For decades, Bret Michaels has been the hard-partying front man of Poison, a glam metal band that's sold more than 25 million records. Bret's wild ways earned him a bad-boy reputation, which paved the way for reality TV stardom.

In 2007, Bret's scandalous dating show, Rock of Love, premiered on VH1 and became the network's highest-rated series ever. With his long hair and signature bandanna, this 47-year-old rocker won over a new generation of fans. Business mogul Donald Trump took notice and cast Bret on the third season of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, where he exceeded expectations and made it all the way to finals.

When filming wrapped in April 2010, Bret, a lifelong diabetic who competed on behalf of the American Diabetes Association, faced another medical malady. Bret's appendix burst, and he was forced to undergo an emergency appendectomy.

Bret was recovering at his Arizona home with his girlfriend, Kristi, and their two young daughters, Raine and Jorja, when, without warning, he found himself back in the hospital, fighting for his life.

On the night of April 21, 2010, Bret says he felt something explode in his head. Doctors discovered Bret had suffered a brain hemorrhage, a serious condition that's often fatal, and they prepared his family for the worst.

But Bret, a survivor in every sense of the word, lived to share his story. In his first television interview, Bret looks back at that terrifying night and looks forward to a full recovery.


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