Ashton Kutcher has spoken out about a health scare that left him feeling “surviving the world.” The 44-year-old actor shares details of his condition, a glimpse at unreleased episode of Running Away with Bear Grylls Shared by ) Visit Hollywood .
In the clip, Kutcher and Grylls are walking through the woods when Grylls asks about the 70’s show Star, his power from where. “I have this weird, very rare vasculitis that destroys my vision, it destroys my hearing, it destroys all my balance,” Kutcher said. “It took me a year to build it all back up.”
Then he reflected on what the ordeal had taught him: “You won’t really be until it’s gone. Appreciate it – until you go, ‘I don’t know if I’ll be able to see again. I don’t know if I’ll be able to hear again. I don’t know if I’ll be able to walk again…’ I’m lucky to be able to Alive.”
There are different types of vasculitis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of blood vessels, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). With autoimmune diseases, your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy parts of the body; in the case of vasculitis, the body targets blood vessels, sometimes due to an infection, drug reaction, or other condition, but often not fully clear or understood.
When blood vessels become inflamed and swollen, the arteries, veins, and capillaries that carry blood throughout the body can also be affected. This swelling can lead to restricted blood flow, which can lead to tissue and organ damage. Symptoms of most types of vasculitis include body aches, fever, fatigue, headache, and weight loss. Because some types of vasculitis can progress rapidly, early diagnosis is critical for effective treatment.
Most types of vasculitis require medication to control inflammation and prevent future recurrences. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the time it takes for symptoms to appear and resolve varies; flare-ups can be short-term or long-term.
Kutcher tweeted on Monday that he was fully recovered: “Before there was a bunch of rumours/chatter/whatever. Yes, I had a rare 3 years ago Vasculitis . This experience gave him a new perspective on life. “Life starts to get interesting when you start seeing obstacles as giving you what you need, right?” he said. “You start surfing above your problems instead of living below them.”