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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Marsha’s Story

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Marsha’s Story

Last August I was able to take my daughter to see Bret at Hampton Beach in NH. We were lucky enough to get his autographed hat & on his bus, it was the absolute best night of my life. I have admired Bret for so long and I absolutely adore, admire, respect & find strength through him and his music. That 20 mins he gave us his full attention, I was in such shock I could hardly talk. 2 weeks after I had 2 heart attacks in 1 day, I laid in ICU for 5 days and on my phone listened to Bret’s music and looked at his pics knowing all he has gone through and has fought, I found hope & strength. I was transported to MA General released 6 days later the pics I have from on the bus made me cry & smile every day. I have heart surgery for my A Fib and since then I have had severe blackouts just recently I had a bad one and fractured my skull, my brain is bleeding, I have a severe concussion and an acute concussion in my ear. With being on blood thinners the doctors say I am lucky to be alive, I know I am and there is not a day that goes by that somehow I find strength by something Bret does, or a song or just looking at his picture. Bret you are the most genuine, realistic, strong, beautiful hearted person ever and I want to thank you for everything you do and all the hope you give me & every one else! My parents know how much you mean to me so they have already bought my tickets to see you in May at Palace Theater in Manchester, NH I cannot wait! Hopefully I get close enough to receive another hug from you. I spray my pillows every night with your cologne, it smells absolutely amazing! I can’t tell you enough what you do for me on a daily basis just know I am your #1 fan some people say I’m a little too obsessed, I do not find that possible.

Marsha

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Check out this exclusive video sneak peek and get ready for the new single “A Beautiful Soul” from Bret Michaels available next week April 1st at digital music retailers everywhere including iTunes, Amazon and more! Also, be sure to look for the awesome new video for “A Beautiful Soul” at BretMichaels.com on April 2nd!

Don’t miss Bret Michaels’ episode of Oprah’s Lifeclass on April 2nd on Oprah.com where he will perform “A Beautiful Soul”!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Michelle Finds Inspiration In Bret

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Michelle Finds Inspiration In Bret

This is an update to how I am doing. We are 30 days from you performing at the Pima county fair in Tucson, AZ. I recently told you I have degenerative disc disease and degenerative spinal arthritis. I had back surgery 3 weeks ago and I’ve been doing all my exercises and walking around 2 miles each day. So far in the past month and a half I have lost 28 pounds and I can fit into my new dress I got just for this concert. I have one month to go and I hope to lose another 10-12 pounds before the concert. I thank you for coming back to Arizona and giving this gal something to believe in. I can’t wait to see you in person and hope you will sing my favorite song, Unskinny Bop!

Thank you for being an inspiration to so many, me especially!

Michelle

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

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Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Rylan Looks Forward To Diabetes Camp

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Rylan Looks Forward To Diabetes Camp

Hi Bret!

This is Rylan, I have type 1 diabetes my and my grandma has it too. Camp is one of the most fun things. Not only to help with my diabetes and seizures, but my mom has been missing for almost 2 years and camp is one place I can go to stop thinking about it. All my friends are there so it’s nice to go and see them too. Thank you for sending me to diabetes camp this year!

Rylan

Below is a photo of Rylan and her friends!

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

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Thank you for your continued support!

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TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Rebecca Realizes The Importance Of Diabetes Camp

TeamBretMichaels.com Story: Rebecca Realizes The Importance Of Diabetes Camp

Rebecca will sacrifice everything to attend Camp Kudzu for a week in the summer. Camp Kudzu is for diabetics only. Rebecca, now 15 years old insists that camp is the only place she feels normal. Every camper takes insulin, counts carbs and checks blood sugar. Diabetes does not hinder the craziness and fun of camp; plus there are no parents hovering over her.

As for the rest of our family, we are incredibly thankful for Bret Michaels and the Life Rocks Foundation for offering scholarships for camp. With medical expenses rising each year, the cost of camp is difficult to pay. The constant finger pricks and injections that our brave child deals with daily makes the thought of denying her the opportunity to feel ‘normal’ absolutely too tragic to bear.

Bret Michaels and Life Rocks, you have blessed our family more than you know!

Barbara and Bruce

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Our daughter Rebecca

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Sam Finds Inspiration In Bret To Fight Diabetes

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Sam Finds Inspiration In Bret To Fight Diabetes

I am Samantha, I have been diabetic now for 30years, type 1 so I’ve had my share of illness. I am riddled with Neuropathy now the recent being Autonomic Neuropathy, I have worked in radio for 22 years of my life and loved it with such passion, but since getting Neuropathic joint disease in 2009 and my bones in my legs just crumbling I have been unable to work for the past 2 years. Through many long operations and metal skewers through my legs I have fought to save both my legs from amputation and last year I walked again even though fun could be had with a wheelchair, zooming down slopes etc lol. Anyway I am not writing this for sympathy, I just wanted to thank you Bret , as since I was a teenager many moons ago now, I have listened to your music and over the past few years you have spurred me on to dust myself down and carry on. Your music has been an inspiration to me and I have followed your life since I found out in my teens you had diabetes too. I felt back then as though if you could lead a rock star life with it there was hope I could have a normal life and carry on. So I did a rock chick thing working in radio loving every minute of it, these days I have those great memories to look back on and as my mum calls it burning the candle at both ends partying and working lol.

As I have said your music has kept me going for years and I just wanted to write to say thank you. Sending you a big hug and as we British say “onwards and upwards old chap!” Lol

Keep well and keep rocking!

Your ever faithful fan and fellow Diabetic Sam!

Samantha Rawstron

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: A Daughter’s Diabetic Doll Petition

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: A Daughter’s Diabetic Doll Petition

In August of last year we started noticing a change in our 11 year old daughter. She was very cranky and others commented on how much water she was drinking. She was always complaining that she didn’t feel well often and began snapping at her family. We blamed it on hormones and hoped she would go back to her happy self soon. When we left for a week vacation to go to my brother’s wedding in Colorado I was shocked how many times we had stop for her to go to the bathroom on that long road trip. In South Dakota we stopped to eat and she began throwing up for an hour and we ended up having to get a hotel room. How we got there and through that week in Colorado I don’t know. She slept a lot of the time and whined that she didn’t feel the rest of time. On the day of my brother’s wedding her pants were falling off her because she had lots so much weight and she looked very gaunt. I am not sure how we made it home ok, but we did. The day after we got back I took her into the doctor’s office convinced she had a bladder infection. I remember the nurse practitioner saying that there was sugar in her urine and she had lost 20 pounds. She informed me that my daughter needed to get blood drawn and immediately go to another hospital 1.5 hours from our home. It was all a world wind. My daughter was crying because she thought she was dying, my 9 year old son because he thought his sister was dying, and I crying because I was just scared. It’s amazing how your life can change in a moment. At the hospital they informed us that the blood test came back and her blood sugar level was at 900. She was immediately admitted into the hospital. The next 24 hours were filled with blood glucoses checks, insulin shots, no sleep, and lots of education. It has been so amazing to see my daughter step up to the challenge though. She went from being deathly afraid of shots to giving herself shots in a matter of a week. As her blood sugars improved we got our energetic happy child back again. It has been a hard adjustment . Some days she get frustrated and angry with diabetes. Sometimes she even has trouble sleeping because she is afraid that she is going to go to sleep, go low in the middle of the night, and not wake up. Thankfully there are more good days than bad and each day it seems to be getting a little easier. We like to focus on those days instead of the bad ones.

One of the things that helped her during this time has been getting two American Girl dolls for Christmas. One of the dolls is one that is supposed to look like her. Looking through the catalog she saw that American Girl had service dogs, glasses, hearing aids, braces, wheelchairs, and food allergy lunches, but didn’t have anything for diabetics. She wanted a doll that really was just like her and was tired of being different. Then she saw an online petition on change.org and asked if she could write a petition to get American Girl to make diabetic supplies and insulin pumps for their dolls. I thought it was a great idea and encouraged her. After all you can’t change anything if you don’t try. Starting this petition has brought her such joy and lifted her spirits. She was really excited when her story was featured on national news stations. The outpouring of support and messages from all over the world has been so encouraging to her during this tough time. Our whole family is behind her and we know that this will become reality. Diabetes is touching everyone lives and currently there are 371 million people with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes worldwide and that number is expected to rise to 552 million people by the year 2030. We feel like these accessories would not only benefit diabetic girls, but also the millions of girls who have a sibling or loved one with diabetes and fit in perfectly with the American Girl brand. Our vision goes beyond American Girl just making diabetic accessories. We would like to raise money so that we can donate as many of these accessories as possible to newly diagnosed girls in the hospital. We want them to feel special and know that they are not alone especially during that very difficult time of just being diagnosed. When my daughter got diagnosed they sent home with only boring educational books and nothing fun or comforting. We just starting creating care packages for newly diagnosed boys and girls called Boxes of Joy for Diabetics filled with stuffed animals, a fleece blanket, medical alert necklaces, food scale, kids books featuring diabetic characters, a sharps containers, collapsible measuring cups and more.

On October 4th our JDRF chapter is hosting a Walk to Cure Diabetes event in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. We decided to set a big goal this year. We are looking to make JDRF history with the largest family walk team ever. We are hoping to get 300 walkers to participate and raise $100,000. It is exciting to see everything falling in to place and we have already gotten a national company to sponsor us.

Thank you for all the encouraging stories you post on your website. It is so comforting to see other handling hardships in a positive way and always lift my spirits.

With a grateful heart,
Ingrid

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Shelley Finds Inspiration In Bret

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Shelley Finds Inspiration In Bret

In my first letter to you in 2012, I had just returned from your concert appearance in Peachtree City, Georgia. It was one of the most memorable nights of my life. You are a fighter, a champion, and a beautiful talented soul with your passion for helping people and animals.

I recall in my first letter, I mentioned I was having health issues and pain, and from what at that time I had no idea, and I could barely get to the concert that night, but my determination to see you along with my husband’s help got to my destination. For I knew you would never be only 10 short minutes away from where I live probably ever again!

A year later, I write this letter to you after being diagnosed with post reactive hypoglycemia. This condition is a pre-diabetic condition that causes lows in blood sugar due to a reaction of certain “types” of foods after two hours or so of eating. It is difficult to manage and hard to catch the lows sometimes as they are happening. I become more afraid sometimes each day.

I was placed on medication and a strict diet to which I have adhered to. Unfortunately, things have started to take a turn for the worst. The medication is no longer controlling the lows and now I’m having spikes in blood sugar as well. Recently, I was put through another glucose tolerance test to check for Type 2 diabetes. Following the test, I got home only to suffer a severe crash in blood sugar in the 50’s for which I had never gone before. Thankfully, a family member was here with me as I spiraled downhill, and my husband who is a paramedic was called to come as soon as he could for help. I finally recovered that day with lots of the “right” foods and lots of rest.

Bret, as I type this letter to you with tears in my eyes, I finally understand what my Dad has gone through with years of diabetes. The struggles, the emotions, the ups and downs, the depression, all of it! You see my Dad was actually turned away from the military due to them finding out in his physical that he was suffering from diabetes and he had no idea.

Bret I know you are making a difference every day to win the fight for this horrible illness and I pray for you to continue the battle, for people like us, for you, for your daughters, for everyone. You have the ability to make a difference! You are wonderful!

For anyone out there who has been told by a physician that they are not at risk for diabetes by even having a family member with it like I was, please find another physician that will take heed, listen and test! It may save your life.

I think of my son each and every day, who is a theatre major at Auburn University (War Eagle!), and the possibility that he will one day be diagnosed with this terrible burden of an illness. We would all be thankful for a cure to finally end this potentially deadly disease.

Bret, I hope that you will one day make it back to Peachtree City, Georgia and it is my wish that one day I can give you a big hug and tell you thank you for fighting for me!

With love and and deepest gratitude,

Shelley

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Local Hero Presents Bret With Military Honor

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Local Hero Presents Bret With Military Honor

The presentation was made after Bret’s concert in Texas. When I walked up to present Bret with this military flag honor, he had a very serious look and listened very closely to what I was saying. At the point I was ready to present the shadow box, he stopped me, grabbed some of people that were in the room and said “you have to see this, this is insane” and somewhat brought the room to quiet. I gave a short speech and then presented the shadow box to Bret and read the certificate and plate. Bret was speechless to say the least. We had a personal/intimate conversation for a few minutes afterwards, shook hands, and hugged each other. Knowing how much it meant to me to part from the flag, he promised to take good care of the it and honor what it represented. Bret said he plans on hanging it in his house. I asked him if we could stay in touch and he said “of course, you got it.” I do plan to visit him every chance I get when he is close to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Thanks again Patrick for all that you did for making this happen. I hoped this night left an impact on Bret and that he truly knows how much he is admired and respected by our men and women in uniform.

Alex Childress – Residential Division Manager

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Ellie Gets Ready For Diabetes Camp

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: Ellie Gets Ready For Diabetes Camp

Our daughter Ellie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on March 2, 2010 at the age of 4. We had NO knowledge or experience with diabetes at the time of her diagnosis, so it came as a complete shock! After 4 days in the hospital, where we went through the phases of shock, fear, acceptance, and planning, we were released to learn how to care for our daughter, and to help her accept and live life to her fullest. Ellie slowly accepted what lay ahead with each passing day. 8-10 finger pokes a day, sleepless nights, numerous injections, adjusting her diet, and constant planning and organization.

Ellie has always had a carefree spirit and personality, and from the beginning Ellie has taken her diagnosis in stride. Along with diabetes, Ellie has had to transition 4 times to schools in different states, all the while becoming one of the most loved students in each school because of her incredible spirit, funny personality, and likability. Ellie has never let diabetes slow her down or negatively affect her attitude, and would never, ever want to be singled out because of her diabetes. She is a very active 8-year old who is a cheerleader and also plays basketball and softball. She has a great attitude and is such a happy girl with a GREAT sense of humor. She has a smile that lights up a room and we can’t wait to see what life has in store for her. We are so proud of her.

We are so thankful for Bret and the Life Rocks Foundation for sponsoring her for camp this summer. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Amy

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

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TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: A Family Finds Inspiration

TeamBretMichaels.com / LifeRocksFoundation.org Story: A Family Finds Inspiration

We are a big fan of Bret Michaels . My husband found out in 1999 that he was a diabetic 2 and takes shots . My daughter is a make a wish child and she has full blown crohn’s and lost her colon when she was very young. She is now 10 years old and has to have another surgery, but she is a very strong well child. In Las Vegas, NV she was the youngest child to lose her colon.

I have diverticulitis, almost died two years ago and almost lost my daughter 5 years ago. My daughter told her father the other day that she was watching Bret Michaels’ videos and stories on how he was very sick when he was younger and that he has to take his medicine too even though he is on the road 24-7 days a week. I am so proud of my daughter and husband. Bret going through what he did has been a huge inspiration and support. I don’t think either one would be here.

Carrie

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Do you have a story of giving back, supporting charities, overcoming obstacles, a story of strength, inspiration through music to battle through setbacks or illness? We’d like to hear and share your story and photos.

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