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Sadly, more jokes about Bret Michaels' affection for adult entertainment will need to wait a few days.

The singer was rushed to the hospital yesterday after suffering a setback doctors have described as a "warning stroke." On his official website, a statement reads Bret was "suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands."

While conducting an MRI and a CT scan, doctors also discovered a hole in the singer's heart.

Neurosurgeon Joseph Zabramski says this news is "devastating to Bret and his family" and added:

"The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem... it is great that he quickly reacted to the severe numbness and got to the hospital immediately.

"I realize Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of Celebrity Apprentice and especially get back on the road to continue making music. Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100 percent recovery.

"Medically speaking it is a fantastic attitude both mentally and physically for him to have. However, Bret's brain and body are not quite 100 percent yet, especially with the hole found in his heart."

A rep for Michaels sent out gratitude from her client to his fans, while saying Bret is "up, walking, talking" and "very happy to be alive."

We'd like him to remain that way, so let's all encourage Bret to take it easy. There's no rush to get back on tour. We'll line up for tickets in two weeks or two years, man. Just get better.

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You've gotta love Bret Michaels.

A couple days after telling Oprah just what his brain hemorrhage felt like, the rocker opened up to Rolling Stone about what he was doing when it hit:

"I was going back and forth from SportsCenter to Busty Cops 3. Maybe that's what did it!"

Ha! Good old, dirty, honest Bret.

Still in contention for the title on Celebrity Apprentice, whose finale airs Sunday, Michaels has a message for his fellow finalists:

"None of them thought I was going to get out of bed... I said it on the show: Don't mistake my kindness for weakness."

As for how he's survived, Bret only has one theory: God must be a a fan of classic rock and reality TV.

"I'm just appreciative to be here and have such great family around me, great friends and a great medical team," Michaels said. "[I] thank the good Lord or guardian angel - whoever is watching over me - that it didn't take me out."

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Less than one month ago, Bret Michaels was lying in a hospital room, thinking he was going to die from a brain hemorrhage.

What was the rocker thinking as he lay on the gurney? I'm gonna keep wearing my signature bandana, he tells Oprah Winfrey in an interview that airs next week, because:

"If I'm going out, I want to go out rockin.'"

Michaels also said he prayed to God for help, relaying his thoughts: "You gotta let me live through this. I've done a lot of rotten things. I'm asking for a break here."

The moment the subarachnoid hemorrhage took place, Michaels said he knew something "was severely wrong."

"It just exploded instantly – ran from my temple down to the back of my skull," added the reality star.

Incredibly, Michaels plans to return to the stage in Biloxi on May 28. He also may appear on the May 23 live season finale of Celebrity Apprentice, where he's still alive for the $250,000 prize for his charity.

Most importantly of all, of course, the singer is simply alive. Period.

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Bret Michaels has signed on for a new reality show.

No, it isn't titled ICU For Dinner Tonight: The Trauma Ward of Love.

Backstage Bret

Instead of filling his tour bus with a bevy of busty blondes, the recovering rocker will instead let viewers in on his private life.

The name of this VH1 series will be Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It and it will give fans "an insider's look at Bret's home life when he isn't touring, shooting, partying and rocking out," according to a network press release.

The series will premiere this fall, as Bret is actually planning to return to the stage soon, just a month after a near-fatal brain hemorrhage.

"After Bret's recent appendectomy and life-threatening brain hemorrhage, we're so happy that he is on the road to recovery and coming back to VH1," said Jeff Olde, executive vice president of original programming and production at the network.

"Bret is family to us and has always been a huge hit on the network, headlining several series and specials that have garnered record-breaking ratings and made a strong connection with our audience... We'd like to celebrate Bret's recovery with this sneak peak special featuring the next chapter in Bret's story on VH1.

"It's a never-before-seen look into Bret's family life."

That sounds lovely and all... but nary an overflowing bosom?!? Come on, Bret. Don't change who you are. Don't let the aneurysm win!

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Sources close to Bret Michaels have given fans their two-week notice:

The recovering rocker really is planning a return to the stage before this month is over.

"He's still in rehab," an insider told People. "His doctor told him to do physical therapy once a day, but he's doing it twice a day, because he wants a speedy, 100 percent recovery."

As everyone now knows, Michaels suffered a non-aneurysmal brain hemorrhage on April 21. But doctors credit his "sheer will to live" as a significant reason why he's already on his way back to touring.

Girlfriend Kristi Gibson also played a major role.

Reportedly, Bret has his sights set for his public appearance to be the May 23 finale of The Celebrity Apprentice. Nothing would make Donald Trump happier, we're sure.

The singer is also anxious to return to his Roses & Thorns tour.

"It's looking likely that his first date back will be May 28 at the Hard Rock in Mississippi," said the source. "Bret sounds good. He's still on meds and he sounds tired."

We're anxious to see you back on stage, Bret, but health comes first. Get all the way better and then we'll throw our panties at you in concert!

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The fact that Bret Michaels will likely make a full recovery and possibly even return to his tour this summer is amazing.

But here's something even more astounding: the promiscuous rocker has a girlfriend!

Clearly the most patient, understanding woman in the world, Kristi Gibson hasn't stopped caring for Bret despite his televised macking of reality show contestants on VH1. She traveled to the hospital with him on April 21, as Michaels suffered a brain hemorrhage.

"I'm used to being calm, because of the times when his blood sugar has gone low, and if I freak out, he freaks out," Gibson told People.

The mother of Bret's two kids, Kristi detailed the scene in the ambulance that night: "I held his hand and told him, 'It's going to be okay.' Just from his eyes, you could tell how much pain he was in. I wanted to take away that pain so bad."

Michaels has referred to his 16-year, off-and-on relationshop with Gibson as a "positive work on progress." If that's the case, it took a huge leap forward with this incident and her reaction to it.

"In most of our world, Bret's the hero, but in this situation, Kristi was the hero – she saved his life," says Michaels' guitarist and close pal, Pete Evick.

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Just two weeks after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage, Bret Michaels is conscious, talking and even considering a return to the stage.

For the first time since this medical scare, the rocker is opening up about the experience, telling People in its latest issue that he feels "lucky to be alive."

He details his initial visit to the emergency room, as a doctor asked Bret if he had kids. Michaels relays his response:

"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.'"

Bret is the father to Raine, 9, and Jorja, 5.

The singer has left the ICU and is stationed at an undisclosed rehabilitation facility for physical therapy. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery, an impressive feat that typically occurs in just 10 to 20 percent of all cases.

Rock on, Bret. Rock on for many more decades to come.

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On the VH1 reality show Rock of Love, Bret Michaels got lucky many times, often in the back of his tour bus.

Similarly, the singer's surgeon described him as "lucky" today at a press conference, where Dr. Joseph Zabramski updated fans on the progress of Michaels, fewer than two weeks after he suffered a brain hemorrhage.

"Mr. Michaels was indeed a very lucky person," Zabramski, speaking to the press at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, said. "He's improving and I expect him to continue to improve. I really expect that he will fortunately make a 100 percent recovery."

Bret has been discharged and reps say he may even perform on stage again before the month is over.

Hurry up and get better, Bret Michaels: there are countless VH1 reality stars you have not yet boned!

Zabramski does caution that Michaels is "very sick right now." He's been moved to an undisclosed location and will continue treatment there.

But the rocker's "sheer will to live," along with well wishes from his fans, can only help him on his path to full recovery. We're thinking of you, Bret!

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Based on Rock of Love, we already knew that Bret Michaels possessed a sheer will to get with groupies on his tour bus.

But now we know there's one thing this rock star cares about even more: living.

As his condition continues to improve, Michaels' neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix is marveling at Bret's recovery and attitude.

"There is no doubt that Mr. Michaels' condition is serious," Dr. Zabramski said this week, following the singer's subarachnoid hemorrhage on April 22. "Bret's sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable. He has an unbelievable fight in him and told me what kept him alive at the moment of the hemorrhage was that he did not want his family to wake up and see him lying unconscious in the middle of the floor."

Michaels has two daughters, Raine and Jorja, ages nine and four.

He's also a diabetic who has suffered through numerous "roadblocks," Zabramski said, including "hyponatremia, severe cranial and back pain suffered from blood drainage." His patient in stable condition, the doctor added:

"It was a combination of Bret's fight to stay conscious during the hemorrhage and get to the emergency room, and the immediate medical attention provided by our staff at Barrow that enabled us to stabilize his condition.”

The team at Barrow will hold press conference on Tuesday, in which surgeons will update Michaels' progress even more.

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It's too soon to tell if Bret Michaels will truly be able to resume performing next month, as a message on his website teased this week.

But the good news continues to pour forth about ailing rocker.

"He's doing good. He's not by any means out of the woods, but he is getting better every day," said sister Michelle Sychak in an interview with the Omaha-based "Todd N Tyler Radio Empire" radio show on Wednesday.

Michelle added that her brother's speech was coming along.

"Things are definitely looking up... he sounded good - as good as you can when your brain's throbbing," she said. "He seems very coherent to me and like he knew what he was saying... [He] does sound like Bret. Truth be told, I think he'll outlive us all."

Sychak said Bret is stable, but remains in the intensive care unit. As always, we wish him the very best.

Bret Michaels Biography

Donald and Bret Bret Michaels is the lead singer of Poison. But that's barely even what he's known for at this point. Michaels has made a name for... More »
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Butler, Pennsylvania
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Bret Michael Sychak
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