Madonna on her hospitalization: ‘I realized how lucky I am to be alive’

Madonna was supposed to kick off her Celebration tour in Vancouver, Canada on July 15. Instead, mid July was when we first heard from Madge following her emergency stay in the ICU for a bacterial infection in late June. Madonna thanked everyone for their well-wishes and assured fans (and Live Nation) that her new tour start date would be in October. At the time we wondered/worried if 3 months was really enough time to recuperate in general, let alone for a physically demanding tour. By all accounts, the situation was dire when she was hospitalized. Now it seems the magnitude of what she went through has really sunk in, as Madonna has posted that she’s “realized how lucky I am to be alive.” Here is her full message:

Love from family and friends is the best Medicine. One month out of the hospital and I can reflect.

As a Mother you can really get caught up in the needs Of your children and the seemingly endless giving……… But when the chips were down my children really showed up for me. I saw a side to them I had never seen before. It made all the difference.

So did the love and support from my friends. If you zoom into this Picture I am holding You will see A Polaroid taken by Andy Warhol of Keith Haring wearing a jacket with Michael Jackson’s face painted on it. A perfect triangle of Brilliance. Artist who touched so many lives including my own.

I sobbed when I opened this gift because I realized how lucky I am to be alive. And how fortunate I am to have known these people and so many others who are also gone. Thank you @guyoseary for this gift! And Thank you to all my angels who protected me and let me Stay to finish doing my work!

[From Instagram]

Not mentioned in this post is that the tour start date has been pushed back again. Per, the earliest date you can buy tickets for is December 13. Good, I’m glad she’s giving herself more time to recover. Aside from that, I was most touched in this post by her comments on her kids: “But when the chips were down my children really showed up for me. I saw a side to them I had never seen before. It made all the difference.” In the midst of growing up in extraordinary circumstances, it sounds like she’s raised young people who are capable, caring, and family minded. That’s no small credit to Madge herself.

Now as for the gift from Guy Oseary, I have feelings. In reading the post I can understand that Madonna is following her train of thought, and clearly receiving the polaroid as a gift unleashed many emotions for her. That being said, I would have left that detail out. Her feeling “lucky to be alive” stems from her family and friends just as much as from this gift (if not more so, I hope). I’m glad she’s feeling better, I’m glad she’s feeling loved, I’m glad she’s taking more time to recover. I’m not so thrilled that she’s including Michael Jackson in “a perfect triangle of brilliance.”

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  1. I’m glad she’s feeling better and realizes how lucky she is to be alive. Now please stop screwing with your face.

    • Lady Baden-Baden says:

      I suspect she thrives on your judgement. Gives her something to push against. She certainly thrives on the attention it generates. Personally, I think the woman’s earned the right to do whatever the hell she wants – she’s been judged and frequently demonised her entire career

    • Elsa says:

      I think women can do whatever they want to their face. How does anyone have the right to judge

      • AlpineWitch says:

        Because that’s life, I think?

        I am free to do whatever I like to my body but people are also free to judge?

  2. Amy Bee says:

    I feel for Madonna. It can’t be great for her mental health to have a lot of her contemporaries have early deaths.

  3. lolalola says:

    I totally thought it was a reaction to some new surgery. Hopefully not but yeah, I doubt she will stop screwing around with her face. Now she looks like a Kardashian. Ugh. Anybody can buy that but why would you want to??

    • BeanieBean says:

      I’m willing to bet Madonna would have aged into a lovely woman. She had the basic bone structure & features normally deemed ‘pretty’, she was physically fit & stayed that way. I find it very sad that she felt she needed these body & face altering surgeries, but having done them, she has to love them & love herself when she looks in the mirror every morning. She cannot regret, it would be too much to live with.

  4. Elle says:

    I never believed she’d do the tour because how on earth would she be able to filter herself while on stage?

  5. Kat says:

    She can get all the surgery she wants. But it does creep me out a bit at this point. She looks like she is wearing someone else’s skin. I am glad she is feeling better!

  6. Bingo says:

    Infections are no joke, I had a nasty gallbladder infection a few years ago and it almost took me off this mortal coil. Nothing like a surgeon telling you the next morning after emergency gallbladder surgery. I only had a 25% chance of surviving the surgery.

    Madonna was a huge part of my childhood. I would be devastated to lose her. I can’t even wrap my head around losing Paul Reubens / Pee Wee Herman this week.

  7. Wednesday Addams says:

    Madonna has never been known for being introspective. Maybe her brush with death has made her appreciate her life more.

  8. pbblythe says:

    I think what she was reflecting on is that those three (Andy, Keith and Michael) are people she’s known and lost. She could have been lost too and that’s weighing on her. I think she feels like she has more to do.