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Out of the hospital, Bret Michaels says he feels 'lucky to be alive'

Bret-michaels-hi-res Bret Michaels says the brain hemorrhage that hit him late April 21 felt like getting shot in the back of the head, People reports.

The Poison frontman and "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant, who spent 10 days in the ICU, is out of the hospital and at a rehab facility for physical therapy. He tells the magazine he feels "lucky to be alive" and recounts a moment in the emergency room after a doctor suggested his children be brought to see him.

"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.' "

The cause of the bleed has not been found, according to Dr. Joseph Zambraski, chief of cerebrovascular surgery at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, where Michaels was treated.

"Patients who don't have anything identified in their angiograms tend to do well," Zambraski said. "This is one of those rare instances in medicine where we're actually pleased not to be able to find what caused the problem."

Bret-docThe hospital held a press conference Tuesday regarding the rocker's treatment and prognosis.

"He's just one of those lucky people, the 20% or so who have a subarachnoid hemorrhage who make a complete recovery and are able to resume all of their normal activities," the doctor said.

And hey, all you headband haters? Before Michaels went home, a hospital spokesman told People, his medical team gave him a new one -- signed by them and featuring the Barrow logo.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Bret Michaels, top right, on Jan. 10, 2010, at the NBC Universal Winter 2010 press tour party in Pasadena. Dr. Joseph Zambrowski, lower left, showing a slide of Michaels' brain at a news conference May 4, 2010, at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Credits: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press, top; Matt York / Associated Press, left.

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Its wonderful he has made such a dramatic recovery. We will continue to pray for a full recovery.

God Bless you Bret, I am so happy you are going to be Ok. Take care of yourself, I read you will still be in pain for a while, I hope you do well. It seems you really love your girls, your family and that probably had a lot to do with how hard you have worked to get better. I don't know you personally but I wish I did you seem like stand up guy. How is your daughter Raine doing? I 'm sorry she also has diabetes but with you as her father you will do everything you can to help her adjust as best she can. Wishing you a speedy but complete recovery. God Bless you and your beautiful family.

Wow! One report explained how Bret Michaels was still recovering from an emergency appendectomy (that can be pretty tough at his age) so he was home. This let him be more aware of what was abnormal vs a regular headache. He said that it must not have been his time. This is one of the most clear examples of Divine Intervention I have seen. This type of situation has to make a believer out of at least a few people!

I share the same feelings as you do, Bret. I had a brain hemorrhage two years ago. Mine was caused by an burst anuerysm but none the less, I went through the same as you, i.e. explosive headache, and, most of all, the feeling of "lucky to be alive". I have learned to cherish everything, everyone, every experience. Every morning, I am grateful for a new day. Hang in there, you will feel better as the days go by and you will feel more and more that you are lucky to be alive. Please feel free to email me to share your experience and I will share mine with you.

brett you are in my prays, you seem like such a great person, I wish you well. : )

Ive always said no one dies until their time comes. God gives and he also takes.
When your number is up there is absolutely nothing we can do. Just wasn't his time.
Thank God!!

Brett,You're in my prayers that you will make a complete recovery. You give hope to so many. My husband is a diabetic - and, my dad was. Today , I got a copy at Yale of your article- you shared your life and your tips for staying on track. Thanks Brett. The glass IS half FUll!!We need you-- stay well- all the best to you and your daughters.
Love, Gayle

I'm happy Bret is ok and hope he and his family enjoy every new day together, best wishes!

I guess Bret's lucky he didn't boycott Arizona. He wouldn't have been treated at the very competent Barrow's Neurological....


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