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Spring 2017 Programs

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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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Online Welcome to Wellness Orientation

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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The Divine Play: A Family Narrative Game

Staff Registration Required

The Divine Play is a two-hour experience in which you and your adult family members — or friends who are like family to you — get to make
meaning in a fun way out of both your individual paths and your life
together.

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Nia®

Staff Registration Required
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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

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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 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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Qi Gong

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Book Club: The One Life We’re Given – Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart

Registration Required

Please join us as we continue to read, journal and share, “The One Life We’re Given.”

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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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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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Open Gym

Drop-ins Welcome

Participants may use the exercise facilities for independent exercise.

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Mindful Yoga — Arlington Heights

Staff Registration Required

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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Beginning Chair Yoga

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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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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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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Bereavement Drop-in

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Workshops

Staff Registration Required

Participants in this program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering reported improved spiritual well-being and sense of meaning, and a decreased sense of anxiety and hopelessness.

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Tai Chi

Drop-ins Welcome

This ancient form of movement and exercise leads to harmony of mind and body while increasing control and balance.

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Pilates

Staff Registration Required
(no class April 8)

Beginner mat Pilates.

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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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Parent Support Group

Staff Registration Required

This group is intended to meet the needs of both the spouse and person
with cancer in the family.

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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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Meditation for You

Registration Required
(no class May 10)

Learn to relax your body, still your mind and engage your spirit through meditation. You’ll learn to tailor meditation to suit your specific needs.

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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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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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Kids Art and Relaxation

Registration Required

Kids ages 5-12 are invited to experience art and relaxation sessions.

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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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The Healing Power of Storytelling: Introduction and Workshop

Registration Required

This introduction to storytelling and three-week workshop moves through the writing process while also providing feedback, inspiration, and accountability.

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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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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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Printing on T-shirts

Registration Required

Create your own T-shirt designs and throw a few on paper for good measure. A fun and expressive class.

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Lung Cancer Support Group – Arlington Heights

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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Vintage Book Club

Registration Required

Through the reading of classic passages and books, this club will address questions and thoughts on the meaning of life and 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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Gynecological 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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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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Spring Kitchen Makeover

Registration Required

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.

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Japanese Folk Art Dolls – Lisle

Registration required

These good luck dolls come from a long tradition of toy making, utilizing Zen and Buddhist values. All materials provided.

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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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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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Seasonal Art

Registration Required

Saturday projects using a variety of art forms.

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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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Updates in Treatment and Management of Carcinoid Tumors

Registration Required

Xavier Keutgen, MD – Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director, Rush Neuroendocrine Tumor Program, Rush University Medical Center

 

 

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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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Networking Group for Seniors — Oak Park

Drop-ins Welcome

A networking group provides the opportunity to share your cancer experience through the lens of spirit, life stage and phase of treatment.

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Updates in Liver Cancer Treatment and Management

Registration Required

Sheila L. Eswaran, MD, MS – Transplant Hepatology, Gastroenterology,
Internal Medicine, Rush University Medical Center

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Living With Cancer Support Group — Arlington Heights

Staff Registration Required

Ongoing 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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Caregiver Support Group — Arlington Heights

Staff Registration Required

Network with other caregivers in this ongoing support group, which meets at the same time as the Living With Cancer Support Group.

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Family Night

Registration Required

Come explore all that Family Matters has to offer from coloring to coping. This is a family experience for kids of all ages!

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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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Eating With Side Effects

Registration Required
Program cancelled

This cooking class is designed specifically for individuals undergoing
or about to begin treatment, and will feature recipes to combat eating
difficulties and strategies to keep you nourished.

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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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Breakthroughs and Busts: 2017 Update on Alternative Medicine and Cancer

Registration Required

Dr. Massey will discuss the latest information on the use of herbs, supplements, intravenous vitamins and even bioenergy-based healing in regards to cancer and cancer therapy.

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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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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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Saturday Art

Registration Required

Join us for Saturday Art as we use a variety of mediums to create unique works of art.

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Grief 101

Registration Required

Grief 101 focuses on the concept of “rules” or “shoulds” that we apply to our grief experiences — using a tool called “The Big Book of Grief Rules.”

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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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Planting and Tending a Holistic Edible Garden at Home

Registration Required

Planting a holistic garden at home is a simple, cost effective and nutritious way to access fresh vegetables and herbs this summer.

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Melanoma 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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Transitions 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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What Are My Choices, and How Can I Best Decide?

Registration Required

This talk will look at our personal thought processes and how we navigate our unique circumstances to arrive at positive outcomes.

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Sidelining Side Effects with Acupuncture

Registration Required

Join Bridget Juister from B Holistic for a presentation on how acupuncture can reduce common side effects of cancer and its treatments.

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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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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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Starting the Conversation: Identifying Values and Goals at the End of Life

Registration Required

This interactive introduction to end-of-life decision making will initiate a dialogue about why this topic is imperative to discuss.

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Wellness in Action: Hands-on Cooking Class

Staff 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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Young Adults Healthy Grocery Store Tour

Registration Required

This program will give you the necessary tools to locate foods and products that contribute to your overall health with ease and confidence.

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Gynecological Cancer Support Group — Chicago

Staff Registration Required

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

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Breast Cancer Support Group — Chicago

Staff Registration Required

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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Essential Oil Use to Support Relaxation

Registration Required

This presentation will provide an opportunity to learn how essential oils can be used for stress management and to promote relaxation.

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Spring Garden Walks

Registration Required

Garden walks are a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of nature while walking, relaxing and enjoying good company.

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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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Cancer + Career

Registration Required

As you contemplate your preferences and passions around your work, executive coach Howard Fox will equip you with powerful tools for building your professional brand and effectively navigating your work life.

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Wellness Through Deep Hypnosis — Palatine

Staff 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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Celebration of Life – Cancelled

Registration Required

In recognition of National Cancer Survivors Day™, please join us in a celebration of life featuring food, fun, and art.

Please note this event has been cancelled.

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Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required
(no class May 29)

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

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Community Acupuncture

Staff Registration Required

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

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Beyond Cancer – Loyola Hospital Maywood

Registration Required

The Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola Medicine and Wellness house are pleased to invite you to Beyond Cancer, a free program created to help cancer survivors transition to life after treatment.

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Renew Your Reiki

Registration Required

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.

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Clay

Registration Required

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

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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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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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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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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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An Integrative Approach to the Oncology Patient

Registration Required

Arti Lakhani, MD – Hematology, Oncology
AMITA Health Institute

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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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Personal Care Basics

Registration Required

This course reviews the safest techniques for transferring someone from bed to a wheelchair, from a seated to standing position, and assistance with walking. Body mechanics to protect the caregiver are also shown and practiced.

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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 along with fellow Wellness House participants.

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Fight Fatigue with Exercise – Elmhurst

Registration required

Can exercise help reduce fatigue? Yes! 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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Caring Options: Hospice, Palliative Care Comfort and Dignity

Registration Required

After learning to recognize the common barriers doctors face in proposing these options to their patients, attendees will be empowered to know how and when to raise the issue with their care team or to be able to initiate a conversation about these services with loved ones.

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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.

Please register separately for the main event and breakout sessions.

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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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Kids Kamp

Registration Required

Join us for our annual Kids Kamp for kids ages 5-12.

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A Conversation with Irvin Yalom – Finding Meaning in Practice-Save The Date

Program for Mental Health Care Professionals
Registration Required

Please join us at Wellness House for a talk with Dr. Irvin Yalom via video chat from California.

 

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