Despite his exotic life, Jack Osbourne seems like a regular guy to me. I'm of the age to remember Ozzy, his father, biting the head off of doves and bats and I watched a couple of episodes of The Osbournes. Still, Jack comes across as a pretty normal, likable young man of 26.
I was pretty sad to hear of his MS diagnosis last week. I was annoyed by some of the headlines that I read, including People Magazine's "I Won't Let My Son Die," emblazoned across a picture of Jack with his mom, Sharon. However, despite some of the sensationalist language of the press, when you read the quotes from Jack, describing the optic neuritis that led to his MS diagnosis, as well as his devotion to his new baby and fiancee, he just seems like †a guy you'd want to talk to. (Sharon also seems like a normal concerned mom, as well - I'm sure she is worried and has her freak out moments, but the headline that People Magazine chose sends the wrong message about MS, in my opinion.)
Anyway, here's your chance to talk to Jack. Send him a message in the comments section below. Tell him what you wish someone would have told you when you were first diagnosed. Tell him about your journey with MS. Give him some tips for making life a little easier. Say whatever you want - I'm sure he will appreciate it.
I'll go first, but I'll keep it brief:
Hey, Jack. Here is what I can tell you about MS, from my experience: 1) You will probably continue to freak out pretty frequently during the first year after you are diagnosed, wondering about the future and deciding every little twinge is probably a relapse. Then it gets pretty tiring to live that way and you will probably find an uneasy balance with this disease. After awhile, it just is what it is. 2) Ignore the people who tell you that "it could be worse." Also ignore the people that tell you that your life is over. Read some of these entries, which illustrate the extent to which people mess up when they are trying to figure out what to say to people with MS -†MSers Respond: What is the stupidest thing someone has said to you about MS? 3) Lastly, I find focusing on all that is good in my life takes the pain down a notch and gives me a little edge over the fatigue. Kiss your fiancee and snuggle your baby often. 4) Take care of yourself, my friend.