Jack Osbourne diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
Monday 18 June 2012
Two months after his partner Lisa Stelly gave birth to their daughter Pearl Clementine, Jack Osbourne has announced he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Speaking for the first time about the diagnosis, he told a magazine that he discovered he had the disease after he lost 60% of the vision in his right eye. Jack told the magazine he became hugely emotional while waiting for the result of tests, 'The timing was so bad. I'd just had a baby, work was going great - I kept thinking, "Why now?"
The former reality TV star turned dare-devil, 26, continued “I realised, being angry and upset is not going to do anything at this point - if anything it's only going to make it worse.” Osbourne explains that he has since gotten a new outlook on life, “Adapt and overcome' is my new motto.”
His fiancée Lisa Stelly, 26, told the magazine that she knew Jack would need to make lifestyle changes "He will have to change his life for the better – get healthier, not get stressed – so I feel like this could almost be a blessing in disguise”.
Jack’s parents, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne have also spoken out about their struggle to come to terms with son Jack’s illness, with both even blaming themselves. Ozzy, 63, explained 'If it was me, you'd think: "Ozzy had a reputation and it caught up with him," but Jack is such a good guy.'
Sharon, 59, also added 'I keep thinking, "What did I do wrong? What did I eat or drink when I was pregnant?" I feel like it's somehow my fault.’
Jack tweeted a kind message of thank you to his fans once the news became public 'Thank you all somuch for the kind and inspirational words. It means a lot. #adaptandovercome.'
Multiple Sclerosis affects nerve cells, both in the brain and spinal cord, and can reduce life expectancy by as much as 10 years. There is currently no known cure for the disease.
Osbourne now hopes to raise more awareness for MS, which affects over 1,000 people in Britain including DJ Scott Mills and JLS star Oritse Williams.