Just a few months after the birth of his first child, Jack Osbourne announced that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,
The son of rocker Ozzy Osbourne became a dad for the first time in April of this year, when his fiancee, Lisa Stelly, gave birth to a daughter – Pearl Clementine.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects the nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), hindering balance, vision, and muscle movement. Some sufferers have only mild symptoms, while some others become seriously disabled.
So far, Jack has dealt with a 60% loss of vision in his right eye.
In an interview with Hello magazine, Jack said, “While I was waiting for the final results, I got really, really angry. Then 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.”
His parents have both commented on their grief. Sharon said, “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.” Ozzy further remarked that if it had been him, it would have made sense, but his son is such a good boy that he doesn’t deserve the pain.
Jack’s motto of “Adapt and Overcome” has become a hash tag on his Twitter posts regarding any message of positivity he can share with fans. He hopes that by speaking publicly about his disease he can raise awareness and support for fellow MS sufferers.