We encourage you to participate in any group or class that fits your needs. If you would like to learn more about our groups and classes, please call 630-323-5150 and ask to speak to an Oncology Support Counselor.
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Breast Cancer: A Soul Journey Workshop
Saturday, February 28, 10:30AM - 12:00PM Registration Required
With Patricia Greer, MA, PhD, psychotherapist, Jungian analyst, and breast cancer survivor
For women who have read Breast Cancer: A Soul Journey, and want to explore the ideas and images, this can be a way of beginning your own soul journey. We invite you to bring some object that represents you at this time: it might suggest a vision of your cancer, your feelings about the illness, an image from a recent dream, a wish or hope or desire, anything that seems to be calling you. We invite you, also to bring a recent dream and paper and pencil for journaling or drawing. A continental breakfast will be provided at 10:00am.
Welcome to Wellness Orientation
Saturdays, February 21, March 21, 9:30AM
Drop by - No registration necessary
New to Wellness House? Join us for this informal orientation meeting that provides an overview of programs, a tour of facility and chance to meet staff. This meeting is an opportunity for newcomers to learn more about the ways to benefit from Wellness House.
Top Doc Lecture Series
The Role of Personalized Medicine in Cancer Treatments
Thursday, January 29, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Jason Kaplan, MD
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Northwestern Medicine Developmental Therapeutic Institute
Precision Medicine for All
Tuesday, March 3, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP
Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service
Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics
Associate Dean, Global Health
Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Services, University of Chicago
Focal Treatment of Prostate Cancer
Tuesday, March 10, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Brian Moran, MD
Chicago Prostate Cancer Center
Information and Education and Special Event Programs
From Cancer to Health
Series - Tuesdays, January 16-April 7 1:00-2:30PM Registration Required
People diagnosed with cancer feel a great deal of stress. Over time, that stress can disrupt the healing process. From Cancer to Health can help recently diagnosed with cancer patients learn:
Strategies to help manage stress
Ways to lessen the impact of physical symptoms of cancer
Skills to come with common problems faced by people with cancer
From Cancer to Health is supported by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. Participants in this group may elect to participate in a research study with The Ohio State University.
This group is for anyone diagnosed with any cancer type within the past 9 months, staged I to lll.
Thursday, February 12, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Multiple myeloma is a rare cancer type which leaves many people unaware of the existence of the illness. However, those impacted by multiple myeloma are not afforded the benefits of not knowing. Many people feel overwhelmed, confused and scared about their multiple myeloma diagnosis and treatment options. A Journey Partner Representative, who also has first-hand experience with multiple myeloma, will help educate people about the common treatment and post treatment experiences of those diagnosed with the illness. This stimulating and inspirational presentation is open to those diagnosed with multiple myeloma, caregivers, loved ones, family, friends, and anyone else impacted by a multiple myeloma diagnosis.
*This presentation will be in lieu of the Multiple Myeloma Networking Group.*
Pink Ribbons, Inc.
Friday, February 13,12:30-3:30PM Drop Ins Welcome
Breast cancer has become the poster child of corporate cause-related marketing campaigns. Countless women and men walk, bike, climb and shop for the cure. Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go and what does it actually achieve? Pink Ribbons, Inc. is a feature documentary that shows how the devastating reality of breast cancer, which marketing experts have labeled a "dream cause," becomes obfuscated by a shiny, pink story of success.
Friday, March 13, 12:30-3:30PM Drop Ins Welcome
Director Dan Ireland adapts writer Robert Bazell's autobiographical novel Her-2 to the screen with this drama concerning UCLA oncologist and researcher Dr. Dennis Slamon, creator of the promising breast cancer drug Herceptin.
Introduction to Patient Services through the American Cancer Society
Tuesday, February 17, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Shaunta McGee, American Cancer Society
Shaunta will provide an overview on the patient services that are available through the ACS.
Starting the Conversation: Identifying Values and Goals
Thursday, February 26, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Mary F. Mulcahy, MD and Randi Belisomo, Life Matters Media
This introduction to end of life decision making is an interactive conversation among attendees and presenters. The focus of this presentation centers on what living well truly means to each attendee; quality of life and quantity of life are explored in a discussion of what gives each of our lives meaning. What makes our life worthwhile? What can we not imagine life without? This session's focus is to enhance comfort and confidence in creating and communicating a "quality of life plan" that accepts our mortality, identifies goals of care and translates those goals of care with an infusion of individual beliefs and values.
Thursday, March 5, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Robert A. Cosentino, Attorney
Bob will be speaking on some of the latest estate planning strategies and techniques, including an update on the Federal and Illinois estate tax laws.
Renew Your Reiki
Tuesday, March 10, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Jane Van De Velde, DNP, RN, Reiki Master Teacher, The Reiki Share Project
Join us to renew your Reiki practice. This program is for students of Reiki who have taken a class at Wellness House or with other teachers. Master Teacher, Jane Van De Velde will review basic concepts, answer questions, encourage storytelling, and guide you in offering Reiki both to yourself and a partner.
*This program is sponsored by The Reiki Share Project.*
Healing and the Spirit Connection
Monday, March 16, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Bridget Juister, L.A.c., B Holistic
In this presentation, Bridget will discuss the spirit's role in the mind-body-spirit triad. You'll learn how connecting with spirit will improve your relationships, strengthen your intuitive guidance and understanding, and improve emotional and physical health. This presentation will precede a four week meditation class.
Reclaiming Sex & Intimacy after Cancer
Tuesday, March 17, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Britt Hermann, LSW, Social Worker
Heidi Larder MSN, RN, OCN, Survivorship Support Nurse
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Britt and Heidi will discuss common sexual issues that many patients experience throughout their cancer journey. With both a nurse and social worker perspective, this topic is covered from all angles using on a solution-focused approach. Attendees will walk away with new information and ideas on how to approach this common problem.
The Future of Medicine: The Functional Approach to Gut Health
Thursday, March 19, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Dr. Robert Zoboski, DC, DACO, MS
The Future of Medicine: A Functional Approach to Gut Health Dr. Zoboski will define functional medicine and the importance of gut function. He will take attendees on a tour of the processes involved in digesting food (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients). Attendees will learn about the latest research on the "Microbiome" and its affects on digestion, and the epigenome. Lastly, Dr. Zoboski will discuss functional medicine "critical paths" on how gut function can be evaluated, and how to institute personalized lifestyle modification protocols to shift ones physiological processes to promote health, and not disease.
Cancer and the Elderly
Thursday, March 26, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
William Dale, MD, PhD
Founder and Director of SOCARE
University of Chicago
Older adults with cancer, especially frail older adults, often have different needs than younger adults who have cancer. The Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) clinic at the University of Chicago Medicine campus was created in 2006 to anticipate and address the specific care needs of elderly cancer patients and survivors. Come learn about their program and ask questions.
Treatment Update for Brain Tumors
Thursday, April 30, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Robert Aiken, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Rush University Medical Center
Look Good Feel Better
Monday, February 9, 2:00-4:00PM Registration Required
Monday, March 9, 2:00-4:00PM Registration Required
Spend some time with others in active treatment learning how to manage hair, skin and nail changes due to cancer treatment.
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society.
Managing Side Effects: Complementary Therapies ~ New Program Series
Tuesday, February 3, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Theresa Suchy-McGraw, Natures Sweet Grace
Seed Meditation is an Expressive Arts tool used for calming the mind, centering focus and enriching creative spirit.
Tuesday, February 10, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Bridget Juister, LaC, B Holistic
Acupuncture creates an inner balance to keep you centered through any situation and help you cope with stress.
HAPPY: Creating Happiness From Within ~ New Program Series
Book Club: Loving-Kindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness
Thursdays, February 5 - March 26, 1:00-2:00PM Registration Required
Throughout our lives we long to love ourselves more deeply and find a greater sense of connection with others. Our fear of intimacy-both with others and with ourselves can create feelings of pain and longing. These feelings can also awaken in us the desire for freedom and the willingness to take up the spiritual path. In this inspiring book, the author draws on simple teachings derived from her background in Buddhist meditation, stories from various traditions, guided meditation practices and her own experiences. Author Sharon Salzberg, shows how each of us can cultivate love, compassion and equanimity. A weekly reading list will be provided. Contact Val Piazza at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630.654.5118.
The Happiness Advantage Book Discussion
Saturday, February 21, 11:00am-12:30pm Registration Required
Join us for a book discussion and presentation on the seven principles outlined in the Happiness Advantage that can help us reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.
Gratitude Art Class
Saturday, March 21, 11:00am-12:30pm Registration Required
Increase your happiness as you create beautiful art to show gratitude for someone special. This may be the perfect way to thank a caregiver or someone else important in your life.
Moving Forward: Survivorship Health and Wellness Programs
Weigh to Go! Managing Weight after Cancer
Mondays, February 2-March 2, 2:00-3:30PM Registration Required
Both educational and experiential, this six week series is for cancer survivors who have completed treatment. Many cancer survivors struggle with weight related issues following cancer treatments. This program explores the psychological aspects and the behavioral changes needed for healthy weight management. Learn simple tips to improve diet and increase physical activity. Each session will provide a supportive group environment where individuals will be guided to understand their readiness to change and use their interests, goals, and needs to create a personal “Lifestyle Change Plan”.
Gynecological Cancer Survivorship: Living With or After a Gynecological Cancer
Thursday, February 5, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Nita Karnik Lee, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology
University of Chicago
Dr. Lee will share how to best live with or after a gynecological cancer diagnosis. Included will be a discussion about gynecological cancer specific survivorship care plans.
Now What? Dinner Workshop Focusing on the Needs of Couples Post Treatment
Wednesday, March 4, 6:00-7:00PM Registration Required
What is our new normal? Who do we now want to be, individually and as a couple? Whether married or in a committed relationship, you are welcome to enjoy dinner and learn tools to strengthen your relationship after cancer.
Life after Cancer: Your Personal Meaning of Survivorship
Thursdays, March 5-26, 2:00-3:30PM Registration Required
Open to anyone who is post treatment
You’re told you are a “cancer survivor” but what does that mean to you? Treatment is over and everyone around you believes you are “back to normal” but inside you know that life has changed in profound ways. Based on the book, Picking up the Pieces: Moving Forward after Surviving Cancer, by Sherri Magee, PhD and Cathy Scalzo, MS, OD, This series will guide you as you take a deeper look at physical, emotional, spiritual and relationship changes with the intention of moving forward and healing.
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Sidelining Side Effects
Tuesday, February 10, 5:30-6:30PM Registration Required
Tuesday, March 17, 1:00-2:00PM Registration Required
Designed specifically for individuals undergoing or about to begin treatment, this class will focus on nutrition and lifestyle strategies to minimize and prevent the following side effects:
Low Appetite or Excessive Weight Loss
Taste Changes or Lack of Taste
Nausea & Vomiting
Diarrhea & Constipation
Dry/Sore Mouth or Throat & Thick Saliva
Cooking Up Wellness
Saturdays, February 14, March 14 10:30AM-12:00PM Registration Required
Tuesdays, February 24, March 24, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Learn to appreciate real, fresh foods and simple culinary principles for cancer prevention and survivorship. This class and cooking demonstration will feature recipes to help participants deliciously incorporate cancer-fighting foods into a diet for optimal health.
Each class features NEW recipes!
Food for Life
Thursdays, January 15-February 5, 12:30-2:00PM Registration Required
Empower yourself with easy-to-learn skills that turn every meal into a delicious dose of healthy nutrition. Each session focuses on a different aspect of scientifically sound basics of a cancer-fighting diet. Based on the Cancer Project's book, The Cancer Survivor's Guide : Foods that Help You Fight Back.
Week 1: Introduction to How Foods Fight Cancer
Week 2: Favoring Fiber
Week 3: Fueling on Low-Fat Foods
Week 4: Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Stress Free Saturday
Saturday, February 14, 28, March 14, 28 9:30-10:30AM Registration Required
Experience the benefits of starting your weekend stress free. Come to this class to learn about and practice mindfulness and meditation.
Guided Meditation for Healing
Mondays, February 16-March 9, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
This series will teach specific meditations to support the healing process. Whether you’re undergoing cancer treatment, currently in remission, or want to support your loved ones- meditation can empower your healing potential. In this class, you’ll learn how to apply four healing powers (images, words, feelings, and beliefs) along with healing energies such as light, movement, and sound, to promote mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
Healing and the Spirit Connection Meditation
Mondays, March 23, 30, April 6, 13 6:30-7:30PM Registration Required
Join Bridget Juister from B Holistic four a four-week meditation series on healing and the spirit connection. This class will use visualization and guided meditations to connect more deeply with your higher self – your spirit. You will learn ways to build your own practice to awaken your spirit to strengthen your intuition, receive guidance and improve emotional and physical health.
Wellness through Deep Hypnosis
Saturday, February 21, March 21, 10:00am-12:00pm Registration Required
Dr. Scot Giles, renowned medical hypnotherapist, guides the group through self-hypnosis designed to help release pain and facilitate healing. Space is limited. January Topic: The Three Lists: Absolutely Yes, Absolutely No and Wishes
Knitting & Crocheting towards Wellness
Mondays, February 2, 16, March 2, 16 1:00-2:00pm Registration Required
Research has shown that meditative practices create a relaxation response in the body which lower heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen consumption, and alleviate the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety that can come with cancer. Join us as we use knitting and crocheting and the group context as meditative practice. Please bring yarn, hooks or needles. No experience necessary.
Writing towards Wellness
Monday, February 9, 23, March 9, 23 1:00-2:00pm Registration Required
Many studies have shown that expressive writing, such as journaling, is beneficial to both mental and physical health, especially when dealing with serious health concerns. Join us as we use journaling and in the group context to improve mood, gain a more positive outlook, strengthen immune system, decrease the need for pain medication, and overall experience greater physical health. No writing experience or expertise is needed. Please bring something to write with and on.
Tuesday, January 20 – February 10, 1:30-3:00PM Registration Required
Bring a photo of your past or present home, and learn how to create an original acrylic painting showcasing it.
Mixed-Media Mini Canvas Jewelry
Saturday, January 31, 10:00-11:30AM Registration Required
Create a mini-canvas necklace, pendant or pin that we will paint and embellish.
Natural Flower Painting
Fridays, February 20-March 20, 12:00-1:30PM Registration Required
We will be painting flowers inspired from nature and our imagination using plant based, non-toxic, botanical paint. Bring home flowers to brighten up your winter.
Tuesdays, March 10-31, 6:00-7:30PM Registration Required
Learn the basics of drawing with graphite pencil. We will work with a variety of subjects and explore the world of grey on white with this simple, wonderful medium.
Family Mardi Gras Extravanganza
Tuesday, February 17 6:00-7:30PM Registration Required
Beads, beads, and more beads! Dinner, dancing, and games are only a part of this exciting Mardi Gras party! Children and their families are invited to spend the evening having fun together at Wellness House.
Reiki for Families
Saturday, February 28, 9:00am-1:30pm
Registration Required—space limited to 5 families
Jane Van De Velde, DNP, RN Reiki Master and Teacher, The Reiki Share Project
Children ages 6-11 and their family members will learn how to incorporate Reiki into their family life. Reiki is a complementary healing practice that helps promote relaxation and alleviate stress by bringing us into balance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. You will be taught how to offer Reiki to yourself and to your family members. Please bring your lunch.
"Is My Teen Normal?" A Parent's Guide to Surviving Turbulent Teen Emotions and Behaviors
Monday, March 9, 6:30-7:45PM Registration Required
Chris R. Mazzarella, PsyD, CGP, Heritage Professional Associates
Have you ever wondered whether your teen’s emotions and behaviors are “normal”, especially in the face of cancer or loss? Do you feel overwhelmed or “in over your head” in effectively supporting your teen? Or do you feel isolated as a parent believing you’re the only one having problems parenting your teens? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you owe it to yourself to attend this seminar. Dr. Mazzarella will guide you through the jungle that is adolescent behavior in a fun and interactive way. He will also give you practical tips from his work with teens. You will leave more hopeful and inspired in your parenting while feeling more connected with other parents on the same journey.
Surviving Cancer Together (Six-week series)
Tuesdays, January 13-February 17, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
This group provides an opportunity for both partners in a relationship to discuss and learn about how the commonly experienced challenges of cancer are affecting their relationship. All couples will gain tools and strategies established by current social and brain research to better understand and strengthen the dynamics of their relationship.
Book Club: And In Health: A Guide for Couples Facing Cancer Together
Mondays, January 26-March 9, 6:00-7:30PM Registration Required
And In Health, gives advice, in short lessons, on the main areas of concern or conflict that can come from a life with cancer-from diagnosis to treatment and life post-treatment. Dan Shapiro draws on his clinical work as a health psychologist, and on his own experiences of being both the patient and the supporter/advocate, to weave together insights on facing cancer while maintaining a relationship. A weekly reading list will be provided. Contact Alison Graft, LCSW at 630.654.5109 or email@example.com.
Mix Up Date Night with a Cooking Class for Couples
Monday, February 16, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Bring your significant other and make it a date night. Couples will spend time making and tasting delicious flatbread recipes with our favorite chef, Cheryl Brookhouzen.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Class Series (7 weeks)
Tuesdays, March 10-April 28 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
This program is based on Dr. Gottman's book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Throughout this class, you and your partner will learn new strategies for strengthening your relationship. Couples will learn how to improve their communication and learn specific tools to strengthen their friendship, manage conflict, and create shared meaning together.
Support and Networking
Spiritual Side of Cancer Networking
Tuesdays, February 3, March 3, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
When you or your loved one develops cancer you may find yourself clinging to your faith for hope, or questioning your faith all together. The focus of this monthly group is to create an environment in which people feel free to discuss the challenges and joys found in the spiritual side of the cancer journey. People who are newly diagnosed (within 5 years) are encouraged to attend. Whether or not you attend a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, or you draw spiritual understanding from nature, philosophy, or the arts, everyone holds certain beliefs and values about what makes life meaningful. Wellness House does not affiliate with any one religious group; therefore people of all faith backgrounds are encouraged to participate in this support group.
Young Adults with Cancer Networking
Thursday, February 26, March 26, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Young adults with cancer face very different challenges than patients who were diagnosed earlier in childhood or later in adulthood.This group is part of an international initiative to recognize and address the unique circumstances related to lifestyle, work, school, family life, and emotional development that young adults face when living with cancer. This group provides emotional support, an opportunity to meet other young adults receiving treatment.
Caregivers Guide to Self-Care
Tuesday, March 31, 6:00-8:00PM Registration Required
Facilitated by Valerie Piazza, RN, LCPC
Research shows that family caregivers frequently choose not to address their own healthcare needs in favor of providing service to the patient. The impact of the disease on the family is multifocal, often resulting in physical, psychological and spiritual challenges. This workshop will focus on the "self-care" needs of caregiver, the challenge of role changes, maintaining open communication and the impact of chancer on family caregivers' quality of life. Each participant will begin to develop their own self-care plan.