EDITED APS living with

My introduction to antiphospholipid syndrome–APS–came as a bolt from the blue: a full-on stroke. Then I learned I’d had APS symptoms for more than 20 years.

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After 13 years and a near-miraculous recovery from stroke, I still too often stand at the edge of my mind, teetering toward the void of missing synapses, staring into the white fog of absence. Of absent memory, yes. But it’s more than that: it’s an absence of self. This is what stroke does.

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Oct

29

2014

World Stroke Day

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Celebrate World Stroke Day. Learn the warning signs of stroke and share them with someone you love.

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How I deal with autoimmune flares—itching red rashes, crackly, aching joints, crippling fatigue: first fuming, then rest, and—finally—trying to regain an outward focus

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Mom CHRISTMAS 2011

              Betty Hale Sigmon: 1927-2014. We had mom to thank for her lovely memorial service last Friday—she planned it herself and left detailed notes. She asked for a vase of mauve roses on the piano, then warned: “Be sure to put a coaster or cloth under the vase to protect the wood.” Pure Mom. As […]

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Lupus patients: Antiphospholipid antibodies pose added health risks unrelated to blood clots.

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Dec

25

2013

A Merry Christmas to All

A Southern Christmas Tree

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:

http://bit.ly/1eCIr3g

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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!

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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.

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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.

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