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Have 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.
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.
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