Jack Osbourne joined his mother and the rest of the cast of The Talk on Wednesday to discuss how he’s currently feeling and coping with the life-altering news of his recent diagnosis with multiple sclerosis.
A day after he went public with the news, an emotionally distressed Sharon addressed the issue on Monday’s show and announced that Jack would join their panel today.
Jack was met with raucous applause and chanting, which he comically acknowledged with, “You guys are acting like I have MS or something.”
Julie Chen started off the interview, “We all feel you are so courageous to come out and tell the world, to announce to the world that you have multiple sclerosis. Everyone wants to know how you are doing.”
In good spirits he answered, “Honestly, I’m fine.” Then the tone got a bit more serious, “Ultimately that is the toughest thing with this disease that I’m learning, one minute you can be fine, and the next I went blind in my right eye. It’s a completely unpredictable disease.”
The vision has since returned to about 80%, and whether or not it will fully recover is still up in the air.
Jack then goes onto explain the disease, which in layman’s terms he says is basically an “arthritis of the nervous system,” and what his personal warning signs were that he’d been experiencing for the last couple of years.
His actual diagnosis came just five weeks ago, shortly after the birth of his first child. Which Jack actually attributes to great timing, as being busy with the baby has kept him from withdrawing into a state of self-pity.
The point is made to stress that this diagnosis is not “a death sentence,” and people can live long and healthy lives with MS.
His fiancée, Lisa Stelly, who joined the table for the second half of the interview, said that the whole thing might be a “blessing in disguise,” that will force him to take better care of himself in the long run.
Chen closes with the fact that his high profile diagnosis will help bring attention to the disease and hopefully a search for a cure.
Overall, they all turned what might have been a really depressing segment into an uplifting discussion of hope and possibility.
We wish all of those involved the best going forward.