Jack Osbourne has been advocating for multiple sclerosis research since his diagnosis last year. The star states that there are a lot of misconceptions about the disease.
We have a great deal of respect for Jack Osbourne and his continual efforts to raise public awareness about multiple sclerosis. The 27-year-old star, with wife Lisa Stelly, attended Elton John‘s 20th annual Race To Erase MS benefit on Friday and spoke about the journey since his own multiple sclerosis diagnosis.
“When I got diagnosed, the more research I did about it — MS overall, as a subject, as a disease — there’s a lot of misconceptions, and there’s a lot of unknowns about it, and there wasn’t anyone out that was close to my age or close to anything like me out there,” Osbourne told E! News.
“And I’m not saying I was trying to be the hero and wave the flag, but I was like, ‘Why don’t more people know about this?'”
Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disease that damages the fatty myelin sheaths within the brain and spinal cord. Its symptoms are unpredictable and can be expressed in loss of vision, hearing, memory, movement and balance.
“It’s not a disease of age. A lot of people think it’s for women in their 40s, most commonly, because that is the most common diagnosis, but it’s not. The youngest diagnosis has been of a 3-year-old. So this is a disease that affects everyone differently, much like a fingerprint. It’s unique to every single person who has it, and that’s what makes it so tough.”
The young star was diagnosed with the disease last year after exhibiting symptoms for years. Osbourne states that the core reason for his activism is his hope for a cure.
If you’re interested in learning more about the illness, check out the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. Do you know anyone battling the disease?