I am a serious fan of Emilia Clarke. The woman exudes class, elegance and sophistication, and she’s also hilariously goofy and down-to-Earth, based on what I’ve seen from interviews and talk-show appearances.
While most of us likely know her as Daenerys Targaryen from HBO’s Game of Thrones (she also goes by Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Lady of Dragonstone, Breaker of Chains, and Mother of Dragons), Emilia is also known for her active participation in charity work. Check out her Instagram for reference.
And, while you’re at it, be sure to click the link in her bio, which will take you to a story she recently wrote for The New Yorker.
The story works as a sort of testimony from Emilia, describing her experiences with two separate brain aneurysms. She experienced the first when she was 24, shortly after snagging the role of Daenerys in Game of Thrones, and a second not too long after. She details how seriously she struggled while dealing with these aneurysms, both mentally and physically, and in the process emphasizes the importance of advocacy and education regarding brain and head injuries.
I highly recommend giving her story a read.
Along with sharing her story publicly for the first time, she has recently launched a charity of her own. The charity, SameYou, works to assist individuals recovering from brain injuries and strokes by providing them with the treatment they need.
On the SameYou website, Emilia states:
Not everyone is able to make a full recovery after brain injury or stroke, but I believe that everyone should have access to the best possible mental and physical rehabilitation to maximize their individual recovery potential.
I am calling for the prioritization of increased funding for neurorehabilitation. Everyone after leaving hospital should have the multi-disciplinary rehabilitation and recovery care they desperately need.