Sharon Stone feels like a different person since having a stroke.

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

The 62-year-old actress experienced a huge health scare in 2001, which saw her having to learn even the most basic of skills, but she embraced the opportunity to "make better choices" and now feels a disconnect to who she was before then.

Speaking to Attitude, she said: "When you get to rebuild your brain, you can make better choices.

"I mean, I even decided to discipline my mind. Maybe if I'm rebuilding my brain, it's like a muscle. Maybe I should not even spend time on bad thoughts. Maybe I don't have to have bad thoughts.

"And when I look at the me from before, I remember her, most of it, not all of it but I remember her. But I don't feel like I am her completely, you know? It's a strange, strange sort of dual reality. We do really get to pick who we want to be in our life and career."

The 'Casino' star - who has Roan, 20, Laird, 15, and Quinn, 14 - was given just a 1% chance of survival because she didn't seek treatment right away so has urged other women to go to hospital if they experience a "really bad headache".

She previously 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 1% 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."

And Sharon previously admitted she "lost everything" in the wake of her medical emergency.

On the losses she experienced, she said: "[From] trying to keep custody of my son to just functioning -- to be able to work at all.

"I was so grateful to [LVMH head and now the second-richest person in the world] Bernard Arnault, who rescued me by giving me a Dior contract. But 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."


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