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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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Spoon Theory and Hypothyroidism.

I ran into The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino and I was amazed to read how well she describes and explains the lack of energy caused by chronic illness, being Lupus the disease that Christine has to live with.There are other chronic diseases that cause similar symptoms, specially if they are the inmunological kind. It is important to know about this theory which can help us and motivate us to save and manage the energy we have during the day, which is in the case of chronic illness limited. This theory measures our amount of energy in spoons, if we can say it that way. We basically get 12 spoons a day.... sometimes less.

It is so real and so difficult for healthy people to understand, my husband who´s lived with me and my thyroid condition for many, many years said a couple of months ago " I just don´t understand you, a few days ago you didn´t even want to eat or prepare supper claiming you were very very  sleepy and tonight you don´t even want to go to bed, you´re there obssessed working and writing and doing so many things." 
I had to breath in, breath out and say " Don´t forget one of the main symptoms of hypothyroidism is the lack of energy and if the thyroid goes a bit to the hyperthyroid side..... there´s too much energy. That´s why I have to take medication, I´m not a "normal" stable healthy person.....

I gave up ironing for the family a long time ago, I decided to spend my energy on something else and have indeed felt misunderstood. There are other activities I´ve forced myself to do, just to avoid people´s incomprehension and unasked for opinions and comments.

Reading about the spoon theory and identifying  with Christine Miserandino has eased the insecurity and guilt I´ve felt for not living up to other people´s standards. I´ve managed to do well but now that I´m going through hormone fluctuations because of menopause I find myself to be extremely sensitive and mellow....maybe I shall say a bit depressive, having a very difficult time to cope with the stress of daily living.... it´s like carrying life on one´s shoulders and gathering all of one´s strength to take the next step.... the image of a weight lifter competing at the olympics comes to mind, such effort. And we do something similar for practically every task of the day, somedays, sometimes. Somedays we just don´t do....we just don´t make the effort.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Circadian Rhythm Affected by Food and Light Exposure

The tightly intertwined proteins CLOCK and BMAL1 act as key regulators of circadian rhythms.
Credit: Image: Joseph Takahashi

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.

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 under appreciated keys to good health.

Health and Well being can be improved  by Controlling Circadian Disruption 

Circadian Rhythm is derived from the Latin words circa dies meaning "approximately a day

The reason visible light has such a powerful effect on human health is that light exposure through the eye modifies circadian rhythm (Gaddy et al., 1993; Roberts, 1995; Czeisler et al., 1995). 

Although there may be some modification of the circadian cycle with food (Mendoza et al., 2010; Mendoza, 2007) and temperature (Van Someren, 2000a), the most powerful external stimulus for synchronizing (entraining) circadian rhythm to a 24 hour cyclic is exposure to the light of day and darkness at night. 

 Sunflowers movements follow a circadian response.

Circadian Rhythm of T4/T3
I´ve learned there are  hormones in the body that have a circadian rhythm, they are not secreted in a steady way throughout the day but follows a set pattern that is repeated every twenty-four hours and is linked to sleeping and waking, or daylight and night patterns.
Research has confirmed that in humans the circadian rhythm of TSH with a peak level occurring at around 0240 h and levels remaining above the mesor from 2020–0820 h.
It has beeb demonstrated that FT3 levels peak approximately 90 min after TSH levels at around 0404 h and remain above the median level from 2200–1000 h.

Circadian variations of thyrotropin.
Circadian rhythm of TSH secretion is characterized by a pronounced nocturnal increment that is not followed by the expected rise of circulating thyroid hormone levels.The nocturnal TSH surge was not followed by any increase in free thyroid hormone levels. In normal subjects, the daytime ratio of TSH bioactivity to immunoreactivity (TSH B/I) was higher than the nocturnal one [1.4 +/- 0.6 (+/- SD) vs. 1.1 +/- 0.6; P < 0.02]. 
In sPH patients, the TSH circadian rhythm is restored during L-T4 administration, and day/night differences in TSH B/I similar to those recorded in normal subjects are observed.

Effects of evening vs morning thyroxine ingestion 

A significant difference in TSH and thyroid hormones was found after switching to bedtime administration of l-thyroxine.
l-thyroxine taken at bedtime by patients with primary hypothyroidism is associated with higher thyroid hormone concentrations and lower TSH concentrations compared to the same l-thyroxine dose taken in the morning. At the same time, the circadian TSH rhythm stays intact. Our findings are best explained by a better gastrointestinal uptake of l-thyroxine during the night.

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



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