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Summer 2017 Programs

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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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Yoga for Breast Cancer Survivors – Berwyn

Staff Registration Required

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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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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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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Turtles

Staff Registration Required

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

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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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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

 

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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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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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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Tai Chi and Qi Gong

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Cancer Networking Group — 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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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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Reiki Clinic – Palatine

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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Wellness Through Deep Hypnosis — Palatine

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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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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Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required

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

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Book Club – Inside the Miracle: Enduring Suffering, Approaching Wholeness

Registration Required

Please join us to read, discuss and explore your own story through the work of Mark Nepo.

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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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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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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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Back to School Cooking Club

Registration Required

Our cooking club provides hands-on experience where you will come together as a family to find new recipes for the school year that are delicious, healthy and FUN!

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Couples Connecting: Couples Networking Group

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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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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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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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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Updates in Head and Neck Cancers

Registration Required

In this discussion, risk factors, treatment modalities, nutrition concerns and lifestyle management considerations will be discussed.

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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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Seasonal Art

Registration Required

Saturday projects using a variety of art forms.

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Spiritual Side of Cancer: Multi-Faith Panel Discussion

Registration Required

Please join us for an active discussion with a multi-faith panel to address challenges and questions about the spiritual side of cancer. People of all belief systems are invited to participate.

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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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Managing Peripheral Neuropathy

Registration Required

During this presentation, you will learn about the causes of peripheral neuropathy within the oncology population and how to identify the functional implications.

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Updates in the Treatment and Management of Kidney Cancer

Registration Required

Elyse C. Schneiderman, M.D., Medical Oncologist at the
AMITA Health Cancer Institute Hinsdale will be discussing the current therapies available for the treatment of kidney cancer.

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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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Immerse Yourself in Healing Vibration

Registration Required

Join us to learn about and experience this healing reconnection.

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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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Food for Life

Registration Required

Empower yourself with easy-to-learn skills that turn every meal into a delicious dose of healthy nutrition.

 

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Feng Shui: Clearing Clutter

Registration Required

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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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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WEBINAR – Financial Wellness

Registration Required

An important first step is financial planning. 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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Cancer and Communication

Registration Required

Join us as we discuss strategies for communicating about a cancer experience at work, with family and friends, and on social media.

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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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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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GIST – Chicago Life Raft

Drop-ins welcome

Wellness House is hosting this quarterly 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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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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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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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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Healthcare Choices in Retirement

Registration Required

Gain a real understanding of how Medicare works and how to avoid the pitfalls of unknown hidden costs.

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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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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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Living Beyond Cancer – Elmhurst

Registration required

You’re done with treatment and your physician has provided your survivorship care plan. Now what?

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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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Basic Watercolor

Registration Required

Introduction to watercolor painting.

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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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Day of Remembrance

Registration Required

Dr. Thom Dennis will share with us the Grief River®model for understanding loss, and offer tips for negotiating our way through the “waves” of grief, and guide us to places of safe harbor.

 

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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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A Conversation with Irvin Yalom: Finding Meaning in Practice

Tuesday, September 19
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Registration Required

Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Irvin Yalom via live video chat from California.

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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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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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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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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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Hot Topics in Prostate 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 prostate cancer.

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Healthy Eating after Colon Cancer

Registration Required

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

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The Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation on Your Heart

Registration Required

Learn what your risk factors are for developing heart disease from your cancer treatment and how to prevent side effects.

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Saturday Art

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

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