It was recently revealed that Jack Osbourne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, also known as MS. Despite the devastating news, Osbourne remains optimistic.
When Osbourne received the news of being diagnosed with MS he stated, “I got really sad for about two days, and after that I realized, being angry and upset is not going to do anything at this point—if anything it’s only going to make it worse. ‘Adapt and overcome’ is my new motto.”
MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms can vary depending on the person. MS symptoms can affect muscle control, vision and thinking.
Symptoms of MS came about for Osbourne when he started to lose vision stating, “I couldn’t see what was in front of me.” Osbourne lost 80 percent of his vision in his right eye.
In a recent emotional interview with People Magazine, Osbourne along with his mother Sharon Osbourne, opened up about the diagnosis. Jack told the magazine, “Mum took it really quite hard…My uncle on her side has MS and, the way my mum is, she thinks that somehow it’s her fault. Both my parents were handling it way worse than I was. They were pretty shaken up about the whole thing.”
Sharon went on The Talk on Monday to discuss the diagnosis and burst into tears, “He's great, he's doing really really good…I want to thank everyone for your good will and messages ... It's been amazing for Jack, because I really believe that vibes and prayer help. And what I'm doing right now is not helping, because I'm just feeling sorry for myself, and that is no good. So we have to think positively and get on with this show that we love.”
By Tuesday, when she sat down with Conan O’Brien, her spirits seemed more lifted and upbeat, “It’s actually been a month and we kept it to ourselves for a month…He’s actually doing amazing, he is so strong and positive…my son will conquer!”
Ozzy, Jack’s father and famous hard rocker, praised his son’s strength throughout the ordeal, “Jack is keeping a positive attitude…he’s handled it much better than I would have…He’s a very strong kid.”
Jack is taking medications and changing his diet to a healthier regimen to help combat the MS symptoms. Last month he and his fiancée gave birth to their daughter, April Clementine.