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 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.
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
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, 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.
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
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 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, 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!
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.