You can’t keep Bret Michaels down for long. Just a day after being released from hospital following a massive brain hemorrhage, the Poison frontman gave an interview to People magazine and said he’s using his second chance to focus on all the positive things in his life. That may even mean that the “Rock of Love” star will settle down with his longtime girlfriend and mother of his two daughters, Kristi Gibson.
“As painful as this experience has been, I was given a second chance, right?” the 47-year-old told the magazine. “I don’t want to sit around every night worrying this is going to happen again. What I want to is make a positive bucket list and say, ‘I’m just gonna go for it.’
“There’s so much more that I want to do and experience,” Michaels continued. “[Getting married], for sure, is something that I have never done. Kristi’s such a great person. We’ll see if that happens. But yes, that may be one of the big things on my list. My first goal is to get back [to] 100 percent. I want to continue to rock the world, and I want to continue to love my family and be a good father.”
When he first entered the hospital with the hemorrhage, Michaels said he just wanted to make sure he could speak to his family in case things didn’t go as well as they have. “I didn’t have my entire life flash before my eyes when it happened,” he recalled. “I was just sad. Not depressed, but sad thinking of my daughters growing up without me. 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. My children, Kristi, my sisters, my dad and my mom — I wanted to call all of them.
“I’m a believer; it’s a combination of will and faith,” he added of his recovery from a condition many don’t survive. “It just wasn’t my time yet. I really believe that, in a weird way God intervened.”
Currently, Michaels is undergoing physical therapy at an undisclosed rehabilitation facility and is expected to make a full recovery. “I do have a little short-term memory loss,” he said. “And now there’s [dissolving] blood in my lower spine [causing what's called medical meningitis]. It feels like I cracked my tailbone. When they tried to stand me up the first time, I couldn’t get out of bed by myself. An hour later, when some of the drugs kicked in, I tried it again and was able to stand on my own a little bit and walk a little bit.”
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