The Hollywood star Sharon Stone is opening up this week about the stroke that nearly killed her almost two decades ago.
Yahoo News reported that in a new interview, Stone reflected on the moment she called her mother from the hospital in September 2001, when she was also experiencing a cerebral hemorrhage that lasted nine days.
“You (told your mom), ‘You better get here quickly,'” television host Willie Geist asked the 63 year-old star. “Did you feel in that moment, Sharon, like you might die?”
“The room was so silent,” Stone recalled. “When the room is so silent and no one’s running around trying to fix you, that’s when you realize how near death is and how serious everything is.”
“You write about the light, the feeling of falling, seeing people who had passed,” Geist replied, referencing Stone’s new memoir, “The Beauty of Living Twice.”
“I found out that I wasn’t the only one who’d had this kind of experience,” she responded. “It’s so profound. And I know that scientists feel that it’s a scientific thing that happens. And spiritualists believe that it’s a spiritual thing. Personally, I’m with (Albert) Einstein, who believed that it’s both.”
Stone told Variety in 2019 that it took her seven years to recover from the stroke.
“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?” 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.”
Stone went on to add that many people were “brutally unkind” during her recovery.
“From other women in my own business to the female judge who handled my custody case (over my son), I don’t think anyone grasps how dangerous a stroke is for women and what it takes to recover,” she said.
As she looks back on this period during her interview with Geist, Stone said she can see the “silver lining” in what she went through.
“We’re here to learn our lessons,” she explained. “I hope that I was humble and available to my lesson because I don’t wanna do it again. And do I think that I got it right in the smacker, maybe because I didn’t pay attention to some smaller lessons prior.”
These days, Stone is happy to be living her “second life” and is staying busy with acting, modeling, painting and spending quality time with her sons, Roan, Laird and Quinn.
“I’m in a really grateful place,” she said. “When I was a kid, I always wanted to have a house full of kids running and screaming and dogs, and I got it. And I feel very blessed and happy about the life I got. We’re happy together, and what’s better than that?”
“There’s nothing more free than standing centered in yourself,” Stone concluded. “I tell my friends that my new mantra is, ‘It’s never too late to become yourself.’”