David Osmond and MS

Yesterday I attended a benefit luncheon for Multiple Sclerosis.  I’ve attended this luncheon every year since 2008–with the exception of one, and every year I come away amazed at the tenacity of the guest speaker and a very real lesson about life and the attitude with which a successful person approaches it.

This year however, surpassed all with the guest speaker being David Osmond, the nephew of Donny and Marie Osmond and a musician in his own right.  Indeed, one of my first thoughts was that I needed to get a couple of his CD’s because he really is an amazing performer.

Being a musician is not his only talent though.  He is a fantastic motivational speaker who  has the ability to move the audience to feel his emotion, something he has plenty of given the fact that he was diagnosed with MS at the age of 26 during a very rapid and aggressive onset that confined him to a wheelchair in a relatively short period of time.

David Osmond credits his father, Alan Osmond who also has MS for his positive outlook, citing his father’s philosophy of approaching life with a T.U.F.F. outlook.  He went on to explain that no matter what your problems are, the first thing you must do is:

Target the problem.  After all, how can you fight a problem when you haven’t identified exactly what it is first?

Second,  Understand the Problem.  Study it, he said.  Every angle, backwards and forwards until you know everything there is to know about it.

Third, Focus on it.  Don’t get distracted.  If you are distracted your energies are divided.

Fourth, Fight it.  Fight with all you’ve got what you’ve targeted, how you understand it and with all your focus.

There is something in this philosophy that all of us could learn from whether or not it is MS or something else we are struggling with.  “Life is tough,” Alan told his son.  “Be T.U.F.F. back.”  Wise words indeed, and something I will try to remember when life does get tough.

If you are interested in any of David Osmond’s music, a percentage of the proceeds goes to benefit MS research so you would helping out a great cause.

For more information on MS and symptoms visit Beyond the Brush.

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23 Responses to David Osmond and MS

  1. mlissabeth says:

    Thank you for this inspirational post. I am curious why you attend the benefit luncheon. Do you or someone you know have MS?

    • My Grandfather had MS, but when a friend of mine’s friend was diagnosed, she rallied for her and captained a table at this annual event, and I agreed to attend. I haven’t looked back since. It is a great cause.

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  3. A few years ago, my stepmother was diagnosed with MS. I will be forwarding on this uplifting post to her. 🙂

    • Thank you so much for stopping by! I’m sorry to hear about your Stepmother! I pray she finds success with the treatments available. One of the things that David talked about with an acquaintance yesterday was how some of the new treatments are working so much better than they used to. Hopefully we are getting closer to a cure.

      • I hope they are getting close to finding a cure. She is currently stable on her medication – I just hope she stays that way for a long time. It has been a difficult road because she was misdiagnosed for five years. Finally, she found a specialist who correctly diagnosed her with MS. One of the earlier diagnoses told her it was all in her head and put her on an antidepressant.

      • I believe that is a very common scenario for MS. Or so many of the stories at this benefit that I’ve attended seems to attest to. Not many of them know straight away that it is MS. I think this is because you can actually have MS and still have all the tests be negative for it. Glad she found the right doctor and the right medicine!

  4. jmgoyder says:

    Great post and I remember Donny!!!

    • I do too! We grew up watching the Osmonds. I found a touching interview with all the boys, and had planned to link it in the post but accidentally closed it before I copied the link. Then I couldn’t find it again. It was really interesting, because they talked about the downside of so much togetherness, and the bad things about being in the public–stuff you really don’t hear much about. It was on Alan Osmonds page and just made them seem all the more touchable, if you know what I mean–more real. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. terry1954 says:

    thanks for the information! i will listen

  6. Wow – that’s a great post. Awesome, and I love the steps that were pointed out. . . . seems like those can be applicable in many situations. Donny Osmond’s son Donny Jr. is in the same congregation I’m in currently – funny dude and great family.

    • I thought so! I was just amazed by this kid (well, he’s younger than me anyway!) I kept wondering how many people would have a total life change if they had the ability to adopt that kind of philosophy. Truly inspiring. I also watched an interview with all the boys (the original Osmonds) that was so good, but I lost the link and couldn’t find it again. It was on Alan’s part of their family website. They talked a lot about how they had the normal issues one would think that many boys in a family would have–you know, who’s the leader, who’s the boss, why does he get to make all the decisions. It was very poignant, and emotional, but you could tell they still respected and loved each other. Something I want my boys to have–maybe they don’t agree always, but there always room for respect and love. A great lesson.

  7. Madhu says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post and for sharing great advice from David Osmond! Like the others, I am praying too that a cure is imminent

  8. deniz says:

    Great post. I had no idea about the Osmonds. Thanks for sharing David’s advice!

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