Sharon Osbourne, the wife of legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne, has recently spoken up about her husband’s health issues. In an emotional ITV documentary, Sharon candidly discussed how Ozzy’s Parkinson’s disease has profoundly affected their lives since his diagnosis in January 2020.
Life Changes in an Instant
Sharon painted a vivid picture of the toll Parkinson’s has taken on Ozzy’s once vibrant life. She described him as an energetic performer, always dashing around on stage, and enjoying long walks. However, with the onset of Parkinson’s, their lives shifted dramatically.
“I just think of my husband, who was very energetic, loved to go on walks, gave a two-hour performance on stage every night, dashing around like a lunatic,” she shared. “Suddenly, your life as you know it ends.”
The Unseen Heartbreak
For Sharon, witnessing her spouse struggle with the effects of Parkinson’s has been devastating. “Every time I see my spouse, it kills my heart,” she explained, holding back tears. “Although seeing him in that situation makes me sad, what he is going through is far worse. I feel like crying when I look at him, but he isn’t aware of it.”
Finding Strength in Family
Amid the pain, there has been a silver lining for the Osbourne family. Sharon revealed that they have grown closer than ever before. “The family,” she emphasized, “we’re spending a lot more time together now.”
Kelly and Jack, Ozzy’s adult children, joined their mother on Good Morning America to discuss their father’s recent health struggles. The Black Sabbath vocalist, 73, revealed the challenges they had faced in the previous years, including a pneumonia diagnosis and a fall in his Los Angeles home.
A New Reality
With openness and honesty, Sharon identified Ozzy’s diagnosis as PRKN2, assuring that it is not a death sentence. “It’s like having a wonderful day, a great day, and then a bad one,” she explained. Parkinson’s disease, a neurological illness that limits movement, has certainly brought its share of hardships.
Ozzy’s Grueling Journey
In a recent update shared with The Observer, Ozzy discussed the arduous path he has been on since his diagnosis. “Even if you think you’re elevating your feet, nothing changes. I feel like I’m wearing leaden boots,” he confessed. He also revealed how Parkinson’s has significantly impacted his mental health. “I hit a plateau that wasn’t quite as high as I had imagined. Nothing felt particularly pleasant. Nothing. I started using these antidepressants, and they work.”
Embracing the Present
Despite the health concerns, Ozzy has managed to find solace in the present moment. He has learned to live without worrying excessively about the future or the limitations imposed by Parkinson’s. “You never know when you’ll wake up and find yourself unable to get out of bed. But you simply don’t think about it,” he shared.
In the face of adversity, the Osbourne family remains resilient. Their unwavering support for one another and their determination to make the most of every day is truly inspiring.