The Marfan Blog

Auburn Ponder Anderson

Auburn Ponder Anderson is a retired Arkansas English teacher who enjoys writing, church work, and grandchildren. She learned about Marfan when her husband and two children were diagnosed.

Recent Posts

A Make-Over Because of the Marfan Annual Conference

May 26, 2018 by Auburn Ponder Anderson

Ashley Burks was 23 when her life changed. That year, 2005, she excitedly attended the Marfan Foundation’s Annual Conference in St. Louis. Upon arrival she was overwhelmed with emotion—for the first time in her life she saw other women who looked like her! Lean and lanky with long faces like hers, they looked like family. And as she got to know them, she was overjoyed that they had Marfan syndrome like she did, and they understood what she had gone through in her life.

Topics: Marfan Conference, Marfan Community, Living Successfully, Quality of Life


May 7, 2018 by Auburn Ponder Anderson

During National Nurses Week, I would like to honor the wonderful men and women who serve tirelessly without much recognition. Several of them were such a help and inspiration when my husband Ted Ponder had surgery in 1989 because of his Marfan syndrome.

My Marfan Story: Home for Christmas

Dec 20, 2017 by Auburn Ponder Anderson

Auburn's late husband, Ted, with their son, Kelly.

Topics: Marfan Community, Diagnosis, Living Successfully, Quality of Life