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Spring 2018 Programs

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Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Drop-ins Welcome

New to Wellness House? Join us for an orientation that provides an overview of programs, a tour of the facility, and a chance to meet staff.

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Beginning Mat Yoga

Drop-ins Welcome

Gentle, beginner and restorative mat-based yoga postures.

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Beginning Chair Yoga

Drop-ins Welcome

Gentle, beginner and restorative chair-based and standing yoga postures.

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Tai Chi

Drop-ins Welcome

This ancient form of movement and exercise leads to harmony of mind and body while decreasing stress.

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Qi Gong and Tai Chi

Drop-ins Welcome

Learn a set of calming movements to enhance strength and circulation.

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Nia®

Staff Registration Required

Nia® is a mind-body movement practice for all ages and levels of fitness using choreography to soul-stirring music.

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Exercise for Getting Well

Staff Registration Required

Self-paced aerobic exercise followed by gentle instructor-led exercises for people experiencing physical difficulties due to cancer treatment, with focus on reducing treatment side effects, improving activities of daily living, and maintaining strength and endurance.

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Exercise for Staying Well

Staff Registration Required

Self-paced aerobic exercise followed by instructor-led exercises for increasing endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.

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Exercise for Living Well

Staff Registration Required

Aerobic warm-up followed by a new resistance plan each month designed to teach independent exercise.

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Pink Ribbon Fitness

Staff Registration Required

Customized exercises for breast cancer survivors.

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Pilates

Staff Registration Required

Beginner mat Pilates.

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Core, Balance & Flexibility

Staff Registration Required

Cardio warm-up followed by exercises that use core muscles to increase strength, endurance and balance.

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Open Gym

Drop-ins Welcome

Participants may use the exercise facilities for independent exercise.

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Mindfulness for Everyday Living

Drop-ins Welcome

Through practice and discussion, learn the benefits of mindfulness meditation in this group setting.

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Flute Circle

Drop-ins Welcome

Learn to play the Native American flute and how to express yourself through music. No experience necessary.

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Kids Group

Staff Registration Required

A group designed to support kids ages 6-12 in developing coping skills, clarifying misconceptions surrounding cancer, and promoting feelings of normalcy as they meet other children impacted by cancer.

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Turtles

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, weekly bereavement support group for children ages 6-12.

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Teen Time

Staff Registration Required

A support group for teens ages 13-18 who have a family member with cancer or who have lost a family member to cancer.

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Turtles Parents Group

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, weekly bereavement support group that will help connect you with other parents and receive support around your loss, discuss parenting concerns, and find ways to help your family heal.

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Caregiver Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Network with other caregivers in this ongoing 8-week support group meets at the same time as the Cancer Support Group.

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Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Join other women facing metastasis of their breast cancer. This weekly group will focus on the ongoing challenges that arise from dealing with treatment, relationships, and facing the future.

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Living with Recurrent or Metastatic Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

This weekly group focuses on issues regarding recurrent and metastatic cancer and welcomes individuals diagnosed as well as family members supporting a loved one with cancer. Caregivers are welcome to attend with or without the individual with cancer.

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Spiritual Side of Cancer

Drop-ins Welcome

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.

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Young Adults with Cancer Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

This group provides emotional support and an opportunity to meet other young adults receiving treatment.

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Brain Tumor Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer and their caregiver.

 

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Bladder Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Breast Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer and their caregiver.

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Carcinoid Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

 

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Colon/Rectal Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Gynecologic Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Head & Neck Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Leukemia & Lymphoma Cancers Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Lung Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Multiple Myeloma Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Pancreatic Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Prostate Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

 

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Bereavement Drop-in

Drop-ins Welcome

For recently bereaved adults who have had a cancer-related loss.

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Transitions for Spouses

Staff Registration Required

This is a committed bereavement support group to help spouses and partners develop coping techniques. The group meets twice every month.

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Transitions Alumni Networking

Alumni Drop-ins Encouraged

Join other adults who have completed the Transitions for Spouses or Turtles bereavement programs at this monthly group to continue
supporting one another.

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Arlington Heights – Mindful Yoga

Drop-ins Welcome

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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Chicago – Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

Ongoing support group for women with gynecologic cancers to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Chicago – Breast Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

Ongoing support group for women with breast cancer to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Palatine – Wellness Through Deep Hypnosis

Registration Required

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

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Online Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Staff Registration Required

Join us for an online orientation and tour from the comfort of your own home. After registering, you will be provided with a link via email to join the meeting.

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Kidney Cancer Networking

Drop – ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer and their caregiver.

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Thyroid Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Cancer Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Ongoing 8-week support group for people with cancer to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills. This group meets at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group.

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Arlington Heights – Lung Cancer Support Group

Staff Registration Required

Ongoing support group for people with lung cancer and their caregivers to share medical information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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Berwyn – Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors

Drop-ins Welcome

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement. Classes taught in Spanish and English.

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Palatine – Reiki Clinic

Staff Registration Required

Discover this Japanese form of healing energy that helps reduce stress, promote relaxation, and balance the mind and emotions.

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Veterans Networking Group

Drop-ins welcome

All military veterans diagnosed with cancer, and their adult family members, are invited to participate in our new drop-in networking group.

 

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Parent and Caregiver Support Group

Staff Registration

An 8-week group for parents and care- givers who are navigating through their own cancer journey while also raising and caring for their young.

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Ostomy Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

 

In this new networking group, we invite participants with all cancer-related ostomy types to share support and information so that you can continue to live life to its fullest.

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University of Illinois Chicago – Cancer Connections Group

Drop-ins Welcome

An opportunity for people with cancer to share their cancer stories, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve their coping skills.

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University of Illinois Chicago – Nutrition Connections

Drop-ins Welcome

An opportunity for patients and caregivers to consult with our dietitian and have their questions about cancer and nutrition answered.

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Melanoma Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer and their caregiver. The purpose is to exchange information and strategies for making decisions and navigating the cancer experience.

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Exercise for Getting Well Fundamentals

Staff Registration Required

Gentle instructor-led, chair-based exercises for participants experiencing physical difficulties due to cancer treatment.

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Oak Park (Rush) – Cancer Connections

Drop-ins Welcome

This group provides an opportunity for people experiencing cancer to share information, connect with others in similar circumstances and improve coping skills.

 

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Program Presented by Wellness House

Staff Registration Required

This will be an 8-week committed group, with the expectation that participants will choose either group option and commit to attending that group.

 

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Sarcoma Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

 

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Finding a Friend in Your Body After Cancer: Learning to Use Your Body as a Resource

Registration Required
(please attend each of the four sessions)

Join us in this four-week series with the intention of learning how to befriend your body again and use it as a resource and an ally as you navigate your way through the cancer journey.

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Drawing with Pastels

Registration Required
Attendance at first session is required to continue with series.

Create colorful drawings with the portable medium of pastels.

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Rerouting: Choosing Your Course After Cancer 5-Week Post-Treatment Series

Registration Required

Join us for this new, interactive 5-week series that will provide you with the information that you need to create your own action plan as you choose your own course after cancer treatment.

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Guided Meditation

Registration Required

Learn to relax your body, still your mind and engage your spirit through guided meditation. No meditation experience required.

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Individual Meditation Instruction

Staff Registration Required

In these 30-minute sessions, Angela will help you refine and strengthen your personal practice based on your individual needs and goals. No prior
meditation experience required.

 

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Clay

Registration Required

Join us for fun with this natural and earthy material. We will go over basics and add some twists.

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Couples Connecting: Couples Networking Group

Staff Registration Required

Please join us for this new networking group specifically designed for couples. Each month will focus on partnership through a different and unique phase of treatment.

 

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Tai Chi Fundamentals

Registration Required

Tai Chi Fundamentals® offers a simplified introduction to traditional Yang-style Tai Chi.

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Advance Care Planning Series – Living Well Curriculum

Registration Required

In this series, Mary Mulcahy and Randi Belisomo from Life Matters Media will facilitate an interactive discussion on enhancing comfort and confidence in end of life decision making and care.

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Spring Kitchen Makeover Series

Registration Required

Join us for this cooking demonstration and discussion.

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Mixed Media Art

Registration Required
Please register for each class separately.

Join Caring Arts Foundation to explore and develop your own creative center for the purpose of healing.

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Post-Treatment Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

This group provides an opportunity to connect with other participants who have finished treatment and are navigating the question of “what now?”

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Wellness through Deep Hypnosis

Registration Required

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

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Mind Science Yoga Workshop

Registration Required

This workshop highlights the benefits of Mind Science Yoga.

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Cooking Up Wellness

Registration Required

Learn to appreciate real, fresh foods and simple culinary principles for cancer prevention and survivorship.

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Plant Your Own Organic Salad Greens Container Garden

Registration Required

You will learn useful tips and cost-effective strategies for planting, growing, harvesting and caring for your container.

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Loyola – Beyond Cancer Wellness Program

Registration Required

Experts in four different areas of health and wellness will discuss techniques, personalized tools and plans to help you manage stress, practice self-care and learn to enjoy life as a cancer survivor.

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Spring Garden Walks

Registration Required

Susan Beard guides participants on the garden walks and takes them through many of Hinsdale’s finest gardens.

 

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Elmhurst – Cooking Up Wellness

Registration Required

This class and cooking demonstration will feature recipes to help you deliciously incorporate cancer-fighting foods into a diet for optimal health.

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Wellness in Action: Hands-on Cooking Class

Registration Required

Join Angela for this hands-on learning experience in cooking your basic, but at times tricky, health-promoting foods.

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Online Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required

This program will focus on nutrition and lifestyle strategies to minimize or even prevent side effects of treatment.

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Stress-Free Saturday

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.

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Coping with Emotions and Cancer

Registration Required

In this presentation Sarah Rosenbloom, PhD. will discuss on the common emotions that can occur during one’s cancer journey and how to best cope with them.

 

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Stress Free Saturday for Kids

Registration Required

Join us as we embark on a journey of relaxation!
*Note that this program is scheduled during Stress-Free Saturdays for adults. Come together as a family; no need for childcare!

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Painting on a Canvas Bag

Registration Required

Be eco-minded and creative when you use your own canvas bag painted with the image of your choice. Bag will be provided.

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Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required

This single-session class is designed specifically for individuals undergoing or about to begin treatment.

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Like What You See! Quick Steps to an Enhanced You

Registration Required

Learn how to deal with some of the aesthetic side effects of treatment. Watch and learn how to tie scarves, quick makeup tips, and how to create eyebrows to improve your appearance and raise your confidence.

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Improving Quality of Life by Getting Rid of Stiffness and Pain During and After Cancer Treatment

Registration Required

In this presentation, Eric Owens will discuss simple therapy options to help
alleviate chronic pain caused from every day movements as well as pain caused from cancer treatment.

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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Networking Group

Staff Registration Required

This group will provide participants the opportunity to exchange ongoing support toward maintaining and building on the meaning-based self-care plans they achieved in the 8-week MCP course.

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

Registration Required

This four-week series will begin a step-by-step journey to changing the way you eat. Each week will be a building block of information to establish habit changes while focusing on a plant-based diet.

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Community Acupuncture

Staff Registration Required

Join Bridget to experience the benefits of acupuncture in a community setting that allows 3-5 participants to experience acupuncture at the same time.

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Rerouting: Choosing Your Course After Cancer, Abbreviated Session

Registration Required

Join us for this new interactive program that will provide you with the information you need to create your own action plan as you choose your own course after cancer treatment.

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Gardening Safely and Sensibly for the Oncology Survivor

Registration Required

In this presentation, you will learn tips for sensible garden planning,smart digging and lifting, friendly tools and gardening warm-ups, as well as ideas on how to prevent common injuries to the back, knees, and hands as we continue to heal.

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Book Club: A Life of Being, Having and Doing Enough

Registration Required

Discussion of the book written by Wayne Muller

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Date Night: Couples Cooking Class

Registration Required

Join us for this cooking class to focus on nourishing your body and relationship.

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Monthly Meditation

Registration Required

Experience peace and serenity in the stillness of meditation and facilitate healing of mind, body, and spirit.

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Restorative Yoga

Staff Registration Required

Gentle, floor-based yoga postures that utilize props for slow, passive stretching.

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Vintage Book Club

Registration Required

Through the reading of classic passages and books, this club will address questions and thoughts such as, how do we reconfigure a purpose for ourselves as we age and deal with cancer at the same time?

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Reiki for You

Registration Required

In this class, you will learn about working with Reiki energy and how to offer Reiki to yourself every day.

 

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Arlington Heights – REROUTING: Choosing Your Course After Cancer

Registration Required

Join us to gain the information you need to begin creating your own action plan as you choose your course after cancer treatment.

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ALAS Wings – Expressive Arts

Drop-ins Welcome

Join us to express yourself with a variety of art mediums. Classes taught in English and Spanish.

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GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors)

Drop-ins Welcome

Wellness House is hosting this group, organized by the Chicago-area chapter of the Life Raft Group. This group is for anyone diagnosed with GIST and their caregivers.

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Look Good, Feel Better

Registration Required

Spend some time with others in active treatment learning how to manage hair, nail and skin changes due to cancer treatment.

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Wellness Ongoing: Nutrition Discussion Group

Registration Required

Maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult. Join this discussion group to connect and share ideas with one another.

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The Five Most Current Components of a Nutrition Support Plan for those with Blood Cancers

Registration Required

In this presentation, you will learn that a nutrition plan may help with symptom management and other outcomes during treatment as well as the top 5 dietary recommendations for adults with blood cancers.

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Macrame

Registration Required

Learn the art of knotting cord or string in patterns to make decorative articles.

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Mercy – Mindfulness Meditation

Drop-ins Welcome

Discover ways to live life more effectively in the present moment, even through difficult times.

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Crystal Bowl Meditation

Registration Required

Come enjoy the beauty and vibration of Crystal Singing Bowls.

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Post-Treatment Side Effects of Radiation

Registration Required

Dr. Kalakota will present on the effects that radiation treatment can have on an individual and discuss ways to help manage those side effects.

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Elmhurst – Introduction to Yoga

Registration Required

We’ll learn about the origins and benefits of yoga.

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Sound Meditation: Immerse Yourself in Healing Vibration

Registration Required

Join us to learn about and experience this healing connection.

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Summerfest Family Picnic

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.

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Berwyn – Cooking Up Wellness

Registration Required

This class and cooking demonstration will feature recipes to help you deliciously incorporate cancer-fighting foods into a diet for optimal health.

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Cancer and Fertility

Registration Required

Please join Julian Schink, M.D. in this special conversation on how cancer affects fertility, the fertility-preserving options available, and starting a family after cancer treatment.

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Nature

Registration Required

Join Michael for a group share and brainstorming session to discuss the
powerful mind, body and spirit effects of actively connecting with nature for overall well-being.

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ALAS Wings – Expressive Arts

Drop-ins Welcome

Join us to express yourself with a variety of art mediums. Classes taught in English and Spanish.

 

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Plant Your Own Holistic Herb Container Garden

Registration Required

You will learn about how to care for and harvest from your container. Culinary uses will also be discussed.

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Wellness in Season

Registration Required

Join us for a fun class of cooking with a focus on preparing for the 4th of July.

 

 

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Webinar: Financial Wellness

Registration Required

During this 60-minute webinar you will learn how to not let this time in your life derail your long-term financial goals with step-by-step suggestions on how to handle many of the financial issues we know you are currently faced with.

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River of Life: Explore and illustrate the flow of your life’s journey toward wellness

Registration Required

Learn to explore and improve health management skills and overall well-being through the metaphor of a flowing river.

 

 

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Taste of Wellness House Nutrition Fair

Registration Required

Join us for Taste of Wellness House Nutrition Fair, featuring local vendors, cooking demonstrations, and practical culinary workshops designed to educate and promote a whole food, plant-based, cancer-fighting diet.

 

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Renew Your Reiki

Registration Required

Join us to renew your Reiki practice. This program is for Reiki practitioners
of any level who have taken a Reiki class at Wellness House or with other
teachers.

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Mercy – Head and Neck Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

Individual networking groups give people an opportunity to meet with others experiencing the same type of cancer as well as their caregivers.

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Caregiving: Self-Care and Nutrition

Registration Required

Come together with other caregivers to discuss practical ways to manage self-care and nutrition while navigating the complexities of a cancer experience.

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Make an Intention Bracelet

Registration Required

Join Bridget Juister for this creative workshop and walk away with
a beaded bracelet that not only looks great, but is woven with symbolism
and intentions.

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Updates in Sarcoma Treatment

Registration Required

*This lecture will begin the conversation in the Sarcoma
Monthly Peer Networking Group.

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Webinar: Cooking Up Wellness

Registration Required

This live webinar and cooking demonstration will feature recipes to help you deliciously incorporate cancer-fighting foods into a diet for optimal health.

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Berwyn – Fighting Fatigue with Exercise

Drop-ins Welcome

Learn how exercise can help reduce the severity of fatigue to help improve overall quality of life during and after cancer treatments.

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Hot Topics in Breast Cancer

Registration Required

Join the top oncologists, surgeons, and healthcare professionals in the Chicagoland area to learn about the latest updates in the research and treatment of breast cancer.

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Elmhurst – Talking to Kids about Cancer

Registration Required

We’ll discuss the challenges of parenting while managing an illness.

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Oncology Essential Oils: How to Use Essential Oils to Help Ease Side Effects of Treatment

Registration Required

This workshop will review the basics of Essential Oils and safety factors.

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Grace – How a Childhood Cancer Survivor and Her Mother Navigated Illness and Recovery

Registration Required
(Please register each family member individually)

Bring your entire family to join speaker/author Melinda Marchiano and
her mother, Lee Marchiano, as they share experiences from their family’s journey.

 

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Kids Kamp

Registration Required

Join us for our annual Kids Kamp for kids ages 5 – 12. This is an opportunity to participate in fun summer activities, meet other kids who have experienced cancer in the family, build confidence, and simply HAVE FUN!

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