Ashton Kutcher says he’s “lucky to be alive” after having a rare autoimmune disorder diagnosed two years ago. He had lost his vision, hearing and couldn’t walk due to his equilibrium being effected. He talked about this in an upcoming episode of National Geographic’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge.” This is the first time he openly spoke about his health issues and his rare diagnosis.
He’s been married to Mila Kunis and shares two children with her. He says that it took him about a year to get his senses back. Vasculitis is when your blood vessels inflame and possibly effects one or more organs. If blood flow is restricted, it can result in organ and tissue damage. Luckily he was able to get diagnosed and start treatment before he lost the ability to see and hear completely.
“Like two years ago, I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis, that like knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out like all my equilibrium,” Kutcher told Access Hollywood. “You don’t really appreciate it, until it’s gone. Until you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to see again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to hear again, I don’t know if I’m ever going to be able to walk again.'”
“The minute you start seeing your obstacles as things that are made for you, to give you what you need, then life starts to get fun, right? You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them,” he said.