Jack Osbourne's MS Diagnosis Is a New Dad's Worst Nightmare

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Jack Osbourne Lisa StellyHave to say my mouth actually dropped wide open at this latest celebrity heartbreaker. Less than two months ago, we were rejoicing for Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack and his fiancee Lisa over the arrival of their new baby girl Pearl. Such happy news for a 26-year-old "kid" who's been through a lot in his young life -- and now Jack's family has revealed that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)

Talk about bad news and bad timing all rolled into one, this poor young dad and his family! Jack got his MS diagnosis just three weeks after Pearl was born, surely putting a heavy cloud over the couple's precious babymoon.

We all got to know Jack on his family's MTV reality show The Osbournes. He was a cursing, smart-mouthed Brit kid with big curly locks and glasses back then -- and on that show, frankly, he was funny as hell. Just 17 years old when the series first launched in 2002, Jack was in his prime partying days -- and also his prime "rip on sister Kelly" and smart-assery days. Of course, we now know that all that partying led to dark times for the youngest Osbourne -- he went to rehab for an OxyContin addiction in 2003.

Undoubtedly, Jack's younger years were never uncomplicated as dad Ozzy famously battled drug and alcohol addiction most his life and now suffers a tremor-inflictive genetic disease called Parkin Disease. And as if that isn't enough for one family, during The Osbournes, Jack's mom Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer and thankfully has had a full recovery. However, during that time, Jack was wrought with depression and attempted suicide. Jack's sister Kelly Osbourne also had her own well-publicized addiction issues and stints in rehab but, just like her brother, recently seems better than ever -- both of them clean and sober, slimmed down, and at their healthiest yet.

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Atop all of this, one does have to wonder how much one family can take.  

Jack admits to being angry about the diagnosis at first and who could blame him? Such a scary medical diagnosis in the happiest time of your life. However, for Jack, these feelings sound like they are evolving into something else, something made of strength and inspiration. He told Hello! magazine:

I got really, 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 at this point, if anything it's only going to make it worse… 'adapt and overcome' is my new motto.

It remains to be seen how intense Jack's symptoms will become in time. While MS is incurable, some sufferers experience only mild symptoms throughout the illness.

Jack seems to be getting his head in the right place to take on this news with grace and if we learned anything in all those wacky episodes of The Osbournes, it's that his smut-mouthed, crazy family is nothing if not unendurably bound to loving and supporting one another. 

Sending thoughts for good health to Jack and our hearts go out to him and his family. 

Are you shocked at Jack Osbourne's MS diagnosis? 


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2many... 2manydiapers

Ms is very managble and liveble. Why make it so grimstone? I was diagnosed at 18 and since I have had eplipsy, and a stroke. I am 25 and a mom of two boys(3yrs,&7mo)also a stepson(21mo). I have aggressive, but what matters is not looking at it so grimly.

cmjaz cmjaz

Poor guy. MS is manageable but can get bad in your older years. Plus, who wants to be told you have a life long disease even if it is manageable.

tonip... toniperoni

i always thought he was a complete twit until the adrenalin junkie series - I actually (as an older mom) felt a rush of pride for him. This is really sad.

butte... butterflyfreak

My husband was diagnosed with MS shortly after we found out I was pregnant with our daughter. It's manageable, yes but it is still a very difficult disease to live with, for the people who have it and those who live with and love them. I have heard that, while MS tends to afflict more women than men, the men often times have more frequent and/or severe "outbreaks" than women. I feel for Jack and his family, it will be a rough road ahead for them as they find the treatment that works best for him. My husband went through Copaxone (a 3 days a week injection) to Rebif (a DAILY injection) to his current medication, Gilenya, which is the first oral medication to treat MS. I'm so thankful that we have great insurance, as Gilenya's cash price is almost $5000. Our co-pay is $250 a month but we our lucky, again, and have qualified for co-pay assistance through our pharmacy that pays that in full. I don't know what we would do if we we lost my husband's insurance and I hope that we never have to find out.

It will not be an easy road ahead for them, but I have faith that they'll be able to pull through this together and maybe even come out the stronger for it.

lovin... lovinallofthem

sad for Jack and his family/fiance n baby Pearl..

its a devastating thing to live with. prayers for long as possible life..

Ash3186 Ash3186

Wow I m sad for jack and his new family... MS is a hard diease to cope with my father has it he was dignosed June of 2001. It's managable to live with it if you take ur meds for it but it is a very long road of struggles since the meds are very high priced for my dads injections he has to pay 15,000 for his shots but thank goodness his medical insurance pays most of it. I pray for this family 

jalaz77 jalaz77

Awe poor guy but good for his new motto! Stay strong Jackie, you have to for that baby!

Autum... Autumnleaves87

So so sad.

My Dad was diagnosed with MS just after I was born as well. His disease has slowly gotten worse and worse, almost needing a wheelchair now. He made a promise to me though when I was a little girl, that he would walk long enough to dance with me at my wedding... And on August 25th, he will be fulfilling that promise!

He has always been on medication, unfortunately none have worked the miracles he needs to get better. The secret is to just live and love every moment you have with your loved ones:)

It's really amazing to hear others stories. Wish everyone the best:)

bills... billsfan1104

Awwwww Autumn. What an inspiring story. Good luck to him and you for the future. i am glad that he will be able walk you down the aisle.

bills... billsfan1104

And also dance with you. I am excited for you. That will be something great to get on videotape.

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