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Tuesday, April 29, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Whether you have been diagnosed with skin cancer or are just interested in prevention and care, join Dr. Charles as he shares strategies on how to protect your skin during the summer months and throughout the year.
Managing Fatigue & Insomnia
Tuesday, May 6, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Cancer related fatigue and insomnia are common effects of cancer and treatment. These can be distressing side effects people who want to feel like themselves. In this session, Dr. Baker will discuss some of the common reasons that fatigue and insomnia develop, and strategies to help manage and decrease those side-effects.
Understanding and Managing Depression and Anxiety
Thursday, May 15, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Most people face some degree of depression, anxiety, and fear when cancer becomes part of their lives. Dr. Sarah Thiges will share information to help those facing a cancer diagnosis manage the emotional impact of cancer through nutrition, exercise and other means of emotional self-care. She will provide information to help families, friends and caregivers know what feelings and behaviors they may expect from a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer what is considered normal, and when outside help may be needed.
Talk to the Expert: Esophageal Cancer Discussion
Thursday, May 22, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
In this presentation, Dr. Uzma Siddiqui will provide an overview of the treatment options, the current standard of care, and will look at the latest treatment approaches for esophageal cancer. Dr. Siddiqui has expertise in gastroinstestinal oncology and endoscopic ultrasound. You will learn about managing the side effects of treatment. and have the chance to discuss your quality of life concerns.
Head & Neck Cancer-Treatment Options and Update
Tuesday, June 17, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Head and Neck cancers present unique side effects and lifestyle issues. Dr. Tanguy Sewert will provide an overview of head and neck cancers including research, treatment options, and management of lifestyle issues like chronic pain, dysphagia and distress. Anyone who has a head and neck cancer diagnosis or is supporting someone with this diagnosis is welcome to attend this important presentation.
* This program will launch Wellness House's new monthly Head & Neck Cancer Networking Group beginning July 15th from 7:00-8:30PM. No registration is required. For more information, please call Michael Williams, PsyD at 630-654-5117.
Organic Garden Series
Plant Your Garden
Friday, May 23, 1:00-2:30PM Registration Required
Participants in this class will learn the basic techniques of planting and caring for an organic garden. In addition, those interested in placing an order to purchase organic plants and/or raised garden beds will be able to do so between April 15-May 2. Pre-ordered items will be available for pick up during class that day.
Friday, August 22, 1:00-2:30PM Registration Required
Participants in this class will learn principles surrounding season extension, which enables edible gardeners to grow food for longer production periods. Strategies and specific plant varieties will be discussed.
Thursday, September 25, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Participants in this class will learn basic techniques on how to make and preserve produce from their gardens. Attendees are encouraged to bring in produce from their gardens to share with the group.
Information and Education
Surviving Cancer Together
Mondays March 10- June 2, 6:30-7:30PM Registration Required
Cancer can be hard on marriage. It can become the third party in any relationship. Learn how to navigate the ups and downs of cancer while strengthening your relationship with your spouse or partner. Based on the work of Drs. John and Julie Gottman, learn about research based skills that help create lasting happiness. This group is topic-driven, experiential, and hands on.
Book Club: Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What is Sacred
Thursdays, April 10-May 29, 1:30-2:30PM Registration Required
In his exploration of the human journey, Nepo discusses the endless ways life asks us to listen. Having experienced hearing loss, Nepo, a poet, author and cancer survivor, affirms that listening is one of the most mysterious, luminous, and challenging art forms: "Whatever difficulty you face, there are time-tried ways you can listen your way through because listening is the doorway to everything that matters." Weaving together memoir and meditation exercises, Nepo offers many ways to listen to life and live more fully.
A weekly reading list will be provided and can be obtained prior to class by emailing facilitator Valerie Piazza, LCPC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maintaining a Healthy Diet with a Clean Eating Strategy
Thursday, April 24, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Maintaining a Healthy Diet with a Clean Eating Strategy will introduce the concept of clean eating-including benefits and how to apply this eating strategy to your current diet. We'll bring the information to life through a food demonstration making two recipes with one key ingredient: Quinoa! All participants will have the option of tasting the recipes and the presentation will conclude with an interactive Q & A session.
Reiki for You (Two Part Class)
Friday, April 25 & May 2, 12:00-4:00PM Registration Required
The Reiki Share Project
Reiki is a complementary healing technique that helps to promote relaxation and alleviate stress. Reiki is life force energy that works holistically to bring balance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. In this 2-part class you will learn about working with Reiki energy and how to offer Reiki to yourself everyday. Please bring a sack lunch.
Acupuncture and Stress Reduction
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Stand up to stress! Join Bridget Juister from B Holistic for a presentation on the nature of stress and ways to reduce its effects. She'll 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.
Grandparents with Cancer - NEW
Wednesday, May 28, 6:00-7:30PM Registration Required
This event is designed for parents and grandparents of children 2-18. Topics include ways to talk to children about a grandparent having cancer or the loss of a grandparent to cancer, common developmental responses, and ideas for supporting children in expressing their emotions surrounding cancer. For more information, please contact Chelsea Cress, MS, CCLS at 630-654-5107.
Self-Healing with Self-Hypnosis:
How You Can Maximize Your Healing Journey Using the Power of Your Mind
Thursday, May 29, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Your subconscious mind is the greatest goal-achieving and healing instrument ever evolved. If you understand how it works and why it does what it does, it can help you enormously on your healing journey. Equally, it can hold you back it you fail to control it. At this program, Dr. Giles, an internationally known expert on the hypnotic arts and sciences, will show you how to maximize your use of this part of your mind as your ally in healing, stamina, positive living and coping with stress. Also included, an overview of the healing techniques taught to Dr. Giles by Dr. Bernie Siegel, whose best selling book, Love, Medicine and Miracles has topped the charts, and whose understanding of subconscious power is second to none.
Couples & Cancer-Dinner Workshop
Wednesday, June 18, 6:00-7:00PM Registration Required
in this workshop based on The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Goldman, 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. Please contact Alison Graft, LSW at 630-654-5109 to learn more.
Hot Topics in Breast Cancer
Annual Chicago Suburban Symposium
Saturday, June 28, 8:00AM-2:30PM Registration Required
Join the top oncologists, surgeons and health care professionals in the Chicagoland area to learn about the latest updates in the research and treatment of breast cancer.
8:00-9:00am Registration & Breakfast
9:00-11:00am Advances in breast cancer research & treatment panel
~Advances in oncology
~Advances in radiation therapy
11:15am-12:15pm Intimacy, sexuality and breast cancer
1:15-2:30pm Breakout sessions
~Reconstruction & plastic surgery
Healing Sound Immersion-Tibetan Singing Bowl Concert
Thursday, June 19, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
While you rest comfortably on the floor (or chair) Patricia will weave a web of sound that will enfold you in the Bowl's rich, resonant tones and nurturing vibrations. As you are embraced within the sound, Patricia will guide you on an inner healing journey that will culminate with her Sacred Vocal Sounding-a mystical vocal sound experience that is profoundly peaceful, and at the same time, creates an enhanced medium for healing, clarity and joy! You'll leave this evening with a pleasant feeling of lightness, refreshed and restored in body, mind and spirit.
Bring a bottle of water, a yoga mat, a pillow for head and knees, a blanket, an eye pillow or something to cover your eyes...and any other items for your comfort in lying on the floor. Chairs will be available for those who prefer to sit.
Surviving Cancer Together (Eight week series)
Mondays, June 23-August 11, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
This 8-week workshop will provide couples with practical tools to enhance their relationships within the context of research based tools. This class provides skills in an educational format that can help couples strengthen their relationship. Tools for strengthening friendship foundations, managing conflict and honoring each other's dreams will be part of the discussions in this series. There is no group work involved and couples will participate in each exercise independently. For more information contact Alison Graft, LSW at 630-654-5109.
Look Good Feel Better
Thursday, May 15 2:00-4:00PM Registration Required
Monday, June 16 2:00-4:00PM Registration Required
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.
A Meal Can Heal
Tuesdays, May 27, June 24, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
During cancer treatment, eating can quickly go from a pleasure to a chore. This cooking class is designed specifically for individuals undergoing or about to begin treatment and will feature recipes to help combat eating difficulties and keep you eating well.
Sidelining Side Effects
Monday, April 21, May 19, June 16, 6:30-7:30PM Registration Required
Tuesdays, May 6, June 3, 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 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 10, 10:30AM-12:00PM Registration Required
Monday, May 19, 12:30-2:00PM 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.
Cooking Up Wellness
Tuesday, April 22, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Special Guest - Prasino Restaurant
Celebrate Earth Day with Prasino Restaurant and try 'green recipes' that can be added to your cancer fighting diet.
Cooking Up Wellness
Saturday, June 14, 10:30AM-12:00PM Registration Required
Special Guest Chef Marc Bernard from Rustic Road Farm
Chef Mark Bernard of Rustic Road Farm and Big Bowl will teach us how to build a healthy diet around locally grown foods. Enjoy a recipe or two made with ingredients fresh from the farm.
Cooking Up Wellness II
Saturday, June 21, 10:30AM-12:00PM Registration Required
Enjoy a trip to the country! Join us at Rustic Road Farm with Marc Bernard for a tour and tasting of just picked, locally grown foods and other farm fresh treats. At Rustic Road Farm, 1N292 Brundige Rd., Elburn, IL 60119.
Cancer Nutrition 101: Step-by-Step program to a cancer fighting diet
Tuesdays, June 3-24, 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.
Soar into Spring
Wednesday, April 23, 6:00-7:30PM Registration Required
Spend some time together as a family and with fellow Wellness House participants while creating unique kites to fly. Families with children (2-18) are welcome to this event where we will decorate and assemble kites.
Grandparents with Cancer - NEW
Wednesday, May 28, 6:00-7:00PM Registration Required
This event is designed for parents and grandparents of children 2-18. Topics include: ways to talk to children about a grandparent having cancer or the loss of a grandparent to cancer, common developmental responses, and ideas for supporting children in expressing their emotions surrounding cancer. For more information please contact Chelsea Cress, MS, CCLS at 630-654-5107.
Drop-In for Art and Fun!
Wednesdays, June 4-18, 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required
At this weekly workshop, we will feature a different artistic medium and technique for the whole family to enjoy! From face-painting to mask-making and beyond, we will have a great time creating and having fun together. This class is open to families with children 6 and up.
Family Picnic & Social
Wednesday, June 25, 5:30-7:00PM 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 grill out and play games. We will provide dinner and entertainment for all ages-all you have to do is show up!
Stress Free Saturday
April 26* 9:30-11:30AM Registration Required Register for a start time of 9:30, 9:45, 10:00, 10:15, 10:30 or 10:45.
May 10, 24 9:30-11:30AM Registration Required
June 14 9:30-11:30AM Registration Required
Experience the benefits of starting your weekend stress free. Come to this class to learn about and practice mindfulness and meditation.
* Labyrinth ~ 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. It can be a profound experience and benefits may include:
Balances the brain
Calms the mind
Soothes the spirit
Facilitates problem solving
Relieves emotional trauma and grief
Mondays, April 14-May 19, 6:30-7:30PM Registration Required
Let go and relax with guided meditations tailored to awaken the heart, quiet the mind, and engage the spirit for self-empowerment and healing. Please join us for any or all of the 6 sessions. No previous experience is necessary.
Wellness through Deep Hypnosis
Saturday, April 19, 10:00AM-12:00PM Registration Required
Saturday, May 17 10:00AM-12:00PM Registration Required
Saturday, June 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.
Expressive Arts Series
Painting with Watercolors 101!
Wednesdays, April 16-May 14, 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required
Come and learn the basic techniques and tricks to paint with beautiful and colorful watercolors. A finished painting can be brought home at the end of each class. Join in this fun and easy class, and let color into your life.
Introduction to Soul Collage: Discover your Wisdom, Change your World
Monday, April 21, 1:00-4:00PM Registration Required
In these creative and playful sessions, you will learn to let your soul speak to you through the language of images. Using your intuition and imagination, you will create a beautiful deck of collaged cards with deep personal meaning that can offer guidance for life's challenges and questions. Come be surprised and enhanced by the wisdom that lays inside of you waiting to be accessed and heard. No artistic talent required. Learn more at www.TendYourSoul.com
Eco-Arts for the Home
Tuesdays, April 29-May 20, 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required
Join us for this fun and easy class and make lots of eco-friendly and eco-nomic pieces fro your home. We will recycle and re-purpose all sorts of materials to make vases, bowls, lamps and more.
Thursdays, May 1-22, 1:00-2:30PM Registration Required
Join us for a class to celebrate the making of a book. We will learn lots of bookmaking techniques and participants will bring home their very own blank books to have-make photo albums, journals, sketchbooks, recipe books and more! A fun class to make some very beautiful art.
Off Site Programs
DuPage Medical Group
Lisle Medical Office Building, 430 Warrenville Road, Lisle, IL ~ 3rd floor conference room
Painting with Watercolors 101
Wednesdays, April 23-May 14, 11:00AM - 1:00PM Registration Required
Come and learn the basic techniques and trick to paint with beautiful and colorful watercolors. A finished painting can be brought home at the end of each class. Join in this fun and easy class, and let color into your life.
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst, IL ~ lower level conference room
Wednesdays, June 4-25, 6:30-8:30PM Registration Required
Come and celebrate the art of the mandala-beautiful, personal, colorful and fun. We will work together to make mandalas for you to bring home or give as gifts. Spread the peaceful and wonderful art of the mandala around your heart, home and friends.