Ashton Kutcher discusses his autoimmune disease, which rendered him blind and deaf
After receiving a rare autoimmune illness diagnosis from his doctors, Ashton Kutcher was unable to walk, see, or hear for a year, according to Radar.
During the course of recording an episode of National Geographic’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, the 44-year-old actor spoke openly about the medical condition.
“Like two years ago, I had this crazy, incredibly rare form of vasculitis that like knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out all my equilibrium,” the Hollywood actor told Bear.
Ashton estimated that it took him a year to restore his skills. Vasculitis results in blood vessel inflammation, which interrupts the critical flow of blood to tissues and organs.
Ashton said, “You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone.” If you don’t say, “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,” you won’t.
“Lucky to be alive,” he said to Bear. Ashton claimed that the entire experience gave him a fresh perspective on life.
“Life starts to become enjoyable the moment you begin to view your challenges as something that was created only for you, to provide you with what you require.” Am I right? He remarked that you should stop living beneath your troubles and start surfing on top of them.
For the past few years, Ashton has maintained a relatively quiet profile. He remained mum regarding the timing of the autoimmune disease diagnosis.
His popular Netflix series “The Ranch,” which also starred his troubled actor friend and longtime comrade Danny Masterson, came to an end in 2020.
Although there was a lengthy hiatus after the Punk’d series concluded, the star has now taken up new projects. His upcoming role will see him return to That 90’s Show, a spin-off of the series that first made him famous, as Michael Kelso.
In the now-in post-production show, his wife, Mila Kunis, who plays Jackie Burkhart, is anticipated to return.