What Is A Flare?

A friend recently asked me, “What is a flare?” Flares are a sudden increase in symptoms from my normal day-to-day levels of energy, fatigue and pain. Continue Reading →

Living Within The Limitations of Fibromyalgia

One of the biggest challenges with chronic illness is learning how to live with limitations. Writing about the limitations of Fibromyalgia (plus Myalgic encephalomyelitis) lets others know what we live with on a daily basis. These limitations range from small to severe disruptions that leave people housebound. Continue Reading →

Fibro-What? Kicking Fibromyalgia To The Curb (Not Really)

My struggle with the severe and debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia in Taiwan as a Canadian expat. Continue Reading →

70 Facts About My Invisible Illness You Might Not Know

Today’s post is for everyone who suffers from invisible illness and chronic illnesses. Here are 70 facts about my invisible illness you might not know. Continue Reading →

Healthcare in Taiwan: Medication Usage and Patient Safety

A major drawback to healthcare in Taiwan: Doctors rarely discuss possible drug interactions, side effects, or medication usage with patients. Continue Reading →

Treating Ankylosing Spondylitis with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

A Canadian expat’s experience of using acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Taiwan to help with pain/inflammation from Ankylosing Spondylitis. Continue Reading →

The Ears Hear…Kinda – My Journey with Ankylosing Spondylitis

My ear issues were a warning sign of things to come. My journey with Ankylosing Spondylitis started six months after this post. Continue Reading →

Traditional Chinese Medicine: My Experience With Scraping

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Dr. Tzu demonstrated a scraping method called Gua Sha. Its principles are similar to those of cupping and has similar effects on the body. Continue Reading →

Traditional Chinese Medicine: My Experience With Cupping

My experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine in Taiwan. Cupping is used to bring blood flow to the muscles and skin, which effectively drain excess fluid and toxins from deep connective tissues. Continue Reading →