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Our Next Meeting is Tues., Oct. 11

The meeting will take place at 7:00 PM in the Rosalie Rendu Room, in the cafeteria. Give yourself a bit of extra time as O’Connor is now locking the doors near the cafeteria at 6:00 pm. The front doors of O’Connor are still open past 6:00 pm. Persons who have recently experienced surgery or are about to undergo surgery are encouraged to attend, as well as those who support ostomates.


Schedule of Future Meeting

Oct. 9, Nov. 13 & Dec. 11.

Map & directions to meetings


What happened at our Sept. 11 Meeting

The September meeting was called by to order at 7:00 pm in the Rosalie Rendu Room by Crystal. 19 people were in attendance for the meeting.  

Crystal introduced Ms.  Maria Sanchez-Chan, Account Manager for ByramHealth Care. Maria has just taken over the responsibility for the San Francisco Bay Area. Thanks to Ms. Paula Tucker for her help in arranging Maria to join us this evening. Maria explained to us what Byram HealthCare does. In our particular case, we are interested in the Ostomy products. Maria brought along their latest catalogs antiseptic hand sanitizers and pens.

In the Byram Catalog, beginning on page 8, is a section called “Getting to know your Stoma”. Interesting reading for us all.

She also explained that Byram is one of the few companies that will custom cut the ostomy skin barrier to a patient’s stoma size. They carry virtually every one and two-piece appliance and a wide variety of accessory items. Byram can be reached at 1-877-902-9726. Maria can be reached at 415-515-9561.    

We welcomed several new people to our group. Delores, Diane, Dorothy, David and Pam. We are glad you came to our meeting and we look forward to seeing you in the future.

Our Treasurer, Annette had items to share with us that she found on Facebook. On Facebook, look for Ostomyland and Ostomyfamily. She said it is a wealth of information. Also, she found DermaPro Silicone Waterproof Tape – Safe n Simple. http://sns-medical.com/woundproducts/dermapro-silicone-waterproof-tape.

I want to Thank Linda for her baking skills and making sure that no one was hungry. We appreciate your efforts….

October 9Bag Change Extravaganza, the will be the fourth year we have done this. We would like to have three people volunteer to change their device at the meeting. This has become a popular event as we all learn from it. Please give this some thought and volunteer. This group is like family and it takes all of us to make it work. All of the officers have done it, please help out!

November 13 – Open for Suggestions – Possible meeting for Joe if he can make it! – Email sent to Joe, now we will wait and see.

December 11 – Year End Party – We have brought items ranging from blankets to bottles of wine; imagination is the important part here, and then we raffle them off. A bit of a fund raiser for our group and has been a lot of fun.  Plus it is fun to watch Crystal put a lot of tickets on a lot of items!

Speaking of fun. Several people have asked that we have a “Social Night” at a local adult beverage facility.  We took a vote and we will be scheduling a “Ostomy Night Out in the Near Future.”  The consensus was a Tuesday evening starting at 5:30PM.

If anyone has a suggestion for a location, please let me know! Crystal wants Santana Row.  Looking for suggestions here! A number of people raised their hands wanting this to happen. Can we have a volunteer to chair this event?

Our next meeting is October 9th, 2018 in the Rosalie Rendu Room, starting at 7:00 pm.  

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.   

Respectfully submitted, Dave B.  

What happened at our Aug. 14 Meeting

The August meeting was called by to order at 7:00 pm in the Rosalie Rendu Room by Crystal. 19 people were in attendance for the meeting.

Crystal informed the group, that our planned speaker, Mr. Joe Vega became ill and would not be joining us for the evening. We wish Joe the best.

We welcomed several new people to our group. Margot, Louise, Doug and Sue. We are glad you came to our meeting and we look forward to seeing you in the future.

Crystal began with introductions of the group. With several new people, we took time to get to know our guests. Doug came to our meeting to see what we do, on behalf of his daughter. We are hoping that we meet his daughter in the near future. We gave Doug some information on how to contact Laura Cox from Shield Health Care. Laura will be an excellent resource for his daughter.

Laura has been an ostomate since 2011 and offers a fresh and candid approach on living with an ostomy. She talked about some of trials and tribulations she has experienced. Laura shared an interesting quote with us, “I am the master of my own Experience.” Certainly, food for thought.

Margot came to us from San Mateo and Sue is from San Jose. Louise came with her daughter, Janice. We got some great questions from our new members. Eric is also from San Mateo and we are happy that he has joined with us.

Questions came up on how to travel and any pitfalls one might experience. Some of our members have traveled extensively and shared some of the issues they came across. Crystal suggested that an ostomate should make certain they have sufficient supplies for their trip. In some cases, shipping them ahead, making certain you have everything you need. Also suggested was carrying some large zip loc bags in your car. Should you have the need and are stuck in traffic, you then have a solution. Also suggested were wet wipes, a very effective thing to have if you need it!

Our Treasurer, Annette had items to share with us that she found on Facebook. On Facebook, look for Ostomyland and Ostomyfamily. She said it is a wealth of information. Also, she found DermaPro Silicone Waterproof Tape – Safe n Simple. http://sns-medical.com/woundproducts/dermapro-silicone-waterproof-tape.

I want to Thank Linda for her baking skills and making sure that no one was hungry. We appreciate your efforts….

September 11 – Ms. Paula Tucker – Byram Health Care

October 9 – Bag Change Extravaganza, the will be the fourth year we have done this. We would like to have three people volunteer to change their device at the meeting. This has become a popular event as we all learn from it. Please give this some thought!

November 13 – Open for Suggestions – Possible meeting for Joe if he can make it!

December 11 – Year End Party – We have brought items ranging from blankets to bottles of wine; imagination is the important part here, and then we raffle them off. A bit of a fund raiser for our group and has been a lot of fun.

Speaking of fun. Several people have asked that we have a “Social Night” at a local adult beverage facility. We took a vote and we will be scheduling a “Ostomy Night Out in the Near Future.” The consensus was a Tuesday evening starting at 5:30PM.

If anyone has a suggestion for a location, please let me know! Crystal wants Santana Row. Looking for suggestions here!

Our next meeting is September 11, 2018 in the Rosalie Rendu Room, starting at 7:00 pm.  The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Dave B.


What happened at our July 10 Meeting

The July meeting was called by to order at 7:00 pm in the Rosalie Rendu Room by Jennifer. 25 people were in attendance for the meeting.

Jennifer began the meeting with a welcome and questions for the group. She welcomed several new people to the group, Ligia, a WOCN, Chin-Yu, RN, Brenda, RN, Joan, Joanne, Hamid. We are glad you have joined us.

Laura Cox, Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist at Shield HealthCare joined us along with Helynn Rueda, Territory Manager for Shield HealthCare. Laura and Helynn have been with us before and it is a meeting we look forward to. Laura has been an ostomate since 2011 and offers a fresh and candid approach on living with an ostomy. She talked about some of trials and tribulations she has experienced.

Laura shared an interesting quote with us, “I am the master of my own Experience.” Certainly, food for thought.

Helynn talked about what Shield can provide with supplies. She brought a number of copies of “Living well with an Ostomy”.  This 38-page booklet begins with an Ostomy Overview, describes the various types of stomas, types of pouching systems, Diet and Hydration, traveling with an Ostomy, and a Glossary, you will find interesting. If you would like one of these booklets, please contact Helynn Rueda at 800.675.8840.

As each member of our group has a unique story, Laura asked each member to talk about their experience. She listened intently as members talked about some of what they have experienced.

Our Treasurer, Annette had items to share with us that she found on Facebook. On Facebook, look for Ostomyland and Ostomyfamily. She said it is a wealth of information. Also, she found DermaPro Silicone Waterproof Tape – Safe n Simple. http://sns-medical.com/woundproducts/dermapro-silicone-waterproof-tape.

August 14 – Joe Vega – Cancer Survivor, Double Ostomate, Positive Mindset Coach and Inspirational Speaker

Setember 11 – Ms. Paula Tucker – Byram Health Care

October 9 – Bag Change Extravaganza, the will be the fourth year we have done this. We would like to have three people volunteer to change their device at the meeting. This has become a popular event as we all learn from it. Please give this some thought!

November 13 – Open for Suggestions

December 11 – Year End Party – We have brought items ranging from blankets to bottles of wine; imagination is the important part here, and then we raffle them off. A bit of a fund raiser for our group and has been a lot of fun.

Speaking of fun. Several people have asked that we have a “Social Night” at a local adult beverage facility.  We took a vote and we will be scheduling a “Ostomy Night Out in the Near Future.”  The consensus was a Tuesday evening starting at 5:30 PM. If anyone has a suggestion for a location, please let me know! Crystal wants Santana Row.

Our next meeting is August 14, 2018 in the Rosalie Rendu Room, starting at 7:00 pm.  

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.
Respectfully submitted, Dave B.  

What happened at Our June 12th Meeting

The June meeting was called by to order at 7:00 pm in the Rosalie Rendu Room by Jennifer. 20 people were in attendance for themeeting.

This evening, we were joined by Ms. Toni Daniels, Territory Manager, Ostomy Care for Coloplast. Coloplast was started 50 years ago in Denmark by a nurse whose sister needed Ostomy Care. Coloplast continues to develop ostomy products and is extremely helpful for the new ostomate. They have a starter kit to send out for someone who is new to becoming an Ostomate. Call Coloplast at 1-888-726-7872 and ask for it. See www.coloplast.us. Ms. Daniels brought a number of different Coloplast products to our meeting, explaining how they work and some of the research that went into developing the item. She answered questions from the group and then stayed to answer individual questions. We sincerely appreciate her time and expertise. We thank her for coming to our meeting.

Crystal then opened the floor to introductions and our round robin routine to briefly explain why we are there. We welcomed Paul and Robin to our meeting. Paul is scheduled for a Urostomy in July. Also joining us this evening was Eric and Rita. Eric attends a support group in San Mateo and wanted to see how our meetings went. Rita has surgery on the horizon and we welcomed her to our group! Also joining us was Helynn Rueda, Regional Manager for Shield Health Care. Helynn brought a number of Product Catalogs. This catalog has ordering information, Glossary, Restroom Access Act – Ally’s Law, Ostomy Support Groups and Resources, Life StyleTips, which leads to our July meeting.

On July 10, Helynn Rueda and Laura Cox will be joining us. Laura has been an Ostomate since 2011. She enjoys sharing insight and advice on living with an ostomy. In her role at Shield HealthCare, Laura provides customers, employees and referral partners with valuable tips and perspective from her own personal experience. Laura makes a difference as a blog host on Shield HealthCare’s online Ostomy Life Community. Producing online video content with tips, advice and how-to’s, offering in-person support at local conferences and trade shows. Answering consumer questions at asklaura@sheildhealthcare.com. Get the latest from Laura at www.shieldhealthcare.com/ostomylife. Laura has a favorite quote she uses, “This isn’t the life I anticipated, but IT’S A gift.” Join us July 10 and meet Helynn and Laura!

Looking ahead at our schedule;

  • July 10 – Ms. Helynn Rueda and Ms. Laura Cox, Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist at Shield HealthCare
  • August 14 – Joe Vega – Cancer Survivor, Double Ostomate, Positive Mindset Coach and Inspirational Speaker.  I
  • September 11 – Ms. Paula Tucker – Byram Health Care
  • October 9 – Bag Change Extravaganza, the will be the fourth year we have done this. We would like to have three people volunteer to change their device at the meeting. This has become a popular event as we all learn from it. Please give this some thought!
  • November 13 – Open for Suggestions…..
  • December 11 – Year End Party – We have brought items ranging from blankets to bottles of wine; imagination is the important part
    here, and then we raffle them off. A bit of a fund raiser for our group and has been a lot of fun.

Speaking of fun. Several people have asked that we have a “Social Night” at a local adult beverage facility. We took a vote and we will be scheduling a “Ostomy Night Out in the Near Future.” The consensus was a Tuesday evening starting at 5:30PM.
If anyone has a suggestion for a location, please let me know! Crystal wants Santana Row.

Our next meeting is July 10, 2018 in the Rosalie Rendu Room, starting at 7:00 pm.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.
Respectfully submitted,
Dave B.


What happened at Our May 8th Meeting

The May meeting was called by to order at 7:00 pm in the Rosalie Rendu Room by Crystal. 18 people were in attendance for the meeting.  

Crystal began by showing a gift book from the Stanford nurses for the donation that our group provided. 20 Ostomy Bears for children who receive an ostomy. There is a picture of the Stanford Nurses holding the bears on our Web site. Take a look, www.SVOSG.org

Virginia brought this idea to the meeting. She is going to try to get several samples for people to try.

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Odor Control

StomaCloak adsorbs odor molecules! This means instead of covering up ostomy bag odors, StomaCloak’s unique technology actively changes the odor molecule, removing the odorRead more about StomaCloak’s Odor removing qualities. 

Leak Prevention

Your StomaCloak is the first defense against leaks. StomaCloak fits completely around your appliance bag with its envelope enclosure. If something happens to your appliance (such as a clip or spigot failure) you have time to get to the restroom before you have a mess on your clothes.

Prevent Bacterial Growth

Caring for the skin around the area of your ostomy is extremely important for long-term health. An antimicrobial inside the StomaCloak is specifically designed to prevent bacterial growth while wicking away moisture. When you are comfortably wearing a StomaCloak, you can be confident that your skin will stay healthy!

Moisture Control

Moisture around or on your plastic ostomy pouch can create a number of problems. Moisture can loosen the glue of adhesive materials holding the bag to your abdomen. StomaCloak wicks away moisture allowing your equipment to stay in place! Created to fit perfectly with active lifestyles, you can swim, run, and shower with confidence. Simply pat your ostomy pouch dry, slip your Stoma Cloak on, and go! Your skin and clothes will remain dry.

Noise Reduction

Any ostomy patient knows the crunchy sounds that the plastic pouch can make. StomaCloak muffles the sound with its smooth, comfortable fabric, allowing you to be comfortable and confident in your life!

StomaCloak is designed for easy use and easy care! Wash your StomaCloak in your washing machine with normal laundry soap and then dry with heat in the dryer. Once your StomaCloak is re-activated for use, pull it around your stoma appliance bag. these still more to love:

    • Designed by physician ostomate and CWOCN nurse recommended for ostomy patients
    • Fits over Hollister, ConvaTec, Coloplast, Nu-Hope and other ostomy collection bags
    • Latex free custom sized ring for a secure fit around one and two-piece ostomy bags
    • Impregnated with activated carbon, zeolite, and antimicrobials
    • Significantly reduces human waste odor associated with ostomy procedures
    • Antimicrobials to wick away moisture and inhibit bacterial growth
    • Comfortable, soft fabric to protect skin
    • Manufactured in the USA
    • Reactivate carbon with heat in a dryer for 30 minutes
    • Machine washable 30-plus washings
  • Three ostomy pouch and bag covers last for one year, under normal use

Crystal introduced herself to the group and we went around the room. Each person explaining their reason for being there and a little history of their ostomy journey. Each story is interesting, and we learn from one another.

We welcomed Kathy and her husband John to the group. Kathy is soon to have surgery and had a few questions. We answered I think most of them and provided some ideas for what lies ahead.

We also welcomed Brittany, WOCN. Brittany is giving some thought to starting an Ostomy Support Group in Dublin and wanted to see what we do. She is working on getting her Master’s Degree in Nursing at San Jose State.  She also brought with her, boxes of Ostomy Supplies that we will give to Cindy. Thank you, Brittany!

We also found out the Reyhaneh is going to Oregon to Pharmacology School. We wish her nothing but the best. She did tell me to keep her on the email distribution list as she wants to know what is going on!  

Linda spent the afternoon baking for our enjoyment. Then several times during the meeting she brought some of her cookies on a plate for everyone’s enjoyment, thank you Linda!

Looking ahead at our schedule;

June 12 – Ms. Toni Daniels, from Coloplast will be joining us.

August 14 – Joe Vega – Cancer Survivor, Double Ostomate, Positive Mindset Coach and Inspirational Speaker. 

October 9 – Bag Change Extravaganza, this will be the fourth year we have done this. We would like to have three people volunteer to change their device at the meeting. This has become a popular event as we all learn from it. Please give this some thought!

November 13 – Open for Suggestions…..

December 11 – Year End Party – We have brought items ranging from blankets to bottles of wine; imagination is the important part here, and then we raffle them off. A bit of a fund raiser for our group and has been a lot of fun.

Speaking of fun. Several people have asked that we have a “Social Night” at a local adult beverage facility. So, the question to the group, how many people would like to participate in this? Please give it some thought and let us know at the June meeting.  

Our next meeting is June 12, 2018 in the Rosalie Rendu Room, starting at 7:00 pm.  

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.   

Respectfully submitted,

Dave B.


Stanford WOC Team With Ostomy Bears

This is a picture of some “Ostomy Bears” the group donated for kids at Stanford. Note that each bear has a Stoma. With our donations they were able to buy 20 Ostomy bears to comfort young new ostomates at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.


What happened at Our April 10th Meeting 

The April meeting was called by to order at 7:00 pm in the Rosalie Rendu Room by Dave. 29 people were in attendance for the meeting.

Jennifer introduced Ms. Bamboo Ilana, L.Ac, Licensed Acupuncturist, Movement Specialist, bamboo.ilana53@gmail.com, www.fasciatouch.com, 408-655-5767. Bamboo consistently helps clients who have not found relief with other treatments. Her clients often experience significant relief and increased mobility after a single session and have continued improvement with additional treatment. If you’ve tried conventional methods and have not found relief, it is time to call Bamboo. There is no reason to live in pain! Bamboo is a licensed Acupuncturist and a Movement Specialist. She combines several modalities to help her clients get out of pain and move with greater freedom and ease.

Bamboo spoke about how scars can affect the entire body. Scars are interconnected throughout the body and can affect quality of life issues. She told us about Myofascial release and how the pain related is simply the tip of the iceberg. After speaking to the group, Bamboo then demonstrated various techniques in dealing with scars and what can be done. She provides Acupuncture~Ch Med, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Self-Myofascial Exercise, Scientific Hand Analysis. Bamboo looks forward to supporting you as you fully step back into your vibrant life.

We had several people join us this evening. We welcomed Laura, Shannon, Arthur and Nancy to our meeting. One of our members, who had moved away, came to visit us and we welcomed Sastry who is here on vacation. Very good to see him.

Also joining us this evening was Helynn Rueda, CWCMS, Senior Territory Representative from Shield Health Care. If you have questions about medical supplies, please contact her at 510-459-7896 or hrueda@shieldhealthcare.com. You can also look at www.shieldhealthcare.com for information. Helynn told us she is going to try to arrange for Laura Cox, Ostomy Lifestyle Specialist from Shield to visit with us later this year. Laura was with us several years ago and as an Ostomate since 2011, offers a fresh and candid approach on living with an ostomy. Once we have a date, the word will go out.

Jennifer then led a discussion group, as questions came up from our members. Linda spent the afternoon baking and she provided baked treats for the group and we thank her for her support.

If you can, look at the Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group, www.SVOSG.org web site. There is a picture of a portion of the Stanford WOC Team with some of the Ostomy Bears that our group bought. These bears will be given to children who have ostomies.

Finally, I want to Thank Rev. Paul Masquelier, Jr. for his kind donation and continuing help in maintaining the Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group Web site. Without his help, this simply could not happen.

Our next meeting is slated for May 8. Our June 12th meeting, we will have Toni Daniels from Coloplast joining us to talk about what is new from Coloplast.

Our next meeting is May 8, 2018 in the Rosalie Rendu Room, starting at 7:00 pm. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Dave B.


What happened at Our Mar 13 Meeting 

March 13, 2018

The March meeting was called by to order at 7:03 pm in the Rosalie Rendu Room by Jennifer. 27 people were in attendance for the meeting.

This evening we welcomed Ms. Carolyn Trapp, Territory Manager, Ostomy Care, San Francisco Bay Area for Convatec. Carolyn talked to us about Convatec, not only the products they have, but a program they are very proud of. Me +, this is the Convatec Services & Care program. This program is designed to assist the new Ostomate through the entire journey, providing the support, insights and the products you need. This is a comprehensive kit and personal support customized to help you get comfortable with your ostomy in the weeks ahead. This starter kit comes in a discreet package that includes pouches and adhesives, plus detailed instructions on how to change your pouch. It also gives you the tools and resources to help you manage your stoma, without changing the way you want to live. But most of all, it gives direct access to compassionate, highly trained specialists when you have questions or need advice. Call at CIC 1-800-422-8811 (M-F, 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM EST or email CIC@convatec.com .

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Carolyn talked about a program still being developed, called Great Comeback that Convatec is working on. This is an additional Ostomy Support Program. Great Comebacks connects you with people who have been right where you are now. Visit www.convatec.com/ostomy to find out more. We asked Carolyn if we could have a link on our Web Site to the new Convatec “Road to Recovery program.” Once Carolyn clears this with Convatec, we will add it.

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Carolyn stayed throughout our meeting and we greatly appreciate that. She handed out various Ostomy items, suggesting new techniques as well as learning a couple of things from our group.

After Carolyn’s presentation, we tried something different as we had a lot of people. We broke into three groups, Colostomy, Ileostomy and Urostomy. Each group exchanged ideas and offered suggestions to address the trials and tribulations of having an ostomy.

We welcomed Golzar, Jim and Dianna to our group. We look forward to seeing you.

Dave brought in a tool, called Speedy Sharp. This Carbide Edge tool is great for sharpening scissors, kitchen knives, or virtually anything that needs to be sharpened. Take a look at www.speedysharpinc.com for more information. They were available for $8.00 each. Normally $11.95.

Cindy Musumeci, who has graciously offered to be a collection point for excess Ostomy Supplies. Her church has offered to assist those in need of supplies and Cindy is the point person. She can be reached at 408-828-2873. Please do not call late!

Our April 10th meeting will be interesting.

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After the General Meeting, the officers met to discuss several issues.

The need to have a phone. A decision was made to buy a cheap “Flip Phone” that will allow Crystal to get messages and get back to someone with answers. The phone number will be posted on our Web Site and the Phoenix Magazine. Jennifer will find/buy the phone, Annette will make the update to Phoenix.
Crystal was contacted by Stanford Children’s Hospital to fund Awesome Ostomies. These small teddy bears have a pink ostomy and at a cost of $20.00 each, the Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group donated $280.00. Our members donated $120.00. Collectively we donated 20 bears to Awesome Ostomies for kids.

Our next meeting is April 10, 2018 in the Rosalie Rendu Room, starting at 7:00 pm.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Dave B.


What happened at Our Feb 13 Meeting 

The February meeting was called by to order at 7:00 pm in the Rosalie Rendu Room by Crystal. 17 people were in attendance for the meeting.  We went around the room introducing ourselves and giving a brief history of what we were faced with.

This evening, John Roberts from Hollister joined us. John provided a history of Hollister, which has been around 95 years. Hollister started out as a printing company and because of people having Ostomy issues, they began to develop Ostomy products. Currently  Hollister has 700 products and is an employee owned company.

New Products – “CeraPlus Barriers. This Skin Barrier has Remois Technology. This barrier is infused with ceramide, the skin’s naturally occurring protection against dryness.”

Hollister information: www.hollister.com, 1-800-323-4060 or 1-888-808-7456. John can be reached at John.Roberts@Hollister.com. John passed around numerous products, answered questions and passed out forms to anyone that had questions or wanted to try a new product. We invited John to join us for our October “Bag Change Extravaganza”.

Eddie and his wife Cindy were with us. Eddie had Colostomy surgery in the last month and is looking good! We passed around the hat to collect money for Linda as she is now working hard in the kitchen to provide us goodies to snack on during the meeting.

Since this was our second meeting of 2018, we began the collection of dues for the Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group. The annual dues are $20.00. This amount covers insurance, phone and other miscellaneous items that come up during the year. As this is our  group, your help is greatly appreciated. If it is a help, you can mail your check to our Treasurer, Annette Kaiser, address is 183 Shelley Ave., Campbell, California 95008. Thank you for your support.

The Anesthesia and Informatics Media Lab at Stanford is testing a new device for ostomy patients- the Ostom-i™ Alert Sensor. For more information you can visit https://aim.stanford.edu/ostomy/ or email Sylvie Dobrota.

Cindy has a great plan. Her church group has undertaken helping people that need Ostomy supplies. Cindy will pick up excess  supplies and distribute them to people in our area that have a critical need. So, saying that, any excess supplies you might have, we  now have a way to get them to local people in need.

If you have any suggestions for a speaker at one of our meetings, please let Jennifer or Crystal know and they can be scheduled.  Remember, the success of our meetings is the result of all of our efforts, not just one person! Please help!

The March meeting, we plan to have Carolyn Trapp from Convatec joining us. She is hoping to bring Cindy with her, a WOCN Nurse.

Our next meeting is March 13, 2018 in the Rosalie Rendu Room, starting at 7:00 pm. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Dave B.


What happened at Our January 9 Meeting

The January meeting was called to order at 7:04 pm in the Rosalie Rendu Room by Crystal. 14 people were in attendance for the meeting. We went around the room introducing ourselves and giving a brief history of what we were faced with.

We welcomed two new members to our group. Eddie, accompanied by his wife Cindy and Jeremy. Eddie is scheduled for a Colostomy January 12 and Jeremy has an Ileostomy, procedure was done in 2017.

We welcomed Ellen to our meeting. Ellen’s husband Paul was a member of our group and passed away last year. Ellen is a Reiki Master and came to our meeting to share her insights to what Reiki can do for someone with an Ostomy. She led us in an Energy Exercise, Live Beam meditation, that lasted about 5 to 6 minutes. She explained to us the value of Reiki and how it can benefit each one of us. She explained how she worked with her husband Paul to improve some of what he was going through. After the group
exercise, Ellen conducted short sessions with several of our members as the meeting went on.

If you are interested in exploring what Reiki offers, please contact Ellen at Ellen@LifeInsights.net for further information. She also told us about a program called Leap. Leap provides participants with a support system that elevates and stabilizes their energy flow in the face of all of life’s circumstances. For more information, contact Susan at susanayers@aol.com.

Since this was our first meeting of 2018, we began the collection of dues for the Silicon Valley Ostomy Support Group. The annual dues are $20.00. This amount covers insurance, phone and other
miscellaneous items that come up during the year. As this is our group, your help is greatly appreciated. If it is a help, you can mail your check to our Treasurer, Annette Kaiser, address is 183 Shelley Ave., Campbell, California 95008. Thank you for your support.

The Anesthesia and Informatics Media Lab at Stanford is testing a new device for ostomy patients- the Ostom-i™ Alert Sensor. For more information you can visit https://aim.stanford.edu/ostomy/ or email Sylvie Dobrota at sylvied@stanford.edu.

Cindy has a great plan. Her church group has undertaken helping people that need Ostomy supplies. Cindy will pick up excess supplies and distribute them to people in our area that have a critical need. So, saying that, any excess supplies you might have, we now have a way to get them to local people in need.

If you have any suggestions for a speaker at one of our meetings, please let Jennifer or Crystal know and they can be scheduled. Remember, the success of our meetings is the result of all of our efforts, not just one person! Please help! Our next meeting is February 13, 2018 in the Rosalie Rendu Room, starting at 7:00 pm.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Dave B.