Sandra BullockIn a new episode, she opens up about the effects that stressful situations have had on her body. Red Table Talk. During her conversation to hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Adrienne Banfield-NorrisThe actress even said that she was afraid she might die.
Break-Ins and Health Scares
Bullock spoke out about the stressful events that caused her body to collapse. First, her son Louis suffered a grand mal seizure. It was so severe that she thought he had died. “Two days later, I pulled my hair tight, went to the Academy Awards, pulled it too tight,” she shared. “Day later, I was bitten by a poisonous spider. My hair starts falling out. I have alopecia all over my body. I’m like, ‘What the hell?’”
The last straw was in 2014, when a stalker broke into Bullock’s home while she was inside. “I’m in the closet going, ‘This doesn’t end well.’ I’m in the closet, [which is] not gonna help,” she said. “It was the one night that Louis wasn’t with me. It was the one night that our nanny goes, ‘Let me just take him to my apartment which is up the street because you’re going to be out late.’ ” She said she “wasn’t the same” after the terrifying break-in, and turned to eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to heal.
Bullock shared a revelation she had during one of her therapy sessions: “When I got out of it, I realized I have surrounded myself often with unsafe people and situations and put myself there….I have no one else to blame but myself…because that was the most familiar feeling I had.”
‘If I Don’t Pull It Together, I’m Going To Die’
She continued, “In that EMDR journey, I had to take ownership of everything that I bought into my world because it felt comfortable and realized it no longer had a place.” After her hair started falling out, Bullock realized she needed to make a change.
“I literally had to take inventory, going, ‘If I don’t pull it together, I’m going to die. Something is going to happen to my body that I can’t control’ – and I can control almost everything – so EMDR, I sought counsel, and I would seek it again,” the actress said.
She attributes her motivation to her children for managing her stress and health issues. Louis and Laila were adopted in 2010 & 2015, respectively. “It was my children who showed me that unless I pull it together right now, I’m not going to be around to have the moments that I want to have,” Bullock said.
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