Whether performing on American Idol, rousing guests at a Women On the Move luncheon, or recording a song that stirs your soul, David Osmond has been inspiring people since his MS diagnosis nearly ten year ago.
"I thought music was done for me," David said. Earlier in his MS journey, he couldn't walk, his breathing was so labored that he couldn't sing, and playing guitar was impossible. Fortunately, he has regained most of his function, but thinks about what it would have meant for an Osmond to live a life without music.
David is the son of Alan Osmond, the founder of the famed troupe of singing brothers, who also lives with MS. David credits a favorite saying of his father's — "I may have MS but MS does not have me" — with helping him get back on stage.
David recently released a new hit song on FUSE.com entitled, “I Can Do This.” A potential anthem for anyone impacted by MS, it chronicles his battle with MS and how he finds strength through music. “I wrote this song to inspire people to do more than simply cope with the disease, and not let their MS define them. The language of music is universal and I hope that listeners share the song so its message may encourage people to draw upon their own inner strength to meet life's challenges head-on."
David understands that the symptoms that required he use a wheelchair once can reoccur at any time. "People ask me all the time, 'How you doing?' and I tell them, 'It's the best day of my life, because I'm still here, on this planet, still breathing.'"
David is grateful that, as he has learned more about MS, he has learned more about his father. And when he sees how many clinical trials are underway, he has reason to hope there will never be a third generation of Osmonds with MS.
"I know it's going to be a bright future," he said.
David’s new awareness building campaign Our Voice In Song is in partnership with Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.