The Hollywood star Sharon Stone has just written a new autobiography called “The Beauty of Living Twice,” and it begins in the hospital, where the actress was recovering from a near-fatal stroke back in 2001.
“When you face death, you look at everything all over again — life, hope, dreams,” said Stone, according to Closer Weekly. “I’ve come to terms with death and know it awaits so I am going to do as much as possible with my time.”
The brain hemorrhage left the former Basic Instinct star with impaired speech, hearing and mobility.
“There was about a five percent chance of me living,” she said. “My whole life was wiped out.”
Recovering from the stroke was also no easy task.
“It took me about seven years,” said Stone, who also went through a 2003 divorce from her second husband, Phil Bronstein.
“[From] trying to keep custody of my son to just functioning — to be able to work at all,” she recalled. “I had to re-mortgage my house. I lost everything I had.”
As she recovered, Stone drew strength from her relationship with her sons, Roan, 20, whom she shares with Bronstein, and Laird, 15, and Quinn, 14, whom she adopted as a single mom.
“The most badass thing I’ve ever done is pick myself up and move forward and continue with my goal as a parent to raise my children well,” she explained.
Stone was able to financially bounce back in 2005 when she signed a contract with Dior. A year later, she made Basic Instinct 2, finally earning the same amount that Michael Douglas did for the first movie.
“I just was so blessed that I got to live. And then I was equally if not more blessed that I got to learn to work around my brain damage,” said Sharon, who added that she is proud to share her trials in this unflinching new memoir.
“I have learned to forgive the unforgivable,” she said. “My hope is that I share my journey, and you will learn the same.”
Stone is living proof of the fact that no matter what challenges life throws at us, we should never give up.