Starstruck: Jack Osbourne

Last year Jack Osbourne welcomed a beautiful baby girl into this world: Pearl Clementine. But that’s not the only big change for him in 2012.

At only 26 years old, and two weeks after the birth of his daughter, Osbourne was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

You have a long time to prepare for a baby. You have 9 months of anticipation. Having babies runs in your family. Not much of a surprise.

MS, on the other hand…there is no time to have expectations before the diagnosis. You may have no family history of MS and there are no preventative measures you can take. Jack is on the young side to develop MS. Add that to the list of reasons why he was blind-sided by the disease.

MS is a degenerative disease of the insulation around nerves. When that insulation is damaged, neurological messages cannot be properly conveyed. This leads to muscle weakness and lack of control, fatigue, and in Jack’s case: blindness.

Almost overnight Jack lost vision in his right eye, for no apparent cause. The diagnosis came after a series of tests and scans.

Luckily, Jack has a mentor–Montel Williams. Diagnosed over 10 years ago, Montel has become an expert in health and managing MS. Montel tells everyone who will listen about all the things you can do to make a difference, from the importance of exercise, eating well, and keeping informed.

His advice is pertinent to all sorts of inflammatory diseases (which is just about every auto-immune disorder and obesity!! {Obesity causes systemic inflammation=no bueno}). Eating healthy reduces inflammation and reduced inflammation means the immune system is not fighting as hard against your own body; you can lessen how your body attacks your own nerve coating in MS, your joints in Rheumatoid Arthritis, your insulin-producing cells in Type 1 Diabetes, etc., etc.

Jack has made some lifestyle changes thanks to Montel’s advice and thanks to baby Pearl. They’ve already made a visible difference as Jack has regained his sight.

I think the lesson here is that disability can affect your life at any time. It can be sudden and you may be totally unprepared, but you are not alone. Your community can make all the difference–so reach out!

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