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Fall 2019 Programs

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Teen Connections Survivors Group

Staff Registration Required

A monthly support group for teens ages 13-18 who have a cancer diagnosis.

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Beginner 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 – Level I & Level II

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 – Level I & Level II

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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Open Gym

Drop-ins Welcome

Participants may use the exercise facilities for independent exercise.

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ALAS – Yoga for Cancer Survivors (taught in Spanish)

Drop-ins Welcome

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement. Classes taught in Spanish; all equipment is provided.

 

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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 Support Group

Staff Registration Required

A group designed to support kids and teens 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 Turtles Bereavement Group

Staff Registration Required

An eight-week bereavement support group for teens ages 13-18 who have
experienced the loss of a parent due to cancer.

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Turtles Bereavement Group for Parents

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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Mile Square Health Center – General Cancer Support Group

Walk-in or Register Online

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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Lemons of Love – Mindful Yoga

Registration requested

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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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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Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer Support Group

Staff Registration Required

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

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Living with Recurrent or Metastatic Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Spiritual Side of Cancer

Drop-ins Welcome

The focus of this monthly group is to create an environment in which people feel free to discuss the challenges and joys found in the spiritual side of the cancer journey.

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Young Adults with Cancer Networking Group

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Brain Tumor Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

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

 

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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

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

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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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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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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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Prostate Cancer Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Bereavement Drop-in

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Transitions for Spouses

Staff Registration Required

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

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Transitions Alumni Networking

Alumni Drop-ins Encouraged

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

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Melanoma Networking

Drop-ins Welcome

The purpose of this group is to exchange information and strategies for making decisions and navigating the cancer experience.

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Mile Square Health Center – Welcome to Wellness Orientation

Registration Required

This online meeting is an opportunity for newcomers to learn more about all the ways to benefit from Wellness House.

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yoga4cancer series

Registration Required


Introduction to gentle, beginner and restorative standing and
mat-based yoga postures. No prior yoga experience is needed.

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Bereaved Parents Support Group

Drop-Ins Welcome

This group welcomes all parents who have lost a child of any age to cancer within the past five years.

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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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Bereavement Group for Parents Who Have Lost a Child to Cancer

Staff Registration Required

A weekly bereavement support group for parents who have lost a child to cancer.

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Kids Group for Parents with Advanced Illness

Staff Registration Required

A weekly support group for children ages 6-12 with a parent with metastatic
or advanced cancer.

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Restorative Yoga

Staff Registration Required

Gentle, floor-based yoga postures that utilize props for slow, passive stretching. Registration is required and space is limited to 6 participants.

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Arlington Heights – Mindful Yoga

Drop-ins Welcome

Nurture your entire being with mind/body movement.

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Chicago – Gynecologic Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Chicago – Breast Cancer Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Palatine – Wellness Through Deep Hypnosis

Registration Required

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

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UI Health Cancer Clinic – Cancer Connections

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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Teen Support Group

Staff Registration Required

An eight-week support group for teens ages 13-18 who have a parent with a
current cancer diagnosis.

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Turtles Transitions for Parents

Staff Registration Required

A bereavement group for parents who have participated in the Turtles program and/or who are experiencing the later stages of grief due to the loss of a partner/spouse.

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Siblings Bereavement Group

Staff Registration Required

A weekly bereavement support group for children ages 6-12 who have lost a sibling to cancer.

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Unique Boutique

To schedule an appointment, call 630.654.5110 or email uniqueboutique@wellnesshouse.org.

Experience personalized salon and bodywork offerings tailored specifically for people with cancer.

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Chicago – Beginner Chair Yoga

Drop-ins welcome

Gentle, beginner and restorative chair-based and standing yoga postures.
No previous yoga experience required; all equipment provided.

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UI Health Cancer Clinic – Creative Connections

for patients and caregivers in the infusion center

Using a variety of artistic materials, this is an opportunity for patients and
caregivers in the infusion center to explore and develop their own creative
centers for the purpose of healing.

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UI Health Cancer Clinic – Nutrition Connections

for patients and caregivers in the infusion center

Oncology dietitian provides individual nutrition consultations with patients
and caregivers in the infusion center. For questions, contact Angela Dennison, RD, LDN at 630.654.5196 or adennison@wellnesshouse.org.

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Wellness House Webinars and Video Series

Registration Required

Wellness House now offers webinars and videos that you can watch from the comforts of your own home.

 

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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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Berwyn – Yoga for Cancer Survivors

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Palatine – Reiki Clinic

Staff Registration Required

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

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Mile Square Health Center – Tai Chi Fundamentals

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

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

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Mile Square Health Center – Young Adult Networking Group

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

This group is part of an international initiative to recognize and address the unique circumstances related to lifestyle, work, school, family life, and emotional development that young adults face when living with cancer.

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Mile Square Health Center – Spirituality Group

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

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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Mile Square Health Center – Breast Cancer Networking

Walk-ins Welcome or Register Online

This group provides an opportunity for women with breast cancer to share your unique experience, connect with and ask questions of others in similar circumstances and improve your coping skills.

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Beginner Mat Yoga

Drop-ins Welcome


Beginner and restorative mat based and standing yoga postures.

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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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Oak Park (Rush) – Cancer Connections

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Meaning Centered-Psychotherapy Group for Caregivers

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, committed group open to caregivers who are tending emotionally and/or physically to a family member or friend with a cancer diagnosis.

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Chicago – Head and Neck Support Group

Drop-ins Welcome

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

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Mile Square Health Center – Exercise for Cancer

Registration Required

Instructor-led exercises for people experiencing cancer related physical
difficulties with a focus on reducing cancer related side effects, including fatigue, nausea, muscle wasting, as well as improving activities of daily living, endurance, strength, flexibility and balance.

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Mile Square Health Center – Yoga for Cancer

Walk-in or register online

Gentle, beginner and restorative yoga postures designed to reduce cancer related side effects.

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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Group for the Bereaved

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, committed group open to participants who have lost a loved one to cancer and who have regularly attended Drop-In Bereavement Group or Transitions for Spouses.

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Prostate Cancer Information Meeting and Discussion Hosted by Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago

Registration Required

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Chicago, will begin holding their monthly informational, support and discussion meetings at Wellness House.

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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Group for a Cancer Diagnosis

Staff Registration Required

This is an 8-week, committed group open to anyone who has or has had a cancer diagnosis and who have regularly attended Drop-In Bereavement Group or Transitions for Spouses.

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Mile Square Health Center – Cooking for Cancer

Registration Required

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

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Moving Forward

Staff Registration Required
THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED

An 8- week experiential series for those who have completed treatment in the past year.

 

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Mile Square Health Center – Online Nutrition for Cancer Side Effects

Registration Required

The same information and support of Nutrition for Cancer Side Effects will now be offered in 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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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Group for Caregivers

Staff Registration Required
This program has been cancelled

Take care of yourself by exploring and restoring your sense of meaning so that you can continue to provide care for your family member or friend.

 

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Drawing with Pastels

Registration Required

Create colorful drawings with the portable medium of pastels.

 

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Fall Ceramics

Registration Required

Join us in using traditional ceramic hand building techniques to complete individual projects using wet clay.

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Community Acupuncture

Staff Registration Required

Join Bridget to experience the benefits of acupuncture in a community setting that allows 3 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.

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Berwyn (Pav YMCA) – Wellness in Season

Registration Required

In this cooking demonstration/discussion, we’ll focus on preparing for the winter holidays as we learn new recipes that contribute to the fun as well as your health.

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Networking Group for Bereaved Dads of Young Children and Teens

Drop-ins Welcome

Please attend this group if you are a bereaved dad of kids from newborn through college-age and would like to benefit from the opportunity to exchange experiences, single dad parenting tips and support with others in the same situation.

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Berwyn (MacNeal) – Wellness in Season

Registration Required

In this cooking demonstration/discussion, we’ll focus on preparing for the winter holidays as we learn new recipes that contribute to the fun as well as your health.

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Mile Square Health Center – Expressive Arts

Registration Required

The support offered through the escape of the arts enriches the daily lives of patients and their families, providing joy, stress release, and a reprieve from 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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Food for Life

Registration Required

Empower yourself with easy-to-learn skills that turn every meal into a delicious dose of healthy nutrition. Each session focuses on a different aspect of scientifically sound basics of a cancer-fighting diet.

 

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Mixed Media Art

Registration Required
Please register for each class separately.

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

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Mile Square – This Is Only A Test

Registration Required

Drop in for some self-care to unwind and then stay for a book reading by writer and entrepreneur Chris-Tia Donaldson from her book This Is Only a Test. Enjoy tea and snacks during this light book reading and learn about Chris-Tia’s journey throughout cancer.

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Stress Free Saturday for Kids

Registration Required
NOVEMBER 23 CLASS IS CANCELLED

Children ages 6-12 are invited to this class to learn a variety of stress reduction techniques designed especially for kids.

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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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Sidelining Side Effects

Registration Required

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

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Knotted Up

Registration Required

Participants will create knotted bracelets using hemp.

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Nutrition Q & A: Nutrition Discussion Group

Registration Required

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

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Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Networking Group

Staff Registration Required

Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy (MCP) course at Wellness House are invited to participate in this monthly peer networking group.

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Reiki Share

Registration Required

This program is for Reiki practitioners of any level who have taken Reiki For You: Level 1 class or have taken Reiki class with other teachers.

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Elmhurst – Holiday Expressive Arts

Drop-ins Welcome

Join us to explore and develop your own creative center for the purpose of healing.

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Bereavement Networking Group for Parental Loss

Drop-Ins Welcome

Join other bereaved adults (age 18 and older) who have lost a parent to cancer.

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Chicago – Holiday Expressive Arts

Drop-ins Welcome

Join us to explore and develop your own creative center for the purpose of healing.

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Mile Square Health Center – Online Cancer Nutrition Q & A and Discussion Group

Registration Required

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

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How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy During Cancer Treatment

Registration Required

This presentation will discuss common vision-related side effects,
overall ocular health, and preventative eye care measures.

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Antioxidant Favorites

Registration Required

This class will focus on specific antioxidants and the foods they are
found in. Learn how these foods can reduce the risk of cancer and
tips to include them into your everyday diet.

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Saturday Art

Registration Required

Create handmade holiday cards.

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IgniteHope Candle Workshop

Registration Required

In this interactive class, you will make a unique candle with messages of inspiration hidden throughout the wax.

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Berwyn (Pav YMCA) – Expressive Arts

Registration Required

Wellness House will again be facilitating holiday expressive arts during Pav’s annual LIVESTRONG holiday celebration.

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Holiday Book Club: The Christmas Box

Registration Required

Through the discovery of a special Christmas Box box and the letters within, the Christmas Box reveals heartwarming lessons on parental love, healing, and the importance of spending time with family.

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Beyond the Body: Healing through the Human Energy Field

Registration Required

This presentation will describe the physical body as part of a dynamic
energy field that includes the Aura, Hara, and Core Essence.

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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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Teen Winter Bash

Registration Required

This special event for teens ages 13-17 will feature holiday themed karaoke fun, and also a gingerbread house decorating contest.

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Holiday Stress Reduction

Registration Required

Join us as we share and practice mindfulness-based strategies to identify and cope with these feelings.

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Mile Square Health Center – Nutrition for Cancer Side Effects

Registration Required

Designed specifically for those with a cancer diagnosis, this class will focus on nutrition and lifestyle strategies to minimize or prevent the following side effects: Low appetite, excessive weight loss, taste changes or lack of taste, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and constipation, neuropathy.

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Management of BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations

Registration Required

Dr Bao will cover risk management for healthy patients, cancer management for diagnosed individuals, and surgical considerations.

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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 at Wellness House. Come enjoy the music, food and fun and bid Jeannie Cella a fond farewell.

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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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Mindfulness Meditation Circle

Registration Required

This class will start with a short discussion and check-in and then will be guided with breath work and meditation to help connect with your inner wisdom and calm.

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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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Mile Square Health Center – Online Nutrition for Cancer Side Effects

Registration Required

The same information and support of Nutrition for Cancer Side Effects will now be offered in the comfort of your own home.

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Understanding the Grief Process

Registration Required

Join us as we learn to understand the grief process and identify resources to guide our healing and comfort following the loss of a loved one.

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Crystal Bowl Meditation

Registration Required

Come enjoy the beauty and vibration of Crystal Singing Bowls.

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Polar Express Pajama Party

Registration Required
Please register each individual in your family separately

Join us for our annual Polar Express Pajama Party! We will have crafts, delicious treats, entertainment, and tons of fun!

 

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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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