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La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
I'm an ESL and Visual Arts teacher, a translator, a writer and a lover of peace, truth, life and beauty. I have been fighting and overcoming different chronic illnesses since 1999 when I was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor. Words like Cushing's, hypothyroidism then Hashimoto's, metabolic syndrome and recently generalized postictal epilepsy ,pineal calcification and cortical atrophy have been very real to me.......I have won many battles and have lost a few but I do plan to finish the marathon of life in triumph and helping others, I expect to reach the finish line that´s been already traced for me by God's finger. Philippians 3:13-14 Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

I drew this after receiving the adenoma diagnosis in 1999

Psalm 19

Psalm 19
Pat Garcia receiving the sunrise. Photo: Victor Alonso Martinez Garcia

The journey.....................................


marathon of life: How did all this begin?

I was coming out of the bathroom after taking a shower I felt a strange dizziness and sat down at the couch. One hour later I "woke up" I felt strange .................. more

Dioko in greek means to follow or press hard after, to pursue with earnestness and diligence in order to obtain, to go after with the desire of obtaining.

marathon of life: Surviving a brain tumor


As we face many storms faith is like an anchor that keeps us from drifting and casting away in order to continue our journey, sometimes facing frightening waves, sometimes on dry desert land or cold inhospitable weather .

Marathon of life: Finding out about Epylepsy

At least I knew what was attacking my body I knew what was happening yet it was so painful. Thyrotoxic episodes were exacerbating seizures.

In patients with established epilepsy (including generalized epilepsy syndromes), seizures and paroxysmal EEG
abnormalities can be exacerbated by hyperthyroidism In other patients, focal or generalized seizures occur only during thyrotoxic episodes. Seizure exacerbations usually remit when patients become euthyroid with treatment.

My art and epylepsy: Creative Sparks

Monday, July 14, 2014

Circadian Rhythm Affected by Food and Light Exposure

Interesting information about circadian rhythm being affected by food and light exposure, therefor our lifestyle practices can enhance natural circadian rhythms.
  • Light:  We´re advised to get daytime sun exposure, and sleep in a totally darkened room.
  • Food: It is advised to eat during daylight hours, so food rhythms and light rhythms are in synchronized
  • Intermittent fasting: It is believed that concentrating food intake during an 8-hour window at daylight hours, preferably the afternoon followed by an 16-hour fast leads to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, and a more intense hormonal response to food that results from concentration of daily calories into the short 8-hour time window mentioned before, which therefore accentuate the diurnal rhythm.
  • Adequate carb intake:  Eat at least 400 “safe starch” carbohydrate calories daily during the afternoon feeding window. Relative to a very low-carb diet, this will increase daytime insulin release and, by increasing insulin sensitivity, may reduce fasting insulin levels. It will thus enhance diurnal insulin rhythm.
http://perfecthealthdiet.com/2010/12/intermittent-fasting-as-a-therapy-for-hypothyroidism/


The Circadian Clock and Hypothyroidism

The thyroid follows circadian rhythms. There is a circadian pattern to TSH levels:  high at night, low during the day.The thyroid’s circadian pattern is diminished in autoimmune hypothyroidism.Circadian rhythms have powerful influences on many biological processes, and disrupted circadian rhythms are a common feature of disease. Without clinical trials it’s impossible to be sure, but efforts to enhance circadian rhythms may be therapeutic for diseases such as hypothyroidism.
Intermittent fasting, daytime light exposure, excluding light from the bedroom, night fasting and daytime feeding are simple practices. But they may be underappreciated keys to good health.





Sunday, May 18, 2014

2° Maratón de Vida 2014 in La Paz B.C.S. A Great Success!!

Thanks to Trunners and Chekolin 2007 for their participation and video


Este sábado realizarán el Segundo Maratón de Vida, “Somos tus pies al correr”


foto1_maraton_vida•A beneficio de los pacientes con insuficiencia renal crónica
•Coordinación interinstitucional y empresas privadas
La Paz B.C.S.- El XIV Ayuntamiento de La Paz, la asociación Maratón de Vida A.C. y la Red Mexicana de Municipios por la Salud llevarán a cabo el Segundo Maratón de Vida “Somos Tus pies al correr”, a beneficio de los pacientes con insuficiencia renal crónica, a realizarse el próximo sábado 17 de mayo a partir de las 7:00 de la mañana en el Kiosco del malecón donde será la salida y meta de los corredores, dio a conocer Patricia del Carmen García de Mejía, presidenta fundadora de la organización civil.


Words from Maraton de Vida A.C at minute 3:52
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all." Philippians 4:4-7
Fundraising 1/2 marathon  for patients suffering kidney failure in La Paz Baja California Sur Mexico.
Photo by Café La Choya
Jaime Raigadas
 Maratón de Vida A.C. Fundraising event for patients with Kidney Failure.
 Thank you H. XIV Ayuntamiento de La Paz and Red Mexicana de Municipios por La Salud
Parents and children
Photo by: Miguel Ángel Ibarra
Proud father 
Children running happily with their respective "Maratón de Vida" T- shirts and balloons.

City champions! 
Representing Children with intellectual disability.
                                                       Photos by Cafe La Choya.

Terry Townson added very special touch to this noble cause, Maratón de Vida 2014!!

  1. video
                            

                         
An incredibly awesome an special contribution by Terry Townson
Maratón de Vida A.C. Members and kidney failure patients are deeply grateful.

Friday, May 9, 2014

2° Maratón de Vida 2014 La Paz B.C.S México

2° Marathon of Life at La Paz Baja California Sur Mexico.



Saturday, May 3, 2014

2° Maratón de Vida 2014 La Paz BCS:2° Marathon of Life 2014

Happy weekend!!
Almost ready for our great fundraising marathon in two weeks, you´re invited to join our cause: to collect funds to buy Renagel, Cyclosporine and special food pantries for the patients with chronic kidney disease that are taken care of by Maratón de Vida A.C.
Inscriptions for the fundraising 1/2 marathon begin next week!




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2° Carrera Maratón de Vida 2014: Somos tus Pies al Correr

2° Marathon of Life: "We are your feet"

La Paz Baja California Sur, Mexico

Friday, April 4, 2014

2° Maratón de Vida 2014.La Paz B.C.S


We´re getting ready for our next Fundraising Marathon in La Paz BCS on May 17th.Are you planning to spend some time in Cabo? La Paz is near by.....Why don´t you consider joining, participating or attending to our 1/2 marathon for a good cause?Help us raise funds for patients with chronic illnesses like chronic kidney failure, we provide them with medicine like Renagel (Sevelamer hydrochloride which belongs to the class of medications called phosphate binders)and Ciplosporine (which is a potent immunosuppressant medication)  as well as special pantries for patients facing chronic illness who have special dietary requirements.

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