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Failing, Succeeding, Pausing, Deciding and Thriving with Chronic Illness

Today, I’m writing about some prompts that were given to chronic illness bloggers at A Chronic Voice‘s monthly chronic illness link-up party. Thank you, Sheryl! The writing prompts we were given for this month are: Failing, Succeeding, Pausing, Deciding, and Thriving with chronic illness. I’d like to start by observing my last post which was about receiving my Ankylosing Spondylitis diagnosis over a decade ago. I celebrated that milestone with a new article called Ankylosing Spondylitis – 10 Yea...
Tags: Travel, Health, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Expat Life, Pierre, Sheryl, North Bay Ontario, Arthritis, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS, Crohns


Surviving the Holidays with Chronic Illness

The holiday season is here and with it comes a collective groan from almost everyone in my chronic illness communities. Everyone seems excited about the holidays, but we are all expressing worry, dismay, and stress at surviving the holidays with chronic illness without flaring. The holiday season is stressful on those of us who have limited energy and suffer from pain. We have to manage our health while getting through shopping, cooking, winter events, travel, and much more.Click To Tweet I’m sp...
Tags: Travel, Health, Holidays, Features, Chronic Illness, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Invisible Illnesses, Living Abroad With Chronic Illness, Expat Life, Cfs, Sheryl, Arthritis, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS, Invisible Illness


Chronic Illness Prompts: Meeting, Advocating, Tweaking, Working, Curating

Many thanks to Sheryl at A Chronic Voice for creating some wonderful links for her November link-up party. This month has been a really busy month. I just finished a charity gala fundraiser event that I’ve been working on since August and I wasn’t sure if I’d have a chance to write something for this party this month. Better late than never! Sheryl’s Chronic Illness prompts for November are: Meeting, Advocating, Tweaking, Working, and Curating Meeting First off, this is the perfect promp...
Tags: Travel, Asia, UK, Singapore, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Taipei, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Invisible Illnesses, Me, Sheryl, Arthritis, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS


Invisible in Taiwan: Living in Taipei with Chronic Illness

Invisible in Taiwan: Living in Taipei with Chronic Illness I live on the river that divides Taipei and New Taipei in Taiwan. I’m a Canadian expat and I’ve lived in Taiwan since 2006. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromylagia and ME, among a number of other chronic conditions that cropped up over the past 20 years. My husband and I have stayed in Taiwan rather than returning to Canada or the US because the health care is very reasonable here, the weather is mild, and life in Taiwan is inexpens...
Tags: Travel, Health, Hong Kong, Singapore, US, Barcelona, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, Peru, South America, Uruguay, North America, Taipei, Reiki


Figuring, Completing, Boring, Cuddling, Chatting – August 2018 Linkup Party for People with Chronic Illnesses

August 2018 Linkup Party for People with Chronic Illnesses It’s been a while since I’ve participated in A Chronic Voice’s Monthly Link Up Party. Her prompts this month are perfect for joining in the fun after several months of absence. Sheryl’s prompts for the month are: Figuring, Completing, Boring, Cuddling, and Chatting, so here are the brief notes I’ve made for each header section for this article. Figuring out that I need to let more things go in my life in order to heal and have less str...
Tags: Travel, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, Stephen Hawking, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Living Abroad With Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Me, Sheryl, North Bay Ontario, Daenerys


Mobility Challenges and What An Exoskeleton Can Do For You

In October 2018, I was attending a government luncheon for Canadian delegates who had recently arrived in town and were interested in learning more about life abroad in Taiwan. Although I usually try to avoid using a cane when I go to these luncheons, that day was unavoidable. I had to bring it along. While working our way through a delightful Taiwanese lunch, I listened to a man named Brian Chong from a company called Wistron here in Taiwan who was working on new technology for robotic legs tha...
Tags: Travel, Health, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Taipei, Robocop, Living Abroad, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Carrie Kellenberger, Fibromyalgia, Expat Life, Reliance, Exoskeletons, Wistron


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: I Am One of the Millions Missing

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: I Am One of the Millions Missing Hi friends. I haven’t written much about my trials and tribulations with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), which most of you know as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This is mainly because the two diseases that are most active in my life are Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia. Both of these chronic illnesses have no cure. Just because I haven’t written about ME doesn’t mean I don’t suffer badly from it, though. Quite a few people doubt t...
Tags: Travel, Features, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Illness, Davis, John, Amusement Parks, Whitney, Chronically Ill Abroad, Carrie Kellenberger, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Invisible Illnesses, Cfs, Health Advocacy, Jen, Banff Canada


Alternative Treatments to Chronic Illness: Do They Work?

Every patient who has ever been diagnosed with an incurable disease can attest that we leave no stones unturned in our quest for better health. During the first few year of dealing with autoimmune illnesses like Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and CRPS, I turned to Western medicine and alternative methods to see if I could make my symptoms more manageable or possibly even cure myself. I can’t think of one person I know wit...
Tags: Travel, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Belgium, Taipei, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Epsom, Wahl, CRPS, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome


Chronic Illness: Never Did I Ever Think…

Chronic illness is a hard thing to understand. There are many things to consider when you are chronically ill and in pain all the time, but until you’ve experienced it, let me explain some of the things you’ll never think of until you’ve been through it.  Never did I ever think… That I would lose my health completely That I would be worried about traveling when traveling has been my life for years. Now I can barely muster the energy to fly from Taiwan to Canada That I would need flight assistan...
Tags: Travel, Health, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Carrie Kellenberger, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, CRPS, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFIDS, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Invisible Illness


Jinshin Jyutsu for Fibromyalgia and CFIDS – REJUVENATE

As many of my regular readers know, I have been seeking different types of alternative therapies for Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since 2009 when I first received my diagnosis. As my health continues to worsen, I am constantly looking for new ideas and different treatments, especially natural treatments, to help me deal with my conditions. I had great success with Reiki a few years ago until my Reiki specialist moved away. I’ve also tried several treatments ...
Tags: Travel, Health, Facebook, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Beijing, Austria, SEC, Ellen, Reiki, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia


My Flare Survival Kit

My Flare Survival Kit Readers have asked for this, so here it is: Medications and Supplements – The first photo shows exactly half of the meds and supplements that I packed for Canada this summer. This is three weeks worth of meds and supplements. (I was in North America for over five weeks.) I think I eat more supplements than actual food – magnesium, SAMe, probiotics, C0Q10, Vitamin C, D, and calcium, and my beloved D-ribose for energy, plus my medications. My docs insist I need to keep up...
Tags: Travel, Health, US, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Canada, North America, Flares, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Carrie Kellenberger, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Living Abroad With Chronic Illness, Autoimmune Diseases


What Is A Flare?

I talk and write a lot about autoimmune flares, and a friend recently asked me, “What is a flare, Carrie?” Flares are a sudden increase in symptoms from my normal day-to-day levels of energy, fatigue and pain. They can hit suddenly without warning. Often when you flare, your body becomes enflamed from head to toe. Worsening pain and fatigue are always my first two symptoms, but they are always followed by other symptoms. My body moves in a cycles with flares. Although I never know how long the...
Tags: Travel, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Carrie Kellenberger, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Living Abroad With Chronic Illness, Traveling And Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Carrie, Fibro


Living Within The Limitations of Fibromyalgia

One of the biggest challenges with chronic illness is learning how to live with limitations. Fibromyalgia and CFIDS create pain, autoimmune fatigue, and poor sleep patterns that don’t allow patients to cope with day-to-day activities at times. I am always open about discussing my limitations with anyone who asks. Writing about the limitations of fibromyalgia (and AS and CFIDS) lets others know what we live with on a daily basis. These limitations can range from small disruptions to severe disrup...
Tags: Travel, Health, Features, Chronic Illness, North America, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Carrie Kellenberger, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Invisible Illnesses, Chronic Pain, Coyotes, Jenna, Pheonix, Jenna Robinette


My Several Worlds Is Heading In A New Direction

Many of you that are new to this site might not know that I have been pretty sick over the past three years. I haven’t done much writing during this time. I used to look forward to writing every day, but I lost my voice and my will to write when I started getting sick, and the sicker I got, the harder it became to decide what to write about and where to take this site. For those of you who are not familiar with my story, I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2009 and with Fibromyalgia, ...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, China, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, United States, John, Taipei, Central America, Ottawa, Living Abroad, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Carrie Kellenberger, Fibromyalgia


Chronic Illness – Pacing For Pain Management

Today’s post is about chronic illness and pacing for pain management, and since today – September 28th, 2015 – kicks off Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2015, I thought it might be the perfect time to explain what pacing is, and why it’s important to people who are chronically ill, like me. For those of you who are new to this site, I am a chronically ill Canadian expat living in Taiwan, and I have Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Follow the link to read more ...
Tags: Facebook, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, John, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Invisible Illnesses, Living Abroad With Chronic Illness, Traveling And Chronic Illness, Autoimmune Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders, Chronic Pain, Pain Management


Fibro-What? Kicking Fibromyalgia To The Curb

It has been a while since my last update. This post is for Invisible Illness Awareness Week, which starts on September 28th, 2015 and ends on October 4, 2015. I’ve been so sick this year, there has been no time to do anything but focus on getting my life back on track. I just started coming out of my eight month battle with these invisible illnesses of mine in early June. (Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, and ME are my sworn enemies.) This blog is supposed to be about travel and cultures in...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, John, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Carrie Kellenberger, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Living Abroad With Chronic Illness, Expat Life, Cfs, Health Advocacy, Hospitals In Taiwan


70 Facts About My Invisible Illness You Might Not Know

Today is World AS Awareness Day, and it is typically held on the first Saturday in the month of May. Today’s post is for the millions of people who suffer worldwide from invisible illnesses like Ankylosing Spondylitis. Over the past month, I have been writing and posting about Walk Your AS Off, a global virtual event that has over 60 teams walking in locations around the world. We are walking to raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis and its associated family of diseases. May is our Officia...
Tags: US, Taiwan, Features, Chronic Illness, Chronically Ill Abroad, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Carrie Kellenberger, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Invisible Illnesses, Living Abroad With Chronic Illness, Spondy Awareness Months, Spondylitis Association Of America, Walk Your As Off, Don, Lou Gehrig