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I’m not really a glutton for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, but the celebrities and their stories have been extremely touching and have kept me coming back for more in Season 17. Among these is Jack Osbourne, who has competed in the series thus far with little complaint, despite the fact that he is battling MS. On Sunday, the DWTS competitor spoke out in a nice letter explaining to fans what his challenges have been and what the competition as a whole has proved for him. Take that, Stars Earn Stripes.

As Osbourne wrote in a touching and rather lengthy Facebook post, he really had no idea what to expect when he signed on the dotted line to be a part of Season 17 of Dancing With The Stars. Although he has been pretty healthy since he was initially diagnosed with MS, it was still tough to tell how strenuous such a competition might be.
“Although since being diagnosed in May of 2012 with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) I’ve been able to maintain a very active, and somewhat healthy lifestyle, I hadn’t had the opportunity to really figure out my limitations. I’d participated in numerous adventure races, lasting 12-24 hours, but doing something like that is completely different than training 7 days a week, 40 hours a week. You can’t really prepare for a schedule like this.”

Over the years, Dancing with the Stars has proven to be a tough challenge for many celebrities. Kirstie Alley notoriously shed a ton of weight due to the extreme challenge of dancing for so many hours each week. Osbourne has had a few weeks where his arms were a little wonky, but overall, he’s been fun to watch. In his statement, he says that the show has gotten harder as the weeks roll on, but that he is going to continue striving for that prized Mirrorball trophy.
“I’m not saying everyone with MS can do DWTS, but it doesn’t mean you can’t set an achievable goal and strive to achieve it everyday. No matter who you are or what you struggle with, that is something we are all capable of. And right now my goal is to win that mirrorball trophy. “

Osbourne also mentions that he has done well thanks to the help of professional dancer Cheryl Burke. She’s helped him navigate the competition so far, and you can tune in to see Osbourne compete, despite his health difficulties on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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