Stars who suffer from rare diseases

Ashton Kutcher says he's "lucky to be alive" after battling rare autoimmune disorder which left him unable to see, hear, or walk

Stars Insider

09/08/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Health

While celebrities may seem like they have it all together, sometimes that's only surface deep. Many of the celebs you know and love are actually suffering from rare diseases, getting treatments or finding ways to cope in addition to their already intense schedules.

Ashton Kutcher is one such incredibly busy star who has also secretly battled a rare autoimmune disorder. On August 8, Access Hollywood shared a sneak peek of the actor's upcoming appearance on 'Running Wild with Bear Grylls,' in which he details his condition publicly for the first time: "Like two years ago, I had this weird, super rare form of vasculitis, that like knocked out my vision, it knocked out my hearing, it knocked out like all my equilibrium," he told host Bear Grylls of the disorder. "It took me like a year to build it all back up."

The actor continued, "You don't really appreciate it until it's gone. 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.'" He noted that he's "lucky to be alive" and that through this experience he's learned to "start seeing your obstacles as things that are made for you, to give you what you need," because then "You start surfing on top of your problems instead of living underneath them."

In this gallery, find out which stars don't have it quite as easy as you may think. Click on.

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