Kelly Osbourne reveals secret battle with Lyme disease in new memoir

Kelly Osbourne suffered from a life-threatening disease for a decade -- and she didn't even know.

In 2004, Kelly's mom, Sharon, surprised her father, Ozzy, for his 56th birthday with a reindeer sanctuary in the backyard of their England home. Kelly got bitten by a tick that Ozzy burned off with a match -- but the family didn't think anything of it.

However, Kelly, now 32, experienced various pains for 10 years after the incident, ranging from sore throats and stomachaches, until she had a seizure while filming E!'s "Fashion Police" in March 2013. Doctors diagnosed her with epilepsy and gave her various medications that turned her into a "vegetable."

She detailed how all the various medications affected her in her new memoir "F*cking Secret: Letters From a Badass Bitch":

"My prescriptions kept piling up. I couldn't sleep, so they gave me Ambien. When Ambien made me nauseated, they switched me to Trazodone, but that gave me acid reflux, so then I had to take an antacid every day. I took cranberry extract and antibiotics because one medication made me prone to getting urinary tract infections. Painkillers -- for an ex–painkiller addict -- to help with the head and body aches. Not kidding -- I had pills to deal with the anxiety that I was having from taking so many pills."

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February 2002 -  44th Annual GRAMMY Awards - Clive Davis Pre-GRAMMY Party

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September 2002 - 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

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April 2003 - Nickelodeon's 16th Annual Kids' Choice Awards

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May 2003 - MTV Movie Awards 

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October 2004 - Best Buy Hosts Elton John Dream Ticket Launch 

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February 2005 - The 25th Brit Awards

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May 2006 - 13th Annual Race to Erase MS 

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December 2007 -  Grand opening of Cathouse resturant, lounge and performance space in Las Vegas

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January 2008 - South Bank Show Awards

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May 2009 - Premiere of 'Terminator Salvation' 

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June 2009 - At 'Meat Free Monday' at Inn The Park in London

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February 2010 -  Nanette Lepore Fall 2010 fashion show

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March 2010 - 18th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar party 

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August 2010 -  Comcast Entertainment Group's Party for 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians" premiere

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May 2011 -  An Evening of 'Southern Style' presented by the St. Bernard Project & the Spears family

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May 2011 - Opening party for Tim Burton

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September 2011 - Marchesa Spring 2012 fashion show 

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January 2012  - 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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September 2012 - 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 

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After hitting a breaking point, Kelly just couldn't do it anymore. As a last resort, her mother, Sharon, called Philip Battiade, an alternative medicine practitioner. The TV personality told Dr. Battiade that she thought she had Lyme disease:

"I had started entering my symptoms into online quizzes, and the results kept coming back Lyme disease," Osbourne revealed. "For the first time, someone listened to me, and I got tested. The results were positive: I had stage III neurological Lyme disease."

Kelly wrote in her memoir that she felt "relieved" to finally get a diagnosis, but was "also scared s--tless."

The star immediately flew to Philip's treatment center in Germany where she received stem cell therapy to kill the disease:

"This treatment worked to strengthen my immune system so my body could fight off and get rid of the disease on its own, which is a much more complete and lasting cure. I stayed for two weeks."

A number of Hollywood stars, including members of the Hadid family, have opened up about their battle with the scary disease -- and that's precisely why Kelly decided to keep it a secret.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 09: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) An alternative view of Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne during the MTV EMA's at The Hydro on November 9, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/MTV 2014/Getty Images for MTV)
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English rock singer Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon, USA, 1987. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Rock singer Ozzy Osbourne at home with his family, early 1990's. From left to right, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Jack Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and Amme Osbourne. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: (L-R) Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Aimee Osbourne and Jack Osbourne attend 42nd Annual Grammy Awards on February 23, 2000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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381053 04: Singer Ozzy Osbourne and wife Sharon Arden kiss at the premiere of New Line's 'Little Nicky' November 2, 2000 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
Sharon Osbourne & Ozzy Osbourne during Hollywood Premiere of 'Little Nicky' at Mann Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
403762 08: Musician Ozzy Osbourne pose with his wife Sharon, daughter Kelly and son Jack during the ceremony honoring him with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame April 12, 2002 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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Ozzy, Sharon and Kelly Osbourne at 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno' at the NBC Studios in Burbank, Ca. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect
The Osbourne family: from left, rocker Ozzy Osbourne, son Jack Osbourne, daughter Kelly Osbourne and wife Sharon Osbourne. (Photo by Steve Grayson/WireImage)
Ozzy, Kelly, Sharon and Jack Osbourne during 'School of Rock' Premiere - Arrivals at Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne, hosts during 2005 MTV Australia Video Music Awards - Show at Big Top, Luna Park in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
SYDNEY, NSW - MARCH 3: Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne on stage at the inaugural MTV Australia Video Music Awards at Luna Park on March 3, 2005 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Best Buy capitalizes on ''Bieber Fever'' and ''The Osbournes'' star power for their inaugural Big Game commercial, which features Ozzy Osbourne, Justin Bieber and Sharon Osbourne on January 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Best Buy)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 01: (L-R) TV Personality Jack Osbourne and Lisa Osbourne and TV Personalities Sharon Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne arrive at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' 'Total Recall' held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 1, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Ozzy Osbourne and Sharon Osbourne visit the SiriusXM Studios on December 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
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"It seems like the trendy disease to have right now, and I'm tired of seeing sad celebrities play the victim on the cover of weekly mags," she wrote.

In the aftermath of her scary journey, Kelly has learned about herself -- which she describes in full detail in her new memoir.

"I've learned to advocate for myself when it comes to my health, and I trust my intuition," she wrote. And another tidbit of advice from Osbourne: "Stay the f--k away from reindeer."

She also opens up about a number of other things, including what it's like growing up in the spotlight (and in the shadow of her famous parents), in her new memoir out on April 25.

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