"I'm fighting to get my name back," Deen told People.com, adding she feels she has survived her "greatest fear."
"I used to have dreams that I lost everything," she said. "And when it finally happens, you think, 'I'm still alive.'"
She admitted to People.com there were some days she struggled to get out of bed.
"When I woke up each morning, it was like my world was crashing down again," she said.
TMZ recently reported Deen signed a $75 million deal with a Phoenix-based investment company to revitalize her brand.
Jahm Najafi made the pact to sell Deen's pots and other cooking related items. The company owns SkyMall magazine, the Book of the Month Club and Columbia House.
DISCUSS AND COMMENT ON THIS STORY Reality TV World now offers Facebook Comments on our stories. To post a comment, log into Facebook and then 'Add' your comment. To report spam or abuse, click the 'X' in the upper right corner of the comment box.
Copyright 2014 United Press International, Inc. (UPI). Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.