“I have basically a broken neck, a pretty bad herniated disk. What makes mine a little bit difficult than most people is that I have some disk behind my vertebrae so with a lot of prayers we’re gonna pray that the doctors can get the piece behind my vertebrae with just a bone fusion.”
Nikki’s actually been experiencing pain in her neck area since July 2015 and she knew something was wrong. Once she knew something wasn’t right she decided to get an MRI, which confirmed her injuries.
After getting the MRI back in Oct., Nikki stopped competing.
“Right when we saw that we knew OK no more ring work,” Nikki revealed. “So it’s just been a ware and tear and what we do it’s entertainment but there’s a reason why we say, ‘Don’t try this at home.'”
How long will Nikki be in the hospital after getting her surgery?
“As of now I will be in the hospital just for a day or two,” Nikki explained. “But unfortunately I will be at home with a neck brace for three months, no travel. I can barely be in the car because of the spot where my injury is in, my C6 my C7, I have to try as much as I can not to move my neck so it can heal. In six months time is when I will get that final X-ray to be like, ‘Hey look you can get back in that ring and kick some a–,”
But Nikki explained that surgery could also be career-ending.
“There is a potential that this is career-ending,” Nikki explained. “We will only know that when I get out of surgery on Wednesday and then basically how the bone heals Wednesday. So that’s been tough but I truly have such hope that I will get to compete in that ring another day, I really do.”