September 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 have not been to Wellness House before, please click HERE to complete our Participant Information form.


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  

Please note these changes to the Summer calendar:

page 9: Pink Ribbon Fitness

  • Monday 6:30-7:30pm
  • Saturday 9:30-10:30am

           Open Gym

  • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 12:30-5:30pm
  • Wednesday 3:30-6:30pm

         Beginning Mat Yoga

         no Monday 10:30 class

        page 12: Telling Our Stories

               Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm

               September 3, 10, 17, 24       


Introduction Programs

New Participant Breakfast

Saturday,October 18, 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

Obesity & Endometrial Cancer

Thursday, September 18, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Nita Karnik Lee, MD

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology

University of Chicago


Information and Education

Book Club: Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest

Thursdays, August 7-September 25 1:30-2:30PM Drop-Ins Welcome 

Sabbath time is time for nourishing the soul. The cry of the age is, 'I'm so busy'. Constantly striving, we feel exhausted and deprived in the midst of great material abundance, having lost the essential balance between effort and rest. Muller shows how the gift of Sabbath is available to anyone, regardless of our spiritual tradition, and even without the need to set aside a whole day each week. Using wonderful stories, poems and easy-to-try exercises, Muller teaches us how we can use this time of sacred rest to refresh our bodies and minds, restore our creativity and regain our birthright of inner happiness.. This wonderful book will help us to expand and reclaim the most precious time of our lives. A weekly reading list will be provided and can be obtained prior to class by emailing facilitator Valerie Piazza, LCPC at  Books will be available for purchase through Wellness House. 

Introduction to Naturopathic Medicine 

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required 

  Eliot Edwards, ND, FABNO

Naturopathic Oncology Provider

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Naturopathic medicine is an approach to health care that uses natural, non-toxic therapies to treat the whole person and encourage the self-healing process. This educational program will provide a basic overview of naturopathic medicine. In addition, the presentation will address risk reduction and side effect management through supplements, herbs, and lifestyle. 

Reiki for You

Friday, September 19, 9:00-4:30PM 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. Reiki is life force energy that works holistically to bring balance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.  In this class you will learn about working with Reiki energy and how to offer Reiki to yourself every day.  Please bring a sack lunch. 

Breast Cancer Post-Surgery Care

Monday, September 22, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required  

Sharie Conard, Naturally Yours

Sharie will show us what the latest advances are in post-surgery care for breast cancer including: Mastectomy/Lumpectomy, Reconstruction, Augmentation/reduction, Radiation, and Lymphedema.   Sharie will bring in breast prostheses and bras for participants to see and feel.

Smart Shopping: Tips for Purchasing the Right Health Insurance

Monday, September 29, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Monica Bryant, Esq.

Triage Cancer

Whether you are uninsured, shopping for new insurance, or coming up on your open enrollment period at work, this seminar will provide you with tips on how to purchase the right insurance for you and your family.  The seminar will also address your various rights as a health care consumer.   

Healthy Eating after Prostate Cancer

Tuesday, September 30, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required

Anita Ratterman, RD, CSO, LDN

We will discuss the most recent information about diet and prostate cancer to identify foods to safely include in your diet, as well as, foods to limit.  

Look Good Feel Better

Monday, September 22 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. 

Day of Remembrance

Saturday, September 27, 12:00-2:00PM Registration Required

Thom Dennis, D. Min., LCPC, CT 

NorthShore Hospice

When a loved one dies, we enter some of life’s most turbulent and troubled water.  Dr. Thom Dennis will share with us theGrief River® model for understanding loss, including some practical resources for negotiating our way through the ever-changing currents of grief. Thom Dennis, D. Min., LCPC, CT is currently the Bereavement Services Coordinator at NorthShore Hospice in Skokie, Illinois. He has over 20 years of experience helping grieving families as a counselor, hospital PRN chaplain, and parish minister. He is the creator of Grief River®, a nature inspired approach to understanding grief and its impact over the course of the entire lifespan.  For more information please visit,


Organic Garden Series 


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. 


Healthy Living

Sidelining Side Effects

Monday, October 6         12:00-1:00PM       Registration Required

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

Tuesday, September 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.



Family Matters

Play Matters (along with Moms Time Out)

Thursday, September 18  9:30-10:30AM Registration Required

Play matters is a play group that is offered simultaneously with Moms Time Out.  Moms Time Out is a not so traditional support group.  Moms can take time out for themselves 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.  


Stress Management  

Stress Free Saturday 

Saturday, September 27  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. 

Guided Meditation for Healing

Mondays, September 8-29  6:30-7:30PM Registration Required

Bridget Juister, 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. 

Wellness through Deep Hypnosis

Saturday, September 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. 


Famous Painters 

Fridays, September 5-October 10 2:00-3:30PM Registration Required

Ever wonder the secret to becoming a famous artist?  Come to this fun class and find out.  We will be taking inspiration from O'Keefe, Van Gogh, and Monet to create your own the styles of the greats.

Telling Our Stories

*Please note this class takes place on Wednesdays* 

Wednesdays, September 3-24 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required 

Come to this fun and creative workshop to amuse and inspire yourself, your friends and family and maybe more.  We will draw from experience and imagination to create stories that are fund to listen to and tell.