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My name is Mitch de Faria. In my previous life I was first a nurse and then founded and ran a successful events & PR business working primarily with charities & ODAs. But for the past 20 years I’ve suffered from a chronic, disabling illness called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS.
For much of this time I’ve been in immense pain, bed bound, contemplating suicide.
Then a year ago I had an unrelated gastric operation which has unexpectedly given me a new lease of life. I remain in pain and still have mobility problems but my life has been turned around!
I’m heading off on a counselling course designed to rebuild my confidence for a future I’m determined to make for myself. The course is in Thailand. I’ll be there over Christmas and New Year. And I’m going alone!

Read more about my trip to Thailand.