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Friday 26 December 2014

Jack Osbourne: I’m secretive about health

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Jack Osbourne and Lisa Stelly
19th Annual Race to Erase MS, Los Angeles, America - 18 May 2012
Jack Osbourne

Jack Osbourne doesn’t like discussing his Multiple Sclerosis with his parents because it makes them so worried.

The son of rocker Ozzy and his wife Sharon Osbourne was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis last year, shortly after he became a father for the first time.

Sharon has been open with how much she struggled with Jack’s illness, even revealing she initially wondered if it was her fault. Jack now tries to keep his family in the dark about his health as much as possible.

“They’re supportive, but I’ve learned to not really tell them what’s going on because they worry so much,” he told Us Weekly.

The 27-year-old star initially struggled to put himself in his parents’ shoes. However, thinking about his one-year-old daughter Pearl with his wife Lisa Stelly soon changed that.

“I asked my mom why and she’s like, ‘Imagine if something happened to Pearl!’ Then I understood. My dad’s got a neurological issue himself, and at one point they thought he had MS. He’s like, ‘You’ll figure it out,’” he explained.

Damaging nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, multiple sclerosis is often a progressive disease. The symptoms include loss of muscle control, adverse effects on balance and vision, feeling and thinking impairments.

Initially Jack was stunned to discover he had the disease, but he now tries to view things positively.

“I don’t know how long things will be as good as they are,” he explained.

“It can become a progressive disease, though, and if it gets bad, the decline can be rapid. That’s why I don’t want to say my diagnosis was a good thing, but it has definitely put things into perspective.”

The star has overhauled his diet to help ensure he stays healthy and also exercises as much as possible.

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