June 21, 2012 05:00 PM

When PEOPLE senior writer Jen Garcia went to interview Jack Osbourne, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, “I had no idea what to expect,” she says.

But she was pleasantly surprised to see that Osbourne, 26, was both calm and optimistic. “He certainly doesn’t want people to feel sorry for him,” adds Garcia.

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Jack and Sharon Osbourne posed for an exclusive photo shoot and sat down with Garcia for an emotional, revealing interview about the diagnosis, the future, and their positive outlook in this week’s PEOPLE cover story.

Adds Garcia: “I hope you find Jack’s story as emotional and absolutely inspiring as I did.”

For all the details of Jack’s shocking diagnosis, a candid interview with Jack and Sharon, and more on how the famous family is coping, pick up next week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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