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Kelly Osbourne Feared Her Father Ozzy Would Never Walk Again After Parkison’s Diagnosis
Kelly Osbourne has discussed her father Ozzy’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease.
The 35-year-old was joined on Tuesday’s episode of Good Morning America (GMA) by her parents and brother Jack to talk about the rock star’s health issues.
After a terrible fall in his toilet in 2019, the “Shut Up” singer revealed in an interview that she believed the Black Sabbath artist would never walk again. Ms. Osborne added, “seeing somebody that you love suffer” was the most difficult aspect of his diagnosis.
“When I saw it myself, it’s really strange how this works because there are some days where I walk in this house and I’m like, ‘There is absolutely nothing wrong with him’, and you think ‘Oh my god he’s going to be great, we are going to be leaving for tour next month’,” Kelly explained.
“And then you come back the next day and nothing has happened but it’s like he can’t feel his arm and he can’t get off the couch.
“The hardest thing is watching somebody that you love suffer.”
Kelly continued by explaining how their family dynamics have shifted due to her father’s Parkinson’s disease.
“We have to be like, ‘Snap out of it. Come on, we have to all admit what’s happening here’, so that we can get over this,” she said.
“And it took a while for everyone to be on the same page.”
Nonetheless, she emphasized that the diagnosis has united the family: “We’ve all learned so much about each other again – and it’s reaffirmed how much we all love each other and how strong we are.
“This time one year ago, we didn’t know if dad was ever going to walk again.”
In a different GMA interview, Ozzy disclosed that he is on a “host of medications” and expressed relief at finally being able to talk about his condition.
“To hide something is hard – you never feel proper. You feel guilty. I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore. It’s like I’m running out of excuses,” he said.
“I feel better now that I have owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson’s.”
The National Health Service (NHS) describes Parkinson’s disease as a disorder in which damage to certain regions of the brain occurs gradually over the course of several years.
Parkinson’s disease is characterized by tremors (uncontrollable shaking) in various parts of the body, slowed movement, and rigid, inflexible muscles. Nevertheless, besides the tremors and stiffness, a person with Parkinson’s disease may also suffer from a host of other physical and mental symptoms, such as melancholy, anxiety, trouble keeping their balance, and memory loss.
Kelly disputed reports earlier this month that her father was terminally ill and said she was “sick” of hearing rumors about her dad’s health in the media.
“Today I had a wonderful start to 2020,” she wrote in her Instagram story.
“I went out to lunch with my family. Then I spent the rest of the day laughing and hanging out with my dad. I come home to read sickening articles about my dad supposedly being on his deathbed.
“Sometimes the media makes me sick!” she continued.
“It’s no secret that my dad has had a rough year when it comes to his health but come the f* on, this is utter bulls*.”
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