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Please note these changes to the Summer calendar:
page 9: Pink Ribbon Fitness
Beginning Mat Yoga
no Monday 10:30 class
Nia resumes July 15
page 12: Telling Our Stories
September 3, 10, 17, 24
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
Hematological Cancer and Young Adults
Thursday, July 24, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Wendy Stock, MD
Professor of Medicine
Co-Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program
University of Chicago
Colorectal Cancer Update
Monday, August 11, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Jay Dalal, MD
Arti Lakhani, MD
* 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
Breast Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphedema Management Strategies
Monday, July 28, 5:00-6:30PM Registration Required - Dinner will be served
Amy Vant, PT, DPT, Physical Therapist, ActiveRx Hinsdale
Learn ways to regain your health, endurance and energy through exercise, during and after treatment for breast cancer rehabilitation. In addition, learn strategies to regain strength and range of motion in the affected arm, as well as ways to reduce and manage swelling from mild to advanced stages of lymphedema. This presentation will also discuss coping strategies and compensatory ways to regain your functional independence and physical identity during this process. Dinner will be served. We hope that you will also join our monthly drop-in Breast Cancer Networking Group scheduled to follow from 6:30-8:00PM.
EFT for Stress Reduction and Pain Management
Tuesday, July 29, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Dolores Bjorkman, RN, LCSW, DJB Counseling and Consultation
The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also called Tapping, is a simple, yet powerful tool for relieving mental, emotional and physical discomfort or pain. Based on the principles of both ancient acupressure and modern psychology, we tap on specific energy meridians while focusing on the negative thoughts or emotions, or on the physical sensations. The EFT practice calms the nervous system, restoring the balance of energy in the body and rewiring the brain to respond in healthy ways.
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 email@example.com 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:
Where to access information with health ratings of products
What ingredients to stay away from and why
How to read labels and understand what they say
Where to find healthier options
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.
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, July 24 2:00-4:00PM Registration Required
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
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, July 29, August 5 and August 12, 2:00-3:30 pm
Registration Required by contacting Val Piazza at 630.654.5118 or firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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
Tuesday, July 29 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
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 24 12:30-2:00PM Registration Required
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.
Teen Digital Art Series
Monday, July 28 6:30-7:45PM Registration Required
Teens 12-18 are invited to join us to our digital art series. From photography to music and movies, technology provides opportunities for connecting to one another and expression. Come to one session or multiple and experience the power of taking technology to another level.
Kids Coping or Relaxing
Wednesday, July 23 4:30-5:30PM Registration Required
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 Free Saturday
Saturday, July 26 9:30-11:30AM Registration Required
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.
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.
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
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
155 E. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst, IL ~ lower level conference room
Jewelry Making in July: Stringing Magic Together
Mondays, July 7-28, 1:00-3:00 PM 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.
DuPage Medical Group
Lisle Medical Office Building, 430 Warrenville Road, Lisle IL , 3rd floor conference room
Fridays, August 8-29 11:00-1:00PM Registration Required