The part "Game of Thrones" played in helping Emilia Clarke recover from brain injuries

British actor Emilia Clarke, who rose to fame as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO's wildly successful "Game of Thrones" adaptation,

Publicly discussing the reality of living with brain damage.

2011 saw the finale of the first season of "Game of Thrones" and shortly thereafter, Clark suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage,

Which was a leak between the membranes covering his brain.

The primary sign of subarachnoid hemorrhage is a sudden, excruciating headache, claimed Clark.

That she faced while working out: "I tried to ignore the agony and push through it, but I just couldn't."

 She went to the hospital after experiencing nausea due to discomfort, had an MRI, and was then sent to a specialized facility for brain surgery. Clarke was 24 at the time.

After surgery, Clark struggled with aphasia, which can occur after a stroke and causes trouble understanding language or speaking, writing or reading.

 Bruce Willis openly revealed earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with aphasia and, as a result, was "walking away" from acting.

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