Jack Osbourne on MS diagnosis: Adapt and overcome
June 18th, 2012
03:16 PM ET

Jack Osbourne on MS diagnosis: Adapt and overcome

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."

Ozzy Osbourne's son has MS

CNN Sr. Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen talks about the disease and how it could affect Osbourne's daily life.

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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  1. Bubbly

    Do Qi Xong every day & breathing/meditation to relax your mind and body. Remember that your body is always repairing itself and it's goal is always optimum health. Yoga is great exercise that is not over-excitable to the brain, just the reverse. Keep your outlook positive, especially when you are not, your brain will change itself: Evolve Your Brain, by Joe Dispensa - a great book. Lots of Love & Peace.

    June 29, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SKY

    FACT: EVERYONE IS GOING TO GET A HIT, NO ONE ESCAPES IMPERFECTION.
    SOON ALL SICKNESS WILL BE GONE....ONE DAY SOON.

    June 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. writerone876

    When I first heard about Jack Osbourne and his MS diagnosis earlier last week I have to admit I couldn't believe it. Jack has changed so much over the years as a person that I would have never expected anything like this to happen to a guy like him. He has really had to prove himself over the years to the point that by doing so he really did achieve this type of make over of a new and improved him which so many people were just amazed by! To sum it up he really did look like he just "grew up" where as going back to the beginning he wasn't really all that young to begin with. You can tell however he just wanted to be looked at in a different light and a different way. This was one of the main reasons as to why my respect for him grew even more so when I saw the transformation he had made. The fact that he now has MS does not really make me think any less of him and I say that in regards to the fact that I don't think something like this will hold him down or better yet just completely and utterly ruin his life forever. It is something which he will have to deal with but at the same time it does not mean that this is the end for him. I'm sorry that Jack has MS and I wish this never even happened, but at the same time Jack has been doing some pretty inspirational things with his life, his family, and now of course his new family! With that being said I think we will see Mr. Jack Osbourne once again show us all just what it takes in order to succeed and be prosperous in this world we live in! God bless you Jack and you will always have my humble support!

    June 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Irene

    This morning on CNN as they where talking about Jack having MS, some "Expert" [she did not sound like one] made the Disease sound like a Cakewalk. And maybe for some poeple with MS it is, if they are lucky',get diagnosed after the first Symptoms appear. Some of us are not that lucky, I was diagnost when turning 50 with Primary Progressive MS. Only 10% of all MS patients have that form , for wich there is NO TREATMENT. Just want to speak up for that 10%. This "Expert " did not seem know anything about that us.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. D

    I first got strange symptoms 30 years ago but it took a lot of specialist appointments and a lot of years to get a probable diagnosis. MS is kind of a mystery disease and though some of us are more aware of the rapidly advancing type publicized in a few famous people, symptom severity can vary from one incident, never to happen again, to progression that leaves lasting damage.

    I look healthy and my main problems are balance and fatigue, but even they can be tolerated.

    My advice to Jack and family? The disease may turn out to be very mild so don't get all worked up about the diagnosis yet. Jack, try to get enough sleep and avoid stress as much as possible. Heat will probably bother you, so stay in air conditioned rooms as much as possible in the summer. I, like many others, take Vitamin D. I don't use any prescription medications because the possible side effects seem worse than my symptoms.

    I wish Jack well and hope his symptoms are mild. Am I always feeling great? No. But I'm okay.

    June 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ozzy Osbourne

    Jack, I'm not, you know, when I, he does, getting high and, all the bs in my life. Sharon, my life isn't, me and Nikki Sixx snorting a line of ants. Problems, future. I'm not, I'm not, I don't know.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jana

    Jack Osbourne MS

    June 20, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. VSM

    Now Vaughan Merrick in New York finally has something in common with Osbourne!!!

    June 19, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CS

    I was diagnosed with MS 5 years ago. When first diagnosed I felt like my world was ending. You wonder "why Me?". You worry about your future, as there is no blueprint to follow with MS, can I have kids, will I pass it onto my kids, will I go blind, will I be in a wheelchair, can I afford my shots, etc., etc., etc. Luckily, with a family who loves and supports you it lessens your fear. When you have relapses all of the old feelings come back full force, but you tackle they relapses as instructed by your doctor. You hope that you will regain feeling, sight, etc. It is a disease that doesn't get as much of the spotlight as others, and hopefully someday they will find a cure. Until then, people need to know they are alone and the feelings they have are justified, but try to keep your spirits high and with the guidance of a wonderful neurologist and support of family you will get through it. I always try to say, I have MS, MS doesn't have me.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • CS

      Sorry for the type-0...I meant NOT ALONE.

      June 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seamusgirl

      You are so right...I enjoyed the typo though. :)

      June 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jolgar

      His mother is such a megalomaniac, that she automatically thought it's all about her. Rather than concentrating on her son, she's making statement about what she could have done wrong. Sharon – again – this is NOT ABOUT YOU!!!!

      June 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Epetedo

      Sorry that you have MS.
      I read one article about MS; it was about one doctor who found out that the right food, with a lot of fruits, vegetables, fish, no fat, low calories, does a lot to maybe not totally heal , but goes a long way to alleviate sufferings and relapses.

      June 20, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Jo

      Good for you! Ignore the typical, ignorant pigs you always find on here, that find it humorous to make fun, or make just plain, stupid comments.

      June 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. krg

    9 years with MS. I swam 245,000 meters so far this year, and have mostly sensory symptoms. MS varies from person to person, but it is the fear and unpredictability of the next attack that is the worst for me. However, MS showed me to live each day to the fullest and appreciate that I have a family that is there to support me in this journey. In a way, I am grateful to MS for the lessons I have learned. I pray Jack has a mild course of the disease and learns that there is so much good he can do as a public figure, for others and himself with this disease. I wish him the very best.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the_dude

    I dont feel that bad for him. He is rich and can afford the best medical care and a staff of 100 slaves to do all the work. His day to day life wont change much and if he goes blind he can hire someone to chenge channels on the rtemote.

    June 19, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      You really are an impotent, envious hateful em effer.

      June 19, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret

      I HOPE YOU NEVER GET SICK...SHUT UP.

      June 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • MARGARET/CORRECTION

      I HOPE YOU NEVER HAVE THE EXPERIENCE OF BEING SIICK..DUMB FOOK

      June 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seamusgirl

      EWWWW what is that smell? Oh, yeah, a Troll. Step away from the computer a moment Slappy and wash up before your next pizza arrives. Dont forget to have your Mommy get you Code Red Mountain Dew...

      June 20, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wrathtard

    Jack, I know you read these comments so listen closely. Don't listen to the idiots here who leverage your medical condition to further their weird dietary, cannabis or comedy agendas. Anybody who writes comments expecting you to actually read this is a fool, including me.

    Oh, free erotic web cams, just search Craig's List and The Koran.

    That is all.

    June 19, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. MrsRue

    As someone who also suffers from a chronic ilness, I feel very bad for Jack, and his family. However, he echoed something I always say myself: "Improvise, adapt". It is all we can do.
    It isn't anything his mother did. It just happens.

    June 19, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Fabian

    Jack you have no clue who i am, but we have something in common, i have m/s and i felt just like you did in the beginning, just follow your neurologist orders, and you'll be just fine, remember you have m/s but m/s doesn't have you, good luck my m/s brother.....

    Read more: http://www.eonline.com/news/jack_osbourne_diagnosed_with_multiple/324033#ixzz1yFRSJwhT

    June 19, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jill

    Please tell the Obama Thugs to stop terrorizing Medical Marijuana Patients.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  16. NoWai

    I'm sure it's easier to "adapt and overcome" when you're rolling around in piles and piles of cash. Much like HIV/AIDS, the cure appears to be a direct infusion of hard currency into the bloodstream.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mrs. Graham

      Well, I am about as poor as a churchmouse, but I also use "improvise, adapt, overcome" as a motto. It is what one has to do in life anyway, but those of us with a terminal illness know this in a way that some people will never understand.
      Sounds like sour grapes. I would feel bad for anyone with MS, whatever their wealth, age or appeal.

      June 19, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  17. whocares

    Who cares, there are lot of other people in US, who suffer from MS. Just because he is son osbourne, the whole family is junky. I don't feel bad for him at all, deal with it like other people in US who are suffering from MS

    June 19, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Center of Thought

      Wow...you're an idiot. Deal with that...

      June 19, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • S

      Publicizing a story like this brings attention to the disease which in turn could increase research funding that could help others who have MS.

      June 19, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • m

      GEE S. ... WE WOULD HAVE NEVER FIGURED THAT ONE OUT. DUH

      June 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Bill

    ---–> Vitamin D. Check it.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
    • afish

      I've participated in several published articles on MS and through research have found that VITAMIN D3 is a major factor in MS. If you live in a place that doesn't get a lot of sunlight, like the Pacific Northwest for example, make sure you get your Vitamin D levels checked and take some daily!!!

      June 22, 2012 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Nora

    I wish him all the best. My father was diagnosed with MS when I was 1 year old and he managed to live through the next 25 years enjoying every single day.And those were the days when there were almost no treatments for MS. One of my best friends also has MS and thanks for medical treatments, since she was diagnosed she hasn't had any episodes or attacks of any kind and goes with her life normally raising two children. Lets hope a cure for this terrible disease is on the way.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  20. Goodstuff

    MS LAWL. It's hilarious that America still fights this. Why not just use a simple out-patient procedure that we do in Europe?

    June 19, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Mo

      You realize he lives in the UK, right?

      June 19, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Tami

      Whatprocedure is that? Also the diet soda thing is NOT at all mimicking MS. That stuff doesnt leave plaque on your nerve cells, it doesnt eat away the fatty subtance of your nerves (conducting material). Also bee stings DONT WORK. As for being told, "you look so well" or something like that is EASILY answerable. You say THANK YOU and be done with it. BUT you want a good giggle is when some people think you are one of "Jerry's Kids". I never laughed so hard in my life when a sweet old lady asked me that.

      June 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  21. nixliberals

    His parents behavior is not to blame. This is simple genetics gone wrong, as with a million others with MS. Fortunately for him, though is the fact that he has unlimited access to the very best medical care, he does not have to worry about supporting his family financially, I'm quite sure he has life insurance policies in place well before his diagnosis, he can travel anywhere in the world for new and promising therapies. His probability of outliving this deadly disease before it kills him by DNA manipulation and stem cell therapy are great. Good luck, Jack. A friend of mine's father had MS and lived over 30 years with it without any of these benefits, as well as having to eventually get divorced so the state would pay for his medical care without drowning his family financially.

    June 19, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Aida

      Actually, the kids are lucky to have had up to this point reasonable normal health considering the fact that the father has taken so many drug trips, some from which he's still not back!

      June 19, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  22. Carolrose

    Multilple sclerosis is not a funny matter. It makes me cringe to read the immature comments posted; they have no idea of the real world and what may lie ahead for them.

    June 19, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  23. Linda

    Sadly there are comments that are truly disgusting! I hope that you have a long, happy, healthy life with your new family. With the mean comments people write may they never have to experience what you are going through because with their negativity it will surely come back to haunt them.

    June 19, 2012 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  24. Jenny

    Parents abuse their bodies and then are relieved when their babies are born normal. Sometimes it just takes time for unhealthy habits in the womb to catch up. One look at him tells me he had better take better care of himself. He is way to large for such a young guy.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  25. josh

    It is funny how Ozzie's kids are all butt ugly but Gene Simmon's kids could all be models.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Margeaux

      I think he looks like a werewolf.

      June 19, 2012 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Che Lopez

      Some of you are so cruel. Are you lonely and angry and can't say anything nice? or better yet...
      say nothing at all.

      June 19, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  26. >^

    @WaitWhat? lol

    June 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mohatmet Hussein

      You must repeat Allah's words to him 5 times a day. You must cover your women and not educate them. You must dress like the Prophet and have a beard. You must curse everyone not like us. It is Allah's will.

      June 18, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • dean

      I'll bet he drinks diet soda's, and a symptom of allergic reaction to aspartame, an artificial sweetener, is a mimic of MS.

      June 19, 2012 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
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      “Thank you all so much for the kind
      and inspirational words,” he tweeted
      Monday. “It means a lot.”

      June 19, 2012 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  27. Mohatmet Hussein

    Allah has cursed another American for not following the Prophet Muhammad's teachings. Soon, he will curse everyone, including any muslim that doesn't follow my beliefs. It is so.

    June 18, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ladydi

      Shut that hole in your face, you muslim idi0t........... I know muslim who have MS and who get on their magic carpet 5 times a day to pray – your great and wonderful Allah is useless.

      June 19, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Vad

      Too funny. I am assuming your your post is just to be funny. A play on the movie Dictator perhaps. How about this as an added jest. If you convert now, you will get your own cave filled with porn!! The first 10 converts will get a framed picture of Osama Bin Laden!!! I am on a roll today!

      June 19, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      ...and that is why 85% of Americans think all Muslims are crazy! Wow...judge not, or be judged yourself.

      June 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Michael Calaizzo/Calaizzo HVAC

    he will be strong!

    June 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Very sad ... but you have to admit that many do not think about the consecuences about drinking and doing drugs .... on the other hand, it may not have to do with any of that .... just bad luck.

      June 18, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Michael Calaizzo

    He will beat this illness.

    June 18, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Just sayin'

    He actually looks normal in that picture.

    June 18, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evolved One

      Those who have MS cringe when they hear remarks like "oh, you look so good considering...." or "you look great" – the latter remark translating to" what do you mean there is something wrong with you no way man you look fine to me". Those remarks can be quite vexing to someone with MS....do your research on this ailment and you will find that there are many varieties of MS with varying degrees of severity but one symptom that we all share is extreme fatigue which may not be all that apparent to the casual or intimate observer.

      June 19, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Seamusgirl

      :). we arent exactly assigned a walker and cane when diagnosed. Actually most of us look very normal , but others are used to the images of those w/ Progressive MS like Annette Funicello and the Late Great Richard Pryor. Alot of us with MS do look "just fine/normal/well" . We may feel like poopy on the inside (fatigue) but we dont necessarily show outward signs if we are not in an exacerbation (cant wait for the trolls to play on THAT word).

      June 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Lonnie

    That's really sad. His Dad did a lot of drugs and I have to wander.

    June 18, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  32. S

    Hi Jack, First, congratulations on your baby girl. I have a friend who was diagnosed with MS in his 30s. It came on fast and was pretty bad. He went on a macrobiotic diet and has beaten the disease completely. As he now says, 'it's not just that I don't have symptoms any more, I DON'T have MS'. You can beat it. I wish you all the best; you're one of my favorite guys, ever!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • David J

      It is great the Osborne’s have the necessary resources to get treatment – the kind of treatment many folks wouldn't be able to afford. The disease effects people so different, some people can find treatments that "cure" their symptoms. Let's hope the Osborne’s bring the same attention to this disease as Michael J Fox brought to Parkinson’s disease. The entire Osborne family is in my prayers!

      June 18, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • WaitWhat?

      You know he's not reading this right?

      June 18, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tami

      That is great, but I wish that worked for everyone like that ...especially kids.

      June 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • MARGARET

      I HAVE A FRIEND WHO'S A PH.D AND SAID YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO CONTROL IT BUT YOUR NEVER REALLY OUT OF IT.– KEEP QUIET AND GET YOUR REFERENCES STRAIGHT BEFORE OPENING YOU MOUTH.

      June 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  33. duckie

    what did i do wrong? sharon osbourne, really? look who jack's father is! LOL. nothing, you did nothing wrong.....jack osbourne looks as though he's missing a few essential pieces of the puzzle.

    June 18, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Gouda

    Galafanakis better lay off the sauce...

    June 18, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Tami

    Also, WHEN IS IT A GOOD TIME? LOL!!!

    June 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Tami

    Jack, I feel that pain. I had just turned 34 two weeks before an exacerbation that made me numb on my entire left side happened. Yup, Happy Birthday Kid you have MS. Oh well, considering I thought I had a stroke (heavy smoker then), I considered myself blessed. I now have kids too and while I am not a park denizen in the summers, I have a good time being a mom. It will be fine. You will see. Also, remember better us than a 9 or 10 year old child (that happens too often too).

    June 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |

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