The heavy metal icon came out of the shadows and revealed his diagnosis with his fans. In April, he hopes to visit Switzerland to seek more advanced treatment.
In an interview with power couple Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne on Good Morning America, things got deeply emotional. The rockstar revealed that he had officially been diagnosed with Parkinson's, a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. He explained how the disease started out gradually, affecting certain parts of his body. The couple has presently exhausted their medical options in the United States. Therefore, Ozzy and his wife will soon travel to Switzerland, where he will seek further medical treatment. Despite the several painful symptoms he currently experiences, the heavy metal singer asserted that he doesn't plan on quitting anytime soon, The Daily Mail reports.
All the trouble began when Ozzy suffered a painful fall last year, for which he had to undergo surgery. Following the accident, he experienced nerve pain. At the time, his doctors could not identify what the root cause of the issue was. "It has been terribly challenging for us," he said. "I had to have surgery on my neck which screwed all my nerves. I found out that I have a mild form of..." He could sadly not complete his sentence, so his wife picked it up for him. Sharon stated, "It's Parkin 2 which is a form of Parkinson's. There are so many different types of Parkinson's." However, he is yet to back down.
The Black Sabbath lead vocalist continued, "It's not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination but it does affect the nerves in your body. It's like you'll have a good day, then a good day and then a really bad day." He explained that he was "far from" his deathbed, as has been misreported. He simply wanted to come out of the shadows and "own up" to his condition for the sake of his dedicated fans. While he previously felt "guilty" about hiding his diagnosis, he is relieved to finally be able to share it on a public platform. He shared, "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. I feel better now that I have owned up to the fact that I have a case of Parkinson's."
Nonetheless, the journey hasn't been easy. "A year ago I was in a terrible state," he recalled. "I'm on a host of medication, mainly for the surgery... I've got numbness down this arm and my legs are going cold. I don't know if it's the Parkinson's or what. That's the problem." He and his wife will be traveling to Switzerland in April later this year in order to seek medical advice from a professor who specializes in Parkinson's. Sharon affirmed, "We're going to go wherever we can go to find answers." He added, "We're lucky we can afford to do that." As he continues to battle Parkinson's, the heavy mental icon is immensely positive. "I just can't wait to get well and get on the road again, that's what's killing me. I need it, you know - that's my drug," he said. "I ain't going anywhere yet." Ozzy may be in pain for now, but he's still got a lot more rocking left to do.