Sharon Stone. Image Credit: NYT

Actress Sharon Stone says she feels like a different person since having a stroke in 2001.

During an interview with Attitude, the 62-year-old looked back at the health scare, which saw her having to learn even the most basic of skills.

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“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,” Stone said.

“And when I look at 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,” she added.

The actress, who has three children — Roan, 20, Laird, 15, and Quinn, 14 — was given just a small chance of survival.

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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 per cent 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.”

Stone also previously admitted she “lost everything” in the wake of her medical emergency.

“[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.”