Bean’s Blog ~ Celebrities With MS

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

Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

14 Comments:

  1. Hey Bean~
    I was diagnosed in 1995 and it didn’t take long to learn that MS is a very popular disease to have! It is a bummer that so many people are being diagnosed, but just like you said, when it’s a celebrity the awareness of MS is gets out there!
    ~Linda
    ps. I enjoy reading People Magazine but I’m sure you’re the same as me, getting caught up on all the interesting guess what’s in the waiting room of the doctor’s office!

    • I do like reading People magazine too! I think everyone knows that they use things to get attention to the magazine, like Sharon Osbourne’s quote. It’s what gets people to buy their magazine. But, it’s a shame in this situation because MS is not fatal and people who don’t have MS may get the wrong idea. Hopefully those people read the article!!

  2. Caroline Kyriakou

    I read that People magazine made this statement:
    “From the new issue of People. (Paula Deen on the cover.)
    Editor’s Notes: “Last week’s cover headline, “I won’t let my son die”, was meant to convey Sharon Osborne’s fierce maternal determination to protect her son Jack from the effects of multiple sclerosis. It also, however, suggested to many readers that multiple sclerosis is a fatal disease; it is not. For more info, go to http://www.nationalmssociety.org/. We regret the misunderstanding.”

  3. Thanks for bringing this story to MSrelief.com Caroline! I really do hate it when people perpetuate inaccurate beliefs and assumptions in this day and age of information at our fingertips. One has to wonder if the headline was an expression of Sharon’s ignorance about MS or People magazine’s attempt to censationalize the announcement about his recent diagnosis.

    • Caroline Kyriakou

      In opinion, it was People’s magazine wanting to get people’s attention to buy their magazine.
      Glad you enjoyed my piece Trish! 🙂

  4. Great blog Caroline! I do agree that there is a lot of misinformation about MS out there. In the case of the Osbourne’s they had a previous scare, which may have skewed Sharon’s reaction. Did you know Ozzy was misdiagnosed with MS in ’92? Wrote a blog about it. Check it out: http://mattcavallo.com/blog/reaction-to-jack-osbournes-diagnosis-ms-is-not-a-death-sentence/

    • Caroline Kyriakou

      Thanks Matt! I am glad you enjoyed my blog! I did know about Ozzy’s misdiagnosis but hadn’t seen that blog.. thanks for sharing!

  5. Another great blog Caroline! Do you know if Kevin Sorbo is one of the celeberties with MS or who has a family member with it? I can’t find anything that says that he does so still trying to figure out why he did that sadistically funny bit about MS for the sitcom Don’t Trust the B in Apt 23- did anyone else see it? I have to admit I did laugh a few times.

    • Hey Yvonne! Glad you like the blog! I remember you telling me about that episode. I still haven’t seen that episode yet but I want to! I haven’t heard about Kevin Sorbo having MS… but maybe he knows someone that does… or maybe one of the writers?

  6. Another great blog Caroline!!! Thanks for talking about the cover of People magazine and other misinformation out there!:)

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