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Old age can have its benefits…

Last month Paul and I went to the ophthalmologist for in depth eye exams. Since we’ve lived here we have only had optometrists check our eyes, and that’s been almost seven years. So off we went – to find out Paul needed a stronger prescription and I don’t need glasses any more, except for reading. I almost didn’t believe him when he told me, but then when we got home I took them off and realized it was the truth....

My (mostly) healthy habits

I am very interested in healthy living, reading everything I can and I enjoy sharing ideas with like-minded people.  I know that my enthusiasm for green tea and other healthy choices I made helped me when my ovarian cancer developed.  It was unbelievable that my (probably due to genetics) tumor was very large, yet it hadn’t spread. One of the things green tea (and other foods, too) can do is stop angiogenesis, or the development of blood supply for growth...

I’m crazy for probiotics

I am really having fun these days adding lots of good nutrition to our diet using fermented beverages. I wrote about making kefir before, but now I have added kombucha and rejuvelac to my rotation. If you want to know more about these beverages, here is a link to a great site with tons of information. I also bought a book that I’d highly recommend titled Cultured Food for Life....

After Chemo, Mazatlán Woman Grows Second Head!

This is true.  My hairdresser, the famous and talented Deb from Tippy Toes, says so.  A couple days ago she said “This is so strange, it is like you have two heads.  The front part is pretty much like your old hair but the back….it is truly somebody else’s head.” Well, maybe somebody else’s hair? Check it out.  The front part is normal.  The back, curly and crazy.  Who knows if it will stay like this as it’s only been six...

The 5:2 Diet Update

A while back I had promised to update you on how it was going with the 5:2 diet. If you’re not familiar with it, it is a way of eating where for two non-consecutive you almost fast.  (Women eat 500 calories, and Men, 600) That’s about a quarter of our normal caloric intake. Then for the other five days of the week you eat normally. This eating strategy has lots of health benefits, you can read more about it here....

Making Kefir

When I finished chemotherapy last April I began taking probiotics tablets to help with restoring my body to balanced good health. Chemotherapy is rough on your digestive system and I felt that a couple of bottles of probiotics tablets probably wouldn’t be enough. Fermented foods are frequently mentioned as a way to bring helpful bacteria to your gut – eating sauerkraut, kimchi or kefir. You can buy a product called Yakult in the dairy case here but it is non-organic...

It’s been three months since chemo…

It doesn’t seem like it could be three months since my last chemotherapy but it has!  I am feeling great and am enjoying the summer. It isn’t too hot yet and there are still a fair number of people in town to have fun with. I am jetting off on Saturday for a couple of weeks in the US.  I’ll be splitting my time between my sister and her family in Tacoma and my son and his family in Bellingham....

A Walk on Mazatlán’s Malecon

This summer is going to be the summer of getting in shape for me.  I wasn’t able to work out a lot while I was having chemotherapy, and I realized recently that I had lost a fair bit of strength in my muscles.  So it is time to really get to work! Every other day I have been using my Nordic Track cross-country ski machine (which I love) for a half hour and working my arms with hand weights. I...

What A Weird Winter It Was…

I started on this crazy adventure on November 12, 2012. Just about the time all our snowbird friends started arriving back in town.  And now, here we are on April 23.  All the snowbirds will be gone within the next couple of weeks.  The streets are already strangely empty. Summer is on its way. What a weird winter it’s been for Paul and me!  I was in the hospital recovering from surgery on Thanksgiving, and also on our 15th wedding...

Medicine is Personal in Mexico

I’ve had a lot of experience with health care in Mexico over the last four and a half months.  Seemingly endless tests, lab work, doctor appointments, surgery, and chemotherapy.  It’s been pretty intense, and I thought you’d be interested in why I love medical care here.  Mainly, it’s because it’s personal. All of my appointments and surgery have been at smaller clinics and hospitals.  I had my surgery at Central Médica Quirúrgica back in November, my chemotherapy at Hospital CEMSI...

Clean Cooking to Kick Cancer

I love my Mexican kitchen and the habits I have developed that make eating foods that are good for us easy and available. Maybe you’ll find some tips here that will help you incorporate more good foods into your diet. I hope so! I have a habit of making big pots of brown rice every few weeks and freezing it in serving sized batches per the blog post here on Summer Tomato. I always wanted to make brown rice but...

Being “out” about Cancer

When I first started dealing with symptoms of cancer – but before I knew I had cancer – I made a decision. That decision was to be “out” publicly about my situation. That means I wrote about it on my blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. I made this choice for a couple of reasons. The first is just because it seemed natural for me. The second was because if I came out with a positive attitude to...

Our Trip to Culiacán for Chemotherapy

We’ve made the drive to Culiacan four times for my chemotherapy appointments, and I thought you might like to see what the road between Mazatlán and Culiacán is like. When you travel this road you can’t forget that the state of Sinaloa is primarily agricultural.  We drive the cuota, or toll road – and the tolls are 216 pesos, or less than $20 US each way. What will you see on the road?  Well, to start with… check out the...

My new world

It’s been a while since I’ve posted – don’t say I didn’t warn you!  I am doing well, though… just not spending much time on the computer these days.  I did get my hair cut, though… as you can see above.  It is a good transition between long hair and no hair and I think I’ll keep it short after this is all over.  The doctor told me to expect to lose my hair this week, so I have been...

Life is Good

Life is good here in Mazatlán.  I am feeling better every day and have been getting out and about more and more.  We have been eating out, going for walks, and going to the movies. I’ve attended a couple of meetings, met friends for knitting, and gone grocery shopping on my own.  Life feels amazingly close to normal. I do like a siesta, though. A bit of a break with my pack in the middle of the day gives me...