Bret Michaels Speaks: 'I'm Lucky to Be Alive'

After a terrifying ordeal in the hospital being treated for a brain hemorrhage, the rocker reflects on his health and future

After suffering a massive brain hemorrhage, Bret Michaels has beaten the odds and is on the road to recovery. In his first interview since his medical trauma, the rocker opened up to People about his brush with death, admitting he feels "lucky to be alive."

The Poison front man suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding at the base of his brain stem) on April 21 -- a condition doctors say only 10 to 20 percent of patients fully recover from. But Michaels is beating the odds, and has been released from the hospital where he spent 10 days in the ICU. He is currently in a rehabilitation center for physical therapy.

The Rock of Love star, father of Raine, 9, and Jorja, 5, remembered being asked by a doctor in the emergency room if he had kids, and the doctor telling him to have them brought to the hospital. "And I said in these exact words, 'Am I dying? If I'm dying, I want to see my kids, but if I have a chance, I don't want them to see me in this condition.' "

Within a few days, Michaels' condition was improving and his will to live had doctors amazed. The musician's rep stated last week that Michaels hopes to be back on tour at the end of the month. While only time will tell whether that goal is rushing his recovery, we're thrilled to hear that Michaels is so positive about rebounding. He gives us all something to believe in.

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