The A.S.S.R. meeting:
Prof . K. Shindo, Director General of ASSR from Japan gave an overview of activities of the ASSR & Chief Guest Dr Ravindra Ruberu, who is an ENT surgeon & was practicing up to 2 years ago, and now turned an administrator, in his speech as chief guest, showed willingness in helping the G.I.society of Sri Lanka to meet its needs in research & development as well as in its commitment in helping ostomates in Sri lanka. Prof Kemal Deen & his organizing committee had worked very hard in organizing this meeting.
There were 6 symposia organized along with plenary lectures at The Lanka Hospital & at The College of Surgeons premises by experts in the field of Colo Rectal surgery & Stoma Care. There were about 150 participants at the ASSR meeting.
Symposia were on “The State of Stoma Care- Comparison across nations “, “ Towards a Trouble free Stoma”, “The Complicated Stoma”, “ Living with a Stoma “, “ Stomas in Urology, Gynecology & Inflammatory Bowel Disease”, & “ Databases & Research in Stoma.”
 In “State of Stoma Care – Comparison across nations” speakers from Sri Lanka, India, South Korea,Australia, Malaysia & United Kingdom spoke on the current status of stoma care in their respective countries. It was very enlightening to know about stoma care in different countries. At the question time Prof Shindo gave Dr Harikesh Buch from India & V.P. ASPOA, time to talk about comparision of training in stoma care for nurses in different countries like Italy, China, India, Japan, Bolivia, Argentina & countries of South America. The activities of Lions for Stoma Care ( LFSC) was also high lighted. It was well appreciated. My sincere thanks to Prof. Shindo to allow me to share my data although I was not an official speaker at the conference.
In "Trouble Free stoma" there were technical talks about details of creating a Colostomy, Ileostomy & Creation of Stoma by the Laproscopic Technique.
In "Complicated Stoma" speakers talked about the importance of pre op. counselling, management of complications of stoma surgery like prolapse, parastomal hernia & anastomotic failure.
In “ Living with a Stoma”an ostomate gave her version about life with a stoma from the pre op. period until it was reversed & her life experience after that. Prof. K. Maeda from Japan talked on research on QOL in ostomates in Japan. An ET & Psychologist gave their inputs. Importance of a Visitor & Visitor training guide lines of the IOA were also discussed.
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Blood, poop and tears ... and rising above it.

I say this with the utmost respect. The fact that you put yourself out there and talk about a lot of taboo issues with humour and intelligence is wonderful and inspiring. I personally believe that part of healing is not being mentally consumed by a condition. Clearly you are taking control OVER the disease as much as you can but still, I have to wonder if you can move post ibd, cancer and other significant cases. MANY people have their own issues too. I have several very close family members who have been near death and clawed their way back. I would do my best to think of myself as healthy and well and not diseased and uncured. (Anonymous)