Born in Hong Kong, I arrived in Vancouver at the age of 2, and Vancouver has been my home ever since. As a child, I was intuitive, sensitive, and empathetic. I was very creative and artistic, and loved to draw, paint, sing, and dance.
As an adult I had sporadic chronic stomach pain for about 12 years. I interpreted it as ‘sporadic’ as I experienced different levels of pain throughout this time. I had excruciating pain, and could not walk or stand, and sometimes lying down would not alleviate it. There were days when I would be totally fine; other days there would be mild pain, but it was manageable. I learned to cope with the pain and believed this was normal for me.
When I finally had the courage to seek help and find out what was wrong with me, I started on my journey. I saw many different medical professionals – doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and naturopaths. I had many different tests done, from allergies, to muscle testing, to X-Rays, blood tests, and more. There was never an actual diagnosis for my pain. I thought to myself maybe I am making this up, and I felt as if I was going “crazy”.
Today I am no longer have sporadic stomach pain. I have learned to heal myself in body, mind and spirit, thanks to figuring out how to heal myself through a combination of physical exercise, nutrition and inner awareness. It was definitely not an easy path, but I am grateful to have the experience and found my way back. Today, I am practicing living a healthy lifestyle and continue my spiritual journey.
I wrote a poem, The Circle of Life, that I have entitled the artwork (below right), and which I’ve chosen as my logo.
ONCE upon a time, there was a baby born,
full of wonder, love life and purpose,
to bring to this world.
ONCE upon a time, the baby was a child,
playing, painting, singing, dancing
happy and carefree.
ONCE upon a time, that child was a teenager,
something was missing, lost, an emptiness,
the spirit is fading, its light dimming.
ONCE upon a time, that teenager was an adult,
beginning to awaken from the darkness,
the sadness of the soul.
ONCE upon a time, that adult regains faith, hope
trust, and dreams again, transforming and
finding a way back to its childhood.
ONCE upon a time…