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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Can We Fight Cancer with Nutrition?
Thursday, June 4, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required - to register, please call Wellness House at 630-323-5150
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 - to register, please call Wellness House at 630-323-5150
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.
Welcome to Wellness Orientation
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
Treatment Update for Brain Tumors
Thursday, April 30, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Robert Aiken, MD
Associate Professor of Neurology
Rush University Medical Center
Information and Education and Special Event Programs
From Cancer to Health
Series - Tuesdays, January 16-April 7 1:00-2:30PM Registration Required
*New Series Session* Tuesdays, April 7 - June 9, 7:00PM - 8:30PM Registration Required
People diagnosed with cancer feel a great deal of stress. Over time, that stress can disrupt the healing process. From Cancer to Health can help recently diagnosed with cancer patients learn:
Strategies to help manage stress
Ways to lessen the impact of physical symptoms of cancer
Skills to come with common problems faced by people with cancer
From Cancer to Health is supported by the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. Participants in this group may elect to participate in a research study with The Ohio State University.
This group is for anyone diagnosed with any cancer type within the past 9 months, staged I to lll.
Cancer and the Elderly
Thursday, March 26, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
William Dale, MD, PhD
Founder and Director of SOCARE
University of Chicago
Older adults with cancer, especially frail older adults, often have different needs than younger adults who have cancer. The Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) clinic at the University of Chicago Medicine campus was created in 2006 to anticipate and address the specific care needs of elderly cancer patients and survivors. Come learn about their program and ask questions.
Look Good Feel Better
Monday, April 6, 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
Book Club: Soul Stories
Thursdays, April 9 - May 28, 1:00 - 2:00PM Registration Required
Best selling author, Gary Zukav, who writes with profound psychological and spiritual insight, brings us Soul Stories, a book filled with stories of the human experience. Concepts such as intuition, harmony, cooperation, sharing and reverence for life are brought out in unique ways by the storyteller.
Please join us for a reading and discussion of this wise and inspirational book. A weekly reading list will be provided and can be obtained prior to class by emailing the facililtator, Val Piazza, LCPC at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 654-5118.
Moving On and Letting Go - The Unique Gifts of Survivorship
Thursday, April 16, 2:00-3:30PM Registration Required
In encountering the end of breast cancer treatment Suzanne invites you to find a place in your soul for this unique gift. Through sharing of her “Wisdom Journal” a compass that supported and guided her through an internal metamorphosis, she asks you to allow yourself to trust the future that lies ahead of you, and create a new life that is courageous and bold.
ACT Now...An Overview of Acceptance Commitment Therapy
Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 - 8:30PM Registration Required
Maignete Mengesha, Counseling Psychology, PhD
We all desire to have a meaningful life yet unwanted experiences such as the news of a cancer diagnosis create barriers to our master plans. ACT is a therapeutic approach designed to help people learn in a new way to cope with difficult life events. The goal of this therapeutic approach is to help create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes along with living a meaningful life. The focus of this presentation is to learn the main principles of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and be able to apply them to your daily life. This presentation is for those diagnosed with cancer as well as their caregivers, loved ones, and support community.
Navigating Health Insurance Issues
Thursday, April 23, 7:00 - 8:30PM Registration Required
Gail Borgerd, MedicClaim Consultants, LLC
Gail will help explain how to accurately determine the level of your insurance coverage and procedures for speaking to and corresponding with carriers. She will share what to do if a claim is denied and ways of dealing with specialized treatments and drug regimes.
Introduction to the Young Survivor Coalition
Thursday, April 23, 7:00-7:30PM Registration Required
Dana Stewart, Young Survivor Coalition
Dana will provide an overview on the services and programs that are available through the YSC.
*Join us for the Young Adult Networking Group following the presentation.
Creating a Sacred Space in Your Home
Saturday, April 25, 11:30AM-1:00PM Registration Required
Bridget Juister, LAc., B Holistic
Whether you or a loved one has or had cancer, your home plays a vital role in the healing process. Join Bridget Juister from B Holistic on how to create a sacred space for rest and renewal. In this fun presentation, you'll learn how the art of feng shui, along with the use of color and accessories can transform any space into a sacred one specific for your personal journey with cancer.
Moving Forward: Survivorship Health and Wellness Programs
Living with Uncertainty
Monday, April 6, 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
Kelly Huggins, LCSW
Most cancer survivors are concerned about their cancer coming back. The fear of recurrence is a normal fear. In this presentation, we will address some common questions and concerns people may have when thinking about their cancer returning.
*This presentation will be in lieu of the April Life after Cancer Post Treatment Networking Group.
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* Thursday Qi Gong (6:30-7:30pm) has been cancelled from 2-12-15 through 3-26-15)
Sidelining Side Effects
Tuesday, April 7, 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
Tuesday, March 24, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Saturday, April 11, 10:30AM-12:00PM Registration Required
Tuesday, April 28*, 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.
EacEFooFFood for Life
Wednesdays, April 15-May 6, 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
Adrienne Felder, MA, LCPC, Professional Chef, The Cancer Project
Empower yourself with easy-to-learn skills that turn every meal into a delcious 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.
Stress Free Saturday
Saturday, March 28 9:30-10:30AM Registration Required
Saturday, April 11, 25* 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.
(The average walk takes 45 minutes) Please call 630-323-5150 to schedule a start time at 9:30, 9:45, 10:00, 10:15, 10:30 or 10:45.
Please join us for a Labyrinth as a special Stress Free Saturday experience. Walking the simple path of a labyrinth is an "active" form of meditation that does not require any formal training.
Healing and the Spirit Connection Meditation
Mondays, March 30, April 6, 13 6:30-7:30PM Registration Required
Join Bridget Juister from B Holistic four a four-week meditation series on healing and the spirit connection. This class will use visualization and guided meditations to connect more deeply with your higher self – your spirit. You will learn ways to build your own practice to awaken your spirit to strengthen your intuition, receive guidance and improve emotional and physical health.
Wellness through Deep Hypnosis
Saturday, April 18, 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, April 6, 20 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.
Tuesdays, March 10-31, 6:00-7:30PM Registration Required
Learn the basics of drawing with graphite pencil. We will work with a variety of subjects and explore the world of grey on white with this simple, wonderful medium.
Fridays, Apri 10-May 1, 12:00-2:00PM Registration Required
Explore easy, DIY printmaking ideas. We will print on cards, cloth and other creative objects.
Making Music and Memories
Wednesday, April 8, 6:00-7:00PM Registration Required
All families are welcome to this exciting jam ssession with the representatives from the Apple Store in Oak Brook. They will teach us how to create a family song and more. All materials will be provided to make your music, so no need to have an apple device to participate. More details will be provided closer to the event.
Kids Yoga and Relaxation - *NEW*
Wednesdays, April 1, 15 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.
Talking to Kids about a Loved One's Cancer Journey
Wednesday, April 15, 6:00-7:00PM Registration Required
Join us for an educational night for parents on coaching children through a parent's cancer diagnosis. A simultaneous kid's relaxation group will occur.
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Class Series (7 weeks)
Tuesdays, March 10-April 28 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required
This program is based on Dr. Gottman's book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. Throughout this class, you and your partner will learn new strategies for strengthening your relationship. Couples will learn how to improve their communication and learn specific tools to strengthen their friendship, manage conflict, and create shared meaning together.
Couples Living with Cancer Networking Group - *NEW*
Monday, April 13, 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.
Support and Networking
Young Adults with Cancer Networking
Thursday, March 26, April 23, 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.
Caregivers Guide to Self-Care
Tuesday, March 31, 6:00-8:00PM Registration Required
Facilitated by Valerie Piazza, RN, LCPC
Research shows that family caregivers frequently choose not to address their own healthcare needs in favor of providing service to the patient. The impact of the disease on the family is multifocal, often resulting in physical, psychological and spiritual challenges. This workshop will focus on the "self-care" needs of caregiver, the challenge of role changes, maintaining open communication and the impact of chancer on family caregivers' quality of life. Each participant will begin to develop their own self-care plan.
Life After Cancer Post Treatment Networking Group
Monday, April 6, 7:00-8:30PM Drop-ins welcome
The need for support and information doesn't stip 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, April 7, 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.