Jack Osbourne

Born: November 8, 1985

Occupation: Television Personality

Challenges overcome: Multiple Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MRMS)

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Jack Osbourne was born in London in 1985. He is best known for being the son of famed heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne and starring in MTV’s reality series about the family, The Osbournes, which began airing on Television in 2002. After The Osbournes television show stopped airing in 2005, Jack pursued a new show and began presenting his own reality series ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ which followed him preparing for a number of extreme sports and challenges, such as a mountain climbing and a jungle trek.

Jack Osbourne had some small roles in a number of shows and movies, including ‘That 70’s Show’, ‘Dawson’s Creek’, and ‘Austin Powers: Goldmember’. In more recent times, Jack has moved onto producing and directing roles instead. He directed a music video for his father in 2010 for his song ‘Life Won’t Wait’ and made and produced a documentary about his father in 2011. The documentary ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2011, and was made available on DVD in November that year.

Jack married his wife, Lisa Stelly, in Hawaii in 2012. They have a daughter together, Pearl, who was born in April 2012, and they are expecting their second child, due in 2015.

Challenges Overcome

Jack was diagnosed with Multiple Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (MRMS), the most common form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), in June 2012. Worried about a rapid decline, Jack has spoken about his fears and misconceptions of MS, “When I was diagnosed, I figured I should prepare for a fast decline that would end with me in a wheelchair. But then I decided to take charge of my health and learn all I could about the disease, and that led to some big changes. I realized that junk food is not my friend. I got more disciplined in my exercise routine. And I learned how to slow down and take breaks when I need to. I also worked with my doctor to find a treatment that was right for me.”

Since going public with his diagnosis, Jack decided to create his own website about his journey with MS to educate and inform others about the disease, “Along the way, I ran into a lot of misperceptions about MS — like it’s not just women or older people who get it, and it’s not a death sentence. I thought, “Why don’t more people know about this?” I decided to create the You Don’t Know Jack About MS ™ campaign, in partnership with Teva Neuroscience, to show people that, while relapsing-remitting MS is a major part of my life, it doesn’t control my life. I want to change the way people think and talk about MS.”

Jack was also diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD as a child, and was prescribed medication to help control his ADHD whilst at school.

Disability Definitions

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a nerve disorder that occurs when the insulating layer surrounding neurons in the brain and spinal cord are destroyed.  The disease is a chronic autoimmune disorder that affects the movements, sensations, as well as body functions.




Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)  more commonly known as ADHD, is a group of behavioural symptoms that include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Common symptoms of ADHD include, a short attention span or being easily distracted, restlessness, constant fidgeting or over activity and being impulsive. ADHD can occur in people of any intellectual ability, although it is more common in people with learning difficulties. People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders. Symptoms of ADHD tend to be first noticed at an early age, and may become more noticeable when a child’s circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed in children between the ages of 6 and 12. The symptoms of ADHD usually improve with age, but many adults who are diagnosed with the condition at a young age will continue to experience problems. ADHD is very common; it is estimated that between 5% and 12% of children have ADHD.






Dyslexia, also known as alexia or developmental reading disorder, is characterised by difficulties when learning to read and with differing language comprehension despite normal or above-average intelligence. This includes difficulty with phonological awareness, phonological decoding, processing speed, orthographic coding, auditory short-term memory, language skills and verbal comprehension, or rapid naming of objects. Dyslexia only affects some skills and abilities and is not linked to a person’s general level of intelligence.





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