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'What did I do wrong?'

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Jack Osbourne's family reeling after shock diagnosis.

Adapt and overcome ... Jack Osbourne with fiance Lisa Stelly.

Adapt and overcome ... Jack Osbourne with fiance Lisa Stelly. Photo: Getty

Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon are reeling after their TV daredevil son Jack was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

The 26-year-old - who has recently become a father - was found to have the incurable autoimmune disease after a frightening spell in which he lost 60 per cent of the vision in his right eye.

He and his family have revealed his condition in an interview with Hello! magazine in which Jack said he had experienced a range of emotions.

"While I was waiting for the final results, I got really, really angry," he said.

"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."

He has spoken out to raise awareness of the condition and the support of his fiance Lisa Stelly - who gave birth to baby Pearl two months ago - is helping him to keep a positive outlook.

Jack went for tests at the same hospital his daughter Pearl had been born just three weeks earlier. The condition affects the brain and the nervous system.

He said: "The timing was so bad. I'd just had a baby, work was going great - I kept thinking, 'Why now?'"

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy and former X Factor judge Sharon have also been stunned and are still struggling to come to terms with their son's condition, which was confirmed by a neurologist last month.

Sharon said she has been questioning whether she is to blame. She added: "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."

Ozzy said: "If it was me, you'd think: 'Ozzy had a reputation and it caught up with him', but Jack is such a good guy."

Jack - an extreme sports enthusiast - will use a combination of daily drug treatments, holistic therapies and lifestyle changes.

His fiance said: "Jack will have to change his life for the better - get healthier, not get stressed."

PA

3 comments

  • This is a mean disease.
    However, for Mr Osborne, coming out and sharing the diagnosis can only help awareness. MS doesn't care who anyone is.
    Good luck to him and his little family.

    Commenter
    Robyn
    Location
    Ballarat
    Date and time
    June 18, 2012, 11:29AM
    • I was diagnosed with MS when I was 20, 15 years ago. It was a huge shock and not something I was prepared for at all, like Jack i suffered an optic neuritis, losing sight in one eye, a common first sign of MS & pretty scary for a graphic design student mid way through University.

      In Australia we really are blessed with having a great medical system, I have a wonderful neurologist and terrific support from my local MS Society as well as the pharma that produce the therapy I take. More than anything with this conditition, knowledge is power, I keep up to date with new treatments and ways to combat what MS throws at me, stay healthy in mind and body. MS isnt a death sentance, its an opportunity to appreciate life and what is important to you. Good on you Jack for coming out with your diagnosis and I love the attitude of the family, adapt and overcome.

      Commenter
      D
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      June 18, 2012, 11:38AM
      • We went through this four years ago.Our baby was seven months old. There's no way around this news - whichever way you look at it, it sucks.

        I'm never happy to learn someone else has received this news.

        Commenter
        red
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        June 18, 2012, 11:43AM
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