Health: Kirk Douglas, A Lust For Life

How Kirk Douglas won his struggle to overcome a stroke

Five years ago, Kirk Douglas was living the life of a Hollywood screen legend. But Douglas, then 80, suffered a debilitating stroke. He tells the story of his journey back to health in his new book, My Stroke of Luck (Morrow). He discussed his recovery with TIME.

How has your life changed on a day-to-day basis since your stroke?

You know, when you have a stroke, it's so depressing. Especially an actor who can't talk. What do you do? Wait for silent pictures? It's so depressing. You have suicidal impulses. But eventually you realize that depression also comes from too...

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