Excerpts from A Stroke of Bad Luck and the Potholed Road to Recovery:
How the book came to be
On that eerie Wednesday morning in 2002 when my stroke hit, I was lost in a mental whiteout, unable to remember my address, my husband’s name, or how to dial 9-1-1.
At the hospital, I didn’t believe the doctor who told me I was having a stroke. After all, I was perfectly healthy with, I thought, not a single risk factor for stroke. But there were risks, “hidden risks”–like migraine, miscarriage, common clotting disorders and autoimmune disease–that I didn’t understand.
In the year that followed my stroke, I had to relearn the alphabet, how to hold a fork, how to tie my shoes. I had to relearn to type in spite of a therapist who wanted me to braid potholders! That year I also had to learn, kicking and screaming, how to be a patient with a serious chronic illness taking scary-high level of blood thinner to prevent another stroke.
Far too young to “retire” after the stroke, but lacking the metal quickness to resume my public relations career, I began my search for something constructive to do. I wrote about my experience with stroke and APS, first as an exercise to regain writing skills, then with a passion to spread the word about the “hidden” risk factors for stroke in women.
A Stroke of Bad Luck and the Potholed Road to Recovery is the result. Read the synopsis here.
Advance Praise for A Stroke of Bad Luck and the Potholed Road to Recovery
“Talk about comebacks! A stroke survivor, adventure traveler, and self-confessed klutz, Anne Sigmon gives everyone a lesson in heroism and what it means to be intrepid. Profoundly inspiring, entertaining and informative, A Stroke of Bad Luck and the Potholed Road to Recovery is a must-read for anyone interested in the journey toward wellness.”
—Linda Watanabe McFerrin, Author of The Hand of Buddha and Dead Love (Stone Bridge Press, 2010)
“Anne Sigmon’s journey back from a stroke–she was damned if she was going to braid potholders–is a poignant story laced with humor, insight and hope. It’s also a great read.”
— Adair Lara, author of Naked, Drunk, and Writing (Ten Speed)