Lupus patients: Antiphospholipid antibodies pose added health risks unrelated to blood clots.Read More...
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Welcome to Anne Sigmon.com
This is my home page and where I follow-and share with readers-news and information about stroke, autoimmune disease, and APS (Antiphospholipid syndrome), the disease that caused my stroke. It's where I write about my own experience as a patient trying to balance chronic illness, brain damage and blood thinners with an irrepressible desire to travel and write. You can find information about my memoir in progress, A Stroke of Bad Luck and the Potholed Road to Recovery, here. One of my biggest frustrations in the early days of my illness was lack of information. I've tried to correct that by assembling Resources and News sections with authoritative web sites, books, support groups, social media, and memoirs. Also check out my travel site, JunglePants.com, where I write about adventure travel for those with health limitations.
About Anne Sigmon
A bookish writer and PhysEd washout, I was an unlikely adventure traveler until, at 38, I married Jack and followed him into the remote corners, from Mongolian steppes to the jungles of Papua New Guinea. But in 2002 - when I was only 48 years old - I was slammed by a stroke caused by a convergence of "hidden"risk factors for stroke including an unpronounceable autoimmune disease called Antiphospholipid Syndrome - APS. I'm stuck with blood thinners and a damaged brain, but I'm still traveling to the wild, and writing with a passion to alert other women to the hidden risk factors for stroke. Read More
Wishing you the simple pleasures of holidays past — sparkling stars above, a crackling fire, and loved ones close by.
My take on one Christmas shopping experience, “Sky Shopping,” appears this month on the Southern Sampler Artists Colony e-zine at:
Alliance Francaise and the Wanderland Writers will ring in the holidays in style this Thursday, December 12, with a holiday party—music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, door prizes, and readings from the travel anthology Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light. 6-8 pm at Alliance Francaise, 1345 Bush Street (between Polk and Larkin) in San Francisco. It’s free and open to the Public. Hope to see you there!Read More...
On November 22 we’ll celebrate the new Paris travel anthology, Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light. If you’re in the Bay area, please join us at 7 pm at A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 LaSalle Ave. in Oakland’s Montclair Village. It’s free and open to the Public.Read More...
Autoimmune illness comes to the forefront as author Meghan O’Rourke describes her harrowing experience in The New Yorker. “The worst part of my fatigue, the one I couldn’t explain to anyone—I knew I’d seem crazy—was the loss of an intact sense of self,” she writes.Read More...
If you’re in the Bay Area, come join us as the Wanderland Writers debut the new anthology Wandering in Paris: Luminaries and Love in the City of Light. We’ll celebrate the book’s publication at two festive launch parties sponsored by Left Coast Writers: – Monday, August 12, 6 pm at Book Passage at the San [...]Read More...
In the year or two before my stroke, I was aggravated by mild but annoying memory and cognition problems: forgetting movies I’d just seen or books I’d recently read. Then there were the strange typos when I wrote at my computer. ‘Height’ was written as ‘right.’ ‘Core’ was written as ‘bore’—rhyming mistakes that didn’t [...]Read More...
Sometimes it seems like blood clots rule my life. It was a clot that caused my stroke in 2002, precipitated by the autoimmune clotting disorder antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). APS has a nasty tendency to “re-thrombose” — that’s the medical jargon I read, soon after my stroke, telling me I was highly likely to have another. [...]Read More...
Aphasia—difficulty speaking and remembering words or names—is one of the most vexing aftereffects of stroke and other types of brain damage. Aphasia can also affect the ability to listen, read, spell, and work with numbers. After my stroke, I couldn’t remember my husband’s name or how to call 911. Every sentence was a struggle: to [...]Read More...
Stroke is not a geriatric disease. It’s not confined to overweight smokers who have high blood pressure and high cholesterol. “Those are the most common risks,” according to Steven J. Kittner, M.D., director of the Maryland Stroke Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. “But strokes can affect anyone at any [...]Read More...