October Programs

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 have not been to Wellness House before, please click HERE to complete our Participant Information form.

 

If you are already a participant at Wellness House, follow these easy instructions to register for programs online. 

To begin, go to the home page of the Wellness House website and follow these easy steps. 

  • Click on Login Here at the top right corner of the page.
  • Click Create your account Now
  • Complete the necessary personal information
  • Create your password and login
  • Register for programs  

       

Introduction Programs

New Participant Breakfast

Saturday,October 18, November 15, December 20   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

Liver Cancer Treatment Update

Thursday, October 30 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

Donald Sweet, MD, FACP

Illinois Cancer Specialists

Information and Education

Introduction to Knitting & Crocheting towards Wellness

Monday, October 6 1:00-2:00PM Registration Required

Research has show that meditative practices create a relaxation response in the body which lowers heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen consumption, and alleviates the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety that can come with cancer.  In this workshop, we offer the basics of how to knit and crochet and how these practices are meditative and invoke the relaxation response.  Please bring yarn, hooks or needles.  No experience needed.  Please join us for Knitting & Crocheting toward Wellness, a follow up series.

Acupuncture and Stress Reduction  

Thursday, October 9 6:30-8:00PM Registration Required

Stand up to Stress! Join Bridget Juister from B Holistic for a presentation on the nature of stress and ways to reduce its effects.  She'll 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.

Friday Flicks

Friday, October 10 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.  

October's movie ~ "Baring It All"

"Baring It All", the Emmy Award winning documentary is about The SCAR Project.  This heart-wrenching yet inspiring documentary puts a human face on the heroism of breast cancer survivors in their 20s and 30s.  It follows New York-based fashion photographer, David Jay and four brave women - all in different stages of battling the disease - who become subjects of his groundbreaking photographic series, The Scar Project.

Introduction to Writing towards Wellness 

Monday, October 13 1:00-2:00PM Registration Required

Many studies have shown that expressive writing, such as journaling, is beneficial to both mental and physical health, especially when dealing with serious health concerns.  In this workshop, we offer the basics of journal writing and how to apply the process of journal writing to the experience of cancer.  It has been shown that the power of the pen can result in improved mood, a more positive outlook, strengthened immune system, a decreased need for pain medication, and overall greater physical health.  No journaling experience is needed.  Please bring something to write with and write on.  Please join us for Writing towards Wellness, a follow up series. 

Introduction to the Patient Services Provided by Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 

Monday, October 13 3:00-4:30PM Registration Required

Come learn about the various patient services that the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society provides such as financial assistance, education, and advocacy.

What You Need to Know about Dental Complications and Cancer

Tuesday, October 14 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dental complications and BRONJ can be difficult and sometime debilitating side effects of chemotherapy, radiation and other treatments.  In this session, Dr. Michael Morgan will discuss the risks, progression, prevention and treatment options for dental and periodontal complications.  

Life Beyond Cancer: How to Recover from the Most Common Side Effects of Cancer Treatments  

Thursday, October 16 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

The cancer journey can be overwhelming and filled with confusion, stressful challenges, invasive procedures and toxic treatments that compromise the quality of health and can wreak havoc with peace of mind.  Side effects of cancer treatments are both short term, experienced during active treatments, while many side effects can endure, impacting quality of life for months and years.

Book Club: True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

Thursdays, October 16 - November 20 1:00-2:00PM Drop-Ins Welcome

True Refuge is essential reading for anyone encountering hardship or crisis, anyone dedicated to a path of spiritual awakening.  The book reminds us of our own innate intelligence and goodness, making possible an enduring trust in ourselves and our lives.  A weekly reading list will be provided and can be obtained prior to class by emailing Val Piazza at vpiazza@wellnesshouse.org or call 630-654-5118.

Healthy Eating after Breast Cancer

Monday, October 20 1:00-2:30PM Registration Required 

We will discuss the most recent information about diet and breast cancer to identify foods to safely include in your diet, as well as, foods to limit.   

Garden Walk at the Morton Arboretum

Tuesday, October 21 12:30-2:30PM Registration Required

Enjoy the autumn beauty of the Morton Arboretum with Susan Beard.  Arrive at the Arboretum by 12:15 as the tram tour begins at 12:30.  For further details, please see the Fall Program Guide.

Introduction to the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act  

Thursday, October 23 7:00-8:30PM Registration Required

My Compassion is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit which will be providing an introduction to their mission and vision.  The panel will explain the legalities of the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis in Illinois and provide an overview on how patients are protected by the act, the process of getting a recommendation from your physician, and legal aspects of public safety while having a Medical Cannabis license.  My Compassion will also provide a short review on how medical cannabis works with cancer. 

Look Good Feel Better

Monday, October 20 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. 

 

Healthy Living

Sidelining Side Effects

Monday, October 6         12:00-1:00PM       Registration Required

Tuesday, November 11  10:30-11:30AM     Registration Required

Monday, December 8      6:00-7:00PM        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 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, October 11     10:30AM-12:00PM    Registration Required

Tuesday, October 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.

  

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

Monday, October 27-November 17 2:00-3:00PM Registration Required

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 clean and healthy.  This series is for cancer survivors who want to improve their eating habits but have not known where to begin.  

Family Matters

Play Matters (along with Moms Time Out)

Thursday, October 16  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.  

Spooky Spectacular

Wednesday, October 29 6:00-7:30PM Registration Required

Calling all kids and families!  Come dressed in your Halloween best and create your own spooky treats.  Chef Cheryl will lead us in an evening of spectacular fun.

Stress Management  

Stress Free Saturday 

Saturday, October 11  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.  

Saturday, October 25*  9:30-11:30AM Registration Required (Please call Wellness House at 630-323-5150 to schedule a start time)

*Labyrinth (The average walk takes 45 minutes)  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. 

Guided Meditation for Healing

Mondays, October 27-December 1  6:30-7:30PM Registration Required

Bridget Juster, 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

There is no Hypnosis program in October.

Dr. Scot Giles, renowned medical hypnotherapies, guides the group through self-hypnosis designed to help release pain and facilitate healing. Space is limited. 

Famous Painters 

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'Keeffe, Van Gogh, and Monet to create your own paintings...in the styles of the greats.

Surrealism Painting 101

Wednesday, October 8-November 12 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required

Join us for a surrealist painting series to dip into the fantastic and unbelievable with this fun and surreal painting class.

Seasonal Art: Fall Lanterns

Tuesday, October 14, 5:30-7:00PM Registration Required 

As the days get shorter, create a lantern to fight off the dark and cheer up your home.

Knitting & Crocheting toward Wellness

Monday, October 20 1:00-2:00PM Registration Required

Research has show that meditative practices create a relaxation response in the body which lower heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen consumption, and alleviates the symptoms associated with depression and anxiety that can come with cancer.  Join us as we use knitting and crocheting and the gourp context as meditative practice

Writing towards Wellness

Monday, October 27 1:00-2:00PM Registration Required

Many studies have shown that expressive writing, such as journaling, is beneficial to both mental and physical health, especially when dealing with serious health concerns.  Join us as we use journaling in the group context to improve mood, gain a more positive outlook, strengthen your immune system, decrease your need for pain medication, and overall experience greater physical health.  No writing experience or expertise is needed.    

Off Site Programs

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

155 E. Brush Hill Road, Elmhurst IL

Life after Cancer: Your Personal Meaning of Survivorship

Cancer Center Conference Room    

Wednesday, October 22- November 12 3:00-4:30PM Registration Required      

Based on the book, Picking Up the Pieces: Moving Forward After Cancer, 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.  Open  to post-treatment cancer survivors.  Attendance at each session is beneficial, but not required.

Art in Nature & Nature in Art     

Lower Level Conference Room

Thursday, October 30-November 20 6:00-8:00PM Registration Required  

Come and explore nature's patterns through art.  We will focus on simplicity, flow and free-form.  By creating we will come closer to nature and produce beautiful art.  All skill levels are welcome.  This class is available to cancer survivors and their caregivers. 

DuPage Medical Group

Lisle Medical Office Building, 430 Warrenville Rd. Lisle IL

Watercolor 101

Lower Level Cancer Resource Center

Friday, October 31 - November 21 11:00-1:00PM Registration Required

Learn the basic techniques and tricks to paint with beautiful, colorful watercolors.  Watch as water helsp the artist, and bring home finished paintings at the end of each class.  All skill levels are welcome.  This class is available to cancer survivors and their caregivers. 

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