|"April Embracing Star Trek"|
|Prep sketch--April enjoying her Star Trek book.|
April had to prove herself in school as well. Administration assumed she needed special needs classes so she had to continually prove her intelligence. With the help of her mother by the end of high school she was in college prep level courses and went to a technical school afterwards. During her formative years, there were several surgeries to monitor the NF and countless doctor appointments to both monitor and to ensure cancer would not return. Growing up in the 80's and 90's a lot of the doctors were new to understanding NF. One doctor, unfortunately, actually called her his "guinea pig".
Growing up she didn't like people as much as she did animals. She used to volunteer for animals in Woonsocket. Later she did manage to get jobs and keep them, As an adult she still battled with surgeries most notably the tumor on her face which cracked her hard palate. Upon checking the doctors found that the tumor has reached all the way into the brain. Surgery had to be done in which they replaced the palate with a plastic device. Afterwards, April had to learn to speak properly again while still going to work. However with all the maintenance of physical illnesses, mental illness was ignored and hardly mentioned due to her preference for silence. She was diagnosed as schizoaffective along with other mental and physical disorders and was placed on disability.
In the 80's and 90's April embraced Star Trek which changed her world. Life went from seemingly grim, dark and hopeless to bright, hopeful and beautiful. And, most importantly, in Star Trek appearance meant nothing just the character's actions mattered. Currently, April spends her days giving to charities when she can, playing video games, starting trouble on facebook and of course enjoying Star Trek.