Jack Osbourne Has Been Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis
Just weeks after the birth of his first child, a bomb got dropped on Jack Osbourne: He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Scary news for new dad Jack Osbourne: Just two weeks after he and fiancée Lisa Stelly welcomed their daughter Pearl Clementine Osbourne to the world, Jack was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Jack and his mom, Sharon, recently sat down with People to discuss his ordeal. The news came at roughly the same time the first photos of Pearl made their debut; goodness knows how bittersweet it must have been to be juggling both the happy and the sad at the same time. Said Jack, “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.”
A disease that attacks the central nervous system, multiple sclerosis affects the ability of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other effectively. Subsequently, its sufferers can have problems with muscle control and strength, vision, balance, feeling, and thinking. There’s no single factor which can cause it; it can be a result of anything from genetics to the environment. At 26, Jack is a little younger than the average age of onset (30); however, it tends to present in people between the ages of 20 and 50—a demographic into which Jack unfortunately fits all too neatly.
Read more in this week’s issue of People, on newsstands this Friday. Our best goes out to Jack and his family in this difficult time.
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.