VA VA VOOM TAIPEI I’m Carrie, and I left Canada in 2003 to see the world. Somewhere along the way, I ended up falling in love with Asia, and the rest is what you see here on MSW.

Come and travel Asia with me! I may be a chronically ill expat, but the beauty of my journey is that you can see Asia through the eyes of an expat from two perspectives: The healthy side of me that loved backpacking, and the chronically ill part of my life that caused me to change my travel options, but not my love for travel and culture.

I just travel in a different way these days!

I’m a chronically ill expat in Asia, and my adventures as a Canadian expat overseas are full of surprises. Nowadays, we don’t travel as far or as long as we used to because I have been living abroad with several chronic illnesses that keep us tied to our residence in Taiwan. Before I got sick, you can read about our crazy adventures, such as traveling all over Taiwan and Bali by motorcycle, going cenote swimming and cave exploring in Vietnam and Laos; I’ve moonlighted as a nightclub singer in China, and I’ve walked in Buddha’s footsteps in Laos. I’ve climbed the pyramids in Mexico and in Angkor Wat, Cambodia; I’ve traveled all over China and I’ve seen more of Japan than most travelers have seen. I was in Thailand before it became a tourist trap and I’ve been to the tip of Borneo. I’ve also seen more hospitals in Asia on an intimate level than I ever thought I would when I embarked on my journey abroad in 2003. I’ve been working for years on creating a support network for expats in Asia who need support for their chronic illness. Backpacking is out of the question now, but the pleasure in changing our travel style is that it has brought a whole unique perspective to the countries we visit and the cultures we learn about.
I’ve been a chronic illness advocate since 2009. I’m a Canadian expat living in Taiwan with Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia, and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, among other health issues. I write about my illnesses and advocacy work on many health sites, including my site, My Several Worlds, a Best Blog for Fibromyalgia in 2018, 2019 and 2020. In 2020, My Several Worlds was recognized as one of six advocacy sites for WEGO Health Awards Lifetime Achievement Awards. There were more than 14,000 submissions whittled down to 96 finalists. I'm one of six finalists in my category. I am a patient leader and captain of The Walking Spondies, which is a team of people who walk to raise awareness for Ankylosing Spondylitis. Living life passionately with limitations from chronic illness takes more than many of us might have to give. My illnesses have shaped my worlds and have inspired me to support others in similar situations.
I spend a lot of my time volunteering with various organizations here in Taiwan to help other foreign business owners that are getting started with their business through my work with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan. I retired from this position in 2020 due to health problems. Carrie Kellenberger - Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan   This is a unique opportunity that allows me to meet expats from all over the world and to work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan on a number of initiatives, including meeting and greeting Canadian delegations that come to Taiwan to learn more about the ties that bind our two great countries, Canada and Taiwan, together. There are some real challenges to travel of any sort when you’re chronically ill, but it is possible. This is my journey…
This series of articles and short stories detail what it's like to live life abroad as an expat. Topics include culture shock, repatriation, global citizenship, plus self realizations from living abroad.

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