Fate has a bizarre way of targeting certain people for certain things, or at least, that’s always been my experience of the fickle hand of fate…
And on reading today’s Mirror online, I was shocked and saddened – and again reminded of how fate seems to choose its targets carefully – to read that Jack Osbourne has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
26 year old Jack has of course just become a dad for the first time to baby Pearl – whose mother is Jack’s fiancé Lisa Stelly – and in the last few years, he eschewed a life of drink and drugs to pursue his love of extreme sports which of course featured in his reality TV show, Jack Osbourne: Adrenalin Junkie.
But in an interview with Hello! magazine, Jack has spoken about having been diagnosed with MS, which is an autoimmune disorder, at such a young age and right after his daughter was born.
Jack revealed that he first began having tests when he started to lose the vision in his right eye…
Those tests revealed that he has MS, which affects around 100,000 people in the UK. It’s a disease that affects twice as many women as it does men, and symptoms include fatigue, vision problems and difficulties with walking and balance.
Discussing the moment he was given the shock diagnosis, Jack said, “While I was waiting for the final results, I got really, really angry…
“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.”
Jack decided to go public with his news in order to help raise awareness of the condition which can, in some cases, reduce life expectancy by as much as ten years.
He continued, “The timing was so bad. I’d just had a baby, work was going great – I kept thinking, ‘Why now?’”
Jack’s mum Sharon also spoke to Hello! about her son’s illness, and she revealed that she wonders if something she did while pregnant with Jack could have brought on the disease.
She said, “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.”
And her husband, rocker Ozzy added, “If it was me, you’d think: ‘Ozzy had a reputation and it caught up with him’, but Jack is such a good guy.”
And finally, Jack’s fiancé Lisa said, “Jack will have to change his life for the better – get healthier, not get stressed.”
You can read the full interview is in the new edition of Hello! magazine, which is out now.
How terribly sad, but I’m sure Jack’s a fighter, and will battle MS all the way. And of course, we all wish him the very best.