Ashton Kutcher Shifts Attention to Family Time After Health Scare

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Ashton Kutcher Shifts Attention to Family Time After Health Scare

By Movieguide® Contributor

Actor Ashton Kutcher recently shared details about his battle with Vasculitis, an autoimmune disease he’s been struggling with for a few years. 

Vasculitis is an inflammation of the blood vessels that can cause them to thicken. In turn, this can cause organ and tissue damage. 

“I woke up one day and was having vision issues,” Kutcher said of his battle with Vasculitis. “Could hardly see — knocked out my hearing, which threw off my equilibrium, my balance and I couldn’t walk.”

Kutcher spoke of his commitment to “reclaim” his health.

“Part of it is, this sort of mental thing I have around achieving a full comeback from waking up in the hospital,” the actor said. “I was unable to walk, and I was like ‘Wait a second. If I can go from not being able to walk to running a marathon in a three-year span, then I can sort of just let that be a part of the past’ and be like, ‘I’m good. I’m back.'”

After this recent health battle, Kutcher says he’s putting more of an emphasis on family time.

“The biggest shift that took place” for Kutcher, nothing his time now “tends to be with my kids.”

Kutcher has since recovered, and even ran the New York City Marathon this year. 

Movieguide® previously reported on Kutcher’s struggle with the disease:

Ashton Kutcher recently took to Twitter to clarify his comments about a health scare he made while appearing on RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS: THE CHALLENGE. 

“Before there are a bunch of rumors/ chatter/ whatever out there,” Kutcher tweeted. “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.”

Vasculitis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the blood vessels, narrowing them. This restricts blood flow and can cause damage to the organs and tissue. 

While appearing on the show, Kutcher told Grylls, “Like two years ago, I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis, that knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out like all my equilibrium. It took me like a year to build it all back up.”

“You don’t really appreciate it until it’s gone,” he continued. “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.’”

Grylls praised Kutcher for being “strong and resilient.” 

“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 shared. “You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them.”