Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke recently opened up about surviving two brain aneurysms and has shared photos of herself during that difficult period in her life.
There are a number of reasons that the news of a much-loved celebrity falling ill or passing away can hit us particularly hard. Most of all, in many cases, we feel as if we know these people. Even if we have never actually met, watching their lives unfold, either as a character or in real-life, can lead us to feel as if they are a friend or even family.
Another reason that type of news can hit us hard is due to us seeing some celebrities as immortal or untouchable. Although she is a star on Game Of Thrones, a show where anyone can die at any moment, many Emilia Clarke fans likely see her as being somewhat immortal, at least when she is portraying Daenerys Targaryen.
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That's why the revelation that Clarke has suffered through two brain aneurysms since the start of GoT came as quite a shock. The Mother of Dragons revealed that the first developed while she was filming the first season of the show. After surgery to repair her brain, she recalls struggling to even remember her own name. That's why the revelation a week later that she had a second aneurysm was a bitter pill to swallow.
Clarke has since revealed even more about that difficult time in her life via an interview with CBS. She has also shared photos of herself that were taken during her treatment. As you can see from the one above, it's almost hard to believe that's the same woman who was beginning her iconic role as a Khaleesi on what has gone on to become one of the biggest TV shows of all time.
Any interview, interaction, or social media post we see featuring Emilia Clarke just makes us love her a little bit more than we already do. To have battled through what she has while continuing to reprise her role on GoT is remarkable. Clarke has also assured fans that despite suffering two aneurysms, she has since been given the all-clear. She now works on spreading awareness of brain injuries in an attempt to help others currently in the position that she was years ago.