Kelly Osbourne has always been open and honest about her personal struggles. And Osbourne just opened up about near-fatal Lyme Disease in her new memoir, There is No F*cking Secret: Letters From a Badass Bitch, recounting how she was given countless prescriptions over the years for misdiagnosed symptoms.
In an excerpt from the book, she wrote:
Osbourne was exhausted and in agony — both mentally and physically. She recalls how she was feeling anxious from taking so many pills, and it seemed like a helpless situation until her family intervened.
“As a last resort, she [Sharon Osbourne] called Philip Battiade at Infusio, an alternative medicine practitioner. I’d first met him when he treated my brother for MS. When I met with Philip, I assured him that I hadn’t used unprescribed drugs in years and that I thought I had Lyme disease. I had started entering my symptoms into online quizzes, and the results kept coming back Lyme disease. For the first time, someone listened to me, and I got tested. The results were positive: I had stage III neurological Lyme disease. I was relieved to finally know what was going on, but I was also scared s–tless.”
Osbourne believes she contracted the disease in a reindeer sanctuary during her father’s 56th birthday. After her diagnosis, Osbourne began receiving stem cell therapy at a treatment center in Germany, and gradually strengthened her immune system so that her body could fight off the disease.
Osbourne experience serves as a solid reminder to always seek help if you’re experiencing any pain. Trust your gut, get a second opinion, and talk to your friends and family about it.
Thanks for getting in deep and sharing this sensitive stuff, Kelly.