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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 and Qi Gong

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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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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Arlington Heights – Mindful Yoga

Staff Registration Required

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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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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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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Berwyn – Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors

Staff Registration Required

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Book Club: Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy

Registration Required

Join the book club to read and discuss Option B which illuminates how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities and workplaces.

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NEW! 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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Tai Chi Fundamentals

Registration Required

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

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Pink Ribbon Fitness Series

Registration Required
PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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

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Elmhurst – Caregiving, Nutrition and Cancer

Registration Required

Please come together with other caregivers during National Caregiver Month to discuss practical ways to manage nutrition without adding strain or tension to your relationship.

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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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University of Illinois Chicago – Nutrition Connections

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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Elmhurst – Getting Through the Stress of the Holidays

Registration Required
PROGRAM IS CANCELLED

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

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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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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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Sound Meditation: Immerse Yourself in Healing Vibration

Registration Required

Join us to learn about and experience this healing connection.

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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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The Healing Power of Storytelling – Workshop

Registration Required

The 3-week workshop moves through the writing process while providing feedback, inspiration, and accountability.

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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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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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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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Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required

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

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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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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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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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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

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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Relaxation for Kids

Registration Required

Kids ages 5-12 are invited to experience different forms of relaxation including yoga and art.

 

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Updates in Lymphoma

Registration Required

Parameswaran Venugopal, MD
Professor of Oncology Chair

 

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Seasonal Art

Registration Required

Create Winter Centerpieces

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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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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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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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An Integrative Approach to Oncology: Nutrition & Cancer

Registration Required

Participants will learn about interactions between cancer, nutrition, genetics, and the microbiome.

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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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Elmhurst – Ornament Making

Registration Required

Join the festivities as we craft handmade holiday ornaments. Make one to bring home and one to decorate the hospital. All materials provided.

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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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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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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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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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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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Wellness in Season

Registration Required

Join us for a fun class of cooking with a focus on preparing for the winter holidays.

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The Healing Power of Storytelling – Performance & Presentation

Registration Required

Performance and Presentation that follows the Storytelling workshop

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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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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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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 – 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Advanced In Lung Cancer Treatment

Registration Required

In this presentation, you will learn about advances in screening and treatment for lung cancer, including immunotherapy and target treatment, as well as considerations for living with recovering from treatment.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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