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Jack Osbourne: Diagnosed with MS

By Daryl H. Bryant (471 words)
Posted in MS Book News on June 21, 2012

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Jack Osbourne, the son of famed rock start Ozzy Osbourne, was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Just two weeks after his first child, Pearl Clemtine, was born, Jack was told by doctors he had the autoimmune disease.

At age 26, Osbourne learned of his condition when he finally decided to get checked out by doctors after losing 60% of his vision in his right eye. It turns out that two years prior to his diagnosis he remembers losing feeling of one of his legs for a two month period. Osbourne speaks of his diagnosis by saying, “I was pissed off because so many good things in my life were happening.”

As many MS patients know, MS is not only a personal battle but a battle your family, friends, and support systems fight as well. Jack’s mother, Sharon Osbourne, teared up when talking about her son’s diagnosis on her CBS talk show, “The Talk.”

Jack Osbourne talks of his initial thoughts of being sad and depressed a few days after hearing the news. He has since had a positive attitude explaining, “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.”

Needless to say, Jack Osbourne is a famous face across the country and much of the globe, so it will be interesting to see if he uses his celebrity status to spread awareness of MS.

If you were a celebrity diagnosed with MS, how would you especially raise MS awareness?

In my book, MS – Living Symptom Free, I speak about dealing with the news of being diagnosed with MS, keeping a positive attitude, finding a support system, and much more!


Jack Osbourne was fired from his reality show job because the company did not feel like he could perform the job with MS. This upsets me so much but Jack said on his mom's show The Talk, "Don't tell me what I can and cannot do!". Good for you Jack! As a fellow MS patient who is very active, I KNOW YOU COULD DO IT!!! Keep up the positive attitude. You're doing amazing and you're an inspiration to us all. I'd like to wish your family and especially your mom Sharon Osbourne for being your support system!

Jack, please reach out to me and I would love to send you and your mom a copy of my book!

Comments (26)

Cyndi Himes posted on: June 25, 2012

I was diagnosed in February 1997 at the age of 27. As a parent with 2 small children at the time, I can understand Jack& 39;s initial feelings! I wasn& 39;t able to see, feel my left side, nor could I sit up because my dizziness was so bad! I spent 15 days in the hospital . 4 days for diagnoses and the other 11 to get 1,000mg of steroids pumped in my veins daily. Depression is one of my hardest battles because I am a financial burden . Jack, hang in there! You have a world (literally) of support ! Hang in there!!!

KATIE DAVIS posted on: June 26, 2012

AGE 42

Heidi posted on: June 26, 2012

It& 39;s not what happens to you, it& 39;s what you do about it.

Louise Mesaros posted on: June 29, 2012

I have fought MS for 20 years. Jack, you can do this! I had a small child, lost all the eyesight in my left eye (Never came back) and I have had every symdom over the years at one time of another. I am on Beta for almost 20 yrs and it has been a life saver---this is wahy I'm still walking. Yes, I won't lie it's hard at times but I do it. I fight with the insurance companies daily to cover meds and still pay high rates & co-pays. Sometimes I must choose between buying extra groceries or getting meds. I am now a 1st time grandmother and I take care of the baby M-F for my daughter & her husband. If I can fight MS you can. My prayers are with you & your family. YOU CAN DO THIS JACK!!!

patricia murphy posted on: June 29, 2012

hi jack ,dont listen to anyone telling you you cant do something ,i have ms too and i keep moving on ,a positive mind is beautiful,and try help other people instead of the focus on us .di you hear about the drug called ldn ,its low dose naltrexone ,its very cheap and works really good for me ,its not fda appproved of course ,because it is inexpencive and their is not enough money to do a big trial on it ,but check it out ,its in pill form and you just take 3mg per day .good luck in the future and move on and be strong
trish xxxx

Shana posted on: July 1, 2012

I also have MS and understand what it is like. I think its a load of crap that they fired Jack for having MS but in reality it happens more often then people know about its sad. I hope that this will bring attention to others to help and knowing a more famous face has MS to bring attention to this disease and that it is not right to judge anyone because of a disease is wrong. I wish Jack and the Osborn family the best wishes and keep a positive attitude it will help. God Bless and keep your chin up...

Sandra J Christian posted on: July 1, 2012

Jack Stay Positive ! I was Diagnosed in 1995 , We had Just Got our first home , Since Then I stayed working for another 10yrs , Had a wonderful Son to add to the other 4 kids I have , Cared For My Disabled Husband ,and Home Until He Passed in 2002, Stayed working until I found Out My Heart Was Failing ,,But After Proper treatment For That and Continuing My M.S. Treatments , I now Have A part time job to help pay the bills my disability payments don,t cover and I& 39;m enjoying My 9 yes 9 Grandchildren I may have lost My husband ,my Mother, and My Home , But The love and support Of My Fantastic children ,And a Positive outlook Even My Doctors are Amazed , And Did I mention I& 39;m only 48 yrs old LOL YOU WILL OVERCOME ! Thank You for allowing Me to Share My Story Best Of Luck , Sandy

Sandra J Christian posted on: July 1, 2012

Just one other thing If they wanted reality on the show M.S. is Reality Its Invisible But VERY REAL My Prayers are With You and your family Stay Positive , Stay Strong I had all your sighs plus pain , and still do at times but due your research and find the best treatment for You , and it will Help ! God Bless Thank You Again Sandy

Jon posted on: July 1, 2012

Be a force to be reckoned with, Jack. I remember when I was first diagnosed, I had the eye problem (thought it was too much video game playing, but it never went away). Left eye was blurred out and if I saw someone straight on, it would go double. Anyways, I remember the depression, especially how I walked with a limp for some time and thought "this is it for me, this is it". But, as I clearly know, it is a long and harsh road ahead, but you have to know how to stroll along with it. Like Rocky Balboa said "It's not about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and KEEP MOVING FORWARD!"

You will have your good days and your bad, but do not think it is the end.

Sandryseu Rivers posted on: July 1, 2012

I was diagnosed almost a year ago,and relocated
From NYC to Virginia Beach. I have been on numerous
Interviews and still unemployed. I feel that employers
Should stop looking at us like a plague and give
Us a chance, just because we have MS doesn& 39;t mean we can& 39;t continue
To live normal lives. Some of us go years with this
Disease and no symptoms , we are all individuals
And the disease effects us all differently , let us
Show you what we are and are not capable of
Doing. Give us a Fair Chance!!!! :) Good Luck Jack We Are Fighting With You

Elizabeth Newton posted on: July 1, 2012

I had almost exactly the same thinghappen about 30 years ago. I will be 60 on my next birthday. Since my diagnosis I had my 4th child, got my BS with honors, worked steadily for the last 11 years, got remarried, work as a volunteer with several domestic violence groups, and have travelled extensively. Hang in there Jack! There's a ot of life left to live.

Susan Lovelace posted on: July 1, 2012

I will be 57..and was just recently diagnosed..same time as Jack. Guess i had for years,.A MRI and tests to rule out other things made it conclusive.The overall best THERAPY is to continue to keep our minds and bodies as busy as use all of the abilities we have..and to not just commit being uncapable... People out there need to understand --"we are not dead...we have feelings and truely need positive people to surround us..not those to turn their backs on us" Good Luck Jack... those that thought you werent good enough now...need a reality

Carmine Pimpinella posted on: July 1, 2012

I was diag in 2004 and just recently quit work---it was my choice. No one can or should tell you what you are capable of doing. Were you doing your job 10 mins before you told them you had MS? What changed in 10 mins? Look at Ziggy from Laverne &Shirley ( oops may be before your time. Iwas on rebeif and switched to Tysbria, 4 yrs ago, best decision I made. You will be fine, you have a great support system. I would get another job and show them what they lost.
GoodLuck & enjoy your baby.

David Austin posted on: July 1, 2012

Jack, I love your attitude! I know it wasn't easy when you got the diagnosis or when you were let go. But don't ever let it get you down and never let them (or who it was that fired you) see you down! To quote Clint Eastwood: "Don't give the pricks the satisfaction." We know you can do this, you're already doing it. I know you don't know me and I don't know you, but I'm proud of you and how you're handling the whole deal. I was diagnosed in '05, I'm married, have 5 kids and I work full-time. Easy? No. Is it for anybody? No. But you have a great support group and I'm confident you'll do well. Peace to you and your family.

Cindy herman posted on: July 1, 2012

I teach 4th grade full time and am a mom, i was afraid to tell my boss but
had to because i couldnt take the heat. She gave me nothing but love and support
more than some family did. Now i have an ac in my class, the kids know
i have something wrong but i fifht everyday. I want them to see not to give up,
get back up and tell life it slaps like a btch... Keep going and find a boss who& 39;s worth working for.
What about individuAls with disabilities act?

Heather J. posted on: July 1, 2012

I as well love Jack's attitude and that he is not keeping quiet about being diagnosed and not letting it hold him back! I can truly sympathize with him loosing one of his jobs due to having MS. When my place of employment for almost 5 years found out they started treating me different and giving me a hard time about my restrictions and led me to believe they could not deal with my 2 physical restrictions. I was in fear of being fired so I quit for another job. It was very upsetting and stressful and I felt discriminated against for having MS. I am sure with Jack's positive attitude and his loving supportive family he will be fine thru all this. Being positive and having a good attitude is so crucial!

T. Sment posted on: July 1, 2012

Jack, first, tell all who are critical of you because of this to 'piss off'. It is only you who knows how you are feeling and what you can or cannot do! Don't let someone else tell you what to do, you know what that is, then do it. Don't take the wait and see attitude. Mind your specialist, and especially your care givers. Then, move along. I have been diagnoseds for nearly 12 years now. I watched as my Mother dealt with it until her passing. Learn as much as you can, (and want to).
God Bless -

Carol posted on: July 1, 2012

A few years ago, I had a state job here in Texas. I was meeting with the person who was head of our division. I had been doing excellent work and had made it through my three month training period but I put my letter of notice in that I would not be staying, as I had experienced so many negative issues in my unit. She wanted to meet with me because she said they (the agency) did not like to lose "people of my caliber". I went on to tell her I had MS and I needed "reasonable accommodation" in one area of my job if I were to stay on. She stated she did not know what "reasonable accommodation" was, (I explained the term to her) and then she said if they were to give me this accommodation, "it would not be fair to the other people in the unit". I was disgusted and decided I would, indeed, leave this pathetic state agency!How sad!

Gayle Cook posted on: July 1, 2012

I learned I had M.S. the same year my husband of thirty years left me for another woman. That was in 2000. At first I would call it Mutiple Stress but since I lost all eye sight in my left eye the doctor says. You have M.S. The eye sight return praise God. I now take Avonex and that keeps my M.S. leveled off. Jack you can make it and yes even as a star. Yes, it makes me mad because you can do and will do. Hang in there keep believing and trust God he take you to a new door and it will be better than before.

Robert Lucas posted on: July 1, 2012

There is something here we haven't heard. Was this in America? I assume that it was. On that assumption I have to assume that it is a standard rider on a Hollywood contract that the writers of the contract can cash out the signer for any reason whatsoever provided they pay him in full for the contract. The ADA would not tolerate this unless there existed signed contract somewhere with Jack's name on it. I do believe, though I have nothing to support this belief, that Jack will be paid well. I wish I had Jack' problems, as I'm certain there are some sufferers who wished they had mine, (I'm a Vet and as such I get great help from the VA with my MS. Point is, Jack will be fine. If anything this will give Jack a "break" to get his on straight. It is my firm belief that bravado when facing an MS diagnosis is good if it helps you step forward. I believe, like all of us who suffer this disease, were scared to death when the doctor first uttered the words none of us will ever forget, "you have MS".

diane hope posted on: July 1, 2012

Wow, really? Maybe they can explain why it is so hard to get disability when you have been diagnosed with MS. What kind of experts are they to tell Jack Osbourne what he can and cannot do?? I am no expert, but I do have MS and looks to me like Jack is doing very well.
Hollywood seems to love to kick you when you are down.
Jack, start your own reality show and prove to the world that MS isn& 39;t going to keep YOU down!! hugs to you and your beautiful family:)

MsBlondie95 posted on: July 1, 2012

This just shows the ignorance of the general population about this serious disease! I was diagnosed in 1995 and thankfully so many drugs and treatments have become available since then!

tammy posted on: July 1, 2012

Ok, so I was diagnosed with MS a few years ago. NOTHING has changed about my ability to perform my job, be a parent, do what I want, etc. Im pretty darned sure that Jack being fired for this is discrimination. The Americans With Disabilities Act and the straight up laws regarding this sort of thing are put in place to protect us. He should not wish to work there after the way they have treated him, but he should sue the hell out of them. Jack, take your meds, find a vitamin regiment that works for you, pay attention to possible signs of relapse and youll be fine. I am a manager at a very busy store. My job is very physically demanding and mentally challenging and Im telling you, if anything, MS makes me work harder. Screw the assholes that fired him. Every MS case is different and chances are, he has had it a while and never knew until now. They are naive fools. Sue them. For alot.

kay posted on: July 2, 2012

i've had ms for 6 yrs...yes i went downhill losing most oh the use of my left side but i worked as a hairdresser for 3 yrs before tht happened. as we all kno its differs frm person to person..had someone acted like they knew better thn me wht i was capable of doin...lets just say pissed is tooo light of a word to be fired for a disability last time i checked is illegal so yea sue the hell outta thm and karma is such a bitch...they will get whts comin to them...jack will have his own unusual m.s. story..just like montel williams and everyone else with this disease....only you kno how strong you are and will hopefully continue to be....

Janie posted on: July 5, 2012

So unbelievable! You can most definitely work for many more years! Just because you have been diagnosed doesn't mean that you all of a sudden stop living. Many of us will continue to work for years. I worked for about 20 after my diagnosis. Best of luck to you Jack! There will be a cure during your lifetime! Stay positive!

Becky posted on: August 6, 2012

I was diagnosed in december of 2009, my freashman year in college. I am now a senior at UNMC college of nursing, I have been told several times-you cant, shouldnt. I have been supper successful in everything I have done. MS only makes things different not even hard all the time- just diffent. The one thing I do know is that even educated professionals dont know much about MS, unfortunately people need to be educated. With your celebrity status you could be a teacher.

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