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.

 

To register for these programs, please go the Sign In and Register button on the homepage of this site. (follow the prompts to set up a login and password if this is your first time registering online)  

Introduction Programs

Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Mondays, 12:00pm

Wednesdays, 9:30am

Thursdays, 5:30pm

Saturdays, February 13, 27, March 12, 26, 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

Updates in Prostate Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, February 2, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required

Amit Patel, MD, Integrated Oncology Program, Urology

DuPage Medical Group

Radiotherapy Techniques for Lung Cancer

Thursday, February 4, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required

Patrick Sweeney, MD, Medical Director of Radiation Oncology

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital & LaGrange Memorial Hospital

*This lecture takes place in lieu of the Lung Cancer Networking Group 

Information and Education

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Join us for this 3 part documentary based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjeem, MD, PhD that follows the story of cancer from its first documented descriptions to modern medical research.  This powerful documentary combines historical perspectives, intimate personal narratives, and futher investigation into the scientific breakthroughs which bring us closer to finding cures.  After each viewing, time will be available for a short discussion.  Attendance at each viewing is not not necessary.

Registration Required

Saturday, March 26, 10:30am -12:30pm The Blind Men and the Elephant - The basic nature of cancer cells, the role of carcinogens, and a relationship of cancer to genes are described.  Several successful cancer therapies are examined.

Saturday, April 23, 10:30am-12:30pm Finding the Achilles Heel - Further complexities in the history of cancer are revealed and new immunogological approaches are considered.

Book Club: A Life of Being, Having and Doing Enough by Wayne Muller

Tuesdays, February 2-March 22, 2:00-3:00pm Registration Required

Nationally renowned author, therapist, and minister, Wayne Muller, offers healing for the perpetually stressed in A Life of Being, Having and Doing Enough.  Learning compassion and mercy for ourselves and recognizing what is most profoundly true about who we are and what we need, leads to self-acceptance, so that whatever we choose to do, in this moment, is wholly enough.   With Muller's guidance, and through our discussions, we may find ouselves on one of the most courageous and spiritual pilgrimages of our lives.  

Please call or email Valerie Piazza LCPC, at 630-654-518 or vpiazza@wellnesshouse.org with any questions or for the weekly reading assignment list. 

The Way We Move and the Effects of Cancer Treatments on Us: Moving through and from Our Aches and Pains

Tuesday, February 16, 6:30-8:30pm Registration Required

Thoughts about our body in motion, its pain, dysfunction during survivorship, the amazing things it does for us, and most importantly, how to make it fee as well as function better.

Lymphedema Management

Thursday, February 18, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required

Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid which causes swelling in the arms, legs or other areas sometimes following surgery and/or radiation.  Cathy Kupczyk will help participants understand lymphedema treatment, maintenance, and risk reduction.

You Are Not Alone: The Power of Connection 

Thursday, February 25, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required

Through a unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners a cancer fighter and caregiver- of any age, with any type or stage of cancer, anywhere in the world- with a survivor/caregiver who has beaten the same type of cancer, creating a supportive peer relationship.  Find out first-hand the steps involved in the connection process and how Imerman Angels is backed by over 7000 Mentor Angels.   

Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Saturday, February 27, 10:30am - 1:00pm Registration Required

Please join us for an overview of MBSR that will include an introduction to the foundations of mindfulness as well as a seated body scan, dyad discussion, awareness of breath meditations and eating mindfully meditations.

Survivorship Programs

Weigh to Go! Managing Weight after Cancer

Mondays, February 22-April 18, 6:009-7:00pm Registration Required

Both educational and experiential, this series is for cancer survivors who have completed treatment.  Many cancer survivors struggle with weight related issues following cancer treatments.  This program explores 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".  All participants must complete a consultation prior to February 22.  Please contact Tracy Lester at 630-654-5193 or tlester@wellnesshouse.org to register and schedule a consultation. 

 Healthy Living

Sidelining Side Effects

Tuesday, February 9, 3:00-4:00pm Registration Required

Monday, February 22, 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, February 13, 10:30am-12:00pm Registration Required

tuesday, February 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.

Each class features NEW recipes!

     

Food for Life

Thursdays, January 21-February 11, 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."  

Cancer Nutrition 201: Take the Next Steps to Building your Plant Based Diet

Tuesdays, January 12-February 2, 6:00-7:00pm

Making the right food choices can turn everything in your favor.  A whole food, plant based diet will do more to improve your health than anything else.  Inspired by "The Campbell Plan"  by Thomas Campbell, MD and other plant based diet literature, you will learn the tools to improve your health.  

Stress Management  

Stress Free Saturday

Saturdays, February 13, 27,   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 February 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.  

Healing and the Spirit Connection Guided Meditation 

Mondays, January 25-February 29, 12:00-1:00pm Registration Required

This 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.  

Expressive Arts

Art of the Sketchbook

Tuesdays, January 19-February 9, 1:00-3:00pm Registration Required

Come join us at this fun and cozy class and dive into your own art making book.  A sketchbook is a private place to explore and dream-a whole world between two covers.  Sketchbooks will be provided.  

Landscape Painting: Bring the Outside In!

Fridays, February 5-26, 1:00-2:30pm Registration Required (SPACE IS LIMITED)

Join us for this landscape painting class...on canvas bags.  We will explore landscape painting in acrylic paint and create useful and colorful artwork.

Family Matters

~ Family Wellness Activities~

Valentine's Day Party

Wednesday, February 10, 6:00-7:00pm Registration Required

Join us for a special evening to celebrate those who love you!  Come to Wellness House for an evening full of Valentine's Day themed treats, heart healthy snacks, and activities with your whole family.   

~Kids~

Kids Yoga and Relaxation

Thursday, February 11, 4:30-5:30pm Registration Required

Kids 5-12 are invited to experience your yoga and relaxation sessions.  We will try out fun activities like yoga, art, and guided imagery together.