The trouble started three years ago. Unbearable facial pain forced Gert-Jan van Duren to stop working. The senior IT worker at the Carmel College Foundation suffered from an affliction known as suicide pain.
In other words: longing for the end of life as relief from chronic pain. It didn’t get that far. A successful operation in 2018 removed the worst pressure caused by blood vessels pressing on the brainstem from his head.