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‘Being diagnosed was the scariest moment of my life’- Jack Osbourne opens up about his battle with Multiple Sclerosis

Published 26/05/2016 | 12:07

Jack with his daughters Andy Rose and Pearl Photo Credit: Instagram @JackOsbourne
Jack with his daughters Andy Rose and Pearl Photo Credit: Instagram @JackOsbourne
Jack with his daughters Andy Rose and Pearl Photo Credit: Instagram @JackOsbourne

Jack Osbourne admitted that the moment he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) just months after he became a father for the first time was the scariest moment of his life.

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The former reality star (30) was diagnosed with the condition in 2012 and he opened up about the difficult time he had in the aftermath.

“I thought my whole life was in front of me – but there I was, being told I had an incurable and often debilitating illness. I had so many emotions and so many questions, and, frankly, I was terrified of the unknown,” Jack wrote in a piece for People magazine.

“I was overwhelmed, and it was a lot to process and digest. My family was an incredible support system for me, helping me understand and wrap my head around the disease, and to them I am forever grateful,” he wrote.

Jack with his daughters Andy Rose and Pearl Photo Credit: Instagram @JackOsbourne
Jack with his daughters Andy Rose and Pearl Photo Credit: Instagram @JackOsbourne

Jack revealed that his wife Lisa Stelly and his daughters Pearl (4) and Andy Rose (11 months) are the reason he’s determined to battle through everything the condition throws at him.

“My wife and kids are my reason for wanting to endure whatever this disease throws at me. They are with me through thick and thin, and vice versa. So many caregivers and family members make such a selfless sacrifice in order to help make a life possible for many people living with MS. They are the heroes to me.”

Jack revealed that the stigma and secrecy surrounding MS needs to be broken down.

“I would like to remove the stigma associated with the disease that has prevented so many people from pursuing their dreams. Unfortunately, it's still very common for people who are suffering with MS to keep it very secretive. Especially in their place of work. Share your story and let's band together to encourage one another to keep after our dreams,” he said.

“I believe that one day we will all celebrate a cure together, and what a day that will be.”

TV personality Jack Osbourne and wife Lisa Osbourne arrive at the 22nd Annual Race To Erase MS at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on April 24, 2015 in Century City, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
TV personality Jack Osbourne and wife Lisa Osbourne arrive at the 22nd Annual Race To Erase MS at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on April 24, 2015 in Century City, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

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