Kelly Osbourne has a memoir coming out and somehow she scored the cover of US Magazine to promote it, which is surprising to me. I guess it shouldn’t be considering that US is also the magazine working overtime to normalize the Trump family. Oh and US just got bought by the company which owns Enquirer and Star, so I guess that explains it. Anyway US has an excerpt from Kelly’s memoir and she details her battle with lyme disease, which is something she hasn’t previously disclosed. I do remember hearing that she was having health problems. Her brother, Jack, has multiple sclerosis and went public with his diagnosis in 2012. Here’s some of the excerpt US posted and they have more on their site:
My prescriptions kept piling up. I couldn’t sleep, so they gave me Ambien. When Ambien made me nauseated, they switched me to Trazodone, but that gave me acid reflux, so then I had to take an antacid every day. I took cranberry extract and antibiotics because one medication made me prone to getting urinary tract infections. Painkillers — for an ex–painkiller addict — to help with the head and body aches. Not kidding — I had pills to deal with the anxiety that I was having from taking so many pills.
When I got yet another prescription that left me barely able to speak, I was reduced to a lump on the couch, and that was my breaking point. I took my bag of pills, and my fiancé [Matthew Mosshart; the two split in 2014] drove me to my mum’s house. I sat them all out, one by one, until they lined up the length of the counter. “I can’t live like this anymore,” I said. “I’m a vegetable.”
As a last resort, she 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.
I got on a plane and flew to Philip’s treatment center in Germany. I started stem cell therapy. Rather than trying to kill off the disease with antibiotics, this treatment worked to strengthen my immune system so my body could fight off and get rid of the disease on its own, which is a much more complete and lasting cure. I stayed for two weeks. I was experiencing emotions and feelings again. I’d been in a diseased and doctor-approved drug-induced haze for so long that I didn’t know what it was like to be happy or sad or in pain.
I’ve kept quiet about my Lyme disease, not only for fear of pharmaceutical companies coming after me because of the cure I found in Germany but also because it seems like the trendy disease to have right now, and I’m tired of seeing sad celebrities play the victim on the cover of weekly mags. Since I know firsthand how awfully debilitating it is, I know who really has it and who is just trying to prolong their 15 minutes. I don’t understand how anyone could think that the life you have to live with Lyme disease is glamorous.
I was a f–ked-up ugly duckling who somehow emerged a lavender swan. I went from being the girl mums told their kids to stay away from to the girl mums follow on social media and stop in the street to ask for advice about their own daughters’ struggles. So after fielding the same question what seemed about 50 million times, I decided to write this book because: THERE IS NO F–KING SECRET!
I got really sick suddenly about 15 years ago and felt dizzy all the time, was tired and could barely walk when I was otherwise sporty and in peak physical health. I was never definitively diagnosed with lyme disease but I have a similar story to Kelly – I was put on so many prescription drugs which just made it worse. I did not get better until I went off all medication. So I think many of her symptoms were due to to the medication, which is what she says here. Also, I question what kind of tests this alternative doctor gave her to diagnose lyme disease, but that’s just because it’s Kelly and I question just about everything she says. She’s an a-hole for calling out other celebrities for going public with their lyme disease. Of course Kelly is a special snowflake with lyme and other celebrities are saying they have it to be trendy. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy, lyme disease is awful and it takes a lot to admit you have it. She’s also lucky to have been able to seek out and afford stem cell treatment. Eyeroll at her calling herself a “lavender swan.” I’m glad she’s better but it’s Kelly Osbourne, she’s still an asshole.