Thursday, December 24, 2015




This is Dan’s and my third Christmas here at Hotel Perico in Mexico.  The start of the holiday was with our friends at Hotel Perico in the office celebrating the season with tamales.  Tamales have been consumed here as far back as 8000 B.C.  Afterwards we played picturnary, which my team won.  It was fabulous for the Spanish and English speakers both played together without any trouble.


 Dan and I then joined into the yoga class on the Terrassa on Christmas Eve day, which helped us to stay focus on the NOW, the moment.  While in class I could hear in the background the birds chirping and the workers working.

After, we rode in to Guadalajara to get in the festive mood by visiting the Galleria Mall.  In the center there is a huge Christmas tree with Santa nearby, this brought back memories when I would bring our daughter to the local mall near our home in the states.  Look there is Santa asking a little boy what he wants for Christmas.  As we were walking we stumbled across a Casino right there in the mall. 
 Dan and I could not believe it, that’s the first for us. We both enjoyed some Italian coffee at a café and then off to the central square.

We thought there would be lights and all, but to our surprise there was a skating rink right in the center of the square along with two Santa's.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas 2015


Christmas 2015

This is the year that

I am most thankful for.

I am humble for the past

And will continue to grow in

The future.

I wish everyone peace and

Fulfillment in the coming year.

Much Love

Heckle, Dan and Sherry 

Friday, December 11, 2015







Before this month, I always looked forward to the weekend, but now I am very unsure. I am not looking ahead. The reason is that I do not want to face the coming days.

With my husband and daughter by my side the weekend came and went. We spent a quiet time at the park and having a picnic. With nature around us, we stopped thinking of our health problems.


It's the big day! The radiologist would be calling with results. Ring! Ring! Ring! The caller ID showed the number for the hospital. I picked it up and said hi. He responded, "Hello and how is your day going?" I said great and then I asked him the same question. We were making small talk and under my breath trying to avoid the real reason he called. I spoke up, saying, “I hope you have good news.”


He replied, "Sorry, I do not." He explained the findings--I had cancer and he would be contacting my doctor. The next thing I can remember is handing the phone over to Dan. Now it was up to him to ask any questions needed. All appeared silent for a while and then the hugs. I am not letting this disease run my life.


That afternoon we received another call from our doctor. Dan put him on speaker phone so both of us could hear what he had to say. He advised me of a surgeon, who is the best in this area. His nurse would contact their office and schedule an appointment. The clock kept on ticking and time kept on going slowly, while we decided to come up with Plan B.


Wealth, what is it? Many of us are wealthy
in numerous ways although we simply do not recognize it. Enjoy the wealth you already have in your family, friends, in your health, in your freedom, in your knowledge,
and most importantly within yourself.



Today I am feeling fabulous health wise.  I am no longer afraid of the word CANCER nor the disease.  Through the years I have learned how to prevent this from coming back.  I woke up today with a peace of mind and my husband acting silly.  He put on my colorful comforter that I made and acted like a ghost.  I was not scared for it was like a rainbow, the only thing that I wished was that there was a pot of gold at the end.

Living here in Mexico taught me more patience and that there are other places to discover and appreciate.  Where I live it’s in a community of Americans and Canadians with of course Mexicans.  I live on the grounds of Hotel Perico and see a variety of people from all over.  It is never dull.  Dan and I have enjoyed the peaceful surroundings.  We wake up to birds singing and clean air on top of our hill.

 I feel Christmas in my soul for down the hill is a Walmart and like the states they have all the trimmings with Christmas music. 

So, this Christmas is very special to Dan and I for I am very humble that the choice we made five years ago not having surgery, chemo nor radiation was the best gift that I could of received.  Dr. Perez, Dr. Garcia, Vera Lopez and the team taught me that you can heal yourself with the proper knowledge without harming your body.  The gift that I cherish the most is the friendships and family from all over that prayed and wished me positive feedback in healing.

May this holiday season bring all a peaceful and worriless Christmas.  Cherish the time and enjoy every moment for the future we cannot predict, only the here and now.


Much Love,


Monday, December 7, 2015


Several years ago, Dan and I on our 25th Anniversary visited Honolulu. Enjoy the movie of Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015





It is the season to be jolly and for me this saying is so close to home.  This month five years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and life was uncertain.  We all have journeys in life and the road can turn at any time.  I am so thankful and humble that choices along the path were good ones.  For I am here today to write along with Dan, my journey of joy, peace and happiness. 

We moved to Mexico close to three years ago, not knowing what our future would bring.  Adhering to the culture and climate, I could not ask for a better place to spend our time healing from this awful disease.  Even though Dan and I are cancer free, it does not change the fact that cancer is the word that will be stuck in our minds.  We continue to keep up with the home program of supplements, meditation, exercise and eating and using organic products.  This will be our lifestyle until the end, but more than happy to do this instead of surgery, chemo or radiation. 

Dan and I have met several friends here in the Ajijic area, some are Mexican, Canadian and American.  Our home is small, but it’s our home decorated with Mexican style furniture and handmade items.  I am also creating different pieces that surrounds our space.  I planted a garden and different vegetables and I pick to eat with pleasure.  We have made this our home for a while and hope for others to come and see the beauty Lake Chapala offers.

Thanksgiving was fabulous, I made our turkey dinner and went over to Hotel Perico and we had a delightful dinner among our friends.  What made it special, there was only about six Americans and the others were from Mexico and Canada.  Before dinner we went around the table to give thanks and what we have been grateful for this past year.  Of course, I said “LIFE”.  There was this little boy and his was “GRAVEY”.  Life is good!

The first year I arrived in Mexico that Christmas I picked up a unique tree.  It was  made from the branches of trees.  The tree represents to me life and it is decorated with sparkling bright lights.  My mother gave me an ornament before leaving, a heart with the words ~ FAMILY legacy of lifetime.  This is hanging from the tree along with an ornament that my daughter and her fiancé mailed to us last year.  Those items make up a tree of treasures and memories.

Let the holidays begin with all to be thankful that we have one another to love and treasure. 

Merry Christmas



I am this year!

Changes throughout

This year, But through

It all I have experienced

Breathtaking and priceless

Experiences. I have met some

Wonderful people along the way.

I have been  Blessed