Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Who is Rick Kuder?

     My name is Rick Kuder. I am 54 years old, I am the last of 4 children, born to Jerry Charles-Keith Kuder and Bessie Maud (Judd) Kuder on September 9th, 1956 in Fort Madison Iowa.

     I grew up and attended K through 12th in Osawatomie, Kansas. I graduated in 1975 from OSH, in June 1976 I enlisted into the U.S. Army. I was stationed in Weisbauden Germany, Fort Riley Kansas, Berlin Germany behind the iron curtain, I was also stationed at Ft. Lewis Washington. In Korea I was a 94B10 Food Service Specialist.

     During my time of service I became the father of 3 wonderful kids. 2 boys and 1 girl, Ricky Kuder jr., Jason Kenneth Kuder and Eva Kuder. After ending my military career in 1986 I came back home to Osawatomie, KS where I received my Certified Nurses Aide certificate from Johnson County area Vocational Technical School. In 1993 I went to work at Medicalodge of Paola, Kansas where I received my activity director and social service designee from Allen County Community College. I also worked as a workshop supervisor for several years. Later I earned my National License as a 911 Emergency Dispatcher. In 1994 I was working full-time for Medicalodge, soon after, I began work at Osawatomie State Hospital. There I became a Mental Health Aide and after 2.5 years I transferred to Safety and Security.

     In March 2008 I went in for gallbladder surgery, but they discovered I had gallbladder cancer. The cancer quickly spread to my liver. I was sent to Topeka for liver resection, then to chemo and radiation at Olathe Medical Centers. In January of that same year through friends, I met my wife Jeanell and right of the bat we had a lot to deal with. She could have stopped and ran but she didn't. She stayed with me and helped me pull through all my troubles. If that's not love I don't know what is!

     Jeanell is the love of my life, she is everything to me. On September 18, 2009 we were married and I became stepfather to 6 great kids. We also have 5 granddaughters and 2 grandsons between us.

     Just when we thought the worse was behind us, January 2011 two months short of  3 years cancer free, we found there was again 2 spots on my liver. The doctors appointment is February 25th to find out what treatments are next.