Hi, I’m April

I am a writer, former pharmacist, crafter, spoonie, and hope dealer. I write about hope in hard times. Because life doesn’t turn out the way we planned.

ONCE UPON A TIME…

…I was newly married and fresh out of pharmacy school with dreams of a simple life and perfect kids. (Queue the dreamy background music.) Until six years ago, the only thing missing from my idyllic life was a white picket fence and a deer-proof garden.

However, in 2015 a rare neuromuscular disease hijacked my body. Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis is characterized by severe muscle weakness and episodic paralysis. This illness threatened to derail my sense of worth, security, and identity. Suddenly, I catapulted into the world of chronic illness. Click here to read more about my story, Confessions of a Zebra. 

Life with a chronic illness is a daily fight, but God grants His strength each day. While this rare illness hijacked my body, cannot hijack my hope. As a chronic illness warrior, I get by each day with Jesus, coffee, and afternoon naps. 

My craft room is my happy place where I create joy. I enjoy sewing, quilting, creating stained glass artwork, or DIY projects. I prefer Vanilla Coke Zero to Pepsi, leave a trail of open cabinet doors around my house, love burnt marshmallows, electric guitar solos, and wooden roller coasters.

Pull up a chair for a dose of encouragement. Through my blog, Prescription for Hope, I offer hope and refill reminders of God’s faithfulness in our life.

I share life with these amazing people. {Seriously, they rock.}

My family and I live in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  My husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary in June.

We have two teens in high school (pray for us) who are active in soccer, softball, and spending our money. I am an obnoxious enthusiastic sports mom. I figure, after childbirth, it’s a mother’s privilege to embarrass my kids, especially during their games. 

Our parenting woes debunk the myth of “unicorns, leprechauns, and the perfect parents” (Tom Gerdy). We pray for patience and grace each day. 

My husband and I met at a wedding; he a guest of the groom and I a guest of the bride. After four years of a long-distance relationship (getting that college degree) we tied the knot. Twenty-two years and four homes later, we found ourselves living back where we met, in the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 

7 {random} facts about me:

  • I get by each day with Jesus, coffee, & afternoon naps.
  • I always have lip balm, cherry Chapstick is my favorite.
  • My great-grandpa made moonshine. {Hello, I’m from the south.}
  • Other than Jesus, the first person I want to meet in heaven is Rahab.
  • I like funky socks because they make me smile.
  • My favorite bands are U2 and Alabama.
  • I’ve hiked a glacier in Alaska.

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The Third Person Bio {where I sound important}:

April White is an off-road 4×4 Jeep shotgun wife, cheerleader to two teenagers, and a pharmacist. Until six years ago, the only thing missing from April’s idyllic life was a white picket fence and a deer-proof garden. However, in 2015, a rare illness, Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis, threatened to derail April’s sense of worth, security, and identity.

Though April retired her career as the neighborhood pharmacist, she continues to dispense hope. Life with a chronic illness is a daily fight, but God grants His strength each day. God is using April’s chronic battle as a platform to write and speak of God’s chronic presence.

April holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from James Madison University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Shenandoah University. April is the columnist for the “Pressing On” column for the quarterly chronic illness magazine, Broken but Priceless and Inspire a Fire. She also writes for Reach Out Columbia and Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse magazine. 

April’s book, coauthored a book with Marilyn Nutter, Destination Hope A Travel Companion When Life Falls Apart (Ambassador International Publication), is scheduled for release September 2021.

April is available to speak at your event. Get a spiritual refill at www.AprilDawnWhite.com

 

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