Sharon Osbourne’s Reaction To Son Jack’s Heartbreaking Diagnosis Is One Every Parent Can Relate To
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Sharon Osbourne Looks Back On Jack’s Diagnosis
The worst part of parenthood is watching your children suffer through an illness and not being able to help them. Whether they’re miserable with the flu or, in some heartbreaking cases, fighting for their very lives thanks to the unfortunate luck of the genetic draw, sick children are enough to break any parent’s heart – and Sharon Osbourne is no different.
In 2012, Ozzy and Sharon’s son Jack was diagnosed with relapse-remitting multiple sclerosis. He’d been experiencing bizarre symptoms for a number of years before his eventual diagnosis; blindness in one eye, numbness in his legs and issues with his bladder, bowel, and stomach and despite his fear of a rapid decline in his health and doctors urging him to stop his intense workouts, Jack faced it head on – the father of 3 takes care of himself physically and mentally, exercises regularly, and eats a diet that helps keep his symptoms in check.
His mother, on the other hand, didn’t handle it so well.
Sharon, who according to Jack “does not deal with bad news very well,” was inconsolable at news of Jack’s diagnosis. She immediately blamed herself, asking Ozzy “What did we do wrong?” and looking back on raising Jack to try and pinpoint where they could have gone so wrong as to influence Jack having MS. Both she and Ozzy were crushed – here was a man who worked hard to face down his demons, became a devoted husband and father, and now this?
“I was very sad and totally in shock,” Ozzy told PEOPLE. “[But] I’ve got to tell you, he’s handled it much better than I would have. He’s a very strong kid.”
The worst part of being the parents of a sick child is, again, not being able to do anything but love them as hard as you can and be there for them when things get rough. In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Jack revealed that he’s suffered from depression since his 2012 diagnosis – completely understandable, and a part of MS that he says medical professionals tend to overlook.
“Depression has definitely been prevalent for me,” he shared. “At least a couple nights a week, I’ll go to sleep thinking, ‘Ugh. I hope tomorrow is not one of those days.’ The mental component [of MS] is something that’s the least talked about.”
Life’s not all bad, though.
The proud father to Pearl, Andy Rose and Minnie Theodora, Jack’s spirits are lifted daily by his little girls, who refuse to let their dad be sad for any longer than they have to. He’s also got a successful career in Law Enforcement in addition to his work as a television producer, loves to surf, and makes a point of throwing every last bit of energy into living his best Jack Osbourne life just to make sure that if things do get bad for him health wise, he won’t have the pain of looking back and wishing he’d done things differently.
“If it gets bad and I can’t go on, well, I can’t go on,” he shared. “At least I’ve tried and had this experience. And hopefully I encourage people who have MS who think they can’t do something to get out there and do it.”