Jim Mielke

Patient Advocate

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.

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Handling Intimacy With an Ostomy

How to address common concerns around sex and related issues for those with ostomies.