June 18th, 2012
03:16 PM ET
New father Jack Osbourne has been hit with devastating news just as he's easing into parenthood.
The 26-year-old son of rock legend Ozzy Osbourne, who welcomed daughter Pearl in April, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis just a few weeks after Pearl's birth, as he reveals in a new interview with Hello! magazine.
"The timing was so bad," Jack told the magazine. "I'd just had a baby, work was going great ... I kept thinking, 'Why now?'"
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, and according to Hello!, it was an episode in which Jack lost most of the vision in his right eye that led him to seek treatment. The diagnosis has his parents questioning how this could happen, with his mother Sharon wondering if it could be attributed to something she did during pregnancy.
"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," she said to Hello!.
Jack, however, has adopted an optimistic outlook, with help from his "super supportive" fiancee (and the mother of his daughter), Lisa Stelly.
"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."
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Jack is speaking out about his diagnosis to raise awareness for MS, and his sister Kelly Osbourne tweeted some words of support for him on Monday. “Please support my brother @mrjacko in not only his bravery but honesty! i love you so much jack & I'm so proud of you!"
Her brother is taking those words, as well as the supportive sentiments from others, to heart.
"Thank you all so much for the kind and inspirational words," he tweeted Monday. "It means a lot."
He's also expected to appear on his mother's CBS daytime show "The Talk" on Wednesday.
“He’s great, he’s doing really, really good and I want to thank everyone for all their texts and goodwill and love they send to us," Sharon said on the show Monday.
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