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 are NEW to Wellness House, please complete the Wellness House Participation Form

Please call Wellness House at 630-3123-5150 if you would like to register for programs and are new to Wellness House.

*Special Events*

 Can We Fight Cancer with Nutrition?

Thursday, June 4, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

This event will be held at the Doubletree Hotel - 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL

click here for directions 

Father and son team T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas Campbell, MD will present information from the scientific literature regarding the potential for nutrition to prevent and treat cancer.  Dr. T. Colin Campbell has had a long distinguished career in diet and cancer, including decades of research conducted at Cornell University detailing the relationship between certain nutrients and cancer development and has served on national expert panels on the topic.  Dr. Thomas Campbell is a practicing primary care physician and will discuss some of the more recent clinical trials on diet and the treatment of cancer.  They will both focus on the evidence for a whole-food, plant-based diet. They are the authors of numerous popular books including The China Study, Whole and The Campbell Plan.  Both will be available following the presentation for a book signing.   

If Cancer is a Gift, Where's the Return Counter?

Wednesday, June 10, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Mindy Greenstein, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who specializes in cancer, a writer, and two-time breast cancer survivor.  She will discuss some of the different ways people cope with cancer, based on her personal and professional experiences. 

Hot Topics in Breast Cancer

Friday, June 27, 4:00-8:00PM Registration Required

Saturday, June 28, 8:30AM-3:00PM Registration Required

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer or care about someone who has, Wellness House welcomes you to Hot Topics in Breast Cancer 2015.  This FREE Symposium is your opportunity to join many of the top medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and breast surgeons in the Chicagoland area to learn about the latest research and information that was presented this past year at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and the American Society of Clinical Oncology Conference.

 

Introduction Programs

Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Tuesdays, 5:30PM

Wednesdays, 9:30AM

Saturdays, June 20, 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

Ask the Blood and Stem Cell Transplant Experts

Saturday, June 20, 9:00AM-2:00PM Registration Required

Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network Please join us for this special panel of speakers.

Dr. John P. Galvin, MD/MS/MPH

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Galvin is a Hematologist/Oncologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and an Instructor in Medicine-Hematology/Oncology and Microbiology-Immunology.

 

Dr. Patrick J. Stiff, MD

Loyola Medicine, Cardinal Bernadin Cancer Center

Dr. Patrick Stiff is a hematologist / oncologist in Maywood. He is a cancer specialist trained in blood disorders and the medical treatment of malignancies

 

Dr. Damiano Rondelli, MD

University of Illinois

College of Medicine at Chicago

Division of Hematology and Oncology

Dr. Damiano Rondelliis a Professor of Medicine and Director of Stem Cell Transplant Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

 

Sue Stewart, Executive Director

Bone Marrow Transplant InfoNet

Susan K. Stewart underwent a bone marrow transplant in 1989 and now directs BMT InfoNet, a non-profit organization that provides information and support services to bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplant patients and their loved ones.  She is the author of several award-winning patient guides and has been honored by the Leukemia & Lymphomas Society, the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation and others for her work on behalf of transplant patients and survivors.

Strategies to Manage Chemotherapy Related Sleep Issues

Tuesday, June 23, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Lori Lovitz, MD

Northshore University Health System 

 

Information and Education and Special Event Programs 

From Cancer to Health

*New Series Session* Tuesdays, April 7 - June 9, 7:00PM - 8:30PM Registration Required

Wellness House is pleased to offer a new program, From Cancer to Health which was developed at The Ohio State University and backed by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer SocietyThe research shows that the skills and strategies participants learn in this program reduce their stress and anxiety, improve their ability to cope, and strengthen their social support while minimizing physical side effects of treatment. 

This program is for any adult with any cancer type who has been staged I-III and who has been recently diagnosed within the past nine months.  Participants in this program may choose to be a part of a dissemination research study.

Understanding Medicare

Thursday, May 28, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Amy Anderson, SHIP Counselor

DuPage County Senior Services

Amy will explain the different parts of Medicare, supplements, prescription drug plans, Extra Help, Medicare Savings Programs and provide enrollment information.  Bring your questions for Amy to answer.

Renew Your Reiki

Tuesday, June 2, 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 to a partner.  This program is sponsored by The Reiki Share Project.

Prostate Cancer Rehab: What are Kegals, and Am I Doing Them Right? 

Tuesday, June 9, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required

Andrew Nowak, PT, D.P.T, LANA C.L.T. Supervisor

Outpatient Physical Medicine, Good Samaritan Hospital

A clear and practical presentation regarding possible pelvic floor dysfunction after prostate surgery.  The lecture will cover: what is the pelvic floor and its relationship to continence and sexual function, what can be the impact of prostate surgery to pelvic floor health as well as what you can do to enhance its function prior to and after surgery.

Managing the Side Effects of Cancer Treatments with a Natural Approach

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

Jack Weber, DC, Brannick Clinic

Chemotherapy is one of the most stressful and toxic events that the body ever experiences.  Information provided in this workshop will introduce natural approaches to some of the most common problems that occur during and after treatment.  Some of the topics covered will be overcoming fatigue, supporting hair and nail growth, pain relief, optimal digestion and immunity support.  Learn how to combat these side effects and optimize health with safe, effective and affordable natural approaches.

Securing Your Preference: Where Do Advance Directive Fit In?

Thursday, June 25, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Mary F. Mulcahy, MD and Randi Belisomo, Life Matters Media

Mary and Randi will explain the many types of advance directives, their various levels of appropriateness for differing populations and their corresponding levels of legality.  Living Wills, Five Wishes, and POLST will be explained.  Both Mary and Randi are members of POLST Illinois Task Force, uniquely positioned to discuss this medical order newly available to certain patients.  Differences between health directive and medical orders will be explored.

Look Good Feel Better

Monday, June 1,  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. 

Sponsored by The American Cancer Society

Moving Forward: Survivorship Health and Wellness Programs 

Surviving to Thriving: 3 keys to Getting Your Life Back on the Track after Cancer

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

Beth Williams , CPC, ELI-MP

Your Flourishing Life

In this presentation, attendees will find out how to avoid mistakes survivors make when they recover what keeps them stuck.  Discover the fastest ways to let go of the past and do all the things you dream of now, and get re-inspired and excited about your life.  Participants will walk away with a values prioritization tool and four ways to reduce stress and increase well-being for the next chapter of their life. 

Sidelining Side Effects

Tuesday, June 16, 1:00-2:30PM 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 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, June 13, 10:30AM-12:00PM Registration Required

Tuesday, June 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!

*Join us as we welcome Prasino as they prepare "green" recipes that can be added to your cancer fighting diet.

Cooking Up Wellness Fied Trip to Rustic Road Farm

Saturday, June 20, 10:30AM-12:00PM *Registration Required - Please call Wellness House to register at 630-323-5150*

Enjoy a trip to the country.  Join us at Rustic Road Farm with Marc and Luis Bernard for a farm tour.  Check out the produce, eggs and locally grown treats at the Farm Stand.  Know the farmer, know the farm.  Please be prepared for walking the fields and barn.  We will meet at Rustic Road Farm 1N292 Brundige Rd. Elburn, IL 60119.  Transportation will NOT be provided.        

Cancer Nutrition 101: Step-by-Step Program to a Cancer Fighting Diet  

Mondays, June 8-29, 5:30-6:30PM Registration Required

Anita Ratterman, RD, CSO, LDN

Adopting a cancer fighting diet can be confusing and overwhelming.  This four week series will begin a step-by-step journey from eating a diet of processed and refined foods to eating a plant based diet.  Specifically designed for cancer survivors who have not known where to begin, this series will start to investigate literature on plant based diets as well as the Campbell Plan by Thomas Campbell, MD as a follow-up to a special event with the author.  Cancer Nutrition 201 will begin in July.   

Stress Management  

Stress Free Saturday

Saturday, June 13         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

Saturdays, June 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.  

Knitting & Crocheting towards Wellness

Mondays, May 18, June 1, 15 1:00-2:00PM Registration Required 

Research has shown that meditative practices create a relaxation response in the body which lower heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen consumption, and alleviate the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety that can come with cancer. Join us as we use knitting and crocheting and the group context as meditative practice. Please bring yarn, hooks or needles. No experience necessary. 

Famous Painters

Wednesdays, June 3, 17, 24, 6:00-8:00PM Registration Required

Learn from the masters, and paint a few masterpieces for your home.

Guided Meditation 

Mondays, June 8-29, 6:30-8:00PM 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.

  

Family Matters

Family Picnic and Social

Wednesday, June 24, 5:30-7:30PM Registration Required

Come kick off the summer with an evening of food and fun for the whole family with fellow Wellness House participants.  Bring along children, grandchildren and friends to spend time together and play games.  We will provide dinner and entertainment for all ages - all you have to do is show up!   

~Kids~

Kids Yoga and Relaxation - *NEW* 

Wednesdays, June 10, July 1  6:30-7:30PM Registration Required

Kids 5-12 are invited to experience our relaxing sessions.  We will try out fun activities like yoga, art and guided imagery together.  This is the perfect before be stress reliever.  Parents are welcome to attend adult mat yoga at the same time.  Join us for one or multiple sessions.

Kids Kamp

Monday-Friday, July 6-10, 9:00AM-12:00PM Registration Required 

Join us for your annual Kids Kamp for those 5-12 years old.  It's an opportunity to participate in fun summer activities, meet other children who have experienced cancer in the family build confidence, and simply HAVE FUN! 

~Couples~ 

Couples Living with Cancer Networking Group  - *NEW*

Monday, June 8 7:00-8:30PM Drop-ins welcome

Come and talk about the couple experience living with cancer.  Join us once a month to meet with other couples and discuss how cancer has affected your relationship.  Learn from others, get support, and explore ways to strengthen your relationship through cancer. 

Tips and Tools for Couples Facing Cancer Together

Wednesday, June 3, 6:00-7:00PM Registration Required

Come hear about the common issues couples experience during a cancer journey such as how to manage stress and continue meaningful communication. 

Supporting Your Wife through Breast Cancer

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

Researchers have documented gender differences in coping.  they have found that supportive behaviors on the part of the husband are very important in helping female patients lover their overall distress.  Join us and learn ways to support your wife.

Support and Networking

Life After Cancer Post Treatment Networking Group

Monday, June 1, 7:00-8:30PM Drop-ins welcome

The need for support and information doesn't stop when treatment ends.  Being a cancer survivor can add stress in your life.  Common concerns include being fearful about a recurrence, worrying about finances and keeping affordable health insurance, questioning faith or other beliefs. worrying about fertility, relationships, finding and keeping employment, rejoining back into your "old" life.  You may prefer to deal with stressors on your won, but many survivors find that it's helpful to talk with other survivors about concerns and get emotional support from those who understand.     

Spiritual Side of Cancer

Tuesday, June 2, 7:00-8:30PM Drop-ins welcome

When you or a loved one develops cancer, you may find yourself clinging to your faith or hope, or questioning your faith all together.   The focus of this monthly group is to create an environment in which people feel free to discuss the challenges and joys found in the spiritual side of the cancer journey.  Whether or not you attend a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, or you draw spiritual understanding from nature, philosophy, or the arts, everyone holds certain beliefs and values about what makes life meaningful.  People of all faith backgrounds are encouraged to participate in this support group.   

Young Adults with Cancer Networking

Thursday, May 28, June 25,  7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Young adults with cancer face very different challenges than patients who were diagnosed earlier in childhood or later in adulthood.This group is part of an international initiative to recognize and address the unique circumstances related to lifestyle, work, school, family life, and emotional development that young adults face when living with cancer. This group provides emotional support, an opportunity to meet other young adults receiving treatment. 

An Orientation to Caregivers Needs Dinner Workshop

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

This workshop will focus on the "Care" needs of Caregivers that include physical, emotional, social and spiritual realms, and each participant will begin to develop their own Caregiver Care Plan.  Dinner will be provided.