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.
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Welcome to Wellness Orientation
Mondays, 12:00noon - 1:00pm
Saturdays, October 8, 15, 22 9:30-10:30am
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 Medical Oncology for Treating Brain Tumors
Thursday, October 27, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Clement Pillainayagam, MD, Neuro-Oncology Rush University Medical Center
This program will take place in lieu of the October Brain Tumor Networking Group
Information and Education
Reflexology: What Is It, and How Can I Benefit?
Thursday, September 29, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Lesley Wheeler, RN, Certified Egyptian Reflexologist will discuss the methodology of reflexology, and the potential benefits that reflexology can have in managing stress and symptoms.
Forgiveness: Lighten Your Load Workshop
Tuesday, October 4 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Carrying the burden of past injuries, new or old, while also experiencing cancer makes the going harder. Learn how to lighten your load by using some level of forgiveness to free up energy you could then devote to living better during your cancer experience. This workshop will include facilitated exercises to help you understand your related issues and actively explore the use of forgiveness to reduce their current impact on you.
Like What You See! Quick Steps to an Enhanced You
Tuesday, October 4 2:00-3:00pm Registration Required
Learn how to deal with some of the aesthetic side effects of treatment. Watch and learn quick make-up tips, how to tie scarves, and how to create eyebrows to improve your appearance and raise your confidence.
Career + Cancer
Thursday, October 6 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Cancer can be a powerful impetus to rethink our priorities, including those around your career. As you contemplate your preferences and passions around your work, executive coach Howard Fox will equip you with powerful tools for building your professional brand and effectively navigation your work life.
Is It In My Genes?
Monday, October 10 6:30-8:00pm Registration Required
Genetics are playing increasingly large roles in our understanding of cancer. Join Licensed Genetic Counselor Rebecca Johnson for an informative evening surrounding the advances that are being made in hereditary cancer genetics and their impact for the individual and family.
Look Good Feel Better
Monday, October 10 2:00-4:00pm Registration Required
Spend some time with others in active treatment learning how to manage hair, nail and skin changes due to cancer treatment.
This program is sponsored by the American Cancer Society
Medical Cannabis, The Future of Treating Cancer in a Safe and Natural Way
Tuesday, October 11 6:30-8:30pm Registration Required
Join Feliza Castro, cannabis patient advocate and owner of The Healing Clinic, Dr. Jonathan Spero, medical director of The Healing Clinic and Steven Weisman, CEO and founder of Windy City Cannabis, as they discuss the potential benefits of cannabinoids for cancer patients. Their in-depth presentation will cover the latest research that has emerged on the subject, including recent claims that "cannabis kills cancer". Feliza will also share testimonies and real experiences of cancer patients who she has helped a the Healing Clinic. You will get a brief history of medical cannabis in the U.S. as well as an overview of the current laws and the rights of cannabis patients in Illinois. Participants will learn how to talk to their physicians about medical cannabis and whether it is the right treatment option for them.
Healthy Eating after Prostate Cancer
Wednesday, October 12, 11:00am-12:30pm Registration Required
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.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Meet Up:
Nurse Navigators and Stage IV Patients Answer Your Questions
Tuesday, October 18 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
The average oncologist can only spend 10 to 15 minutes with a patient during an appointment. Some patients feel rushed or too intimidated to ask questions. The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network (MBCN) is teaming with Wellness House to address some stage IV breast cancer FAQs. We can't give specific medical advice, but our panel of nurse navigators and patients will help attendees understand treatment options and imaging tests, and will offer some coping tips.
Reiki for You
Thursdays, October 20, 27 and November 3 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 class, you will learn about working with Reiki energy and how to offer Reiki to yourself every day. Please not that this class is held in 3 sessions and attendance is required at all 3 sessions.
Saturday, October 22, 11:00am-12:30pm Registration Required
Grief 101 focuses on the concept of "rules" or "shoulds" that we apply to our grief experiences - using a tool called "The Big Book of Grief Rules". By exploring these rules, participants experience "aha" moments when they realize that a deeply held belief is locking them into a way of thinking or acting that is not serving them well. Together we will unlock those rules and start to move to a place of wholehearted living after loss.
Tuesday, October 25 6:30-8:30pm Registration Required
For a special stress-free evening event this fall, join us for a Labyrinth. 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 may have multiple benefits. You may arrive to start the Labyrinth walk between 6:30-7:45pm. The average walk takes 45 minutes. You may walk it more than once or spend additional time in meditation.
Please note that the Labyrinth event takes place indoors at the Wellness House facility.
Finding the Center Within: The Healing Way of Mindfulness Meditation
Tuesdays, October 11-November 22 2:00-3:30pm Registration Required
Finding the Center Within offers a step-by-step program for breaking down the barriers that prevent us from actualizing our wise inner self. Thomas and Beverly Bien combine Eastern spiritual wisdom with the pragmatic wisdom of Western psychology, teaching us how to remove the walls that conceal who and what we really are and face our lives with greater honesty. Through group discussion and experiential exercises, discover ways to deepen your capacity for psychological well-being.
Please call or email Valerie Piazza, LCPC, at 630.654.5118 or email@example.com with any questions or for the weekly reading assignment list.
Vintage Book Club
Thursday, October 13 10:30-11:30am Registration Required
How do we reconfigure a purpose for ourselves as we age and deal with cancer at the same time? Through the reading of classic passages and books, this club will address questions and thoughts such as these. Each monthly group will focus on a new reading selection. Once registered, participants will receive a reading list from Wellness House.
Cooking Up Wellness
Mondays, September 26, October 17 6:30-8:00pm Registration Required
Saturday, October 8 10:30-12:00pm 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, September 8 - 29 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".
Sidelining Side Effects
Thursday, October 13 6:00-7:00pm Registration Required
Monday, October 24 12:30-1:30pm Registration Required
This single session class is designed specifically for individuals undergoing or about to begin treatment. It will focus on nutrition and lifestyle strategies to minimize and prevent side effects.
A Meal Can Heal
Thursday, October 27 2:30-4:00pm Registration Required
During cancer treatment, eating can 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 combat eating difficulties and strategies to keep you nourished. If interested, please contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate current treatment side effects so that class can be designed to best suit your needs. Recipes prepared in this class may contain common food allergens.
Tuesday, September 27 1:00-3:00pm Registration Required
Tuesday, October 18 12:00-2:00pm Registration Required ~ Morton Arboretum Walk - please meet at the Arboretum at 11:45 and let the attendant at the gate know that you are from Wellness House.
Garden Walks are a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of nature while walking, relaxing and enjoying good company. Susan Beard guides participants on the garden walks and takes them through many of Hinsdale's finest gardens.
Stress Free Saturday
Saturdays, September 24, October 8, 22 9:30-10:30am Registration Required
Enjoy the benefits of starting your weekend stress free. Come to this class and experience a variety of stress reduction techniques including several forms of meditation.
Wednesdays, September 12, October 12 6:00-7:30pm Registration Required
Experience peace and serenity in the stillness of meditation and facilitate healing of mind, body and spirit.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Thursday, October 6 6:00-7:30pm Registration Required
Orientation attendance is required to participate in this 8-week course.
Orientation includes MBSR presentation, Q & A, and interviews. This opportunity allow your to see if the course is appropriate for you at this time. Registration for the 8-week course is available after the Orientation. If unable to attend, contact Margaret Kachadurian at email@example.com, prior to October 6.
8-week course: Thursdays, October 13-December 8 6:00-8:30pm (no class 11/24)
All day retreat: Saturday, November 19 9:00am-3:00pm
Wellness through Deep Hypnosis
Saturdays, September 17, October 15 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.
Meditation for YOU
Wednesdays, October 19 5:45-6:45pm Registration Required
Join Bridget Juister, LAc., of B Holistic and learn to relax your body, still your mind and engage your spirit through meditation. You'll learn to tailor meditation to suit your specific needs. Whether you're looking to manage stress, create self-healing, or receive inner guidance for life's challenges, meditation is the way.
Saturday, October 15 10:00-11:30am Registration Required
Zentangle - A wonderful new way to doodle. Join us to learn this relaxing, meditative technique.
Thursdays, October 6-27 11:00-1:00pm Registration Required
come and paint your favorite animal on canvas - wild or house pet! Bring a photo of your subject, or pick one from our collection.