Jack has bravely admitted to the world that he has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system. Jack realized something was wrong when he lost 60% of his vision in his right eye! Find out all the details below!
“The timing was so bad. I’d just had a baby, work was going great – I kept thinking, ‘Why now?’ Then I got really sad for about two days, and after that I realized, being angry and upset is not going to do anything at this point – if anything it’s only going to make it worse,” Jack said to Hello! magazine.
MS affects the brain and the nervous system, destroying layers between the nerves in the brain and spinal cord which stops impulses being carried around the body. The disease can result in blindness, slurred speech, muscle weakness and a loss of coordination.
Jack is remaining optimistic. “‘Adapt and overcome’ is my new motto.”
Jack’s mom Sharon took the news pretty hard. She said, “I keep thinking, ‘what did I do wrong? What did I eat or drink when I was pregnant?’ I feel like it’s somehow my fault.” Dad Ozzy has the same sentiments saying, “If it was me, you’d think: ‘Ozzy had a reputation and it caught up with him,’ but Jack is such a good guy.”
Sister Kelly tweeted, “Please support my brother @mrjacko in not only his bravery but honesty! i love you so much jack & I’m so proud of you!”
After the news of his diagnosis was made public, Jack tweeted: “Thank you all so much for the kind and inspirational words. It means a lot. #adaptandovercome.”