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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 […]

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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 […]

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Papua New Guinea: At the Mt. Hagan Show, 2000

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  Blood clots are no joke. The toll is staggering: More than two million people in the US suffer serious blood clots each year, from deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE) or stroke. Almost half a million of them die. The most important way to protect yourself is to know your risks and manage […]

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Sierra point falls view

Hear some great travel stories this Saturday night and perhaps win a prize for a piece of your own. Left Coast Writers presents Our Favorite Travel Writers this Saturday, June 8, at 7 pm in the gallery at Book Passage Corte Madera store. We’ll share stories and wine and the company of fellow traveling writers. There […]

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A research team at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has identified a genetic mutation that is strongly associated with a typical form of migraine headache—migraine with aura.  The research “puts us one step closer to understanding the molecular pathway to pain in migraine,” according to Louis J. Ptáček, senior investigator on the study […]

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Peek-A-Boo with an orangutan

I want to scare you out of your wits. I want to shake you and make you sit up and listen. Because I don’t what happened in my family to happen to you. One uncle was blinded by stroke. Another died.  I was luckier: I survived my stroke, but not intact. May is Stroke Awareness […]

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Monet's garden at Giverny, France

For those of us who take the blood thinner warfarin (brand name Coumadin) or similar drugs to prevent prevent clots, one of the scariest of life’s scenarios is an accident or fall. It’s especially scary for patients like me who, because of an acute tendency to clot, must keep their blood extra thin to prevent […]

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