Bret Michaels Talks! 'I Am So Thankful. I'm Lucky To Be Alive!'

Wed, May 5, 2010 10:02am EDT by 10 Comments
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“Will — and good medical attention — and faith” got Bret through it all he explains. “It just wasn’t my time yet!”

Just two weeks after rocker Bret Michaels was hospitalized Apr. 21 for a massive subarachnoid brain hemorrhage, he’s been released from the hospital and excepted to reach full recovery! “I opened my eyes, and was like, ‘I am so thankful. I’m lucky to be alive,” Bret told People on May 3. “It just wasn’t my time yet!”

On Apr. 30,  doctors moved Bret, 47, from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix to a rehabilitation facility where he is to undergo physical therapy and expected to come back 100 percent! “I’m a believer it’s a combination of will and faith [that kept me alive],” Bret explained. “Will — and good medical attention — and faith.”

At the initial onset of pain he experienced the night of Apr. 21, Bret admitted his family was the only thing running through his mind. “I was just sad,” he said, “I was not going to have my family wake up and see me dead on the living room floor. [And, I was] sad thinking of my daughters growing up without me.”

So when Kristi Gibson, Bret’s girlfriend and the mother of his children (Raine, 9, and Jorja, 5), raced him to the emergency room, he made the conscious decision to live. When the doctor asked if he had kids and if he wanted them to come to the hospital in case the unthinkable happened, Bret asked, “Am I dying? If I’m dying, I want to see my kids, but if I have a chance to, I don’t want them to see me in this condition.” The doctor responded, “Well, there’s obviously a chance. You’re still alive, and people die instantly from this.”

Bret’s doctor, Joseph Zabramski, confirmed Brett’s hemorrhage wasn’t related to Bret’s diabetes nor the accident that took place at last year’s Tonys. In fact, the hemorrhage “occurred for no reason at all,” said Dr. Zabramski. And, “it’s okay that we can’t find a cause. In fact it’s great!”

For Bret, the whole near-death experience barely even fazed his will to fight. “It’s the weirdest thing: You feel so much love and realize in a moment, in an instant … you focus on what becomes really important,” explained Bret. “I want to continue t rock the world, and I want to continue to love my family and be a good father. I was given a second chance!”

— Lindsey DiMattina