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February 2nd, 2006 9:00am EST
Beloved TV star Dick Van Patten is recovering after suffering a stroke. The 77-year-old star was taken to Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles last month after suffering a diabetic stroke, but the fun-loving actor is already bouncing back from the health crisis. Van Patten, who suffers from Type 2 diabetes, sustained some speech impairment and paralysis from the stroke, but he's already well on the way to making a full recovery.

He says, "I thank my lucky stars that my stroke wasn't that bad. I could have easily died. What happened was I eat desserts and I'm not supposed to - I cheated. Then my blood sugar level suddenly shot up to a dangerously high level."