Jack Osbourne reveals he has multiple sclerosis
20th June 2012
Former reality tv star Jack Osbourne and son of legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The news first emerged on Sunday night after the 26 year old revealed he has the illness in an interview with People magazine. Multiple sclerosis severely effects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other. Currently there is no known cure for the disease and it is believed that those who suffer from it generally have a life expectancy of 5 to 10 years lower than usual. Symptoms can include vision impairment, difficulty with balance, losing muscle control and paralysis in certain cases. Osbourne first shot to fame in 2002 when he regularly appeared on his families reality television show ‘The Osbournes’, where he was portrayed as a party-loving and fairly rebellious teen. The show gained a massive following and led to him making cameo appearances in the film Austin Powers: Goldmember and television shows such as That ‘70s Show and The X Factor. Once known as an overweight teenager, Jack lost an incredible 23kg in 2005 when he filmed the first series of Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie, partly due to a physically intense Muay Thai boxing camp near Bangkok where Jack was put through his paces on a daily basis. In more recent times, Osbourne has been employed as a talent scout for Epic Records and also helped to make a documentary about his rock star father. In addition, Jack and his fiancée Lisa Stelly, welcomed a baby girl into the world in April and named her Pearl Clementine. This particularly makes his recent admission about suffering from the incurable condition hard to take. In his interview with People magazine, Jack revealed he had initially gone for tests at the same hospital that his daughter had been delivered at just three weeks prior and said, “While I was waiting for the results, I got really angry. Then I got really sad for about two days and after that, I realised being angry and upset is not going to do anything, it’s only going to make it worse.” However, it seems Jack is trying to remain positive for the sake of his young family and added, “Adapt and overcome is my new motto!” If you have any health concerns whatsoever, feel unwell, or show any symptoms that may concern you, Medical Specialists Pharmacy strongly recommend that you speak to your GP as soon as possible. The earlier any potential conditions can be diagnosed, the better the chance of effective treatment being available to you or even a full recovery. Even in the 21st century, some people are amazingly still reluctant to go and see their GP. This could be down to embarrassment or some even say ‘I can’t be bothered to go’, but doctors are there to listen and help you.  Remember, the earlier a diagnosis, the better!