“I was bleeding all over the place, and far worse than I should have been. But this was a secret and I had no one to tell," the actress recalled
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on April 2, 2021. It has since been updated.
Sharon Stone had some very traumatic and heartwrenching experiences when it came to pregnancy. She had to go through a very painful abortion, followed by a series of miscarriages after which she was told that she had an autoimmune disease and could not have children. The actress revealed this in her memoir, “The Beauty of Living Twice," reported Life News.
Stone revealed how she grew up in an abusive home and how at the age of 18, her first “serious boyfriend” got her pregnant. Afraid, she didn't tell anyone else and her boyfriend drove her to an abortion facility in Ohio where she had an abortion. When she got back home, she had to deal with the trauma by herself. “I was bleeding all over the place, and far worse than I should have been. But this was a secret and I had no one to tell. So I stayed in my room and bled for days. I was weak and scared and then just weak," the actress recalled.
Stone then spoke about how she burned her stained sheets so that her family would not find out, and went back to school. It was then that she went to a Planned Parenthood center and got herself educated about sex and birth control. "This, above all else, saved me: that someone, anyone, could talk to me, educate me.No one ever had, about anything," she wrote. Years later, after she was married to Phil Bronstein, she wanted to have a baby but continued to miscarry. Stone revealed that she had been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and was told that she would not be able to have any biological children. It was then that she chose to adopt three boys, reported Life News.
Stone then proceeded to share several other stories about her health and body struggles. She revealed that when she was undergoing breast reconstruction after having tumors removed from her chest, her surgeon gave her larger breast implants without asking her preference or taking her consent. He justified it by saying that they would "go better" with her body. "When I was unbandaged, I discovered that I had a full cup-size bigger breasts, ones that he said 'go better with your hip size'. He had changed my body without my knowledge or consent," Stone said. She then spoke about the stroke and cerebral hemorrhage she experienced in 2001, at age 43. Saying that it stunted her career, and she struggled to find work for the next seven years while also dealing with a custody battle over her son Roan, which she eventually lost. The actress however has managed to reconcile with her children and says that after all that she had been through, she is in a better place. "I'm in a really grateful place," she told host Willie Geist on Sunday Today. "When I was a kid, I always wanted to have a house full of kids running and screaming and dogs, and I got it. And I feel very blessed and happy about the life I got. We're happy together, and what's better than that?," reported People.
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