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I’m April Smith

I’m a life coach, blogger, and founder of The Thriving Spoonie. I help those with chronic illness adapt with authenticity, courage, and resilience.

April Smith, founder and coach at The Thriving Spoonie, a compassionate and empowering brand for those with chronic illness. A smiling cisgender woman with short wavy brown hair, green eyes, and dressed in a blue denim shirt, confidently faces the camera, smiling.

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Embark on a journey with a woman diagnosed with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), as she shares her real-life experience navigating America's healthcare system. Despite daily battles, she transitioned from a full-time career to remote work, facing challenges like the absence of health insurance. Now a certified Life Coach, she empowers others to thrive amidst chronic conditions, advocating for patient access to vital therapies and treatments. Join her on Patients Rising Stories, where patient voices drive conversations about healthcare access and affordability, ensuring every patient's right to the right treatment.

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The Hidden Reality of Chronic Illness and Identity

In a world that often expects us to hide our struggles, embracing our chronic illness can feel like a revolutionary act of self-love. It’s about saying, “This is me—unapologetically.” But it’s not just about us; it’s about paving the way for others to do the same. By challenging taboos and embracing our whole selves, we rewrite the narrative surrounding chronic illness. Together, let’s show the world that our identities are not defined by our limitations, but by the strength and resilience we exhibit in the face of adversity.

3 Ways to Manage Energy Fluctuations with Chronic Illness Using The Energy Management Toolkit

Struggling with chronic illness? Dive into my latest post for invaluable insights on energy management, coping strategies, and adaptability techniques. Discover practical tips to reclaim vitality and thrive despite the challenges of living with chronic illness.

The One Thing Chronic Illness Warriors Should Do to Cultivate Resilience and Adaptability

In a world where the only constant is change, flexibility emerges as the unsung hero of resilience and adaptability, especially for those battling chronic illness. Embracing flexibility isn’t just about bending without breaking; it’s about crafting a mindset that thrives amidst life’s unpredictable twists and turns. From embracing uncertainty to nurturing supportive relationships, every step toward flexibility is a stride toward empowerment. Join me on this journey as I explore the transformative power of flexibility and unlock the keys to thriving with chronic illness.

Navigating Relationships with Dual Chronic Illnesses: Insider Tips

In the complex landscape of relationships, navigating chronic illness presents unique challenges, especially when both partners are affected. This guide offers practical strategies and valuable insights tailored to couples facing health challenges together. From fostering open communication to prioritizing self-care, embark on a journey of love and empowerment amidst the trials of chronic illness.

The Best Tips for Creating Balance With Multiple Chronic Conditions

Living with multiple chronic conditions presents unique challenges, but it doesn’t mean giving up on a fulfilling life. In this blog post, we explore essential strategies for finding balance and resilience amidst health challenges.

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