Ozzy Osbourne has revealed he has Parkinson’s disease.
In an interview with ABC’s Good Morning America, Ozzy and wife Sharon discussed the rocker’s diagnosis and his plans for the future.
“It’s been terribly challenging for us all,” Ozzy said.
“I did my last show New Year’s Eve at The Forum. Then I had a bad fall. I had to have surgery on my neck, which screwed all my nerves.”
Sharon said his type of Parkinson’s was not a death sentence but it would impact his life.
“It’s PRKN 2.
“There’s so many different types of Parkinson’s; it’s not a death sentence by any stretch of the imagination, but it does affect certain nerves in your body.
“And it’s — it’s like you have a good day, a good day, and then a really bad day.”
Ozzy now has numbness in his limbs, but wasn’t sure if it could be attributed to the disease or to his surgery.
“I got a numbness down this arm for the surgery, my legs keep going cold,” he said.
“I don’t know if that’s the Parkinson’s or what, you know, but that’s — see, that’s the problem.
“Because they cut nerves when they did the surgery. I’d never heard of nerve pain, and it’s a weird feeling.”
Keeping the health issue quiet was not easy, according to Ozzy.
“I’m no good with secrets. I cannot walk around with it anymore ’cause it’s like I’m running out of excuses, you know?”
He said he felt helpless watching everyone get on with their lives when he couldn’t.
“Coming from a working class background, I hate to let people down. I hate to not do my job.
“And so when I see my wife goin’ to work, my kids goin’ to work, everybody’s doing — tryin’ to be helpful to me, that gets me down because I can’t contribute to my family, you know.
“But you know, put it this way — I’m a lot better now than I was last February. I was in a shocking state.”
They will now travel overseas to get him treatment.
“We’ve kind of reached a point here in this country where we can’t go any further because we’ve got all the answers we can get here,” said Sharon.
“So in April — we’re going to a professional in Switzerland. And he deals with — getting your immune system at its peak.”
Ozzy said he appreciated his fans and wanted to get out there again.
“They’re my air, you know.
“I feel better. I’ve owned up to the fact that I have — a case of Parkinson’s. And I just hope they hang on and they’re there for me because I need them.
“I wanna see my people, you know. It’s like I’m — I miss them so much.”
Sharon is confident he will perform again.
“He’s gonna get back out there. And he’s gonna do what he loves to do; I know it.”