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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Welcome to Wellness Orientation
Saturdays, 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
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.
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.
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, 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. This program is specifically designed for participants only.
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 email@example.com or 630.654.5118.
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
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, 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
Tuesdays, 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!
Stress Free Saturday
Saturday, 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.
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, 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
Monday, March 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, 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.
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.
"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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.