Sharon Stone Overcame an Aneurysm While Living With Diabetes

Sharon Stone after her aneurysm

Sharon Stone’s career has been in the spotlight since she made her breakthrough in the 1980s. The famously blonde Hollywood star certainly gave a lot of men cause to remember her performances in movies like ‘Basic Instinct’.

After the initial commotion she turned to more serious roles as witnessed in ‘Casino’, playing alongside Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in the seedy underworld of gangsters and gamblers.

It’s not only her stellar career that’s been the under the spotlight though and in 2001 she suffered a brain aneurysm which left fellow actors and fans concerned about her recovery.

Sharon Stone

Stone was hospitalized in San Francisco after suffering from severe head pains and the results of an angiogram indicated that she’d had a minor brain aneurysm resulting in bleeding in the brain. The bleeding was a result of a ruptured aneurysm – a burst vein or artery – which can often lead to a stroke.

However after being in hospital for several days she returned home and continued to rest there. In 2007, during an interview with Larry King, she said: ”I seem to be able to walk and talk just fine (now). (But) in the beginning, I have to say, it was (touch and go).

It’s a big thing, like when you have anything that affects the brain. It’s pretty scary.”

Sharon Stone nowadays

Her health problems didn’t begin or end with the aneurysm as she also has to live with Type I Diabetes, an illness that affects one in 17 people across the globe. Type 1 diabetes causes the pancreas to under-produce insulin which means that body’s cells are starved of vital sugar supplies after food consumption causing weakness and ill-health.

Also in Sharon Stone’s illness arsenal is asthma and she has sadly lost two children to miscarriages. Both of her children passed away during the fifth month of pregnancy she regards that period of her life as the most testing and difficult.

Giuliana Rancic trying to IVF one more time

E! News host Giuliana Rancic and her husband, Bill, have announced that they will try In Vitro Fertilization one more time in the near future after another unsuccessful round.

“One time sadly we miscarried and the other time didn’t work, so it’s been really tough,” said Guiliana during her Tuesday’s visit to the The Talk.

The couple had always been very open about their private lives and the quest to start a family. At the time of the miscarriage, they talked about their painful experience.

Giuliana Rancic soldiers on

“Both of us were in shock,” Bill, 39, told People. “Failure wasn’t an option!”

Giuliana, 36, says she was crushed by the news. “I said, ‘I’m not doing this again. I can’t.’ I was angry at life and at God.”

But that has now changed as the star has come to terms with her loss. “We’re going to do IVF another time in the near future because our doctor suggested, ‘I think I can get you pregnant,’” she said on The Talk.

Just in case the couple have bad luck on the third time trying, they are already looking into their other option – adoption.

“When we were in Italy recently I felt very connected to Naples, where I’m from. We thought it would be really wonderful to be able to adopt a child from where I’m from and give a child there some opportunity,” she said.

[adsense]This comment stirred quite a reaction on social networking site Twitter: “I got some Tweets … of people saying, ‘You should adopt from America’ and ‘A lot of kids need help’ and of course that’s true, but you know what? How can you tell a woman where she should adopt from?’” she questions. ”You’ve got to follow your heart. So if it’s a foreign country, if it’s in your backyard … A child is a child.”

Despite the difficult battle, the pair is staying positive: “Right now we’re doing a year of fun — we just needed time off,” she says. “You’ve got to look at the positive.”

Click here to read about actress Halle Berry conceived successfully through IVF and through Artificial Insemination and Courteney Cox-Arquette used the former to get pregnant.

Click here to read about singer Lily Allen’s tragic miscarriage.

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Lily Allen opens up about battle with eating disorder

In a revealing documentary, filmed before she suffered her second miscarriage last November, Lily Allen opens up about how she was suffering from an eating disorder when her music career was at its peak.

The strain of being in the spotlight and all the pressures she felt to be and look a certain way, manifested itself in the self-destructive form of bulimia: “There was a point last summer (2009) where I had an eating disorder, I used to vomit after meals.

“It is not something I am proud of. But I tell you what, a lot of people used to come up to me and tell me how great I looked. And I was on the cover of every magazine with them saying, ‘Lily is looking amazing – look how much weight she has lost’. I thought I looked good.

“It was great to try on clothes and walk out of the shop feeling a million dollars. When you have been a victim of people saying the complete opposite, you want more of it. But I wasn’t happy, I really wasn’t. I would like to be the skinniest, mini-est person in the world, but I know I can’t do that without being unhappy. I like my food.”

The 25 year old has since officially retired from the music industry and together with her older sister Sarah, 30, has just recently launched a vintage clothes store, Lucy In Disguise, in London’s Covent Garden.

The musician turned clothing entrepeneur went on to say she has no desire to end up “mental” like Madonna, adding: “People who are famous and successful and live in this mad world tend to die really early, or kill themselves, or die in a drugs overdoes.”

“No offence but that is not what drives me. I want to get married and have kids and make sandwhiches cutting the crusts off.”

[adsense]Lily suffered a miscarriage after four months in 2008 when she was dating  Ed Simons from the Chemical Brothers and again last year when she was six months pregnant with fiance Sam Cooper’s baby.

Miscarriage is a tragedy affecting one in four women, although the majority of women lose their baby in the first three months.

Celebrities who have suffered a miscarriage include Kelsey Grammer’s girlfriend Kayte Walsh and Sharon Stone.

Read more on pregnancy issues here.

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What happens during a miscarriage?

A miscarriage is a pregnancy that ends before 24 weeks, which is before most developing babies can survive outside the womb.

The majority of miscarriages happen during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, which is often referred to as the first trimester and are much more common that people realise. Many women who miscarry do not like talking about.

An estimated 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to the NHS, but many cases go unreported because a woman often loses the baby before she even realises she’s pregnant.

What causes a miscarriage?

About half of all early miscarriages happen when a problem in the way chromosomes from the egg and sperm combine during the fertilization process, according to Bupa, leading to problems with the foetus. Many couples never find out why this has happened, and it is often put down to chance rather than another underlying cause.

While these chromosome problems often happen by chance, there are some known risk factors, which increase the chances of these issues occurring in the first 3 months of pregnancy (first trimester):

  • Age – women under 25 are at lowest risk with 9%, whereas those over 45 have a 75% chance of miscarrying, the NHS states.
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Drug use
  • Alcohol and caffeine consumption – drinking more than one cup of coffee a day and 2 small glasses of wine a week increases risk.

Second trimester miscarriages can often be caused by:

  • Underlying health conditions such as diabetes, lupus, kidney disease or thyroid problems
  • Infections such as rubella or bacterial vaginosis (BV)
  • A higher than usual level of the antibody called antiphospholipid (aPL) in the blood
  • A weakened cervix
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome

The NHS dispels myths by stating that miscarriage risks ARE NOT linked to:

  • The mother’s emotional state during pregnancy
  • Being shocked or having a fright
  • Exercising during pregnancy (the most appropriate type of exercise should be discussed with a doctor)
  • Lifting or straining
  • Working during pregnancy or having sex

What are the symptoms of miscarriage?

The most common symptom of a miscarriage is vaginal bleeding. This can vary from light to very heavy, including blood clots and brown discharge. There may also be:

  • Cramping and pain in the pelvis and back
  • Usual pregnancy symptoms such as sickness and breast tenderness suddenly stopping

[adsense]You should contact your doctor or midwife immediately if you start experiencing bleeding during your pregnancy. A gynaecologist can diagnose a miscarriage through an ultrasound scan and blood tests.

How is a miscarriage treated?

Treatment depends on whether or not the miscarriage is complete or incomplete. In cases of a complete miscarriage, no further medical treatment is needed. If the latter occurs, however, the foetal tissue needs to be removed otherwise it may become infective. This can be done in three ways:

  • Surgical treatment where minor surgery is used to remove the tissue,
  • Medical treatment – where medication is used to remove the tissue, or
  • Expectant treatment – where you wait for the tissue to pass naturally out of your womb.

If you are experiencing recurring miscarriages, it is important to talk to your doctor about what treatments are available to maximise the chance of having a successful pregnancy.

Celebrities who have previously had miscarriages include screen siren Sharon Stone and songstress Lily Allen. Also read about Kym Marsh’s agony over giving birth to a premature baby and how Chris Evans’ wife nearly died during an ectopic pregnancy.

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Potential risks associated with postponing childbirth

For a host of reasons, from getting married later to establishing a successful career and establishing financial security, more now than ever woman are trying to beat the biological clock.

At the beginning of the 1970s the average first-time mom was between 23  and 25. Today in many countries, predominantly — but not restricted to — European countries, first-time mothers are crossing the 30-year threshold.
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Generally, a woman is at her most fertile between the age of 25 and 35. According to economist Lester Thurow, however, these are also “the prime years for establishing a successful career” and an increasing number of career-minded women are opting opting to postpone childbirth.

Not only does one’s fertility decrease as one gets older –irrespective of how healthy you are — but  with an advanced maternal age the number of risks increases. At 25, for instance, a woman has about 1 chance in 1250 of having a baby with Down syndrome. At 35 this increases to a 1 in 400 chance, and at age 45 there is a 1 in 30 chance.

Other increased risks associated with having a baby after the age of 35 include having a greater likelihood of developing high blood pressure and diabetes. Women are also more likely to suffer a miscarriage or stillborn the older they are. Having a low weight baby or giving birth prematurely are also things to take into consideration.

Today, of course, there is technology available to help older women fall pregnant with assisted reproductive technology (ART), from IVF, GIFT, ZIFT, donor eggs and more. The debate that continues to rage is about what the cut-off age should be for assisted reproductive procedures.

What do you think – should there be a fixed cut-off date, or should the individual be allowed to make that decision?

Read here about Nicole Kidman, whose baby was carried by a surrogate mother.

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Lily Allen planning wedding despite tragic miscarriage

Lily Allen has suffered tremendous heartbreak since losing her and Sam Cooper’s baby when she was six months pregnant earlier this month, but finally there is some good news for the London singer and her builder boyfriend, or — according to some reports — fiance.

Lily’s representatives deny she’s engaged, but friends say the pair plan to tie the knot next year in the countryside, with the ceremony and reception to take place at her father’s home in the Cotswolds.

The 25 year old, who lost a baby when she was four months pregnant in 2008 she was dating  Ed Simons from the Chemical Brothers, suffered her second miscarriage after contracting a viral contraction. But rather than push them apart, the trauma has brought the couple closer together.

“Lily and Sam had loose plans to marry after the baby was born but nothing concrete was in motion. Now they have decided they want to me man and wife as soon as possible. They realised through their grief that they absolutely adore one another and cannot live without eachother.

“They want to be tigether after what they’ve gone through and see becoming man and wife as the light at the end of the tunnel,” the Daily Mail quoted a friend as saying.

Miscarriage is a tragedy affecting one in four women, although the majority of women lose their baby in the first three months.

Celebrities who have suffered a miscarriage include Kelsey Grammer’s girlfriend Kayte Walsh and Sharon Stone.

Read more on pregnancy issues here.

Jenna Jameson switches from porn star role to that of doting mother

Jenna Jameson has revealed that the decision to become a mother was the moment she made the choice to rehaul her life, quitting her career as porn star to give her babies a chance of having a “normal” upbringing.

Widely acknowledged as the world’s most famous adult entertainer, Jameson has been slowly taking the necessary moves to distance herself from her x-rated past and slip into her new, wholesome role as a mom.

She made major headway already in 2006 when she sold her lucrative porn empire to Playboy, followed shortly by her decision to have her trademark breast implants removed.

In the December issue of W magazine, Jenna said: “I thought, I’m getting rid of these things. I don’t need them anymore,” adding that she was surprised to discover that she was a natural at breast feeding.

When it comes to telling her twin boys what her job used to be, Jenna said : “I really don’t think I need to say, ‘Mommy was a porn star.'”

“I feel like they’re going to know me and think, Mommy loved us so much that she quit everything and made us her job.”

In 2004, shortly after Jameson was diagnosed with skin cancer she suffered a miscarriage and she struggled to fall pregnant again, even with in vitro fertilization. In 2009 she announced that she was expecting twins with former UFC champion Tito Oritz and today the family is happily settled in the countryide of California.

“Here I’m not ‘Jenna Jameson’; I’m just one of the moms who walk a double stroller everyday,” she explained. ” I’m a normal girl with all the same worries and insecurities. I just happen to have done porn.”

With Jameson saying that she “won’t even do a Maxim cover now”, does this mean she will be disappearing of the radar entirely?

Her fans need not fret. While appearing in the buff is no longer on the former porn star’s agenda, the 36 year old apparently has her sights set on a singing and acting stage career, and she will reportedly be making her Broadway debut in the musical Rock of Ages.

Read more about what Jenna Jameson warning young women away from the porn industry and what the former porn star has to say about the porn industry.

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Lily Allen devastated after suffering second miscarriage

Singer Lily Allen has lost her baby six months into her pregnancy, just two years after suffering her first miscarriage.

The 25-year-old came down with a viral infection last week and when she had to pull out of performing at Elton John’s charity fundraiser event at the alst minute over the weekend, her rep said it was because of her virus.

However, in reality the singer was rushed to hospital with stomach cramps, with doctors doing everything they could to save her baby boy.

But attempts to save the unborn child were unsuccessful and the star’s rep said: “It is with great sadness that we have to confirm that Lily Allen and Sam Cooper have lost their baby.”

The couple have been together since last year and Lily announced her pregnancy in August after being given the all-clear at her three-month scan.

Having suffered a miscarriage after four months in 2008 when she was dating  Ed Simons from the Chemical Brothers, Lily Allen was understandably nervous, but nothing could have prepared her for suffering this tremendous loss a second time.

A frined of the pair was quote on Daily Mail as saying: “This is a nightmare for her and Sam. It’s too early to say  how she will be able to cope with tis. They are both heartbroken.”

Miscarriage is a tragedy affecting one in four women, although the majority of women lose their baby in the first three months.

Celebrities who have suffered a miscarriage include Kelsey Grammer’s girlfriend Kayte Walsh and Sharon Stone.

Read more on pregnancy issues here.

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Kelsey Grammer’s girlfriend has miscarriage

Kayte Walsh, girlfriend of Kelsey Grammer has tragically lost their unborn child. The popular actor, 55, made the announcement last night.

The couple wanted to wait until Walsh, 29, was able to come to terms with the loss, amid reports on www.people.com she had miscarried six weeks prior to the announcement.

Their statement read, “We could like to thank all of those who expressed kindness and concern but we needed a little time to heal, time to find some solace before we
 publicly acknowledged our loss.”

Walsh revealed she was pregnant in August and the child would have been their first together. Grammer has four other children from his three previous marriages.

Grammer is best known for his role as the eponymous character in the TV series Frasier, which follows the life of a mildly neurotic and pretentious radio psychologist.

Fans have sent condolences via Twitter and Facebook.

Grammer has also hinted on his Twitter site that a spin-off show might be in the pipeline centred around Frasier and Niles’ children with cameo’s from Frasier and Cheers characters.

Read more on pregnancy issues here.

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Sharon Stone survives brain aneurysm and battles diabetes

51-year-old actress Sharon Stone’s career has been in the spotlight since her breakthrough in the 1980s. The Hollywood star gave us memorable performances in movies like ‘Basic Instinct’ and ‘Casino’.

It is not only her stellar career that has been the cause for much fuss, though. Her health problems, including a brain aneurysm in 2001, left many worried.

Sharon Stone was hospitalized in San Francisco in 2001 after suffering from severe head pains. An angiogram reportedly showed that she had a minor brain aneurysm, and that there was bleeding in her brain. She bleeding was a result of a ruptured aneurysm – which is a burst vein or artery – which can lead to a stroke.

However after being in hospital for several days she returned home and continued to rest there. In 2007, during an interview with Larry King, Stone said: “I seem to be able to walk and talk just fine (now). (But) in the beginning, I have to say, it was (touch and go).

“It’s a big thing, like when you have anything that affects the brain. It’s pretty scary.”

The blond is also a sufferer of diabetes, an illness that affects one in 17 people across the globe. Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin so that the body’s cells do not get enough sugar from the food that is consumed, effectively starving.

Other celebrities who suffer from Type 1 diabetes include Bret Michaels and Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers.

The medical problems don’t end there. Also a sufferer of asthma, Sharon Stone has lost two children to miscarriages. Both of her children passed away during pregnancy in the fifth month. This is a time in her life Stone claims she has never gotten over. Click to read more about Sharon Stone and her miscarriage tragedy.

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