Kate Ward
May 05, 2010 AT 10:33 PM EDT

Bret Michaels has given his first interview since suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage on April 21 to People magazine. In the issue out Friday, Michaels talks about his brush with death, and tells the magazine that he feels “lucky to be alive.” The rocker says doctors asked him if he had children upon arriving at the hospital: “And I said 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.” (Michaels has two daughters: Raine, 9, and Jorja, 5.) Michaels — who is expected to make a full recovery — is currently staying at a rehabilitation center for physical therapy.

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