Sharon Stone opens up about losing everything after  brain aneurysm

Sharon Stone, 61, compares herself to Princess Diana as she claims she ‘lost EVERYTHING and was treated in a brutally unkind way’ during seven year recovery from brain aneurysm

Sharon Stone has compared herself to Princess Diana as she revealed she ‘lost everything’ and felt ‘forgotten’ in the aftermath of her stroke in 2001.

The Hollywood star, 61, who had the stroke following a brain aneurysm, said she was being treated in a ‘brutally unkind’ way by a number of people following the life-threatening condition and admitted it took her ‘about seven years’ to fully recover.

She told Variety that she was grateful that Bernard Arnault (LVMH head and now the second-richest person in the world), rescued her with a Dior contract. 

Candid: Sharon Stone has revealed she ‘lost everything’ and felt ‘forgotten’ in the aftermath of her stroke in 2001 – which took her seven years to recover from 

She said: ‘I had to remortgage my house. I lost everything I had. I lost my place in the business. I was like the hottest movie star, you know?

‘It was like Miss Princess Diana and I were so famous — and she died and I had a stroke. And we were forgotten.’

Sharon, who described the aneurysm as a ‘lightning bolt’ strike to the head so painful that it knocked her unconscious, is now an advocate for brain-aging diseases that disproportionally affect women.

Comparing herself to the late Princess Diana (picture date unknown) she said: ‘It was like Miss Princess Diana and I were so famous — and she died and I had a stroke. And we were forgotten’

She said: ‘This is why I do it: My mother had a stroke. My grandmother had a stroke. I had a massive stroke — and a nine-day brain bleed. People treated me in a way that was brutally unkind. 

During her recovery, Sharon was also in the midst of a custody battle for her son Roan, now 19, with her former husband Phil Bronstein, 68, also had to remortgage her house. 

The Basic Instinct star, who also has sons Laird, 14, and Quinn, 13, was given just a one per cent chance of survival because she did not seek treatment immediately and now urges women to seek treatment if they experience a ‘really bad headache’. 

Mother and son: During her recovery Sharon was also in the midst of a custody battle for her son Roan (right), now 19 (pictured in January last year)

Former flame: Sharon (pictured with her former husband Phil Bronstein) also had to remortgage her house

Speaking at a Women’s Brain Health Initiative event earlier this week, she said: ‘If you have a really bad headache, you need to go to the hospital.

‘I didn’t get to the hospital until day three or four of my stroke. Most people die. I had a one per chance of living by the time I got surgery — and they wouldn’t know for a month if I would live.

‘No one told me — I read it in a magazine.’ 

Hollywood star: The Basic Instinct star was given just a one per cent chance of survival because she did not seek treatment immediately

Speaking about the terrifying experience on Oprah’s masterclass in 2014, Sharon said: ‘I called my mum and I said ”mum I am calling you from the emergency room and she said ”oh honey”.

‘I said ”I am having a brain hemorrhage” and she said ”I am on my way I love you”.

‘I was being wheeled down the hallway at one point on a gurney and I woke up and I was like what is going on. This young intern said ”I am taking you to surgery”.

‘I said what surgery and he said brain surgery. ‘

After performing an angiogram on the actress, surgeons realised that her vertebral artery had ruptured and she had been hemorrhaging into her back, neck, face and spine.

Sharon added: ‘I woke up finding out that this is what had happened and then I had to learn to walk, hear, write, talk, remember and everything all over again. I thought that I was dying for a long time even after I came home.’

Glam: Sharon, who also has sons Laird, 14, and Quinn, 13, has made it her mission to urge women to go to hospital if they experience a ‘really bad headache’

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