Yesterday, we learned the bad news that Jack Osbourne, scion of the Osbourne entertainment family and son of metal legend Ozzy, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Symptoms of the disease varies, but can include spasms and difficulty walking or moving. Jack's first symptom was a 60 percent loss of vision in one eye. Jack is only 26 years old and is a new dad. The news must be devastating. Which is why his mother Sharon Osbourne's lament that this somehow must all be her fault is unnecessary guilt -- for Sharon, for Jack, and for moms everywhere.
Sharon, who is a judge on the popular America's Got Talent, told Hello! magazine that she feels guilty over her son's diagnosis. Says Sharon:
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.
It's a natural knee-jerk mom reaction to feel guilty when anything negative happens to your child, but Sharon is really taking mom guilt too far here. There is no known cause for multiple sclerosis, though there are theories that it's a gene defect, which could mean that this disease runs in Sharon or Ozzy's family. But neither has said it does. And, even if it did, genetic diseases are no one's FAULT. They happen. They have nothing to do with what a mother does during pregnancy.
Bringing it to the level of "What did I eat or drink?" is unnecessary self-chastisement. I think it's irresponsible for someone in the public eye, like Sharon is, to even go there. To suggest that somehow a serious autoimmune disease whose origins are unknown to the medical community is mommy's fault because she might have drank or ate the wrong thing while pregnant is absurd. This kind of talk could even make Jack feel guilty for making his mother feel guilty!
Jack, however, seems to have an inspiring attitude about his disease. He told Hello!:
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.
See, Sharon? You raised a strong young man. Such a difference from the often bratty, spoiled kid he appeared on MTV's The Osbournes. Mommy should be proud.
What do you think of Sharon's mommy guilt?