Sharon Osbourne married Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne, a legend to many rock fans, in 1982 after being his manager for three years. The couple built up a life together, having three children and a somewhat regular normal life. The Osbournes, however, are far from normal. Realizing the potential, a Sharon spoke to MTV about doing a reality television show – a show to document the doses of insanity that are prevalent and normal – in the most endearing manner possible – to the Osbourne family’s daily routine.
MTV aired the first episode of ‘The Osbournes’ on March 5, 2002. The family catapulted to fame during the show’s four-year-run. Several months after the premier of the show Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer. Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, occurs in the colon of a human’s digestive system.
Because the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, she was given a 33 percent chance of survival. Despite the grim outlook, Sharon was insistent that MTV cameras continue to document the family’s daily life and follow her throughout her treatment. Sharon had surgery to remove the cancer and underwent chemotherapy. When her hair fell out, she opted to wear a wig.
The toll the cancer took on her family was documented on the TV show. Ozzy admitted he nearly fell apart during her treatment, and their son Jack suffered from depression because of it – so much so, that it was revealed he’d attempted suicide.
Since being declared cancer free, Sharon has been back in front of cameras, hosting a myriad of shows, including ‘The Sharon Osbourne Show’, ‘The X Factor’ and ‘Rock of Love: Charm School’. In March of 2009 a new variety show called ‘Osbournes: Reloaded’ was launched and is currently being aired in the United States.
But surgery to remove her cancer isn’t the only one Sharon has undergone. The 56-year-old has admitted to having had extensive cosmetic surgery. Among her complete remodelling to change her appearance she says she has had rhytidectomy (a type of cosmetic surgery that involves removing wrinkles for a more youthful appearance), abdominoplasty (a procedure to give the abdomen a firmer appearance by removing excess skin and fat), as well as mastopexy, which is a breast augmentation. Her procedures totalled a whopping $500,000.
The list does not end there: in 1999 Sharon underwent lap-band surgery, in which an adjustable band was wrapped around her stomach. This method – also called Adjustable Gastric Band – is used in obese people to shrink the size and volume of their stomachs, allowing them to eat much less. Sharon lost 100 pounds through the procedure, but her weight troubles did not end there.
Always a little on the heavy side, Sharon has attempted to lose weight many times in her life, leading her to become a yo-yo dieter. Despite the success of her lap-band surgery, she has admitted to still suffering from an eating disorder – namely bulimia. Bulimics binge on food and induce a method of ridding themselves of food immediately thereafter. The most common type of bulimia involves patients self-inducing vomiting after a binge, but other methods include the use of enemas and laxatives. (Click to find out more about bulimia)
To say that Sharon Osbourne’s medical record is extensive would be an understatement, yet the witty, well-respected TV personality and matriarch of the kookiest family on television has proven her perseverance when facing pitfalls in regards to her health.
Like Sharon Osbourne, Adam ‘DJ AM’ Goldstein also underwent a stomach operation in order to lose weight.
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