Carrie Kellenberger is a world traveler, chronic disease advocate, and a vocalist living with Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and CRPS.
She has been writing professionally for over a decade. Carrie began actively writing and speaking about being chronically ill abroad in Taiwan since 2012.
The only life worth living is one that you are truly passionate about…
I quit my job to travel the world in 2003 and I’ve never looked back. I started my journey in Asia where I’ve had the opportunity to dream, explore and live life to its fullest.
I’ve worked as an ESL teacher, a lounge singer, an actress, a model, a jewelry designer, a full time professional writer and editor in the publishing industry, a ghost writer, and a full time business woman. (My husband and I own our own business.)
I have been traveling almost all my life.
I went on my first trip to South American solo at age 18. After that, I continued wandering the world and soaking up culture and history wherever I went. My travels have helped me see the world through different eyes and I have cherished every footstep I’ve taken.
To date, I’ve seen more than 30 countries in the world and I’ve done my best to record my cultural observations here. I’ve been traveling and living in different cultures for close to half my life.
My love for Taiwan is obvious, since it’s here in this tiny island in the Pacific that we chose to settle down. We’ve lived here for over 12 years and I call Taiwan my home now.
Becoming Incurable – Chronic Illness
My health has been bad since I was a child, but we didn’t start noticing real problems until I was 24. I wrote all of it off to being very active. My father was a coach, so there weren’t many sports that we weren’t familiar with. I spent all of high school in the gym, weight room, or in the library.
In China 2004, I woke up one morning and couldn’t lift my arm. It felt like what I had done to it at age 16 – a full shoulder dislocation. I was treated at the hospital and continued with acupuncture treatments for a while after that. Eventually my arm got better, and I got back on track with my busy life.
In 2009, I got my first autoimmune diagnosis: Ankylosing Spondylitis. It took less than three years for Ankylosing Spondylitis to rob my ability to keep traveling the way we wanted to. It also robbed me of my ability to run and dance, which were two activities I engaged in three to four times a week for years. You can read my story on the Faces of AS.
I took my last long-distance run in May 2012. I never dreamed I wouldn’t be able to run or dance anymore. I had Ankylosing Spondylitis for over a decade before we figured out what was wrong. By that time, the damage was done.
We still travel, but we have had to change our traveling style greatly because of my health issues. My body is a complete mess and it is breaking down on me quickly now. The disease progress has sped up and there is no cure for any of the above-mentioned diseases.My body is a temple, ancient and crumbling Click To Tweet
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2014 as a secondary condition to AS, and after that, we started getting hit with a lot of other serious health issues. Most people would go to their home country in the face of uncertain health issues. We chose to stay in Taiwan because this is where I have quick and inexpensive access to health care.
This is My Several Worlds, so I chose to confront this new normal of mine here on this site with a new section that focuses on living abroad and being chronically ill.
Being an expat abroad that is chronically ill has come with its own challenges, but there are many of us out there living life passionately despite our challenges.
I’m still writing and I’m still traveling, but I am also spending a lot of time writing and talking about health advocacy.
In 2017, we had to take take some drastic measures to reduce my work output.
From 2016 to 2018, I had the honor and privilege of being Chairwoman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan. This position was one of the most thrilling things I’ve ever done. I learned so much in this position. I’m sad I had to let it go, but I will continue to volunteer with the Chamber because I believe in its mission statement and I love running their Communications Team.
I am also a founding Board Director for Walk AS One, which was another amazing feat I was able to assist with along with four other amazing individuals. We all have Ankylosing Spondylitis, but that didn’t deter us from making a yearly awareness event into a full fledged non profit organization in Maine, USA!
Now that I have a little more time to myself, I’m ready to take on new assignments while I let my body heal at home. If you have an inquiry, feel free to drop by Carrie Kellenberger.com or view my CV on LinkedIn for details on the kind of projects I’ve worked on.
You can use my contact page to get in touch with me directly.
My Several Worlds was born in January 2007 as a basic travel blog documenting my travels and adventures in Asia.
Founded by Canadian expat Carrie Kellenberger, My Several Worlds is an Asian travel guide that focuses on destinations, cultures and attractions in Asia, and a information site for ESL teachers and individuals who are considering moving overseas.
Carrie is available for speaking engagements, awareness campaigns, and press inquiries.
She is also actively accepting freelance writing assignments again after finishing her term as Chairwoman with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan, where she has been working for four years to facilitate bilateral relationships between Canada and Taiwan.
If you’re interested in hiring me for a writing, speaking or modeling/singing assignment, please feel free to fill out the Contact Form here on My Several Worlds or head over to my portfolio website at www.carriekellenberger.com for more information about the kind of work I do.
Carrie Kellenberger: Published travel articles and photography
You can find my written work and photography in a number of print and digital publications including: Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, Unearthing Asia, Wandering Educators, Hip Compass Escapes, The Taipei Times, JPG, and Discover Taipei, to name a few.
Writer and Photography for:
- Wandering Educators
- Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site
- Taiwan Photographers
- Digital Photography School
- Travel +Leisure Asia: Insider Taiwan and Travel Photography
- Writer, Editor, Photographer for Unearthing Asia
- Hip Compass Escapes Travel Magazine
- Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan
- Creaky Joints
Health advocacy articles for:
Interviews and travel articles for:
- Exploring the World with Carrie Kellenberger (2009)
- Expat Interviews: A Canadian Globetrotter in Taiwan (2007)
- Phottix Photography Journal: Writer, Editor, Photography: Carrie Kellenberger (2009)
- Jet Set Citizen (2009)
- Happy Hotelier (2009)
- Be My Travel Muse – Interview with Carrie Kellenberger (2012)
- The Carey Adventures (2009)
- Go! Overseas (2009)
- Solo Female Traveler – Interview with an Expat (2009)
- You Can Teach English (2010)
- The Guardian – Teaching Abroad and What To Expect (2014)
- Best Female Kick-Ass Blogs on Susan Shain (2015)
- World First – Moving Abroad
- Canadian Travel Bloggers You Need To Follow – Wagjag (2016)
- GoAbroad Interview on Teaching English Abroad (2017)
- Why Giving Makes Us Happy – Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (2017)
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. The thoughts, intentions and plans are my own opinion. For questions about this blog, please use the Contact page. This blog abides by word of mouth marketing standards. I believe in honesty of relationship, opinion and identity. I welcome reader comments. You can challenge me or disagree with me in the comments section of each blog entry. I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments).
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