Hi, I’m April –

and just like you, I’m navigating the challenges of chronic illness.

I assist those with chronic illness by providing practical strategies to master resilience, embrace adaptability, and find joy on their terms.

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.

I focus on helping people like you on their chronic illness journey.

If you’re confronting the hurdles and challenges chronic illness brings, I offer practical guidance and valuable resources. Together, we’ll approach change with courage, empowering you to find strength. My goal is to be your partner, offering you support and companionship on your journey to thriving through chronic illness.
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.

Coaching individuals on their chronic illness journey is deeply personal to me.

After my own diagnosis with IIH in 2018, I faced the challenge of adapting to life with chronic illness. Through my journey, I discovered that this adjustment process is shared by many. My experience led me to develop tools and resilience that I now use to guide others.

I’m here as your partner, offering actionable guidance for growth, resilience, and empowerment, drawing from the lessons of my own path.

Looking for tools to help you adapt to life with chronic illness?

I’ve got you covered! Check out the free resources I created just for you! You’ll find tools for adaptability, self-care, and personal growth that are catered specifically for those with chronic illness. Each of these has been created to empower you without relying on the “good vibes only” or “everything happens for a reason” mindset, and focuses on offering practical guidance for your journey to more empowered living.

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