In 1997, when 'Hercules: The Legendary Journeys' was at the height of its run, Sorbo felt a strange sensation in his arm while working out. He ignored the signs, attributing the feeling to a weightlifting injury. But when his vision became blurry and speech slurred, he went to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a severe disruption of blood-flow to his arm stemming from an aneurysm in his shoulder.
After a procedure where an angiogram tube was used to insert platinum coils around the aneurysm, Sorbo discovered that he had suffered three separate strokes.
'Hercules' producers made behind-the-scenes adjustments to the show as Sorbo worked to regain his strength. They brought in guest-stars and re-wrote scripts, all while keeping his health scare a secret from the public.
"I went through two years of hell before I began to feel like myself again. I was depressed and frustrated and had a bad attitude," Sorbo says. His book is due out in November.