A.S. Face 2007: Rick Imholte

My name is Rick Imholte. I live in Southern Arizona, originally from Texas. I am 56 years old. My back started bothering me in my late teens. I was diagnosed in 2015 after being to all them years that I had a bad back. Given just about every pain pill you could imagine. After being diagnosed and doing blood work I found that I did not have the gene. I am a select few who doesn’t. I did, however, find that I had latent TB-9 months of more meds. Had a 66-degree curve in my neck, chin to chest deformity. July 22nd, 2016, I had an anterior-posterior cervical ostomecy, 16 hour surgery. Two 18 inch rods with dozens of screws. Removed C7 and built a cage. I have no feeling on most of my right side and had to learn to walk and relearn my left side. August 2017 while still recovering I found that I had bladder cancer. Surgery September 2017. Got it all. Then some kind of skin disorder which they still don’t know what it is. Biopsy last week, January 2018. AND HERE I AM, A WARRIOR!!! I refuse to give up. I work my butt off to keep going. Never give up!!!
Thanks for reading.

Arizona, United States of America

3 Responses to “A.S. Face 2007: Rick Imholte”

  1. Dear Rick,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.
    Sincerely Cookie

  2. Thanks for the inspirational story Rick, never give up! You’re exactly right.

  3. I’m having a similar surgery next week and your post gives me strength, thank you.

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