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Jack Osbourne: Living With Multiple Sclerosis

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two months after receiving the shocking diagnosis that he has multiple sclerosis, Jack Osbourne says he is doing “pretty good.”

The vision loss that caused doctors to diagnose the former reality-TV star and son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne with the chronic disease has eased and the one-time partier, who spent time in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction, says he’s leading a new, cleaner life.

“Since starting medication my vision is coming back slowly and, other than that, no side effects,” Osbourne, 26, said today on ABC’s Good Morning America.

“It’s kind of manageable,” he said of MS, an autoimmune disease that can leave sufferers with mild problems, including lack of muscle control or struggles with vision and balance, to serious disability, including paralysis.  “Once you kind of learn about it, it’s just a bit of lifestyle change and I can live with that.”

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Helping Osbourne to face the disease is a celebrity ally, Montel Williams. The talk show host announced his own MS diagnosis in 1999 and went on to found The Montel Williams MS Foundation to raise funds for research.

“Montel has been a really great source of information because he’s so knowledgeable about MS,” Osbourne said.  “He’s had it for a long time and he’s very active in the world so he’s kind of my go-to guy when anything comes up.”

When Osbourne first received his MS diagnosis, just weeks after his fiancé, Lisa Stelly, gave birth to the couple’s first child, Pearl Clementine, it was not Williams but another celebrity who came to his mind.

“I instantly thought Richard Pryor,” he said, referring to the late comedian whose MS left him confined to a wheelchair.  “So I thought death sentence, that’s it.  I’ll be in a wheelchair in a couple of years and game over.”

“But the more research you do, you know, unfortunately Richard Pryor had a bad case of MS.  There’s different kind of classes of MS and he had the most aggressive,” Osbourne said.  “I have relapsing-remitting MS.  It’s the most common and the least aggressive.”

Osbourne’s diagnosis is allowing him to control the disease and its symptoms with lifestyle changes and his new “adapt and overcome” motto towards life.

“It’s stuff like minimize stress.  Eat as healthily as you can.  Get as much sleep as you can,” he said.  “It’s kind of the recipe for good living.”

He’s also plowing ahead with his career, working on a new show called Haunted Highway for the SyFy channel and moving past the disappointment of being fired from a job he had booked just as he was diagnosed.

“I started a production company last year and we’re producing a show for NatGeo Wild called Alpha Dogs about guys who train dogs for the military and police,” he said.  “And last year I did the documentary about my dad [God Bless Ozzy Osbourne] and that’s airing on Showtime.”

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Jack Osbourne Tells "The Talk" He's 'Fine' Following MS Diagnosis

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Sharon Osbourne welcomed her son Jack onto her CBS daytime program The Talk on Wednesday for his first TV interview since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Jack said he is feeling fine, but added, "That's the toughest thing with this disease that I'm learning, is that one minute you can be fine and the next, I mean, I went blind in my right eye."  He said he has regained about 80 percent of his vision in his right eye.

Jack told the co-hosts that he'd been experiencing MS symptoms for years, including suffering problems with his bladder, stomach and legs, but he didn't receive his diagnosis until about five weeks ago.

The 26-year-old noted that his battle with MS has affected his career to some extent.  He said he lost work with a company that fired him following his diagnosis because it didn't think he'd be capable of performing his job properly.

He said, "Out of everything, that's what ticked me off the most, because it's like, don't tell me what I can and cannot do."

Jack said his newborn daughter, his first child with fiancée Lisa Stelly, has helped him keep his mind off of his illness.

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Emotional Sharon Osbourne Discusses Son's Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Sharon Osbourne says her son Jack is holding up well after he was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Through tears, Osbourne discussed her son's diagnosis Monday on her CBS daytime program The Talk.

She said, "He's great.  He's doing really, really good and I want to thank everyone for all their texts and goodwill and love they send to us."

Osbourne added that the public's well wishes have been "amazing for Jack 'cause I really believe that vibes of prayer help."

Jack, 26, echoed that sentiment on Twitter over the weekend, writing, "Thank you all so much for the kind and inspirational words. It means a lot. #adaptandovercome."

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne's son welcomed a daughter with his fiancée, Lisa Stelly, in April.  He is scheduled to appear on The Talk on Wednesday.

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Jack Osbourne Reveals He Has Multiple Sclerosis

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic (LOS ANGELES) -- Jack Osbourne has revealed to People that he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Osbourne, the 26-year-old son of rocker Ozzy and America’s Got Talent judge Sharon, was told the news of his illness only two weeks after the April 24 birth of his infant daughter, Pearl Clementine.  

In an interview with the magazine, Osbourne says, “I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, ‘Why now?’”

MS affects individuals in different ways, but it damages the central nervous system, causing problems with muscle control.  It can also lead to problems with vision, balance, feeling and thinking.

Osbourne, who is engaged to Lisa Stelly, went on to tell People, “I’ve got a family and that’s what’s supposed to be the most important thing.”

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