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 164.

    So sad to hear this. Keep positive. Get strength from your amazing family.

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    Comment number 162.

    Maybe now people with MS etc. etc. etc. will have a prayer of proper treatment in the UK.
    Fingers crossed - that's all we have.

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    Comment number 161.

    Comment 145 did not break your house rules yet it has been withdrawn, in answer to a previous comment criticising others who offer their own view and sought to denigrate such pple. I pointed out this forum was one where people are can express opinions both pro and con and the BBC an institution allowing fair expression of views. I can see they are not if they felt such a statement is out of order!

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    Comment number 160.

    Like so many others commenting below, I had the MS symptoms in my twenties and was properly diagnosed with an MRI scan in my mid 30s. It is the benign form and has progressively destroyed my hearing nerves but friends, family, and my IT clients have been very understanding over the years. I am now 65 and retired, still playing golf occasionally and thankful for sub titles on TV! Chin up Jack

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    Comment number 159.

    I know this will sound unsympathetic, but it is my hope that the prominence of Jack Osbourne, in fact the entire Osbourne Family, will draw more badly needed attention & money to MS research.
    In the meantime, be well as you can, Jack, and prosper.

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    Comment number 158.

    I have worked as a carer for an MS suffered for a number of years so my heart goes out to Jack. Such diseases are a real test of character. There will be many dark moments in the years ahead, but I hope that with his own strength and the support of his family he will keep fighting. In my experience mind over matter is just as important as a medical diagnosis.

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    Comment number 157.

    My heart goes out to you Jack but i'm positive you will overcome this and not let it hold you back in anyway. Thankyou so much for speaking out as by doing so i'm sure you can raise vital awareness of this disease and provide support for many others.

    I wish all the best for you and your family.

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    Comment number 156.

    I have ms also and the worst is to have all these drugs pushed on him..they don't work..he needs to look into if he has ccsvi and get the treatment done since he is newly diagnosed...I would stay away from the ms society they have proven they are not into a cure being found..I hope the mss doesn't try to use this family because of who they are..

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    Comment number 155.

    Let's hope the family aren't persuaded to turn it into a tasteless reality show to 'raise awareness' of the disease.

    Our thought's are with you and your family.

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    Comment number 154.

    Hi. I have MS, was diagnosed 2 years ago and after having 4 relapses in the first year, I am now on Tysabri and for 1 year I have had no relapses and i finally feel like a normal 31 year old still with a career. Its amazing how little people know MS, and the misconceptions people have. There should be greater awareness, and that the majority of people diagnosed are OUR age and not old people!!!

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    Comment number 153.

    I always think its a shame that it takes a high profile figure to create awareness of these things. I understand though that this is how humans respond. We respond to publicity, whether and how we react is controlled by the publicity of something. It could be anything - illness, politics, advertising, whatever. I wish humans had a bit more initiative.

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    Comment number 152.

    Auto-immune disease is ever more common and often seriously disabling.
    I have a cousin with MS, friends with type 1 diabetes, my wife's mother has rhumatoid arthritis and my wife is hypothyroid. Thankfully the latter can be managed but is often badly handled by the medical profession.
    All share some sort of issue with immune system genes, but research progress is horribly slow. Condolences Jack

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    Comment number 150.

    My heart goes out to the Osbournes, ( I used to watch that there show on MTV all the time ) I know with the right meds and the right treatment Jack will be good as new. or even better. I don't feel Ozzys years of drug abuse had any thing to do with jack being diagnosed with MS but then again I could be wrong . Just get better Jack -God's speed to you

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    Comment number 148.

    I agree there is awful lot of times when the Beeb prints nonsensical stories.

    This is not one of them.

    I've never watched one of this guys shows but on the odd occaision I've seen him on TV, he does come across as a genuinely good bloke.

    Fair play to him going public and I do think this is one of those times where a 'celebrity' is doing good.

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    Comment number 147.

    #122 You don't find this news story fascinating so why react to it? A MS diagnosis is life-changing & unlike some cancers that can be cured with chemo etc, you will live with MS for the rest of your life not knowing when you will end up in a wheelchair or need a carer 24/4. Fair play to the Osbournes & I hope they will raise the MS profile as too many people don't know a thing about it.

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    Comment number 146.

    Hi,i was diagnosed with ms when i was 19yrs old,i have never allowed it 2 botha me & always lived life 2 the full...iv had 3 wonderful children...av always stayed active ,i walkfor miles with my dog every single day......my motto in life ,wat will be will be...& nothing will change it.... had a few realy bad attacks.......blindness..... am 60yrs old now & never looked back stay strong...

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