The conference was packed with the latest research information on asthma, allergies and COPD. The importance of vitamin D in children was discussed and we got introduced to the new asthma guidelines.
I was deeply moved by a workshop with the title “Real life story – I hate you! I wish you were dead!” It highlighted the daily struggle and emotional rollercoaster with endless ups and downs of a family and their teenage daughter living with brittle asthma, bronchiectasis and a brain injury. The mother shared their story to bring a greater awareness and understanding of the many challenges, hurdles and struggles people have to face when living with a chronic illness.
On a brighter note and to everyone’s delight Chris Lam Sam – Master of Ceremonies and entertainer was brilliantly introducing speakers throughout the day. He made sure that we all got up from time to time to have a stretch and even gave our neighbour a hug. Chris was not shy to impress with his colourful wardrobe and he was making sure that we all had a good laugh during the two days.
Chris is well known for Sailor the Pufferfish, an asthma education programme for kids.
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