American actor Ashton Kutcher has opened up about his battle with a rare form of vasculitis nearly two years ago that had left him unable to hear or see for an extended period of time.
Before there are a bunch of rumors/ chatter/ whatever out there. Yes, I had a rare vasculitis episode 3yrs ago. (Autoimmune flair up) I had some impairments hear, vision, balance issues right after. I fully recovered. All good. Moving on. See you at the 2022 NY Marathon w/Thorn
— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) August 9, 2022
“Like two years ago I had a weird, super-rare form of vasculitis that knocked out my vision, knocked out my hearing, and knocked out all my equilibrium,” Kutcher stated in an exclusive video clip released to “Access Hollywood” from an upcoming episode of National Geographic’s “Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge.”
“It took me like a year to build it all back up again. 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.’” he added.
Kutcher pointed out that he is “lucky to be alive”.
Vasculitis is an autoimmune disease that results in the inflammation of the blood vessels. Various diseases such as Cogan’s syndrome fall under the category of vasculitis. Kutcher did not disclose the specifics of his diagnosis.
“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. You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them” the actor continued.
Kutcher recently appeared in a supporting role in B.J. Novak’s feature directorial debut “Vengeance”. He will soon reprise his breakout role of Michael Kelso in “That ’90s Show,” Netflix’s upcoming sequel series to “That ’70s Show.”