was an obscure illness, or one with social stigma attached then maybe this article could do some good in making people aware. However it isn't, and it does feel a bit like we are being lined up for a fly on the wall documentary on his 'coping'...

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    Comment number 138.

    There was nothing 'former' about Ozzy and Black Sabbath when I saw them at the Download festival the weekend before last. There's even a new album of new material due next year. Can't these people get their facts right? He was in great form and I wish him and his family all the best.

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    Comment number 137.

    The Osbourne's seem like nice people and this is a good thing. There is stigma not just around conditions such as MS and Alzheimer's but also mental health conditions, and responsible celebrities who youngsters look up to are important in many respects.

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    Comment number 136.

    > 76. Charlie
    > Anybody moaning that this is classed as frontpage news is more than welcome to click the little red cross on their browser window.

    That's a bit too glib. There is only so much space for front page news, so by selecting a celebrity story the BBC demotes something else.

    It's a pity we can't have a BBC profile setting: no celebrity non-stories, no Olympics torch non-stories, etc.

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    Comment number 134.

    All the best to to Jack Osbourne and his family and kudos to Jack for his intention to of raising awareness of MS

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    Comment number 133.

    Sorry to hear this news. Been a massive fan of Ozzy and his Family for ages. Been reading his book 'Dr Ozzy' too in which Ozzy becomes like an agony uncle for people. I don't know of anyone in my circle who has MS but I hope that Jack and The Osbournes will fight it like everything they have fought over the last 30 odd years.

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    Comment number 131.

    Dr. Terry Wahls has documented reversing the course of her progressive MS via a Paleo diet. She presented results of her clinical trials at the 2011 Neuroscience Conference in Washington D.C in which 7 of 9 people with SPMS had clinically significant reduction in fatigue and improvement in the general health quality of life scores within 6 months of starting their intervention.

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    Comment number 130.

    Absolutely fantastic to see that fighting spirit Jack. Never ever let it get you down, good luck to you buddy and keep that chin up!

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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 127.

    Really sorry to herar the sad news, remember, there is SO MUCH support out there for you. Stay positive and don't let it get you down.

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    Comment number 126.

    Good thing he lives in a place where he can get medication that actually helps with this awful condition. Yes I'm referring to a illegal plant. But I suppose in even if didn't chose that he has the money for Sativex as well which is just a mouth spray of the exact same plant for MS (In the UK no one I've known with MS can afford this medication as the NHS will not pay GW Pharma's extreme costs)

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