October and November Programs

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 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  


Introduction Programs

New Participant Breakfast

Saturday, November 15, 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.


Top Doc Lectures

Liver Cancer Treatment Update

Thursday, October 30 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Steven Scaglione, MD, Assistant Professor, Hepatology

Loyola Medicine Outpatient Center

Lung Cancer Treatment Update 

Thursday, November 6  7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Cheryl Czerlanis, MD, Assistant Professor Hematology/Oncology

Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center

Loyola University Medical Center

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Update

Tuesday, November 11 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Mary Mulcahy, MD Associate Professor Medicine Hematology/Oncology

Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University 


Information and Education

Book Club: True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

Thursdays, October 16 - November 20 1:00-2:00PM Drop-Ins Welcome

True Refuge is essential reading for anyone encountering hardship or crisis, anyone dedicated to a path of spiritual awakening.  The book reminds us of our own innate intelligence and goodness, making possible an enduring trust in ourselves and our lives.  A weekly reading list will be provided and can be obtained prior to class by emailing Val Piazza at vpiazza@wellnesshouse.org or call 630-654-5118.

Couples and Cancer Dinner Workshop

Monday, November 3 6:30-8:30PM Registration Required 

In this workshop based on The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman, PhD, couples will begin to learn tools to deepen the friendship foundation of their relationship, manage conflict successfully, honor each other's dreams and create shared meaning.  Whether married or in a committed relationship, you are welcome to enjoy dinner and learn tools and skills to strengthen your relationship.  This program is intended for those that have not already attended the Couples & Cancer Dinner Workshop at Wellness House. 

The Road to Financial Peace of Mind

Tuesday, November 4 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.   

Improving Intimacy and Relationships after Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, November 11 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required  

The majority of patients with cancer report issues with sexual function and this can impact intimacy and quality of life.  This presentation will focus on common sexual problems associated with cancer treatment.  In addition, information will also be provided on how to improve intimacy, sex and your relationship.  Dr. Albaugh is an internationally recognized speaker and author with over 20 years of experience helping cancer patients with sexual dysfunction and intimacy issues.  

Friday Flicks - Bucket List

Friday, November 14 12:30-3:30PM Drop-Ins Welcome 

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman play two men diagnosed with terminal cancer who embark on a road trip with a wish list in hand of things to before the "kick the bucket". 


Caregiver Support Series

Healthy Eating for Caregivers

Monday, November 10 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required  

We will discuss the most recent information about the importance of healthy nutrition for caregivers and help identify foods to safely include in your diet, as well as, foods to limit.

Caring for the Caregiver

Tuesday, November 18 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Dr. Gauthier Mullady's presentation is for anyone who is a caregiver.  She will discuss the unique aspects of being in the role of caregiver, the reality of caregiver stress, compassion fatigue and burnout.  In her presentation she will discuss the importance of recognizing caregiver stress and burnout as well as discuss the importance of self-care and provide strategies for caregivers to cope more adaptively with the caregiver stress in order to improve quality of life.

Look Good Feel Better

Tuesday, November 18  2:00-4:00PM

Tuesday, December 9    2:00-4:00PM

Sponsored by the American Cancer Society

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


Quarterly Survivorship Series

Life after Cancer: Your Personal Meaning of Survivorship

Tuesday, October 14-November 11 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

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 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.    


Healthy Living

Sidelining Side Effects

Tuesday, November 11  10:30-11:30AM     Registration Required

Monday, December 8      6:00-7:00PM        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 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, November 8    10:30AM-12:00PM   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.


Cancer Nutrition 101: Step-by-Step Program to a Cancer Fighting Diet

Monday, October 27-November 17 2:00-3:00PM Registration Required

Adopting a cancer fighting diet can be confusing and overwhelming.  This four week series will begin a step-by-step journey from eating a diet of processed and refined foods to eating clean and healthy.  This series is for cancer survivors who want to improve their eating habits but have not known where to begin.  


Family Matters

Mom's Time Out/Play Matters  

Thursday, November 13 9:30-10:30AM Drop ins welcome for Mom's Time Out/Registration Required for Play Matters

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

Support Group for Young Adults (who have a loved one with cancer)

Monday, November 17 6:30-7:45PM Drop ins welcome

Young adulthood is a time for developing one's self and gaining independence, and yet this can be greatly impacted when a family member is diagnosed with cancer.  Please join us for this monthly group to explore the effects of cancer on the lives of young adults, improve coping skills and connect with others in similar situations.  This group is intended for young adults ages 18-24. 

Family Traditions

Wednesday, November 19 6:00-7:00PM Registration Required

Come learn about the importance of family rituals, ways to develop them and help us create a new one.  We will be decorating ornaments for our Wellness House Holiday tree to be displayed at Brookfield Zoo.  Please bring all members of your family to participate in this fun event.  Zoo passes will provided to everyone who attends.

Holiday Tree Decorating at Brookfield Zoo

Saturday, November 22 TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED Registration Required

Celebrate the season and help us decorate the Wellness House tree at Brookfield Zoo.  Be sure to come to Family Traditions to make your ornament and get your family zoo pass.  


Stress Management  

Guided Meditation for Healing

Mondays, October 27-December 1  6:30-7:30PM Registration Required

Bridget Juster, Lac., B Holistic

This 4 week 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. 

Surrealism Painting 101

Wednesday, October 8-November 12 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required

Join us for a surrealist painting series to dip into the fantastic and unbelievable with this fun and surreal painting class.

Knitting & Crocheting toward Wellness

Monday, November 3    1:00-2:00PM Registration Required 

Monday, November 17  1:00-2:00PM Registration Required

Research has show that meditative practices create a relaxation response in the body which lower heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen consumption, and alleviates 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 previous experience needed.

Rhythmic Painting 

Saturday, November 1  10:30AM-12:30PM Registration Required 

Feel, hear, move and paint to the rhythms of music - whimsical, stillness, nature, tribal and awakening.  

Painting Our Cosmos

Saturday, November 22 10:30AM-12:30PM Registration Required

We'll paint extraordinary, cosmic swirls working from small to large.  Join in the fun and gain new perspectives as the process takes on a whole new wonderment.

Seasonal Art: Centerpieces for the Table

Tuesday, November 25 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required

Create a centerpiece to complete your holiday decorating.

Creating in Circle - Mandalas

Tuesday, November 25-December 16 1:00-2:30PM Registration Required

Mandala means circle.  Join us to learn about and create Friendship, Luminous, Gifting and Unity mandalas.

Support and Networking

Couples Saturday Retreat

Saturday, December 6 10:00AM-4:00PM Registration Required

Join us for a couple's retreat to deepen your friendship, reconnect and learn skills to improve communication with your partner all of which is grounded, evidence-based research.  Retreat will include lecture and hands-on activities.


Off Site Programs

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

155 E. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst IL

Life after Cancer: Your Personal Meaning of Survivorship

Cancer Center Conference Room    

Wednesday, October 22- November 12 3:00-4:30PM Registration Required      

Based on the book, Picking Up the Pieces: Moving Forward After Cancer, 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.  Open  to post-treatment cancer survivors.  Attendance at each session is beneficial, but not required.

Art in Nature & Nature in Art     

Lower Level Conference Room

Thursday, October 30-November 20 6:00-8:00PM Registration Required  

Come and explore nature's patterns through art.  We will focus on simplicity, flow and free-form.  By creating we will come closer to nature and produce beautiful art.  All skill levels are welcome.  This class is available to cancer survivors and their caregivers. 

DuPage Medical Group

Lisle Medical Office Building, 430 Warrenville Rd. Lisle IL

Watercolor 101

Lower Level Cancer Resource Center

Friday, October 31 - November 21 11:00-1:00PM Registration Required

Learn the basic techniques and tricks to paint with beautiful, colorful watercolors.  Watch as water helps the artist, and bring home finished paintings at the end of each class.  All skill levels are welcome.  This class is available to cancer survivors and their caregivers. 

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