Each of these well-known personalities suffered one or more strokes. In each case, he or she has returned to an active life after rehabilitation.
Tedy Bruschi: The New England Patriots linebacker was able to return to pro football after a congenital hole in his heart caused a blood clot and stroke in 2005.
Beau Biden: The Delaware Attorney General and older son of Vice President Joe Biden suffered a mild stroke in 2010, but was able to resume his duties after a short recuperation.
Della Reese: After a near-fatal brain aneurysm in 1979 and two subsequent brain operations, the world-renowned actress and singer returned to an active performing life.
Senator Mark Kirk: After a major stroke in early 2012 when he was 52, the U.S. Senator from Illinois spent a year in rehab and returned to the Senate in early 2013. (See story on page 5.)
Sharon Stone: In 2001, the actress suffered a stroke that bled into her brain for 11 days. She was partially paralyzed and left with a speech impediment. Through rehabilitation, she returned to her film and television roles without hindrance.
Kirk Douglas: After a major stroke in 1996, Douglas felt his life was over and entered a deep depression. But today, at 96, he considers the event his "stroke of luck" because he came to appreciate "the gift of life."