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When Jack Osbourne suddenly went blind in his right eye, he had no idea that the cause was multiple sclerosis. A month later, Osbourne, 26, has about 80 percent of the vision in his eye back -- but now that he's been diagnosed with MS, he understands that dramatic health changes are a permanent part of his life.
"One minute I was fine, and the next I went blind in my right eye. It’s a completely unpredictable disease," Jack said on Tuesday, while paying a visit to his mother Sharon Osbourne's show The Talk.
In terms of his vision, he said, there's no telling whether it will ever be back to normal.
"Some people are left with a blind spot, some people return a 100 percent, some people never even get anything back, so it's hit or miss," Osbourne explained.
The son of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne revealed earlier this week that he'd been diagnosed with MS, an incurable autoimmune disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord. The news came just two weeks after Jack celebrated the birth of his daughter Pearl with fiancee Lisa Stelly.
"I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, 'Why now?'" Osbourne told People. "I've got a family and that's what's supposed to be the most important thing."
Joining her fiancee on The Talk, Stelly said that the baby has helped Jack to keep things in perspective.
"We are really trying to stay positive," she told the chat-show hosts. "We have diapers to change and a little girl to look at and smile at."
In a cover story on Jack for People magazine, Ozzy Osbourne said he was amazed at how well his son was coping.
"I was very sad and totally in shock," said the Black Sabbath frontman. "[But] I've got to tell you, he's handled it much better than I would have. He's a very strong kid."
Because MS affects the central nervous system, its symptoms are far-reaching, and can include dizziness, depression, hearing loss, incontinence, slurred speech, muscle weakness and sexual dysfunction. However, not all patients have severe symptoms, and it's possible to manage MS with medication and therapeutic treatments. Many famous and influential people have lived with the disease, including comedian Richard Pryor and actress Annette Funicello. Jack Osbourne's diagnosis may sound bleak at first, but with perseverance and the support of his family, hopefully he'll be making wisecracks for many years to come.