Emilia Clarke plays one of the strongest characters in one of the hottest series on TV. As Daenerys Targaryen, The Mother of Dragons on HBO’s Game of Thrones, there is nothing her character can’t stand up to, even walking through fire when needed. As it turns out, Clarke is just as strong when confronting her own medical crisis. Since joining the show, Charke has experienced not one but two serious brain aneurysms and has been sharing the details of what happened so that others can learn from her experience. She’s also published an essay called A Battle For My Life and has recently shared five new pictures from her treatment on CBS News.
In her essay, Clarke shared that her first aneurysm occurred in 2011 just after the first season of Game of Thrones finished. She had emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage which kills 30 percent of those who have it. The aneurysm hit while she was in the middle of doing a plank position during a workout— something she did frequently in response to the pressure that she felt with the success achieved from Game of Thrones.
Aside from the intense pain that she experienced during the episode, Clarke’s recovery was full of fear that she would lose the capacity for memory, a skill she needed to be able to master scripts and perform as an actress. She did return to work in just six weeks after the incident but worried every day that her condition would return. Clarke’s worst fears came true when she had her second aneurysm and the recovery from this episode was more grueling. She called it worse than anything her character experienced. However, she also drew on the fierceness of her character to inspire her bravery for the second round of her fight.
The Brave Decision To Share Her Story
While she initially wanted to keep her experience private, she’s now opening up and hoping to inspire other survivors. She’s even started a charity, called SameYou to promote visibility for the condition. Online fans appreciated her bravery in sharing her story. The response across social media was full of admiration and support. Below is just one example of many.
We wish Clarke the best as she continues to stay healthy and works to support other survivors.
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