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There are several reasons a patient’s treatment plan may include a procedure to create a stoma to live with a short term or long term colostomy or ileostomy, and this course of action can leave the patient with many questions.
Common questions include, What can I eat? Can I still exercise? How do I go back to work? Will it be obvious to others? Hitting Cancer Below the Belt (HCB2) wants to offer support and to answer your questions so we asked Tressa Breindel, LAC MSOM owner of InHealth RVA to set the record straight.
Tressa is a functional medicine specialist, avid competitive runner, and a fellow ostomate. Tressa’s passion for Functional Medicine is deeply personal. Her diagnosis with a severe autoimmune disease at age 14 led her on a journey to understand the causes and optimal management of chronic, complex health conditions. Tressa sits on HCB2’s Advisory Council and provides programmatic guidance and individual support.
Tressa will review the diseases of the gut which may lead to this procedure, explain the details of a stoma, colostomy, and ileostomy, offer insight on what to expect short and long term, and give suggestions about digestive care leading to vibrant health as an ostomate.
Join HCB2 as we host Tressa Breindel for this much needed discussion on Thursday, September 16th, The Beet Cafe within Ellwood Thompson’s from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. The fee is $10 to join the discussion.
Tressa Breindel is a Functional medicine specialist and acupuncturist and the owner of InHealthRVA. She specializes in in-depth understanding of the underlying mechanisms of health issues from a biomedical perspective as well as a compassionate, whole-person approach to treatment.
Tressa earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from Southwest Acupuncture College and was a research assistant in neuroscience and endocrine-immunology labs at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She worked and volunteered at Boulder Community Hospital from 2009-2014, gaining broad experience in the care of critical and chronic health issues as well as the compassionate and personalized care of individuals.
Tressa has also studied yoga, is a certified massage therapist and has been an avid competitive runner for 26 years, with expertise in athletic training, nutrition and performance optimization.
Tressa’s passion for Functional Medicine is deeply personal. Her diagnosis with a severe autoimmune disease at 14 led her on a journey of seeking to understand the causes and optimal management of chronic, complex health conditions. While her doctors told her that “Your body is attacking itself for no reason,” and that the only treatment options were immune-suppressing or modulating drugs to try and stop the inflammation, Tressa knew that there had to be a way to better understand and treat the root causes of her condition.
Tressa’s own work as a health practitioner has been fueled by that insight. She is devoted to investigating and staying up-to-date with the latest understandings in Functional Medicine and clinically applicable neuro-endocrine-immunology research and integrated physiology. In treating her patients, she integrates the best practices of both Western bio-molecular medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.