April Johnson Stearns

April Johnson Stearns is a writer and the founder of Wildfire, a reader-generated, subscription-based digital magazine for young women who have been affected by breast cancer. She was diagnosed with stage IIIB HER2-positive breast cancer in 2012, at age 35.

April grew up on a 43-acre Christmas tree farm with horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and a couple of co-conspirators in the form of younger brothers. The closest neighbor was a half-mile away. Like most who don't know what they have until it's gone, she spent her teen years desperate to be “normal” and live in a town. Now she lives with her husband and young daughter on the coast of California in a real-life town where she can see and hear her neighbors almost all the time, but she can also ride her bike down to the beach at a moment's notice to watch the sunset. Though she does love town life, she also likes to get away from all the hustle and bustle whenever she can to hike in the woods. Follow her on Instagram @i_heart_my_life and at iheartmylife.org.