Hi, my name is April
Welcome! I’m happy you’re here. I’m a breast cancer survivor with a professional background in social work and journalism. I’ve written for a Pulitzer-Prize winning publication, produced an award-winning documentary and worked for both television and print media. As fun as that was, the bottom line is this: without health, nothing else matters.
I know this firsthand.
After years of overworking my mind and body with the belief that doing so would provide me the financial freedom, wealth and security I was looking for, I experienced two life-changing events. One, was the day my sister died. Two, the day I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. It didn’t matter who I knew or how much money I had or could have had, it couldn’t restore health or save lives.
After going through chemotherapy and mastectomy, I am currently coping with the aftermath of disease, and working through hormone shifts associated with menopause while trying to rebuild my body from ground zero.
I started blogging as a way to:
- Rediscover myself after fighting breast cancer.
- Share my story and insight with the intent of encouraging women to invest in their future by putting their mind and body, first, today.
I write, research and enjoy creating recipes in the kitchen. I have many food allergies and a gluten issue. Since treatment and illness my body has changed drastically so I eat carefully. I am gluten, refined sugar, dairy free. I spend a lot of time recreating favorite recipes and cooking with healing and disease prevention in mind. I research everything and take the work out of it for you.
I’m happily married with a deep appreciation for the simple things, maple syrup and sitcoms. I am inspired my French living. My journalism colleagues nicknamed me “The reporter with a heart.” That wasn’t meant to be a compliment but I wear the title with pride.
Here, you’ll find the people, places, things and food that inspire me, inform me and empowers me.
- Women need to see their mental, emotional and physical health as an investment in their future
- Your living space and what you surround yourself with can contribute to good health, emotional well-being and success–or inhibit it
- A life well lived is filled with a variety of moments—good, bad, great, sad, ugly and imperfect
- You have to start right where you are and work with what you have. You’ll see me doing that, here
- Chemicals are like calories, you’re going to get them somewhere… It’s just a matter of where and how.
Something to think about. You secure your future financially…why not do what you can to ensure you’ll be here to enjoy the rewards of your hard work and contribution by taking cate of you. By stealing time for yourself. Even if it’s five minutes at a time.
My mission statement is based on quotes
“An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” And, “The rest is still unwritten.”
These famous quotes can apply to just about everything in life. It doesn’t matter whether it’s health and wellness or relationships and food, prevention and hope is the key.
Dive Deeper on April
Career: published journalist currently freelance writer/reporter with a background in social work. Health and wellness motivational speaker. Expertise in women’s affairs and issues. Done some acting, too.
Eating habits: I don’t adhere to one diet in particular. I’m more of an intuitive eater, keeping in mind allergies and gluten.
Career highlights: Won an award for a documentary I produced about domestic violence, worked for a Pulitzer-Prize winning publication, golfed with singer Meatloaf.
My jam: Music, dancing, recipe development, problem-solving, sipping red wine with my hubby, gluten-free food.
My soapbox: Menopause awareness. Osteoporosis. Breast cancer navigation. Prevention. Bridging the communication gap between doctor and the female patient and gender equality in healthcare.
Worst day ever: There’s two actually: the day my sister died due to complications of type one diabetes, and the day I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.
Pet peeves: People who plagiarize, don’t thank you for supporting their work, and never support back, contrived perfection—and contrived imperfection—arrogance.
Best time of day: Early morning or dusk.
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