Ashton Kutcher said he is “lucky to be alive” after a rare disease left him unable to see or hear. Kutcher said it took him a year to recover from the disease.
During an episode of National Geographics “Running Wild With Bears Grylls,” according to Variety, Kutcher talked about how he was diagnosed with this rare form of vasculitis, which took him a whole year to recover. Vasculitis is an autoimmune disease that results in the inflammation of the blood vessels.
“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 said. “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.”
“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,” Kutcher added about his personal growth following the diagnosis. “You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them.”
“It was really nostalgic to be back on the set,” Kutcher told Variety at the red carpet premiere of “Vengeance” last month. “It’s all the same folks that made ‘That ’70s Show,’ so it was pretty bizarre.”
It’s good to see that Kutcher is doing better and that he has a fresh outlook on life now that he can spread to other people all over the world.