Kaley Cuoco's scariest moment: Facing a leg amputation

Dec 20, 2012 at 4:59 p.m. ET

Kaley Cuoco reveals that a terrifying injury left her fearful over the possible amputation of her leg.

Kaley Cuoco reveals amputation scareKaley Cuoco is an accomplished actress at just 27 years old. Cuoco stars in the award-winning CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory and was previously known as the rebellious teenage daughter on ABC's 8 Simple Rules. Cuoco graces the January 2013 cover of Self magazine on newsstands Christmas Day and reveals not only the secrets to her fabulous body but a truly terrifying ordeal.

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Cuoco, an avid equestrian, reveals to Self, "Two years ago, I fell off my horse and crushed my leg. Before surgery, I had to sign a contract saying it was okay if they had to amputate!" Kaley continues, "When I awoke with my leg, I was so happy. I was back on my horse while the cast was still on. I have four horses, and they are my everything. I was determined not to lose that." However, Cuoco explains she is a little more aware of the dangers involving horseback riding. She adds, "I am a little more careful now."

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Kaley Cuoco also offers insider information on her diet and tips for living a balanced life in the latest issue of Self. Says Cuoco, "When I was growing up, my parents' rule was don't do just one thing. So, if I was auditioning, I had to play tennis or go to art camp, too. Big Bang is unbelievable, but it's not the only thing in my life."

Kaley Cuoco is a native Californian and was engaged to Josh Resnik from October 2011 to March 2012. In late March, Us Weekly published photos of Cuoco kissing musician Bret Bollinger court side during a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game. Prior to her relationship with Resnik, Kaley dated her Big Bang Theory co-star, Johnny Galecki.

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