Aprile Johnson

Surviving a brain cancer diagnosis and never giving up
Aprile Johnson

I was diagnosed with choroid plexus carcinoma at the age of 21 just three months before my wedding day. My prognosis was uncertain. I suffered a stroke one week after my craniotomy to the opposite side of the brain. I did 6 rounds of a clinical trial drug and radiation, I had to have a plate, 2 aneurysm clips and a mesh fence piece my brain back together. For this reason my Drs. told me I would probably never conceive children and that it wasn't advised. This was my life long dream was to be a mother, so I wouldn't not take NO for an answer.. I am now 2 months away from my 40th birthday and it freaks me out a little I can remember saying I am never goin to live to see 40 as I laid in my NSICU bed with the vent tube down my throat. I am NOT healthy by any means, I have chemo infusions monthly, inject myself at home twice a week, and take countless pills for uncontrolled seizures. I am happy to say that I didn't take NO for an answer and have been blessed w 4 amazing biological children including a set of identical twins. I just went back to school for my AAPC & CPMA certifications. My former career was one of the things stolen from me, because of my seizures I am unable to obtain malpractice insurance. I volunteer at a hospice and try to bring hope to those who need it.This is my story.

Aprile Johnson