We were so sad to learn that Jack Osbourne was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The 26-year-old became a dad in April with the birth of his daughter Pearl Clementine, and sources say that he learned of the diagnosis just two weeks after his daughter was born. Jack told People:
“I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, ‘Why now?’ I’ve got a family and that’s what’s supposed to be the most important thing.”
Multiple sclerosis is a demyelinating disease, which means it attacks the sheaths that protect the nerves in the body, also called the myelin sheaths. It is frequently diagnosed when sufferers are in their twenties or early thirties, and is about two times more likely to occur in women than in men. Symptoms included numbness in extremities, tingling, and loss of vision. Jack experienced a loss of vision in his right eye, which caused him to visit a neurologist who eventually diagnosed him with the autoimmune disease.
The severity of multiple sclerosis really varies; some people have a mild case, with almost no symptoms, and some people can eventually lose their abilities to walk or speak. There are also different types of the disease: relapsing-remitting, in which one experiences periods of symptoms and periods of no symptoms, is the most common. About 85% of people have relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis, including Montel Williams and Joan Didion.
There is no known cure for multiple sclerosis, although there are many treatment options that can lessen the symptoms and number of attacks. Research says prognosis is best for people who were diagnosed under the age of 30, so the odds are hopefully in Jack’s favor. He says:
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.
Wow. What an admirable attitude in the face of a difficult diagnosis. We’re wishing Jack and his family the best as they navigate living with multiple sclerosis. If you’d like more information about multiple sclerosis, please visit The National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
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