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.

 

If you are NEW to Wellness House, please complete the Wellness House Participation Form.  You can then follow the easy instructions below to register for Wellness House programs. 

If you are already a participant at Wellness House, follow these easy instructions to register for programs online. 

To begin, go to the home page of the Wellness House website and follow these easy steps. 

  • Click on Login Here at the top right corner of the page.
  • Click Create your account Now
  • Complete the necessary personal information
  • Create your password and login
  • Register for programs  

*Feature Presentation*

Breast Cancer: A Soul Journey Two-Part Series 

With Patricia Greer, MA, PhD, psychotherapist, Jungian analyst, and breast cancer survivor

Breast Cancer: A Soul Journey Book Signing

Saturday, January 24, 10:30AM-12:00PM Registration Required  

Breast cancer can be a devastating experience, but it can also be an invitation to greater self-awareness.  Patricia Greer focuses on cancer as a potential teacher and uses her own illness to explore inner wisdom.  A psychotherapist and Jungian analyst, she uses dreams, sandtray work, drawing, inner journeys, and poetry to access deeper layers of meaning, and shares this soul journey as a map for other women who may want to go on their own explorations of discovery.  Brunch will be provided.  Dr. Greer's book will be available for purchase and all proceeds benefit Wellness House.

Breast Cancer: A Soul Journey Workshop  

Saturday, February 28, 10:30AM - 12:00PM Registration Required

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.     

Introduction Programs

New Participant Breakfast

Saturday, December 20   9:30-11:00AM Registration Required  

Join us for a light breakfast and meet other new participants.  Staff will be on hand to answer questions, give you a tour of the facility and help you register for any program.  This is an open house so feel free to come and go as fits your schedule.

Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Tuesdays, 5:30PM

Wednesdays, 9:30AM

Saturdays, January 17, 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

Northwestern Medicine Developmental Therapeutic Institute 

Information and Education and Special Event Programs 

From Cancer to Health

Monday, December 15   7:00 - 8:00PM Registration Required

Tuesday, December 16  1:00-2:00PM   Registration Required

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 women diagnosed with any cancer type within the past 9 months, staged I to lll.

Friday Flicks    

Friday, January 9, 12:30-3:30PM Drop - ins welcome

Decoding Annie Parker - Love, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy, the wild, mostly true story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the almost discovery of a cure for cancer.  Decoding Annie Parker follows the incredible, irreverent and heartwarming story of how the paths of cancer survivor Annie Parker and geneticist Mary-Clair King intersect.  With grace and humor the film chronicles how these remarkable women work to make one of the most important genetic discoveries of the 20th century.

Know Your NET: Understanding Your Neuroendocrine Tumor and Your Care

Saturday, January 10, 10:00AM-12:00PM Registration Required 

Bridget O'Brien, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, AOCNP 

Bridget will provide an overview of how neuroendocrine tumors  form and grow, the ways that clinicians diagnose and manage them, and the importance of informed patient-clinician dialogue.  This presentation includes practical dietary advice for preventing and easing common symptoms caused by NET.  It also includes insights and advice to help patients maintain their physical and emotional well-being, and deal with some of the challenges that can arise from living with cancer.

Look Good Feel Better

Monday, January 12, 2:00-4:00PM Registration Required

Spend some time with others in treatment learning how to manage hair, nail and skin changes due to cancer treatment.

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society  

Clinical Trials 101:  What You Should Know About Clinical Trials and the Drug Approval Process 

Thursday, January 15, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required

Sara Duffey, Clinical Trial Recruitment and Education Specialist

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University

Sara will explain the fundamentals of how cancer drugs are approved and clinical trial participation, as well as debunk some of the common myths people have about clinical trials.

Issues in Oncofertility Dinner Presentation

Thursday, January 22, 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required

Kristin N. Smith

Patient Navigator for Fertility Preservation

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University

Kristin will be discussing general male and female fertility, options available to young cancer patients at this time and options for family building for survivors including gamete donation and adoption.  Kristen is happy to answer questions and concerns regarding fertility and sexuality and make referrals to physicians with specialized focus in these areas. 

Managing Side Effects: Complementary Therapies  ~ New Program Series

Emotion Freedom Technique (EMT)

Tuesday, January 13, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required

Dolores Bjorkman, RN, LCSW

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also called Tapping, is a simple, yet powerful tool for relieving mental, emotional, and physical discomfort or pain.

Reiki & Energy Work 

Tuesday, January 20, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required

Jane Van De Velde, DNP, RN, Reiki Master Teacher

The Reiki Share Project

Reiki is a complementary healing technique that helps to promote relaxation and alleviate stress.

Seed Meditation 

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.

Acupuncture

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 

HAPPY Documentary Film Screening 

Saturday, January 17, 11:00AM-1:00PM Registration Required

HAPPY takes us on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.  Combining real life stories of people from around the world and powerful interviews with the leading scientists in happiness research, HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.

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 vpiazza@wellnesshouse.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, January 26-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”. 

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Sidelining Side Effects

Monday, January 12, 10:00-11:00AM 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

Saturday, January 10*, 10:30AM-12:00PM Registration Required

Tuesday, January 27, 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.

*On January 10, Join special guest Chef Marc Bernard from Rustic Road Farms and Big Bowl to learn how to build a healthy diet around locally grown foods.  Enjoy a recipe or two made with ingredients fresh from the farm. 

Each class features NEW recipes!

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Food for Life

Cooking Demonstration/Discussion

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 Management  

Whimsical Portraits

Monday, December 15, 6:00-8:00PM Registration Required

Pair up for playful portrait painting to experience the roles of painter and subject.  Everyone leaves with a print to take home.  Sign up as a twosome or come individually.  Registration is limited to 8 participants. 

Stress Free Saturday

Saturday, January 10,  24,  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. 

Wellness through Deep Hypnosis

Saturday, January 17, 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, January 5, 19, 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, January 12, 26, 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.

House Painting

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.

Family Matters

Family Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, December 17, 6:00-7:30PM Registration Required 

Come warm your hears on a cold winter night as Chef Cheryl helps us create a winter wonderland.  Like the presents you open at the holidays, the treats you make will be a SURPRISE!  Families with children of all ages are welcome. 

~Parents~

Mom's Renewal (formerly Mom's Time Out) and Play Matters

Thursday, January 15, 9:30-10:30AM Registration Required for Play Matters

Join us for a not so traditional support group.  Take time for yourself to slow things down and connect with other mothers of young children.  Kids 2-5 are welcome to participate in Play Matters offered at the same time.

Coaching Your Kids through Cancer ~ Dinner Workshop   

Tuesday, January 20, 6:00-7:30PM Registration Required

Join us for an educational night for parents on coaching children through a parent's cancer diagnosis.  Learn how to meet the emotional needs of children during a difficult family time.  Practical parenting techniques useful in everyday life will also be highlighted.  A simultaneous kids relaxation group will occur.  Dinner will be provided.   

~Couples~ 

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 agraft@wellnesshouse.org

Support and Networking

Life Beyond Cancer Networking 

Monday, January 5, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

The need for support and information doesn’t stop when treatment ends. Being a cancer survivor can add stress in your life. Common concerns include being fearful about a recurrence, worrying about finances and keeping affordable health insurance, questioning faith or other beliefs, worrying about fertility, relationship, finding and keeping employment, rejoining back into your “old” life. You may prefer to deal with stressors on your own, but many survivors find that it’s helpful to talk with other survivors about concerns and get emotional support from those who understand. 

Spiritual Side of Cancer Networking

Tuesday, January 6, 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.  The 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, January 22, 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. 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

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