After suffering a brain hemorrhage last month and a warning stroke last week, Bret Michaels overcame his health woes to win Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice last night. A life-long diabetic, Michaels as served as a role model and inspiration for fans young and old who also suffer from diabetes. It was an amazing show and my husband surprised me with a VIP pass for after the show! “Bret Michaels, who appears in People Magazine`s World Most Beautiful People of 2010 issue this week and ironically in the Scoop section because of his brain hemorrhage, is being treated at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. What exactly is a subarachnoid hemorrhage? In high school, he was teased for having to inject insulin. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip.
He has shown that by taking care of himself and checking his blood sugar regularly, he can live out his dreams and lead a fulfilling life. His talent, business acumen and natural candor have solidified him as “a cultural touchdown” in the words of Viacom CEO Judy McGrath, making him one of the most sought after performers, interviews and speakers across multiple platforms & keeping him on the road for each of the last 7 years, for nearly 300 live performances, speaking engagements, charitable concerts and private engagements yearly. Michaels, personally and through his Life Rocks Foundation has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for charity and makes donations to not only diabetes awareness and research but to such causes as childhood cancer, wounded warriors, St. We expect well over 3,000 walkers, their supporters and our dedicated volunteers to join us at this years event which will culminate with a huge concert performance at the Seaport from 12:00 – 3:00 PM. I need to find something healthier to do on my day off then going out and finding a club to go hang out at. He’s a really cool guy and really cares about teaching kids with diabetes that you can still have fun, but you have to take care of yourself. The pain that led to the original surgery was so great that he simply could not perform last Thursday in Champaign.
It first started in Mundelein, Illinois a few nights before. But Jeffrey’s involvement in Juvenile Diabetes is far more than professional or philanthropic. In typical Bret fashion, the fans come first and this event in Champaign was a charity event, which made Bret to want to make the show even more. For more information about all the various causes and charitible events the Bret Michaels has participated in and that have benefit from the Life Rocks Foundation fundraising, please visit the official sites below. On the way there he was forced to stop and seek more medical attention. She said having the children meet Michaels was a way to show them people can thrive and succeed with the condition. At this point he had no choice as he simply couldn’t get from where he was to the event in time.
As they spoke, I remembered a conversation we had last summer, about six months after Jack was diagnosed. That part of the story alone is testimony to the sheer passion he has for his fans. Bret always says, “I’m gonna go until I can’t go anymore”, which truly is incredible in my mind. While I unfortunately know this drill all too well, the new guys in our band and crew saw his dedication and devotion for the first time and were blown away. Keep in mind, when his appendix was bursting a few years ago, our intro music was rolling and no matter what I or anyone said to him, he was going on that stage. Together we conspired and worked from the ground up with the goal of not only building an artist, but a brand. He spent the evening in the hospital and they had to put two stents in his body.
I can still hear their words: “he was going to play sports and drive NASCAR.” I had to talk to some families on a number of occasions. Truthfully, I was even shocked and asked him not to do this. But no, Bret insisted that the fans come first even though he could barely even say that to me because he was hurting so much. Then show time came and Bret hit the stage and the show went off flawlessly. Now to me who’s been by his side for ten years, I notice a little less “motion”. He wasn’t jumping up in the air like usual, but he still did what I guarantee nobody in half the pain he was could have done. This allows blood to go through the lungs and you start to breathe.
Certain that the next show in Knoxville wouldn’t happen on Saturday, I prepared to make the calls and post the info needed. To my surprise, I was again informed he was on his way. What? Are you kidding me? I’ve joked that he will die on that stage, but please not tonight. This time I actually begged him not to do this. We had a sold out show and he wasn’t gonna let the fans down.
This argument when on for an hour…I lost. Bret was again taken to a hospital and this time given medication that would keep him down. The doctors basically refused to release him. Causing us to postpone the charity event once again. Bret was truly devastated. It’s actually honorable to me that he always brings up the concern for the fans first before addressing his condition. Over the last two weeks Bret was in and out of 6 hospitals throughout the Midwest.
Including the incredible Mercy Hospital of Northwest Arkansas. The staff and doctors were unbelievable and took incredible care of Bret. I’m not going to lie, diabetes is a blessing and a curse, but it’s one thing – it’s a lot of work. This nearly made me cry. He truly has to be held down to not perform. While the last few weeks have been tragic, Bret continues to be an inspiration in his ability to push on. He’s still not 100 percent, but there are no plans to postpone or reschedule any more shows this year.
While he was in dire pain, he still played an amazing show to an enormous crowd in Vegas a few days ago. We will see you guys this weekend in Florida. Below is a pic I took of Bret in the hospital and of one of the stents that was in his body while he performed last week. I’ll keep you guys updated.