Frankie Muniz Relives Secret Health Battle During Dancing with the Stars Most Memorable Year Week

PEOPLE.com | 10/9/2017 | Aili Nahas
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Frankie Muniz, who left Hollywood in 2006 to become a professional race-car driver, channeled his health issues into Most Memorable Year Week on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night.

In 2009, Muniz had a serious accident on the race track.

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“My car flipped a bunch and I crashed into a wall,” he told PEOPLE last month. “In the end, I broke my back, ankle, four ribs and my hand. My thumb was dangling by the skin.”

During his recuperation, Muniz began drumming in the band Kingsfoil and found a new passion for music.

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“I loved the band, I loved the guys, I loved every aspect of it,” he said. Muniz also managed the band and by 2014, he was ready for a change.

“From the time I was 8 years old, I never stopped working,” the former child star said. “In 20 years, I had maybe 30 vacation days. I realized I was exhausted. It was good in the sense that I could literally do whatever I wanted to. But bad in the sense that I don’t know how to operate when I don’t have to be somewhere.”

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Muniz was also living with a puzzling condition. In 2012, he suffered his first mini-stroke, or transient ischemic attack, during which blood supply to the brain is temporarily cut off. (Unlike a stroke, there are no lasting effects). Since then, Muniz estimates he has had 15 mini-strokes, varying in frequency and length.

“First, I lose my peripheral vision,” explained Muniz of the attacks. “And I...
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