On June 3, Nichols suffered a mild stroke at her California home and was rushed to the hospital to undergo testing to determine the severity of the incident. She began an inpatient rehabilitation and recovery program two days later.
Now, less than two weeks after the incident, the 82-year-old actress -- best known for her groundbreaking role as Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek series -- sat down with ET's Nischelle Turner for an interview at her home, where she assured her fans that she was alright.
Nichols has had a long and celebrated career, including the entire run of the original Star Trek series and six of the film adaptations, in which she shared the screen with longtime co-star and close friend, Leonard Nimoy. Sadly, the actor passed away in February from complications due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
When the conversation turned to Nimoy's death, Nichols said that she coped with his passing the same way she dealt with her own illness.
"When I got the news that Leonard was gone, I denied it and I was able to survive," Nichols recalled. "We were always in touch. [But] you know, I didn't even know he was ill."