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Welcome to Wellness Orientation
Saturdays, July 23, August 13, 27 9:30am - 10:30am
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.
Day of Remembrance
Saturday, September 17 12:00noon - 2:00pm Registration Required
This year's annual Day of Remembrance presenter will be Reverend Wanda Henry-Jenkins. Reverend Jenkins is the Bereavement Services Manager for VITAS Healthcare of Chicagoland Northwest in Lombard, and Chicagoland Central in Chicago. She is an author and national keynote presenter in universities, health care and social service organizations and various Christian churches.
When Breath Becomes Air ~ Presentation and Book Signing
Thursday, September 22 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
When Breath Becomes Air has rocked both the medical and literary worlds with its honest and heart wrenching exploration of end of life and how, in author Dr. Paul Kalanithi's words, coming face to face with your own mortality changes nothing and everything.
Please join Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, Dr. Paul Kalanithi's widow, an internist at Stanford, speak about her experience standing alongside her husband during the final period of their lives together. She will speak about the experience of When Breath Becomes Life for her: as newly widowed mother, a medical professional personally awakened to the intimacy of life and death, as shepherds Paul's message of learning to live a life of meaning when faced with death.
Hot Topics in Prostate Cancer Symposium 2016
Saturday, September 24 8:30am - 12:30pm Registration Required
If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer or care about someone who has, then please join us for Hot Topics in Prostate Cancer 2016. This is your opportunity to join many of the top medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgeons in the Chicagoland area to learn about the latest updates in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Top Doc Lecture Series
Updates in Multiple Myeloma
Thursday, August 11 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Agne Paner, MD - Hematology, Medical Oncology
Director of the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Multiple Myeloma Clinic, Rush University Medical Center - Hematology
Updates in Ovarian Cancer
Thursday, September 8 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Nita Kamik Lee MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology
University of Chicago
Information and Education
Look Good Feel Better
Monday, August 8 2:00-4:00pm Registration Required
Spend some time with others in active treatment learning how to manage hair, nail and skin changes due to cancer treatment.
Sponsored by the American Cancer Society
Like What You See! Quick Steps to an Enhanced You
Thursday, July 14 2:00-3:00pm Registration Required
Learn how to deal with some of the aesthetic side effects of treatment. Watch and learn how to tie scarves, quick make-up tips, and how to create eyebrows to improve your appearance and raise your confidence.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Tuesday, July 19 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
While radiation is a very effective weapon in the war on cancer, some individuals may develop problems related to their treatments, such as radionecrosis. In the area of your treatment, you may be experiencing various symptoms. They could occur six months or even many years after having radiation treatments. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) has been proven to assist in management and healing of these issues by providing your body with the oxygen it needs to heal.
The Inside Out of Skin Care with Cancer Treatments
Thursday, July 21 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Cancer treatments often come with unwanted side effects, some of which are skin changes: itching, dryness, rashes, and fragility. In this workshop, along with a little anatomy, you will learn what you can do to help prevent these skin changes and how to treat them if they do occur. We will cover nutritional support as well as topical treatments.
Being Mortal - FRONTLINE Documentary Viewing & Discussion
Tuesday, July 26 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Join us in viewing this powerful documentary which will challenge us all to reexamine how we think about death and dying. This film also explores the burgeoning art and science of palliative care and the ways in which having a conversation around the question - "What are your priorities if your time is limited?" can empower patients to live their lives fully, all the way to the very end. After the viewing, time will be set aside for a facilitated discussion.
Book Club: The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
Tuesdays, July 26 - August 23 2:00-3:00pm Registration Required
Based on 2,500 years of Buddhist meditations mixed with a healthy dose of common sense, The Art of Happiness is a book that crosses the boundaries of traditions to help readers with difficulties common to all human beings. After being in print for 10 years, this book has touched countless lives and uplifted spirits around the world.
The Importance of Physical Activity During & After Cancer Treatment
Thursday, July 28 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Join Nauka Joshi LPT, CYT, to learn about improving side effects from treatment and how to fight through it with simple daily activities that are fun, engaging and motivating.
Healing and the Spirit Connection
Tuesday, August 2 6:30-8:00pm Registration Required
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.
Learning to Read Food Labels to Make Better Choices
Thursday, August 4 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Sorting through the hundreds of ingredients in thousands of food products today can be challenging and confusing. After this seminar, participants will be better equipped to read and interpret food labels to make better, healthier choices when shopping or preparing meals.
The Road to Financial Peace of Mind
Tuesday, August 9 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Financial concerns can add to the stress of dealing with a cancer diagnosis. Learn about financial planning and investing, beneficiary designations, and different ways of distributing assets.
Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies
Join us for this 3-part documentary based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book that follows the story of cancer from its first documented descriptions to modern medical research. This powerful documentary combines historical perspectives, intimate personal narratives, and further investigation into the scientific breakthroughs which bring us closer to finding cures. While each part builds from the previous, it is not a requirement to have viewed a previous part.
Thursday, August 11 6:30-8:30pm Registration Required Part 1 - Magic Bullets (to 1970)
Thursday, August 18 6:30-8:30pm Registration Required Part 2 - The Blind Men and the Elephant (1970-2000)
Thursday, August 25 6:30-8:30pm Registration Required Part 3 - Finding the Achilles Heel (2000-2015)
How to Give and Get the Information and Response You Want From Your Doctor
Tuesday, August 23 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Over 30 years of experience in healthcare allows Maryellen to share suggestions about how to optimize your interactions with physicians. From the first step of creating quiet time to identify your major concerns before each meeting to sharing specific tools that will streamline effective interactions, this session will focus on developing your confidence in becoming a partner with your physician throughout the course of the cancer journey.
Saturday Morning Webinars
Cancer Revealed: How the Immune System Sees and Destroys Tumors
Saturday, July 23 11:00am - 12:00noon Registration Required
Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD, provides an overview on how current research developments in immunotherapy utilizes the body's immune system in detecting and attacking cancer cells. This webinar is provided through The Cancer Research Institute
Health Insurance Options 2016
Saturday, August 27 11:00am - 12:00pm Registration Required
Presented by Monica Bryant, Cancer Rights Attorney, COO of Triage Cancer, Cancer and Careers
This webinar will provide attendees with information about existing health insurance options and those brought about by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including consumer protections and health insurance options, and how these might affect cancer patients. This webinar is provided by Cancer + Careers.
Cooking Up Wellness
Monday, July 25 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!
Harvest & Simple Preservation Techniques for your Holistic Garden
Thursday, August 25 1:00-2:30pm Registration Required
Whether you have planted your own vegetable garden, shop at your local farmers market, or simply like taking advantage of the lower prices associated with buying in season produce at the grocery store, this workshop is for you. Certified Health Coach & Organic Gardener Amy Cox of omstead, llc will lead you through a series of fresh, simple ways to extend the life of your produce by utilizing efficient storing, refrigerations & freezing techniques. You will also receive a kit that contains kitchen items that make it easy to extend the life of your produce.
Spring Garden Walk
Tuesday, July 26 1:00-3:00pm Registration Required
Tuesday, August 23 1:00-3:00pm Registration Required
Garden Walks are a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of nature while walking, relaxing and enjoying good company. Susan Beard guides participants on the garden walks and takes them through many of Hinsdale's finest gardens.
Stress Free Saturday
Saturday, July 23 9:30-10:30am Registration Required
Saturday, August 13, 27 9:30-10:30am Registration Required
Enjoy the benefits of starting your weekend stress free. Come to this class and experience a variety of stress reduction techniques including several forms of meditation.
Meditation for YOU
Mondays, July 18-August 8 12:00-1:00pm Registration Required
Join Bridget Juister, LAc. of B Holistic and learn to relax your body, still your mind and engage your spirit through meditation. You'll learn to tailor meditation to suit your specific needs. Whether you're looking to manage stress, create self-healing or receive inner guidance for life's challenges, meditation is the way.
Wellness through Deep Hypnosis
Saturday, July 16 10:00am-12:00pm Registration Required
Saturday, August 20 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.
Healing and the Spirit Connection
Wednesdays, August 24-September 14 5:45-6:45pm 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 we
Saturday, July 23 10:30am-12:30pm Registration Required
Memory Wire Bracelets - create your own beads and design bracelets
Tuesdays, July 19-August 9 1:00-3:00pm Registration Required
Learn to upcycle old t-shirts into fun and useful art pieces. Bring any old t-shirts you want to transform.
Japanese Folk Art Dolls
Wednesdays, August 3-24 6:00-8:00pm Registration Required
These good luck dolls come from a long tradition of toy making, utilizing Zen and Buddhist values. All materials provided.
Kids Yoga and Relaxation
Fridays, July 22 and August 5 10:00 - 11:00am Registration Required
Kids 5-12 are invited to experience our yoga and relaxation sessions. We will try out fun activities like yoga, art and guided imagery together.
Support and Networking
GIST - Chicago Life Raft Group
Sunday, September 11 12:30-3:30pm Registration Required
Wellness House is hosting this group, organized by the Chicago area chapter of the Life Raft Group. This group is for anyone diagnosed with GIST and their caregivers.