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    MS affects everybody, all backgrounds, classes, rich & poor, male & female, famous or otherwise.

    Did you know that American TV chatshow host Montel Williams has MS? But he's not taking it lying down, no not at all. This man has Attitude!

    Do you know any other famous MSers? Please do contact us about them!

    Jack Osbourne

    Jack Osbourne and Lisa StellyOzzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon are reeling after their son Jack was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS).

    The 26-year-old - who has recently become a father - was found to have the incurable autoimmune disease after a frightening spell in which he lost 60 per cent of the vision in his right eye.

    He and his family have revealed his condition in an interview with Hello! magazine in which Jack said he had experienced a range of emotions.

    "While I was waiting for the final results, I got really, really angry," he said.

    "Then I got really sad for about two days, and after that I realised, being angry and upset is not going to do anything at this point - if anything it's only going to make it worse.

    "'Adapt and overcome' is my new motto."

    He has spoken out to raise awareness of the condition and the support of his fiance Lisa Stelly - who gave birth to baby Pearl two months ago - is helping him to keep a positive outlook.

    Jack went for tests at the same hospital his daughter Pearl had been born just three weeks earlier. The condition affects the brain and the nervous system.

    "The timing was so bad. I'd just had a baby, work was going great - I kept thinking, 'Why now?'"

    Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy and former X Factor judge Sharon are also stunned and are still struggling to come to terms with their son's condition, which was confirmed by a neurologist last month.

    Sharon said she has been questioning whether she is to blame.

    "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."

    Ozzy said it was unfair.

    "If it was me, you'd think: 'Ozzy had a reputation and it caught up with him', but Jack is such a good guy."

    Jack - an extreme sports enthusiast - will use a combination of daily drug treatments, holistic therapies and lifestyle changes.

    Source: 9 News © 1997-2012 ninemsn Pty Ltd (18/06/12)

    O'Jays Walter Williams on his multiple sclerosis

    It started with a numb big toe.

    Walter Williams was driving back from an O'Jays gig in Buffalo, N.Y., when he felt the strange sensation. The hit-making R&B group had just gotten new stage outfits, so he figured maybe his new shoes were too tight.

    But the numbness soon spread from his toe to his entire foot to his leg, in the middle of an O'Jays tour.

    "I probably stopped in every hospital in every city, trying to find out what was going on," Williams said.

    A doctor in Los Angeles determined that Williams had multiple sclerosis. The diagnosis was confirmed at the Cleveland Clinic......

    When top class cricketer David "Teddy" Thomas was diagnosed with MS, he turned his talents to corporate hospitality and is now helping to raise funds for the MSRC by means of the MSRC Champions Club Lunch .

    David 'Teddy' Thomas

    Find out how Montel Williams is dealing with his MS, and how his workout regimen works for him.

    Montel Williams
    Tamia Hill

    When popular singer Tamia found out she had multiple sclerosis, she wanted to keep it a secret from her fans and friends.

    "Initially, I thought I was not going to tell anyone because I didn't know exactly what it was," revealed the songstress.

    "I didn't want anybody to take it as my being weak or anything. I just didn't want to tell anyone because I didn't have a lot of information on it..........................."

    Tania Hill
    Chrystal Gomes is a stand-up comic and also has MS.

    Chrystal says, "I believe very strongly in the healing power of humour and laughter for I have reaped their benefits in my own life.  In July, it will be 14 years since I was diagnosed with MS. I have never been on any of the available drug treatments, apart from Prednisone during my first attack and during two further significant relapses................ 

    Chrystal Gomes
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