Over the past 35 years, Jim Mielke, who has a doctorate in Public Health, has lived and worked in 23 developing countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region assisting governments, international aid agencies and communities to strengthen local and national health systems. Since receiving his ileostomy when he was 19, life after recovery felt as thrilling as being shot from a cannon. Following years of depression, pain and suffering with inflammatory bowel disease, Jim is still flying high with renewed health and freedom while living in a quiet seaside setting in southern Thailand. You can read more about Jim’s overseas experiences here or connect with Jim on his Facebook page.
Whether it’s post-surgery restrictions or just normal aging, it’s not easy to give up a life-long passion, especially when it has become a symbol of self-identity.