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.
Honoring Moms Event
Thursday, May 7, 2015 4:00-6:30PM
4:00-5:15- Three Generations of Inspiration Living Through Cancer and Beyond
Kimberly Jewett, is a two-time breast cancer survivor, passionate advocate, and CEO of her own consulting firm in Chicago. She received her initial diagnosis when she was only 31 years old, and again at 35. Currently doctors have declared her with no evidence of disease. Kim is an active patient advocate, providing testimony to the FDA, and speaking to audiences nationwide as a motivational speaker on many topics. She is regularly featured in media stories, and also assists with the development of patient education resource materials, and videos in the oncology and pathology industry.
Sheila Irvine, is Kimberly's mother, and she was just 47 years old when she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Doctors told her she only had 3 months to live. Currently she has no evidence of disease, and doctors say she is a walking miracle.
Kalli, is Kimberly's daughter, and is 13 years old. She has been impacted by the journey of cancer through her mother, and grandmother. Kalli speaks to audiences nationwide on the impact cancer had on her since she was 6 years old, and how to help others cope during the treatment process. It is Kalli's dream to someday become a medical oncologist, helping other cancer patients and their families.
These three generations of women are an inspiration. Their individual stories of overcoming adversity through cancer and beyond will inspire, and empower you.
5:30-6:30- Eating Healthy with Mom
Adrienne will share just how easy and yummy healthy, plant-based dishes can be. Adrienne will provide tastings of the dishes she has prepared and share how you can make them at home for mom.
Adrienne Felder, MA, LCPC, is a professional chef and psychotherapist. As a professional chef, she focuses on whole foods and health-supportive cuisine, with a specialty in cooking for cancer prevention and survival. Adrienne trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts in New York and Lula Café in Chicago. She has cooked at retreats, including the Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts in Washington, DC. She created her business, The Whole Bite, to share her passion for cooking, nutrition, and wellness through her cooking instruction and consulting services. Adrienne is also an instructor for The Cancer Project
Can We Fight Cancer with Nutrition?
Thursday, June 4, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required - to register, please call Wellness House at 630-323-5150
Father and son team T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas Campbell, MD will present information from the scientific literature regarding the potential for nutrition to prevent and treat cancer. Dr. T. Colin Campbell has had a long distinguished career in diet and cancer, including decades of research conducted at Cornell University detailing the relationship between certain nutrients and cancer development and has served on national expert panels on the topic. Dr. Thomas Campbell is a practicing primary care physician and will discuss some of the more recent clinical trials on diet and the treatment of cancer. They will both focus on the evidence for a whole-food, plant-based diet. They are the authors of numerous popular books including The China Study, Whole and The Campbell Plan. Both will be available following the presentation for a book signing.
If Cancer is a Gift, Where's the Return Counter?
Wednesday, June 10, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required - to register, please call Wellness House at 630-323-5150
Mindy Greenstein, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in cancer, a writer, and two-time breast cancer survivor. She will discuss some of the different ways people cope with cancer, based on her personal and professional experiences.
Hot Topics in Breast Cancer
Friday, June 27 4:00-8:00PM Registration Required
Saturday, June 28 8:30AM-3:00PM Registration Required
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or care about someone who has, Wellness House welcomes you to Hot Topics in Breast Cancer 2015. This FREE Symposium is your opportunity to join many of the top medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and breast surgeons in the Chicagoland area to learn about the latest research and information that was presented this past year at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and the American Society of Clinical Oncology Conference.
Welcome to Wellness Orientation
Saturdays, April 18, may 16, June 20, 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
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
Information and Education and Special Event Programs
From Cancer to Health
*New Series Session* Tuesdays, April 7 - June 9, 7:00PM - 8:30PM Registration Required
Wellness House is pleased to offer a new program, From Cancer to Health which was developed at The Ohio State University and backed by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. The research shows that the skills and strategies participants learn in this program reduce their stress and anxiety, improve their ability to cope, and strengthen their social support while minimizing physical side effects of treatment.
This program is for any adult with any cancer type who has been staged I-III and who has been recently diagnosed within the past nine months. Participants in this program may choose to be a part of a dissemination research study.
Book Club: Soul Stories
Thursdays, April 9 - May 28, 1:00 - 2:00PM Registration Required
Best selling author, Gary Zukav, who writes with profound psychological and spiritual insight, brings us Soul Stories, a book filled with stories of the human experience. Concepts such as intuition, harmony, cooperation, sharing and reverence for life are brought out in unique ways by the storyteller.
Please join us for a reading and discussion of this wise and inspirational book. A weekly reading list will be provided and can be obtained prior to class by emailing the facilitator, Val Piazza, LCPC at email@example.com or calling 654-5118.
Moving On and Letting Go - The Unique Gifts of Survivorship
Thursday, April 16, 2:00-3:30PM Registration Required
In encountering the end of breast cancer treatment Suzanne invites you to find a place in your soul for this unique gift. Through sharing of her “Wisdom Journal” a compass that supported and guided her through an internal metamorphosis, she asks you to allow yourself to trust the future that lies ahead of you, and create a new life that is courageous and bold.
Starting the Conversation: Identifying Values and Goals
Rescheduled from February 26th
Saturday, April 18, 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 your 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 care plan" that accepts our mortality, identifies goals of care and translates those goals of care with an infusion of individual beliefs and values.
ACT Now...An Overview of Acceptance Commitment Therapy
Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 - 8:30PM Registration Required
Maignete Mengesha, Counseling Psychology, PhD
We all desire to have a meaningful life yet unwanted experiences such as the news of a cancer diagnosis create barriers to our master plans. ACT is a therapeutic approach designed to help people learn in a new way to cope with difficult life events. The goal of this therapeutic approach is to help create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes along with living a meaningful life. The focus of this presentation is to learn the main principles of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and be able to apply them to your daily life. This presentation is for those diagnosed with cancer as well as their caregivers, loved ones, and support community.
Navigating Health Insurance Issues
Thursday, April 23, 7:00 - 8:30PM Registration Required
Gail Borgerd, MedicClaim Consultants, LLC
Gail will help explain how to accurately determine the level of your insurance coverage and procedures for speaking to and corresponding with carriers. She will share what to do if a claim is denied and ways of dealing with specialized treatments and drug regimes.
Introduction to the Young Survivor Coalition
Thursday, April 23, 7:00-7:30PM Registration Required
Dana Stewart, Young Survivor Coalition
Dana will provide an overview on the services and programs that are available through the YSC.
*Join us for the Young Adult Networking Group following the presentation.
Creating a Sacred Space in Your Home
Saturday, April 25, 11:30AM-1:00PM Registration Required
Bridget Juister, LAc., B Holistic
Whether you or a loved one has or had cancer, your home plays a vital role in the healing process. Join Bridget Juister from B Holistic on how to create a sacred space for rest and renewal. In this fun presentation, you'll learn how the art of feng shui, along with the use of color and accessories can transform any space into a sacred one specific for your personal journey with cancer.
What Does it Mean to Be Fearless?
Tuesday, May 5, 6:60-8:00PM Registration Required
Join Michael Meissner, meditation facilitator, personal growth and exploration guide to learn how to being fearless is an attitude and an intention. Fearlessness means I don't have to know what the future will be to be fully in the present. Fearlessness is not the absence of either concern or awareness in a given situation.
Sidelining Side Effects with Acupuncture
Monday, May 11, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Join Bridget Juister from B Holistic for a presentation on how acupuncture can reduce common side effects of cancer and its treatments. She will also explain how acupuncture creates an inner balance to keep you centered through any situation, and will provide practical tips and strategies to change the way you cope with stress in your life.
Managing Stress after a Cancer Diagnosis
Thursday, May 21, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Elizabeth Simmons, PsyD, Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow
Loyola University Medical Center
Receiving a cancer diagnosis can cause stress to anyone. While this stress is expected it can be difficult to manage. Dr. Simmons will share many effective strategies and tips to manage stress.
Thursday, May 28, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Amy Anderson, SHIP Counselor
DuPage County Senior Services
Amy will explain the different parts of Medicare, supplements, prescription drug plans, Extra Help, Medicare Savings Programs and provide enrollment information. Bring your questions for Amy to answer.
Renew Your Reiki
Tuesday, June 2, 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 to a partner. This program is sponsored by The Reiki Share Project.
Prostate Cancer Rehab: What are Kegals, and Am I Doing Them Right?
Tuesday, June 9, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Andrew Nowak, PT, D.P.T, LANA C.L.T. Supervisor
Outpatient Physical Medicine, Good Samaritan Hospital
A clear and practical presentation regarding possible pelvic floor dysfunction after prostate surgery. The lecture will cover: what is the pelvic floor and its relationship to continence and sexual function, what can be the impact of prostate surgery to pelvic floor health as well as what you can do to enhance its function prior to and after surgery.
Managing the Side Effects of Cancer Treatments with a Natural Approach
Thursday, June 18, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Jack Weber, DC, Brannick Clinic
Chemotherapy is one of the most stressful and toxic events that the body ever experiences. Information provided in this workshop will introduce natural approaches to some of the most common problems that occur during and after treatment. Some of the topics covered will be overcoming fatigue, supporting hair and nail growth, pain relief, optimal digestion and immunity support. Learn how to combat these side effects and optimize health with safe, effective and affordable natural approaches.
Securing Your Preference: Where Do Advance Directive Fit In?
Thursday, June 25, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Mary F. Mulcahy, MD and Randi Belisomo, Life Matters Media
Mary and Randi will explain the many types of advance directives, their various levels of appropriateness for differing populations and their corresponding levels of legality. Living Wills, Five Wishes, and POLST will be explained. Both Mary and Randi are members of POLST Illinois Task Force, uniquely positioned to discuss this medical order newly available to certain patients. Differences between health directive and medical orders will be explored.
Look Good Feel Better
Monday, May 4 2:00-4:00PM Registration Required
Monday, June 1 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
Moving Forward: Survivorship Health and Wellness Programs
Surviving to Thriving: 3 keys to Getting Your Life Back on the Track after Cancer
Tuesday, June 16, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Beth Williams , CPC, ELI-MP
Your Flourishing Life
In this presentation, attendees will find out how to avoid mistakes survivors make when they recover what keeps them stuck. Discover the fastest ways to let go of the past and do all the things you dream of now, and get re-inspired and excited about your life. Participants will walk away with a values prioritization tool and four ways to reduce stress and increase well-being for the next chapter of their life.
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Sidelining Side Effects
Monday, May 18, 5:30-6:30PM Registration Required
Tuesday, June 16, 1:00-2:30PM 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, May 9, June 13, 10:30AM-12:00PM Registration Required
Tuesday, April 28*, May 26, June 23, 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!
*Join us as we welcome Prasino as they prepare "green" recipes that can be added to your cancer fighting diet.
EacEFooFCooCCooking Up Wellness Field Trip to Rustic Road Farm
Saturday, June 20, 10:30AM-12:00PM *Registration Required - Please call Wellness House to register at 630-323-5150*
Enjoy a trip to the country. Join us at Rustic Road Farm with Marc and Luis Bernard for a farm tour. Check out the produce, eggs and locally grown treats at the Farm Stand. Know the farmer, know the farm. Please be prepared for walking the fields and barn. We will meet at Rustic Road Farm 1N292 Brundige Rd. Elburn, IL 60119. Transportation will NOT be provided.
Food for Life
Wednesdays, April 15-May 6, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Adrienne Felder, MA, LCPC, Professional Chef, The Cancer Project
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.
Cancer Nutrition 101: Step-by-Step Program to a Cancer Fighting Diet
Mondays, June 8-29, 5:30-6:30PM Registration Required
Anita Ratterman, RD, CSO, LDN
Adopting a cancer fighting diet can be confusing and overwhelming. This four week series will begin a ste-by-step journey from eating a diet of processed and refined foods to eating a plant based diet. Specifically designed for cancer survivors who have not known where to begin, this series will start to investigate literature on plant based diets as well as the Campbell Plan by Thomas Campbell, MD as a follow-up to a special event with the author. Cancer Nutrition 201 will begin in July.
Stress Free Saturday
Saturday, April 11, 25* 9:30-10:30AM Registration Required
Saturday, May 9, 23, 9:30-10:30AM Registration Required
Saturday, June 13 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.
(The average walk takes 45 minutes) Please call 630-323-5150 to schedule a start time at 9:30, 9:45, 10:00, 10:15, 10:30 or 10:45.
Please join us for a Labyrinth as a special Stress Free Saturday experience. Walking the simple path of a labyrinth is an "active" form of meditation that does not require any formal training.
Healing and the Spirit Connection Meditation
Mondays, 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
Saturdays, April 18, May 16, June 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.
Knitting & Crocheting towards Wellness
Mondays, April 6, 20, May 4, 18, June 1, 15 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.
Fridays, April 10-May 1, 12:00-2:00PM Registration Required
Explore easy, DIY printmaking ideas. We will print on cards, cloth and other creative objects.
Wednesdays, May 13-May 27, 6:00-8:00PM Registration Required
We will be working with creative ways to reflect the way we see ourselves in various mediums.
Wednesdays, June 3, 17, 24, 6:00-8:00PM Registration Required
Learn from the masters, and paint a few masterpieces for your home.
Mondays, June 8-29, 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.
Family Picnic and Social
Wednesday, June 24, 5:30-7:30PM Registration Required
Come kick off the summer with an evening of food and fun for the whole family with fellow Wellness House participants. Bring along children, grandchildren and friends to spend time together and play games. We will provide dinner and entertainment for all ages - all you have to do is show up!
Kids Yoga and Relaxation - *NEW*
Wednesdays, April 15 6:30-7:30PM Registration Required
Kids 5-12 are invited to experience our relaxing sessions. We will try out fun activities like yoga, art and guided imagery together. This is the perfect before be stress reliever. Parents are welcome to attend adult mat yoga at the same time. Join us for one or multiple sessions.
Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 9:00AM-12:00PM Registration Required
Join us for your annual Kids Kamp for those 5-12 years old. It's an opportunity to participate in fun summer activities, meet other children who have experienced cancer in the family build confidence, and simply HAVE FUN!
Talking to Kids about a Loved One's Cancer Journey
Wednesday, April 15, 6:00-7:00PM Registration Required
Join us for an educational night for parents on coaching children through a parent's cancer diagnosis. A simultaneous kid's relaxation group will occur.
Moving Beyond One Word Answers
Tuesday, May 12, 1:00-2:00PM Registration Required
Looking for ways to get your kids to share more than one "I'm fine? Come to our fun, interactive workshop where we will discuss and explore new ways to get kids of all ages to open up and share their feelings with their families.
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.
Couples Living with Cancer Networking Group - *NEW*
Monday, April 13, May 11, June 8 7:00-8:30PM Drop-ins welcome
Come and talk about the couple experience living with cancer. Join us once a month to meet with other couples and discuss how cancer has affected your relationship. Learn from others, get support, and explore ways to strengthen your relationship through cancer.
Couples Date Night
Monday, May 4, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Back by popular demand. Bring your significant other and make it a date night! Couples will spend time making and tasting delicious recipes.
Tips and Tools for Couples Facing Cancer Together
Wednesday, June 3, 6:00-7:00PM Registration Required
Come hear about the common issues couples experience during a cancer journey such as how to manage stress and continue meaningful communication.
Supporting Your Wife through Breast Cancer
Tuesday, June 23, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Researchers have documented gender differences in coping. they have found that supportive behaviors on the part of the husband are very important in helping female patients lover their overall distress. Join us and learn ways to support your wife.
Support and Networking
Life After Cancer Post Treatment Networking Group
Monday, April 6, May 4, June 1, 7:00-8:30PM Drop-ins welcome
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, relationships, finding and keeping employment, rejoining back into your "old" life. You may prefer to deal with stressors on your won, 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
Tuesday, April 7, May 5, June 2, 7:00-8:30PM Drop-ins welcome
When you or a loved one develops cancer, you may find yourself clinging to your faith or 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. 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. People of all faith backgrounds are encouraged to participate in this support group.
Young Adults with Cancer Networking
Thursday, April 23, May 28, June 25, 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.
Mantle Cell Lymphoma Support Group - NEW
Wellness House is hosting this quarterly support group, led and organized by the Lymphoma Research Foundation. This group is for anyone diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma and their caregivers.
An Orientation to Caregivers Needs Dinner Workshop
Tuesday, June 30, 6:00-8:00PM Registration Required
This workshop will focus on the "Care" needs of Caregivers that include physical, emotional, social and spiritual realms, and each participant will begin to develop their own Caregiver Care Plan. Dinner will be provided.