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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

         Nia resumes July 15

page 12: Telling Our Stories

               Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm

               September 3, 10, 17, 24       

        

Introduction Programs

New Participant Breakfast

Friday, August 8              9:30-11:00AM Registration Required

Saturday, September 6   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

Colorectal Cancer Update

Monday, August 11, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Jay Dalal, MD

Arti Lakhani, MD

Adventist Hospital

* The August monthly Colon Cancer Networking Group will attend this session in lieu of the group meeting.

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

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.

Friday Flicks  *New*

Fridays  August 8, September 12, 12:30-3:30PM Drop-Ins Welcome

We'll provide the movie and popcorn, you provide the discussion.  Movie selections will include a variety of films including comedies, dramas and documentaries all focused on the cancer experience.  Movie selections this quarter include:

Friday August 8 - Crazy Sexy Cancer

Friday September 12 - Why I wore Lipstick to my Mastectomy

Change Your Story, Change Your Life - A Feature Presentation

Thursday, July 31, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required 

Carl Greer, PhD., PsyD.

What if you could be the storyteller of your life, not just an actor playing a role written by someone else but the writer, director, actor, and stagehand all rolled into one?  To change your story, you have to acknowledge it, which can be unsettling and painful. Carl Greer, PhD, PsyD, a Jungian analyst, clinical psychologist, and trained shaman, has worked with many individuals in one-on-one and group settings to gently guide them into becoming aware of and working with the forces influencing the events of their lives.  As a clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst, Carl Greer understands there is often a gap between the intention to change one’s life and the actions and mindset needed to actually bring about transformation.Change Your Story, Change Your Life offers encouragement, ideas, and practical ways to bring about self-transformation.  Please join us for this special presentation and reception with Carl Greer.  His book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life, will be available for purchase at the event. 

Improving Side Effects with Vitamins & Supplements

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

Patrick Massey, MD, PhD

ALT-MED Medical and Physical Therapy

Although there are no proven alternative cancer therapies that can cure cancer, select supplements (vitamins, herbs, mushrooms) may reduce side effects; improve outcomes and long term survival. 

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 vpiazza@wellnesshouse.org  Books will be available for purchase through Wellness House. 

Chemical Free Living in a Toxic World: Workshop for Chemical Free Personal Care Products

Thursday, August 21, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Laurie Williams, Heal and Live Better

An engaging presentation about the current challenges with selecting products for personal hygiene and body care.  Everyday items like body soaps, hand washes, and shampoos contain ingredients that are proven unsafe for our health and the health of our environment, without consumers knowing about the risks. 

This topic includes:

  1. Where to access information with health ratings of products
  2. What ingredients to stay away from and why
  3. How to read labels and understand what they say
  4. Where to find healthier options
  5. What can consumers do about the current state of labeling laws 

Spiritual Side of the Cancer Journey *NEW*

Saturday, August 23, 10:00-12:00PM Registration Required 

Thunder Ruthven, Native American Tradition

Rev. Dr. Shirley Brummell, DuPage AME Church, Lisle, IL

Father David Dowdle, St John of the Cross Parish, Hinsdale, IL

Rev. Dr. Scot Giles, D. Min., Unitarian Universalism

Cancer brings many challenges. Often people respond by turning toward their faith or spiritual practice; for others, faith is shaken and they may turn away. Please join us for an active discussion with a multi-faith panel to address challenges and questions about the spiritual side of the cancer journey. 

Guided Meditation for Healing

Monday, August 25, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required 

Bridget Juister, LAc, B Holistic

Join Bridget Juister from B Holistic for a presentation on the power of healing meditation.  Here she'll discuss the virtue of stillness and visualization to empower your healing capacity, how the four healing powers (images, words, feelings, and beliefs) can be applied during meditation, and how to incorporate light, sound and moving energy to create emotional, mental and physical healing.

Healing Sound Circle

Thursday, August 28, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required

Creating sound and vibration using Himalayan singing bowls to deeply relax, release stuck energy and to help focus one’s intentions. The multiple overtones of the singing bowl are well known for their health benefits. This group will help relieve stress and tension and give a sense of happiness and well-being. 

It's a Family Affair: Genetic Counseling and Testing for Cancer

Tuesday, September 2, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Deborah Oleskowicz, MS, CGC

Advocate Christ Medical Center

Topics in this presentation include looking at who is at risk and when to suspect hereditary cancer, taking a cancer family history, genetic testing and counseling and surveillance and medical management if you have an inherited cancer syndrome.

Renew Your Reiki

Tuesday, September 9, 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 a partner. This program is sponsored by The Reiki Share Project.

Prostate Cancer Rehabilitation: Regaining Control of the Pelvic Floor

Wednesday, September 10, 11:15AM-12:30PM Registration Required - Lunch will be served

Amy Vant, PT, DPT, Lead Physical Therapist, ActiveRx Hinsdale
Learn ways to manage and improve issues related to prostate cancer both pre- and post-surgery.  Issues to be discussed include: incontinence, sexual dysfunction, pain, weakness, and endurance limitations.  Physical therapy can help to improve strength and control of the pelvic floor muscles, as well as improve flexibility and range of motion of involved structures.  Lunch will be served.  We hope you will also join our monthly drop-in Prostate Cancer Networking Group scheduled prior to the presentation 9:30 – 11:00. 

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

Thursday, August 14     2:00-4:00PM Registration Required

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, www.griefriver.com

 

 

Quarterly Survivorship Series

Weigh to Go! Managing Weight after Cancer

Mondays July 14-August 18 6:00 – 7:30pm Registration Required

Tracy Lester MS, ACSM/ACS CET, ACE Health Coach, RYT

Anita Ratterman, RD, CSO, LDN

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 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’. 

Life after Cancer: Your Personal Meaning of Survivorship 

Tuesdays, August 5 and August 12, 2:00-3:30 pm

Registration Required by contacting Val Piazza at 630.654.5118 or vpiazza@wellnesshouse.org

Open to anyone who is post treatment. Attendance at each session is beneficial, but not 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 Surviving 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

 

Organic Garden Series 

Season Extended

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. 

Harvest

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

Introduction to the MELT Method as Complementary Self Care

Hand and Foot Workshops

Thursday, September 4  6:00-7:30PM Registration Required  

The MELT Method is an easy self-care treatment that stimulates and hydrates your connective tissue and quiets/rebalances your nervous system.  Regardless of what you are currently experiencing, MELT will help improve your body's healing potential and reduce the accumulated stress that occurs when your body endures illness and treatment of illness. 

Melt goals include:

  • Boost healing and reduce pain and stiffness
  • Increase the amount of time you are able to sit, move and rest without pain
  • Improve joint and spinal integrity and flexibility
  • Improve overall balance, stability and body ease
  • Decrease unnecessary adhesion and scarring from surgery
  • Support your sleep cycle 

Sidelining Side Effects

Tuesday, August 5       10:00-11:00AM Registration Required

Tuesday, September 9    6:30-7:30PM 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 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, August 9         10:30AM-12:00PM     Registration Required 

Tuesday, August 26                 6:30-8:00PM     Registration Required

Saturday, September 13 10:30AM-12:00PM     Registration Required

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.

  

Food for Life

Thursday, July 31     12:30-2:00PM Registration Required

Thursday, August 7  12:30-2:00PM Registration Required

Thursday, August 21 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 Survivors Guide: Foods that Help You Fight Back.

 

Family Matters

Kids Coping or Relaxing

Wednesday, July 30 4:30-5:30PM Registration Required

Having someone in your life with cancer can be overwhelming.  Kids 5-12 are invited to experience our relaxing sessions.  We will try out fun activities like yoga, art, and guided imagery.  Join us for one or multiple sessions.

Family Meals in Minutes

Monday, August 4, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required

Moving beyond chicken nuggets...Join us and learn how to plan and prepare quick healthy family meals.  Sample and take home new ideas and recipes.  Kids 4 and up are welcome to participate in a simultaneous session focusing on healthy snacks.

Summerfest Family Carnival

(Rain or Shine)

Saturday, August 9, 12:00NOON-2:00PM  Registration Required

As summer concludes, join us for our family carnival.  We will provide the food and fun!  Kids of all ages and their families are welcome to this event.

Experience the Magic

Wednesday, September 3, 6:00-7:30PM Registration Required

Abracadabra! Magic is in the air.  Join us for a night of family fun with our favorite magician, The Amazing Gary!

Play Matters (along with Moms Time Out)

Thursday, August 14        9:30-10:30AM Registration Required

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, August 9           9:30-11:30AM  Registration Required 

Saturday, August 23         9:30-11:30AM  Registration Required

Saturday, September 13   9:30-11:30AM Registration Required

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, August 16        10:00AM-12:00PM Registration Required 

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. 

Jewelry in July: Stringing Magic Together

Wednesdays July 9-30 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required

At this fun easy class, we will make jewelry with various techniques.  You can make some for yourself, friends or family.  compliment your natural beauty with beads and string. 

Couples Art-Art in Love

Tuesdays July 15-August 5 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required

Sometimes it takes two to tango...and make art.  At this workshop, we will make art together.  A great evening, lots of fun and some art to bring home as well.  See your other half in a whole new light, palette or medium.  

Cellphone Photography

Wednesdays, August 6-27 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required

Ever wonder if it's possible to take a good picture with your tiny cellphone camera?  It is!  Come to this basic workshop and learn how to use your tiny cancer to its max.  Viewers must bring a smartphone or other digital camera to class.  

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 paintings...in 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.  

 

Off Site Programs

 

DuPage Medical Group

Lisle Medical Office Building, 430 Warrenville Road, Lisle IL , 3rd floor conference room

Watercolor 101 

Fridays, August 8-29 11:00-1:00PM Registration Required           

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