by Caroline Kyriakou
Recently it was announced that Jack Osbourne has Multiple Sclerosis. I am sorry to hear that he has MS, but I am glad that he has shared his diagnosis with the world and is bringing attention to MS.
Unfortunately in the media coverage for Jack Osbourne’s diagnosis, there is a lot of misinformation given and his situation dramatized. For example, on the cover of People magazine, Sharon Osbourne, Jack’s mother, is being quoted saying “I’m Won’t Let My Son Die!” As we know, people with MS have long, fulfilling lives and Jack Osbourne along with all of us, are not in danger of dying anytime soon. It is such a shame that is what People magazine decided to focus on for their cover. However, the article in the magazine, I thought was well written and brought the right kind of awareness to MS.
When I was first diagnosed with MS in 2006 I turned to books to learn about MS and found that there were many autobiographies of celebrities with MS. I read about Terri Garr, Montel Williams and David Lander aka “Squiggy.”
Nancy Davis brings awareness to MS in a different way. Every year she hosts the Race to Erase MS Gala. A lot of celebrities attend and therefore media attention is brought to the event. The Gala recently took place and I saw clips of it on some entertainment shows.
Nancy Davis raises money to help end MS and I hope that with the new attention Jack Osbourne has brought to MS, that this year there will be even more support to help end MS and that there may even be a cure in my lifetime!
About the author: Caroline was diagnosed with MS in 2006. She is currently inspiring those with MS through blogging, her volunteer efforts as a mentor at MS Active Source, her Facebook group; Friends Against the MonSter and also you can ‘like’ Caroline’s page on Facebook right here