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Ken: We have April Johnson with us today. She is a cachet white woman using she/her pronouns. April has a gift to provide hope and help with life problems and events. She draws upon the wisdom or a deep knowing as well as her own life experiences. Those experiences have included poverty; deaths; divorce; unemployment; housing instability; college attempts; and most recently cancer with a broken back, related paralysis and disability. So many hospital trips due to serious treatment side effects, lingering symptoms, and chronic pain. April lived in a nursing home for a year and a half including during the first nine months of the covid-19. Welcome to the Show April. So, tell me of all those experiences, what experience did you have the toughest time with?
April: The nursing home; housing is frustrating and that certainly plays into my nursing home experience. I don’t think there is anything in life that prepares us for living in a nursing home. Whether it is the traditional unit as someone in their 40 years or it is someone at the end of life, it is a whole different experience.
Ken: Yeah, what was that like for you?
April: Sad, painful, it felt like I was on the island alone, and forgotten. My choices were very few. It is a system and the people who are taking care of me are making lousy wages and worried about how they’re going to pay their bills, take care of their family, and put food on the table. So, they’re not always in the best headspace to meet me or anyone else in that environment where we are. There are really high expectations as residents and patients to know things that we don’t and to behave and conduct ourselves in a way that is foreign to us. So, it is very isolating.
Ken: Gotcha yeah it would be, okay now you have been through some really tough things what have those experiences taught you?
April: A lot of things, healing is a process, it is ongoing. It feels daunting at first because it is heavy, but it gets better over time; and there is a place where it becomes a joy. To heal and to recognize that we are healing, learning that healing can go deeper is actually very cool. It expanded empathy for me, you know we’re all human we are all going through things. Not talking about things makes us feel more isolated. Finding a community and connection is really difficult.
Ken: I get that, how important is that connection to us as humans?
April: I think it is paramount. The lack of connection as individuals is at the root of a lot of our problems and struggles. It is a problem as individuals and as collectives in the world. We are missing the mark of humanity in the other person that we are dealing or communicating with at any given moment in time.
Ken: Now when did you know it was time to make a change and how did you get there?
April: It’s been time to make a lot of changes. The biggest and the best example was the night that I was hospitalized. I had six weeks leading up to that to get to the required weight for having an MRI. By that time, I was beginning to have some tingling in my leg which led to the paralysis you mentioned. The Urgent Care I went to read the MRI and we are not touching this. They sent me off to the hospital for the neurology folks to look at. Then I had a moment to pause and connect to some of my friends that had been in the hospital. Something greater than me came through my body and had me say, this is not the end, this is a reset. I think I knew on some level at that point that there was cancer or something serious like it. I knew that my higher power was telling me, this is a redirect, this is the beginning of a new chapter in your books. I still don’t know fully what that is, or what it looks like. But I’m on the New Path and I’ve met death at least three or four different times on this journey. But I am still here.
Ken: Awesome I’m glad you’re still here because this is an amazing story. I mean we all get to go down a path and we get to learn and to grow. We are all here for a specific reason, there is something that we can share with the world. Right?
April: Absolutely, yes, we all have these beautiful gifts that are uniquely ours, they are uniquely personal to us. The world needs each and every one of those gifts and each and every single one of us. We are often so busy fighting amongst ourselves that those gifts are getting squander, wasted, or lost. Because of this the world is not evolving into the place that it needs to be.
Ken: We see that, now more than ever, don’t we?
April: I think that this last year and Covid was here for a higher purpose. It was for a spiritual purpose. It was here to help us wake up, to pause, and rest, for those who had the privilege to do that with stay home orders and to re-evaluate what is important to us and how do we really want to be living our lives? True to form as Americans we mucked it up, a lot. But it is still here and it did resonate for many people and that creates a ripple effect. Even though it feels like we are in so much turmoil and we are.
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We are back with April Johnson. She has been talking about the poverty, death divorce, and health issues she has had to deal with. Please listen to the podcast for the rest of the interview where we talk about
How will your story help listeners change their lives for the better?
Tell me what accomplishments you’re most proud of:
Have you had to remove people, things, and habits from your everyday life, what were those and how did that help?
If there were only three ideas that you leave for this world and your posterity, what 3 ideas would you leave for them that could lead them to have an amazing life?
What is the best way for folks to connect with you?
April can be found by the username @ AskAprilJ on Twitter and Instagram. April’s email address is AJ.AskAprilJ@gmail.com.
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