Jack Osbourne's diagnosis brings MS disease into sharper focus
THE Multiple Sclerosis Society says it has been flooded with inquiries after the diagnosis of TV presenter Jack Osbourne — son of rock legend Ozzy — with the disease.
The society had 40,000 website visits on Monday last week, 10 times the average.
MS is a condition in which the immune system attacks the substance protecting the nerves. There is no known cure. Yesterday evening MS sufferers from the Swansea area got together at their monthly support group meeting at SA1's Cafe TwoCann.
The group was set up by pals Paul Robinson, of Loughor, and Neil Hodgson, of Cimla, Neath, Admiral insurance workers who have MS.
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Mr Hodgson, 41, knew he had a problem five years ago. "I was walking and my right leg would not go where I was telling it," he said. "I went to work, and could not get out of the lift."
He said a subsequent brain scan found dark lesions on his nerve endings. The married dad said his mobility was restricted but he swam regularly and got on with life, attending the recent Download Festival in Leicestershire.
Mr Robinson, 39, was diagnosed six years ago. "Initially it was very scary," he said. "My right arm was hanging limp, and my speech was affected."
He described MS as a cruel disease, but said feedback from the meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month had been very positive.
Director of MS Society Cymru, Judi Rhys, said: "Jack Osbourne's courage in speaking out about the disease has gone a long way in the space of a few days to raise awareness of the condition."