Ashton Kutcher reveals prior vasculitis diagnosis that resulted in loss of sight, hearing, and balance temporarily

Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher, of “That 70s Show” fame, recently revealed a terrifying and potentially life-altering health issue he experienced about two years ago.

In an interview with survivalist TV star Bear Grylls, Kutcher revealed that he had temporarily lost his vision, hearing, and sense of balance following a diagnosis of vasculitis, a rare autoimmune disorder, Fox News reported.

Kutcher has since recovered from that particular health scare and shared with Grylls how it helped change his perspective on life in general and the different challenges and obstacles that people sometimes face.

Diagnosed with vasculitis

According to the Mayo Clinic, vasculitis is a condition involving the inflammation of blood vessels, which can “cause the walls of the blood vessels to thicken, which reduces the width of the passageway through the vessel. If blood flow is restricted, it can result in organ and tissue damage.”

The revelation from Kutcher that he had been diagnosed with and suffered from vasculitis came during a discussion with Grylls while hiking through a forest as part of the National Geographic program “Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge.”

Asked by Grylls where his personal source of strength came from, according to Entertainment Weekly, Kutcher replied, “Like, two years ago, I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis that like knocked out my vision, and knocked out my hearing, and knocked out all my equilibrium.”

“It took me like a year to build it all back up,” the actor continued. “You don’t really appreciate it till it’s gone, until you go, ‘I don’t know if I’m ever going 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.'”

Changed perspective on life’s obstacles

Kutcher acknowledged that he was “lucky to be alive” and further revealed that the health scare had changed his perspective a great deal on things like dealing with adversity in life.

“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?” Kutcher said. “You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them.”

Will hopefully inspire others

Fox News noted that this bout with vasculitis was not Kutcher’s first significant health scare, as he had twice been hospitalized for pancreatitis while portraying the late Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs for the 2013 film “Jobs,” due to Kutcher’s efforts to adopt some of Jobs’ habits and behaviors, such as drinking carrot juice.

It is great news that Kutcher survived his vasculitis health issue and is even better that he developed a more optimistic outlook on life because of that diagnosis, and, hopefully, his sharing of what occurred can help inspire others to change their own perspectives on dealing with life’s adversities and challenges.

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