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 184.

    My heart goes out to Jack and I love the adapt and overcome attitude xx
    My heart goes out to Ozzy and Sharon too, as I know exactly what they are going through as parents; my 23 year old daughter was diagnosed last year. We live in hope for a cure and research to be able to prevent it occurring to others.

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    Comment number 183.

    In the end, it's all about your family and health. Fame, schmame; money schmoney. Chin up Jack O.

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    Comment number 182.

    kerri's journey is very well documented on this linkhttp://www.youtube.com/user/kezzcass/videos

    good luck jack and always think out side the box

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    Comment number 181.

    It's a horrible disease - as are so many others, if the "fame" that Jack has brings the attention of this disease to the forefront of news and that has a positive effect on giving which encourages more research, it can never be considered a bad thing. It wont harm anything either, if anything his drive and zest for life will doubtless encourage many not to give up when struck in a similar manner.

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    Comment number 180.

    jack so sorry but you will live a full life as much as your body will alow
    you to you have a loving family pluss you have money i will 69 next month am very poorly in my heath i have tried to get into a residental care home but no money only my state pension so its a no no for me
    i cried when i heard of what you have got but young man i wish you well
    god bless you and yours..

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    Comment number 179.

    The BBC is right to report this if only because it alerts people to what a horrible disease MS is and how it can strike apparently fit and healthy young people. If someone in the public eye has a serious health issue it does help educate people.Love her or hate her Jade Goody's public stance on cervical cancer encouraged more screening and Michael J Fox has raised awareness of Parkinson's disease.

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    Comment number 178.

    Sorry to hear about this Jack, but remember you have already done more in your life so far than most of us would do in two lifetimes.

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    Comment number 177.

    One of the main problems with MS is that it is unique to everyone who has it, there are no two identical cases. That means the medication/treatment has to be tailored to the individual. There is no blanket treatment for it. And many of the treatments exist to alleviate the symptoms, not the disease itself because there is no cure. That's why I'm always wary of these DIY fixes and so should you.

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    Comment number 176.

    I now feel very much for Jack as my mum suffers from M.S. from her 30's and I have seen how it progresses! Not too bad in the early stages but later speech and nerves and the spoon feeding and complete disability and stuck in a wheel chair for the rest of her life, though i hope it doesn't be that severe for Jack as M.S. is different for everyone!

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    Comment number 175.

    Glad to see coverage of MS. I hope he will choose to use his celebrity to discuss the needs arising from it and to raise awareness. We need public consensus to encourage Obama's increase in healthcare provision in the US and to prevent withdrawal of support and financing for MS sufferers in the UK.

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    Comment number 174.

    I wish the very best. I am not an MS sufferer, but did need assistance from neurologists once, and saw some MS sufferers. I could see it was a terrible debilitating illness.

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    Comment number 173.

    I'm an MS sufferer as well - same initial eye problem.

    Although I have been relapsing/remitting for over 15 years now my MS hasn't advanced at all really. I also have high blood pressure (what luck :-) and take a drug called "Lisinopril" for it.

    Reading reports on the web it seems that it Lisinopril *may* have very beneficial effects on MS....

    Google it - could help....

    All the best Jack.

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    Comment number 172.

    Thank you for your comments on this story. A number of you have posted comments discussing treatment and theories. The comments on this story are there purely to raise debate around the topic of MS and they should not be seen as professional advice.

    It is worth noting the following statement from Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the MS Society: 'MS is most commonly diagnosed in people in their 20s and 30s. There's no cure for MS, so dealing with a diagnosis can be tough - but there is lots of help and support out there for people like Jack, including help from the MS Society, which means many people with the condition go on to live full lives.'

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    Comment number 171.

    My mum has MS. I've always had to care for her, ever since I can remember. Yes. Its worth front page news. It raises awareness. Enough said.

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    Comment number 170.

    very sad to here about this. lot of good info on this site did good more good than all the docs ms society ect. the ldn is doing my wife a lot of good

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    Comment number 169.

    I have seen what MS can do, my mum has it and now i am being tested for it too as my vision has decreased suddenly. Although its terrible that Jack has been diagnosed with it, i believe it can only help people like him who suffer. He will raise awareness of it and show people just how it can effect everyday living. You feel like youve gone 10 rounds with mike tyson just after walking for 2 mins!

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    Comment number 168.

    This is sad news, I wish Jack the best of luck.

    Going by some of the comments here I'm surprised how many "experts" in MS therapy there are!

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    Comment number 166.

    It's possible to control MS by following a Paleo diet, and was the only option after Dr Terry Wahls MD tried all drugs available to her. Since then her condition has improved incredibly, see the video from TED Talks Iowa where she discusses what worked. Rheumatoid arthritis & other autoimmune diseases can be controlled in the same way, our modern diets are to blame for many of these diseases.

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    Comment number 165.

    Secretbanker, it might not be such a bad idea if they did do do another reality show as it might raise awarness of MS. Some conditions are sadly overlooked and not put into the public eye enough. Therefore, someone in a position to promote a particular condition can only be positive.


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