She continued to write" The diagnosis was fast and vicious: a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a life-threatening type of stroke caused by bleeding in the space around the brain, I had an aneurysm, an arterial rupture, as I later learned, about a third of SAH patients die immediately or soon thereafter. "
She ended up going through a three-hour operation and then spent four days in the ICU.
Two years later, Clarkes doctors found another aneurysm that required another surgery.
"When they woke me up, I screamed in pain. The procedure was unsuccessful," she wrote. "I had massive bleeding, and doctors made it clear that my chances of survival were uncertain if they didn't work again. This time they needed to access my brain in an old fashioned way ̵
Then Clarke spent one month in the hospital.
"There was horrible anxiety, panic attacks … I felt like a shell of myself," Clarke wrote. "So much so I have a hard time remembering the dark days in much detail. My mind has blocked them. But I remember being convinced I wouldn't live."
Clarke wrote that she has since "cured beyond my most unreasonable hopes."
She said she will help others not only by sharing her story, but encouraging donations to charity "SameYou", which provides treatment for people who regain brain damage.