Bret Michaels Shares His Struggles As A Diabetic On ‘Oprah’s Lifeclass’ (VIDEO)

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Bret Michaels Shares His Struggles As A Diabetic On ‘Oprah’s Lifeclass’ (VIDEO)
As a diabetic, Bret Michaels says he has to fight for survival every day. Between daily insulin shots and hourly blood sugar tests, he keeps a sharp watch on his health, 24-7. “I loss use of my pancreas at 6 years old,” Michaels says. “And it is a every day, nonstop battle.”

His health challenges don’t end there. In recent years, the Poison frontman has undergone an emergency appendectomy, heart surgery and suffered brain hemorrhaging. “Oprah’s Lifeclass” invited Michaels to take over Oprah’s stage and share his biggest life lessons.

In the above video, Michaels addresses a prediabetic woman in the audience who is looking for advice on moving forward. Michaels tells her he’s learned there are two ways to look at life. “From the cradle to the grave — and I mean this as sincere as I can say this — you either make a choice that you are living, or you’re dying,” he says. “It’s all in the way you look at it.”

Some days will be awful, as Michaels can attest. “But what builds our character is what we do about those days,” he says.

Michaels says his family helped him to look at his battle in a different light. “It’s just the card I was dealt,” he says “And instead of being mad and feeling self-pity and feeling like a victim, I was encouraged by my parents to work hard and move forward in my life and not be a victim. And it really helped.”

Are you in need of a little reinvention or reinvigoration? Need a little more passion and drive in your life? Watch the full episode of “Lifeclass with Bret Michaels.”

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Louie Schwartzberg’s Nature Footage Reveals The Sound Of 1 Million Monarch Butterflies (VIDEO)
In late August each year, monarch butterflies migrate roughly 2,000 miles from southern Canada to an isolated area in the forests of central Mexico. Their journey — the longest of any butterfly on the planet — typically ends in November and December, and those that make it spend the rest of the winter in the warm climate of the region.

Award-winning cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg traveled to Mexico and filmed the butterflies’ time there for his 2013 documentary “Wings of Life.” As Schwartzberg tells Oprah on an interview for “Super Soul Sunday,” the experience goes beyond the visual beauty of the butterflies.

“What’s a miracle about the monarch story [is] their great-grandchildren come back to the same spot,” he explains. “So, they’ll leave, like, in March, travel all the way to Canada, reproduce along the way, and their great-grandchildren will come back.”

As Oprah marvels at time-lapse footage Schwartzberg shot of a caterpillar transforming to a butterfly in its cocoon, the filmmaker explains the spiritual side of what he captures. “Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change for poets and artists,” he says. “Imagine that you could be a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next.”

“What’s it like to be in the midst of all that?” Oprah asks, as she sees behind-the-scenes video of Schwartzberg completely surrounded by the monarchs.

“The sound of a million butterflies flapping their wings is undescribable,” he says. “It’s very heavenly.”

More of Louie Schwartzberg’s interview airs on “Super Soul Sunday” this Sunday, April 6, at 11 a.m. ET on OWN. The episode also live streams on Oprah.com and Facebook.com/supersoulsunday.

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Finding the Right Distance
I can still remember being in an AA meeting, sitting in a damp, drafty church basement, and hearing the speaker say: “If I cut you out of my life, it’s probably because you handed me the scissors.” For years, I believed this to be true because it allowed me to remain naively sanctimonious and absent of blame for the demise of any relationship in my life. However, the older I get and the more wreckage of friends and family I leave behind, I can no longer deny that I have been equally culpable for cutting people out of my life.

I have noticed two distinct self-destructive patterns that continually sabotage my relationships, and my mental wellbeing in general. For starters, I push people away when I perceive they are getting too close to me. Moreover, whenever I need help most, I have a tendency to retreat into isolation, and that inevitably exacerbates the problem. I decided to dig a little deeper into to what, if any, patterns are at play in my retreat to isolation.

Without a doubt, my behavior to push people away is governed by a defense mechanism that we all have, but one that takes a more dominant role in certain people’s lives. This can be demonstrated with an example we are all familiar with. A child is running and trips and scrapes her knee. The mother rushes to her side and picks her up in a reassuring embrace. Often, that child inexplicably lashes out at her innocent mother and hits her. Why? As an adult, when I react in this way, it is from a place of vulnerability, and often those feelings are enmeshed in shame and embarrassment. When I’m emotionally fragile, I react like a wounded animal — I want to crawl into a hole and be left alone. Sadly, that’s the time when I should be reaching out to that helping hand, not burying my head.

Another pattern behind this behavior is the sense of control, no matter how illusionary it may be, I get from pushing you away. If I take stock of periods of my life that were most chaotic and out of control, these were the times I actively made my social circle smaller. Connected to this behavior is a “secret test” of which you are an unwitting participant. By pushing you away, it’s as though I were testing your loyalty to me by determining if you’re willing to fight to keep this relationship alive. This is a vicious cycle that has characterized my toxic relationship with my mother for years.

At risk of sounding like a reductionist, I have to admit that if I delve deep enough into any problem in my life be it either self-reflective or interpersonal, I invariably find the ugly face of shame hiding in the shadows. I’ve been writing a lot about intimacy the past few months and the bedrock of trust, patience, and empathy upon which it is built. The parts of me that I hide from you are at times, too painful for even self reflection. These are the feelings that lie deep within, fester, and bubble to the surface as rage, inadequacy, and fear. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought, “If you only knew the real me, you’d want nothing to do with me.” These intense feelings can appear overwhelming and insurmountable, and historically I’ve needed professional help to knock down these walls I’ve constructed to keep you out.

If I’m to nurture a more fulfilling life based on authentic connections with a broader circle of family and friends, I believe there are a few challenging questions I need to ask myself before deciding to end a relationship or push someone away. First, am I reacting out of a bruised ego or an affront to my self-esteem? Whenever shame enters the equation, the cards are stacked against fostering any hope of a sustainable relationship. Next, have I incorporated trust and established healthy boundaries in this relationship? Finally, am I allowing trauma I’ve experienced in my life, leave me trapped in a groove or a rut? Just because I’ve reacted in a certain way in the past, there is no reason I need to perpetuate that destructive and isolating behavior. Most importantly, I must always remember to learn from my past, but not live in my past.

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