Sharon Stone shared that doctors thought she was “faking” a life-threatening stroke.
In a new interview with British Vogue, The Oscar-nominated actress recalled the near-fatal stroke she suffered in 2001 and the doctors who she says initially misdiagnosed her medical emergency and sent her home with almost no treatment.
The Basic Instinct star explained the pain in her head as a “lightning feeling” just before she was admitted to the hospital all those years ago.
“I remember waking up on a stretcher and asking the boy pushing her where I was going and he said, ‘Brain surgery,'” the actress recalled. “A doctor had decided, without my knowledge or consent, that he should perform exploratory brain surgery on me and sent me to the operating room.”
She claims the medical staff didn’t take her description of her pain level seriously and therefore didn’t detect the brain bleed: “They missed it on the first angiogram and decided I was faking it,” Stone told the publication.
In all honesty, Sharon Stone, 65, revealed in a new interview with British Vogue that she suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2001 and that doctors thought she was “faking it.”
The hemorrhage resulted in a nine-day brain hemorrhage and a 1% chance of survival after surgery.
When Stone fully realized the doctors’ plan to perform exploratory brain surgery, she did her best to make it clear that she had not consented to the operation.
In hindsight, some two decades later, Stone has a new perspective on the way patients are treated.
“Through this experience, I learned that women are often simply not heard in the medical environment, especially when there is no female doctor,” said the Meadville, Pennsylvania, native.
Coincidentally, Stone’s best friend was by her side in the hospital and was able to advocate for her, which ultimately led to her getting a second angiogram.
“My best friend convinced them to give me a second one and they discovered that I had a bleed in my brain and throughout my subarachnoid pelvis and that my vertebral artery was ruptured,” Stone explained, adding: “I would have died if “they had sent me home.”
Studies have shown that the experience of medical gaslighting stones is becoming more common National Center for Biotechnology Information of the National Library of Medicine. And that “the number of women of color affected by this is staggering.”
Once the correct diagnosis had been made, the casino star was finally seen by the respected neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Lawton was treated, but her road to recovery was not without its own problems.
Medical emergency: “I remember waking up on a stretcher and asking the boy who was pushing her where I wanted to go and he said, ‘Brain surgery,'” the actress recalls. “A doctor, without my knowledge or consent, had decided that he should perform exploratory brain surgery on me and sent me to the operating room”; Stone is pictured in 2001, shortly before she suffered a brain haemorrhage
After losing significant weight during her hospital stay, Stone had difficulty walking and stuttered when speaking.
“I was bleeding so badly into my subarachnoid pelvis [head, neck and spine] “The right side of my face was drooping, my left foot was dragging a lot and I was stuttering really bad,” she revealed.
That’s why Stone now takes daily medication for stuttering and severe brain attacks.
“For the first few years I also started getting these weird knuckle-like lumps that would form all over my head and felt like I was being hit,” she confessed. “I can’t express how painful this all was.”
Earlier this month, Stone said People that her vision was also impaired and that she suffered from memory loss in the early stages of her recovery.
The toll the whole experience took was also evident in her suffering long bouts of depression throughout her decade-long recovery.
Some 22 years later, Stone is just starting to feel comfortable telling her story because she was worried about the reaction she would provoke from both the public and the acting industry.
“I hid my disability and was afraid to go out and didn’t want people to know about it,” says Stone, who credits Michael J. Fox with encouraging her to share her experiences. “I just thought no one would accept me.”
With a few exceptions, the “Mosaic” star claims that people in Hollywood have not been supportive of her career given her health scare and that she doesn’t get hired “often” because she is “disabled.”
Impact: Stone says people in Hollywood have not been supportive of her career in the wake of her health scare and that she doesn’t get “hired often” because she’s a “disabled hire”; She is pictured at Cold Creek Manor, which is likely her first home after her medical emergency
Second calling: Stone has made a name for herself with her flourishing career as a painter and her time on the board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation, which supports the medical institute run by her brain surgeon, Dr. Michael Lawton in Arizona found a second appeal
Stone has found some salvation in now serving on the board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation, which supports the medical institute run by her brain surgeon, Dr. Michael Lawton in Arizona directs.
As part of her duties, she is the brains behind Neuro Night, a charity event that took place on Friday, October 27th. All money raised goes directly to supporting Barrow’s scientific research to find cures for brain aneurysms, tumors and Parkinson’s disease. ‘
With no acting roles lined up for her, Stone’s second calling is a successful career as a painter, where she can give free rein to her creative urges as she pleases.
And now she moves forward with her life with the firm belief that she will not let her disability define her.
“I think a lot of people identify with their illness as ‘I am this thing,’ and it can’t be your identity,” she shared, before discussing some of the losses she’s suffered. “In my case, so much was taken from me.” I lost custody of my child, I lost my career and was unable to work, I went through a divorce and was tested, I have lost so much and I could have let that define me. But you have to stand up and say, “Okay, this happened, now what?” What am I made of?