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
Saturday April 23, 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
An Overview and Update on Brain Tumors
Tuesday, May 10, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Richard Byrne, MD - Neurosurgeon, Medical director of University of Neurosurgery at Rush University Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center - Neurological Surgery
*This lecture will take place in lieu of the Brain Tumor Networking Group
Updates in Melanomas with a Focus on Immune Oncology
Thursday, May 26, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Jon Richards, MD, PhD - Oncologist, Hematologist
Oncology Specialists, S.C.
Information and Education
Energy Healing - An Introduction
Tuesday, May 3, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
If you have ever been curious about what Energy Healing is and what it might look like, this presentation will help to clarify the concepts and thoughts around this fascinating topic. An overview of Energy Healing and theories on how it works, as well as a description of what to expect during a s session will be presented. Plenty of time for discussion will follow.
Fall Prevention and Balance Activities
Thursday, May 5, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Our goal is to keep you balanced on your feet and prevent falls. In this presentation, you will learn how to use your "spare moments" to enhance your balance with activities that can be done almost anywhere. Chandra will also share fall prevention tips that will keep you safe at home. This presentation will include information about a subsequent session of balance classes starting May 11. Classes will be held on four consecutive Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30pm., May 11-June 1. A physician's medical release and health history are required for the follow-up sessions. To register for these Wednesday classes, please contact Amanda Woods at 630-654-5194 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot Topics in Pediatric Cancer
Saturday, May 7, 9:00am-3:00pm Registration Required
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, families often have many questions. Join us for an educational conference focused on providing information, education and support to children, parents and caregivers impacted by pediatric cancer. Programs will be available for parents/caregivers and children 5-13 years old. Child care will be available for children 6 months and up. For more information, please see our program calendar.
Taste of Wellness House Nutrition Fair
Saturday, May 14, 10:00am-3:00pm General Registration and Breakout Session Registration Required
Join us for our first Nutrition Fair featuring local vendors, cooking demonstrations, and practical culinary workshops designed to promote a whole food, plant-based, cancer-fighting diet.
A Musical Adventure with Native American Flutes
Tuesday, May 17, 6:45-8:30pm Registration Required
Wellness House's own Healing Winds Flute Circle in conjunction with Something Different, a Native American Flute Ensemble
Join us on a musical journey with traditional Native American-style flute music as well as Something Different, a native American Flute ensemble. Something Different will show the versatility of the flute in various music genres such as blues, Latin, Irish, Mid-eastern and Australian styles of music. You may even decide to join our healing Winds Flute Circle on Tuesday mornings and learn how to express the lovely music that is in your heart and spirit.
Participating in Clinical Trials: How, When, and Why?
Thursday, May 19, 7:00-8:30pm Registration Required
Clinical trials improve the standard of care in cancer therapies. All of today's cancer treatments were once tested as part of a clinical trial. Participating in clinical research is important so researchers can learn more about cancer, and advances can be made in cancer therapies. There is a vast amount of information available on clinical research which can be overwhelming and confusing. Sara Duffey makes the concept of clinical research both understandable and interesting for patients and family members.
Sidelining Side Effects with Acupuncture
Monday, May 23, 6:30-8:00pm Registration Required
Join Bridget Juister from B Holistic for a presentation on how acupuncture can reduce common side effects of cancer and its treatments. She will also explain how acupuncture creates an inner balance to keep you centered through any situation, and will provide practical tips and strategies to change the way you cope with stress in your life.
A Taste of Mindfulness
Tuesday, May 31, 5:00-6:30pm Registration Required
Participants and family members alike are invited to join us for a relaxing dinner coupled with the groundbreaking effects mindfulness offers in stress reduction and improvement in quality of life. This experience will revitalize your appreciation for food as something to be cherished by intentionally and mindfully noticing the fullness of sustenance using all five senses. The agenda will include a short mindfulness exercise to begin dinner, followed by open round table conversation, and end with another short mindfulness exercise. Whether you are brand new to mindfulness or have been practicing for years, this event will bring a new appreciation to the present moment.
Look Good Feel Better
Monday, May 9, 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
Like What you See! Quick Steps to an Enhanced You
Tuesday, May 3, 2:00-3:00pm Registration Required
Learn how to deal with some of the aesthetic side effects of treatment. Watch and learn how to tie scarves, quick make-up tips, and how to create eyebrows to improve your appearance and raise your confidence.
Sidelining Side Effects
Tuesday, May 10, 6:00-7:00pm Registration Required
Monday, May 23, 11:00am-12:00pm 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, May 24, 12:30-2:00pm 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!
Spring Kitchen Makeover
Spring Clean & Greens, Thursday, May 12, 12:30-2:00pm
Adrienne Felder, MA, LCPC, Professional Chef, The Whole Bite
If you are ready to freshen up your kitchen, join Adrienne to learn how to update your pantry staples and food storage, prepare a variety of recipes with greens, and prepare meals on the fly.
Fridays, April 29-May 20, 12:00-1:00pm Registration Required
Overwhelming data supports the immense physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness. However, many do not know where to begin and how to apply it to everyday life. This series will teach you practical mindfulness skills and techniques you can utilize every day to help ground you to the present moment and experience life to the fullest, even in the wake of cancer. Those brand new or experienced in mindfulness are welcome.
Wellness through Deep Hypnosis
Saturday, May 21, 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, April 20-May 25, 5:45-6:45pm Registration Required
Join Bridget Juister, LAc. of B Holistic and learn to relax your body, still your mind and engage our 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.
Create a Sacred Space In Your Home Series
Mondays, April 25-May 16 12:00-1:00pm Registration Required
Whether you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, your home plays a vital role in the healing process. Join Bridget Juister, LAc. of B Holistic to create a sacred space for rest and renewal. During this 4-week series, Bridget will guide you through how the art of Feng Shui with the use of color and accessories can transform the personal space of your choice.
Spring Garden Walk
Tuesday, May 24, 1:00-3:00pm Registration Required
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.
Intro to Drawing
Tuesdays, May 10-May 31, 2:00-4:00pm Registration Required
Come and learn all the drawing basics. This simple and traditional technique can help you depict the world around you.
Kids Yoga and Relaxation
Thursday, May 12, 4:30-5:30pm Registration Required
Kids 5-12 are invited to experience our yoga and relaxation sessions. We will try out fun activities like yoga, art and guided imagery together.