The 26-year-old's arm is bandaged, and a knife went through his left forearm.
"Honestly I didn't feel it at all, like I didn't realize I was bleeding until like I saw the blood," Collins said. "I was wearing a white shirt and I didn't even feel it until he had stabbed me a few times."
Collins girlfriend picked him up at his home on S. Lynnhaven Road before sunrise Monday.
Collins says his girlfriend's ex came up to them while they were in his driveway and attacked her.
"He started strangling her and it was in my nature to get out and defend her, and I guess in the process I got stabbed seven times," Collins said.
"It was really terrible, Reed," said Collins' mom Darlene Wright. "I don't think it's something a mother really wants to see."
Collins moved to Virginia Beach to take care of his mother. Monday she feared he wouldn't be around any longer.
"And he falls down and he rolls over and his whole body just turns white and he says help me," Wright said.
"I thought that was it. I thought I was going to see The Lord," Collins said.
His arm hurts the worst. He knows he'll get better, even if that seems far away. The man who stabbed him, Collins knows well.
"I don't know what come over him, what was up with him, but all I can say is I'm praying for him and that's really all I can do," Collins said.
Virginia Beach Police aren't giving any information about an arrest in the case, or any charges the man is facing.