Rocker BRET MICHAELS has promised fans he will cut back on touring following his recent medical woes.
Earlier this month (Nov14), the Poison frontman was hospitalised for the sixth time in two weeks due to complications with diabetes.
He axed a number of shows to undergo kidney surgery and was readmitted after stents placed in his body during the first operation caused a blood clot and infection.
Michaels posted a picture on his official website showing him lying on a hospital bed surrounded by tubes and wires, and wrote a lengthy 'thank you' letter to his fans for their concern and support.
He wrote, "I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank everyone for their concern, prayers and well wishes, it meant the world to me. I also want to thank the several emergency rooms and their staff for the immediate attention and especially all those at Mercy hospital for their continued medical attention. Yesterday I got a complete check up and today I had some blood tests. This has been going on for several weeks and was extremely painful however, I want you all to know I have no death wish, rather quite the opposite, as I love life and am grateful for every second I get and every second chance I've had."
Michaels assured them he will marginally reduce his tour schedule, adding, "The second I can be out of the hospital and moving, I go, I admit, sometimes to (sic) soon. Its (sic) been brought to my attention that I tour more dates than almost anyone, well over 200 per year... I feel blessed to be able to live out my passion and yes, I am taking all of your advice and starting to do some limited select engagements and make up dates through out the end the year and into early 2015 to make some serious health and life changes... At times my passion to play music is my blessing and my curse, however I have only been sick twice this year, both were while I was on tour so it was more publicly noticeable."
Michaels, 51, also told fans he had "almost recovered" from his latest surgery and ends by writing, "I will continue to give all I can for as long as I can, and although I am still not 100% I feel good enough to continue performing."