Pushcar camel fair, Rajasthan, India - Photo by Anne Sigmon
Pushcar camel fair, Rajasthan, India - Photo by Anne Sigmon
Monks bicycling home, Mandalay, Burma - Photo by Jack Martin
Monks bicycling home, Mandalay, Burma - Photo by Jack Martin
Playa Nicuesa, Costa Rica - Photo by Anne Sigmon
Playa Nicuesa, Costa Rica - Photo by Anne Sigmon
Peek-A-Boo with an orangutan, Borneo - Photo by Anne Sigmon
Peek-A-Boo with an orangutan, Borneo - Photo by Anne Sigmon
Anne & Jack glassing for brown bear, Alaska - Photo by Ty Miller
Anne & Jack glassing for brown bear, Alaska - Photo by Ty Miller

I can, with one eye squinted, take it all as a blessing. — Flannery O Connor


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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, Scrambling Back: One Woman’s Quest to Return to the Wild After Stroke and Autoimmune Disease, 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


aboutAnne 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


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Hemingway’s favorite painting— Joan Miró’s The Farm—reflects his own spare creative style. The painting was woven into the fabric of Hemingway’s life, from his early days scrimping by in Paris, to the glory days in Key West and Havana, to the sad years of decline when he lost his home in the chaos of two Cuban revolutions. The race to spirit it out of Cuba after the Revolution is worthy of a thriller. Vanity Fair tells the story. This month, The Farm goes on view in a major Miró retrospective in Paris at the Grand Palais museum complex.

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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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  So far, this has been a three-bears summer where I live in Lafayette, swinging from a too-cold foggy chill to a too-hot swelter with the sun beating down and the temp pushing past 100 degrees. I’m missing those “just-right” days we usually count on at this time of year. The chill is easy to […]

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Antiphospholipid Syndrome—APS—is a dangerous blood clotting disorder, and much more common than first thought. It affects some two to six million women in the US—comparable to the number of women living with cancer. So why haven’t you heard of it?

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After 16 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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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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People with blood clotting problems need to be aware of potential dangers with the IVs known as PICC lines. A recent study shows that PICC lines pose a risk for blood clots that can be especially severe for patients who have already had clotting problems.

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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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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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APS is a dangerous autoimmune illness that causes the blood to clot when it shouldn’t, causing heart attack, stroke & other dangerous clots—like out of control PacMen, dashing through my blood gobbling up the good little minions who help put the brakes on my clotting system.

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