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.

Latest by Jim Mielke

Relaxing at home in Phuket, Southern Thailand

Yoga and Meditation: A Healthy Lifestyle

Yoga and meditation strengthen the core, provide balance, and can help in reducing IBD flares and stress.

Independence Pass, Colorado

Celebrating 40 Years With an Ileostomy

Hard-won advice on how to live a full life after an ileostomy.

Diving in Samoa (there were no commercial dive shops in those days) and a view of the old Apia waterfront (1984) .

Opening New Doors After Ostomy: Adjusting to the 'Next Better' Thing

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.

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Handling Intimacy With an Ostomy

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