Bret Michaels Says He's 'Lucky To Be Alive'

'I said [to the doctors] in these exact words: 'Am I dying?' ' Poison frontman tells People magazine.

One day after he was released from the intensive care unit of a Phoenix hospital following a massive brain hemorrhage, Bret Michaels told People magazine that he feels "lucky to be alive."

In the new issue of the magazine — which hits newsstands Friday — Michaels recalls the harrowing moments after he was first rushed to the emergency room on April 22, following a series of "excruciating headaches," which doctors would later discover were actually due to a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

"I said [to the doctors] in these exact words: 'Am I dying?' " Michaels told the magazine. " '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.' "

Doctors were able to stabilize Michaels, but he remained in the ICU for 10 days. During that time, he underwent a battery of tests to determine the cause of his hemorrhage, which occurred at the base of his brain stem, as fans filled Facebook and Twitter with messages of support, and his friends — like "Celebrity Apprentice" co-stars Sharon Osbourne and Bill Goldberg — issued statements hoping for a full recovery. His condition slowly improved, and earlier this week, the Poison frontman was able to speak without slurring his words.

His team of doctors at Phoenix's Barrow Neurological Institute praised Michaels' strength and spirit, saying his "sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable." According to People, Michaels is currently undergoing physical therapy at an undisclosed rehabilitation facility and is expected to make a full recovery.

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