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Fall 2017 Programs

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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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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 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

Staff Registration Required

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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Chicago – Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

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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Chicago – Breast Cancer Support Group

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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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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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

Staff Registration Required

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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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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GIST Life Raft

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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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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Elmhurst Hospital – Fighting Fatigue with Exercise

Registration Required

Fatigue is one of the most commonly reported side effects from cancer treatments. 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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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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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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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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University of Illinois Chicago – Cancer Connection 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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Holiday Open House

Registration Required

Join us for a very special evening! You and your family are invited to share the holiday spirit as Wellness House. Come enjoy the music, food and fun.

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3-Month Couples Series with Karen Skerrett, Ph.D.

Registration Required

These workshops are designed to be challenging, fun and creative. They draw on your natural human capacity for storytelling and will demonstrate how creating stories can be a healing art for yourself, your partner and your relationship.

 

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Berwyn – Ornament Making

Registration Required

Pav YMCA, 2947 Oak Park Avenue All materials provided.

Join the festivities as we craft handmade holiday ornaments. Make one to bring home and one to decorate the YMCA.

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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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Cooking Up Wellness

Registration Required

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

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Guided Meditation

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

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Date Night: Couples Cooking Class

Registration Required

This hands-on class will include making two recipes with your partner and enjoying your creation.

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Berwyn – Getting Through the Stress of the Holidays

Drop -ins Welcome

Join us as we share effective tips and strategies to identify and cope with feelings of anxiety and depression during the holidays.

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Polar Express Pajama Party

Registration Required

Join us for a Polar Express pajama party! We will have crafts, delicious treats, and tons of fun. Families with kids of all ages are welcome. Snacks will be served and may contain allergens.

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University of Illinois Chicago – Nutrition Connection

Drop-ins Welcome

This cooking workshop is designed specifically for people experiencing side effects interfering with overall food intake and will feature recipes to combat eating difficulties and strategies to keep you nourished.

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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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ROW – Cooking Up Wellness

Registration Required

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

 

 

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Mind Science Yoga Workshop

Registration Required

This workshop highlights the benefits of Mind Science Yoga.

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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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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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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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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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Rerouting: Choosing Your Course After Cancer

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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Understanding Medicaid and How to Protect Your Assets

Registration Required

Get certain about asset protection and what your options are.

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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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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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Advance Care Planning Series – Living Well Curriculum

Registration Required

In this four-part 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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Smoothie Making 101

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Join Angela in learning the basic steps in making a delicious and nutritious smoothie.

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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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Mind, Body and Soul Retreat: Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

Registration Required

Join us for one hour of healing and therapeutic restorative yoga followed by 30 minutes of a Yoga Nidra meditation.

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The Way We Move and the Effects of Cancer Treatment on Us: Moving though and from our aches and pains

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Thoughts about our body in motion, its pain, dysfunction during survivorship, the amazing things it does for us and most importantly, how to make it feel better, as well as, function better.

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Book Club: The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Registration Required

This book offers a rare opportunity to experience Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Lalai Lama’s astonishing and unprecedented week together.

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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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Restorative Yoga

Staff Registration Required

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

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Family Art Night

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Enhance your family’s bond by creating a one-of-a-kind art piece.

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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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Improving Intimacy and Relationships after Cancer Treatment

Registration Required

This presentation will focus on common sexual problems associated with cancer treatment. In addition, information will be provided on how to improve intimacy, sex, and your relationship.

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Cooking for Side Effects

Staff Registration Required

This cooking class is designed specifically for caregivers and/or diagnosed individuals experiencing treatment-related sided effects.

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Maywood – Loyola Medical Center – Beyond Cancer Wellness Program

Registration Required

Please join us as experts in psychology, nutrition, fitness, and social & emotional support 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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Updates in Multiple Myeloma

Registration Required

Dr. Rodriguez will explain the current trends in myeloma treatment and research.

 

 

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Doctor as Patient: A Physician’s Journey with Advanced Stage Cancer

Registration Required

Dr. Klafta will share his experience and insights during this unique Wellness House program.

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NEW! Stress Free Saturday for Kids

Registration Required

We will explore a variety of kid-friendly stress reduction techniques.

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Starting Out the New Year Right: Understanding How to Navigate Your Insurance

Registration Required

Learn how to accurately determine the level of your insurance coverage, best practices for speaking to and corresponding with carriers, what to do if a claim is denied and ways of dealing with specialized treatments and drug regimes.

 

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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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Wellness in Action: Hands-on Cooking Class

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

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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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Sidelining Side Effects with Acupuncture

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Learn how acupuncture can reduce common side effects of cancer and its treatment, and how acupuncture creates an inner balance to keep you centered through any situation.

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Medical Cannabis: The Future of Treating Cancer in a Safe and Natural Way

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Feliza Castro discusses the potential benefits of cannabinoids for cancer patients.

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In Pursuit of Silence

Registration Required

Join us for a showing of “In Pursuit of Silence,” a film about the impact of noise on our lives and our relationship with, and need for, silence, for emotional and physical health.

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Make an Intention Bracelet

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Join Bridget Juister for this creative workshop and walk away with a beaded bracelet that is woven with symbolism and intention.

 

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Reiki for You

Registration Required

In this class, you will learn about working with Reiki energy and hot to offer Reiki to yourself everyday. Participation in both sessions is required.

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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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Landscape Painting

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Bring the outside in, as we paint watercolor landscapes.

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Writing Your Way through Bereavement

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Join author, blogger, speaker and life coach John Polo as he leads this two-part interactive writing workshop.

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Vintage Book Club

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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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Snack and Learn

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Join Angela for this short but informative class while enjoying a healthy snack.

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Pink Ribbon Fitness Series

Registration Required

Learn how exercise can help you thrive following breast cancer surgery.

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Laughter for the Health of It!

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This lighthearted experience, based on laughter as a physical exercise, may help you cope with stress, support your physical and emotional healing process and enhance your quality of life.

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Food for Life

Registration Required

Each Food for Life session focuses on a different aspect of scientifically sound basics of a cancer-fighting diet.

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Staying Close, Staying Connected

Registration Required

Please join us for this post-Valentine’s Day discussion about how to cultivate and maintain emotional connection within your partnership during cancer.

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Weigh to Go! Managing Weight after Cancer

Registration Required

Both educational and experiential, this series is for cancer survivors who have completed treatment and explores the behavioral changes needed for healthy weight management.

 

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Seasonal Art

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Painting Spring Pottery

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Rejuvenate your Mind, Body & Spirit through Ayurvedic Therapy

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Ramila and Jay will explain Ayurvedic Therapy and the profoundly effective benefits this therapy can provide.

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Labyrinth

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Join us to walk the simple path of the labyrinth as an active form of meditation.

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Ovarian Cancer and the Role of PARP Inhibitors

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Dr. Guirguis will share information the role of PARP inhibitors in treating ovarian cancer.

 

 

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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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We’re in This Together: Wellness Series for Couples

Registration Required

This program is designed to address ways of finding support and health through nutrition, exercise and stress management for couples.

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Balancing Act! Improve Your Balance and Help Prevent Falls

Registration Required

This four-week series is designed to help keep you on your feet and prevent falls.

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Medical Updates in Colon Cancer

Registration Required

Join Dr. Bradley as he discusses the latest updates for colon cancer treatment.

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Feng Shui: Clearing Clutter

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In this interactive class, we’ll discuss and apply the KonMari method of decluttering from the book, Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo

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Teen Chef Challenge

Registration Required

Join us for this special cooking program just for teens.

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Malignant Melanoma: A Patient’s Perspective on New Medical Therapy and Surgical Approaches

Registration Required

This program will provide a clinical overview of the diagnosis and treatment of malignant melanoma.

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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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DuPage Medical Group (Lisle) – Stress Management

Registration Required

Learn through practice and discussion the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation in this group setting. Discover ways to live life more effectively in the present moment even, through difficult times. No previous meditation experience required.

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What Does Immunotherapy Mean for Cancer Treatment

Registration Required

In this presentation, Dr. Ahn will explain what immunotherapy is and how it works in fighting cancer.

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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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Mindfulness Meditation

Registration Required

Learn through practice and discussion the benefits of Mindfulness Meditation in this group setting. Discover ways to live life more effectively in the present moment, even through difficult times. No previous meditation experience required.

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Wellness Ongoing: Plant-Based Diet Discussion Group

Staff Registration Required

Join this discussion group to connect and share ideas with one another.

 

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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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EFT for Stress Reduction and Pain Management

Registration Required

EMT, also called Tapping, is a simple yet powerful tool for relieving mental, emotional, and physical discomfort or pain.

 

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Spring Break Camp

Registration Required

We invite kids ages 5-12 to practice relaxation skills, play, craft and have fun!

 

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