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Ashton Kutcher shares details of secret battle with rare autoimmune disease

Ashton Kutcher said he was "lucky to be alive" after contracting a rare disease that left him unable to see, hear or walk.

Kutcher airs on Running Wild with Bear Grylls: The Challenge, National his geographic.

During the episode, Grylls asked Kutcher where his strength comes from, to which the actor replied: It knocked my hearing out. It broke all my balance. ''

Kutcher, 44, said it took him about a year to regain his senses and balance.

"You really don't appreciate it until it's gone, until you're gone. Seeing again I don't know if I will, if I will be able to hear again, if I will be able to walk again," he says. 28}

Actor and director Harold Ramis died in 2014 from complications of vasculitis . Director of Caddy Shack, National Lampoons His Vacation , Groundhog His Day He spent four years in this business until his death at the age of 69. I was sick.

Kutcher added at the end of the interview. : “The moment you start seeing your disability as something that was made for you, to give you what you need, life starts to be fun, right? Start surfing over."

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What is vasculitis?

Vasculitis isaccording to the Mayo ClinicA family of rare diseases that cause inflammation of blood vessels. Inflammation can restrict blood flow and cause organ and tissue damage and even aneurysms.When an aneurysm ruptures, it can cause internal bleeding and death.

Common symptoms of vasculitis include fever, headache, fatigue, weight loss, and pain. As the disease progresses, more serious symptoms such as blindness, hearing loss, ulcers, dizziness, bruising, and shortness of breath may occur.

"The exact cause of vasculitis is not fully understood," writes the Mayo Clinic. "Some types are related to a person's genetic makeup. Some result from the immune system mistakenly attacking blood vessel cells."

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Who Has Vasculitis? However, age, family history, drug use, and past medical conditions make the disease more likely.

In Ontario, her GCA affected about 235 per 100,000 in 2018, up from 125 per 100,000 her in 2000.

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Kawasaki disease is the most common vasculitis in children around the age of five, and the study found it to be most common in children of Southeast Asian descent.

About 20 children per 100,000 in Canada suffer from Kawasaki disease.

It is unknown what type of vasculitis Kutcher suffers from.

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