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Virtual Programs and Services
Fall 2021

We are currently offering the following free online programs and telehealth services for patients with cancer and their family members and caregivers.

Online Medical Discussions

Medical updates and special presentations for living well. Watch recordings of previous Facebook Live discussions on our Facebook page or YouTube.com/c/Livingwellcrc.

Upcoming discussions:

Wednesday, October 20, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Emerging Strategies in Breast Cancer Care Before, During and After Surgery

Dr. Mary Ahn, Dr. Batul Al-Zubeidy, Dr. Swati Kulkarni, FACS, Breast Surgery, Northwestern Medicine
 To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Breast Cancer Care” in your subject line.

Thursday, October 28, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Nature as Medicine for Cancer Care: Mind, Body and Soil
David Victorson, PhD, Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Research Associate Director, Cancer Survivorship Institute, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University
 To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Nature As Medicine” in your subject line.

Monday, November 8, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm
I’ve Finished Cancer Treatment, Now What? Survivorship 101
Dr. Christopher George, Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
● To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Survivorship Toolkit” in your subject line.

Tuesday, November 9, 3:00 – 3:30 pm
Cognitive Rehab: Managing Chemo Brain
Eric Larson, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine
 This discussion will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required. 

Friday, November 12, 10:00 – 10:30 am
Probiotics: Pros and Cons for Patient With Cancer
Dr. Grace Suh, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
 This discussion will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required.

Friday, November 19, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Prehab—How To Prepare for Cancer Surgery for Best Outcome
Dr. John Abad, Director of Surgical and GI Oncology, Carrie Feid, APN, Surgical Oncology, Kate Wulkow, RD, Dietitian Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, and Dr. Robin Cohen, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
 To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Prehab” in your subject line.

Monday, November 22, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Medical Cannabis in 2022
Judith Paice, PhD, RN, Director, Cancer Pain Program
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
 To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Medical Cannabis” in your subject line.

Tuesday, December 7, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
How Chemotherapy and Radiation Impact Your Teeth
John Mason, DDS, Mason, Faith & Hoscheit Dental, St. Charles
 This discussion will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required.

Every Third Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:00 pm 
Understanding the Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) Ketogenic Diet
Dr. Christy Kesslering, Radiation Oncology, Northwestern Medicine
Each month, Dr. Kesslering begins with a presentation on various related topics followed by a Q&A session and networking. Topics include:

  • What is a LCHF/Ketogenic diet and why should I care?
  • Frequently asked questions and common mistakes
  • Review of the science from various health perspectives including weight, chronic disease, cancer and fitness.

To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “LCHF” in your subject line.

Fitness and Yoga Classes

Take weekly online classes with LivingWell fitness/yoga instructors. For links to each class, please contact info@livingwellcrc.org. (To participate, you must have a current LivingWell New Participant Form and Medical Release Form on file and have a cancer diagnosis date within the last three years or have a metastatic diagnosis.)

► Watch on-demand recordings of LivingWell fitness and yoga classes at bit.ly/LWFitnessYogaYouTube.

Mondays, 9:00 – 10:00 am, Yoga with Sheri Minnick
Learn yoga postures that will reduce stress, increase flexibility, and support your healing and sleep. Both standing and mat yoga poses will be incorporated.

Mondays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, Chair Yoga with Sheri Minnick
Learn to increase balance, flexibility, mobility, stamina and strength while connecting with your body and its movements.

Tuesdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, Chair Fitness for Cancer Recovery with Susan Litviak
Movements in this class are designed to increase strength and get the lymphatic system flowing. For this class, we will be using a set of dumbbells. As an alternative, you can use soup cans, bottles of water, or something similar.

Tuesdays, 11:00 – 11:30 am, Balance and Core Fitness with Susan Litviak
Improve balance and core strength, and develop strong and supportive hip stabilizer and abdominal muscles. Exercises in this class will be performed standing.

Tuesdays, 11:45 – 12:30 pm, Yoga with Susan Litviak
Learn yoga postures that will reduce stress, increase flexibility, and support your healing and sleep. Both standing and mat yoga poses will be incorporated.

Wednesdays, 10:15 – 11:00 am, Chair Fitness for Lymphedema and Neuropathy with Sheri Minnick
This class includes exercises to help stimulate receptors of the hands and feet. The movements get the lymphatic system flowing. Please have a tennis, spiked or lightweight ball available, as well as a set of lightweight dumbbells. As an alternative, you can use soup cans, bottles of water, or something similar.

Wednesdays, 4:45 – 5:15 pm, Circuit Training for Bone Health with Susan Litviak
Individuals de-conditioned by cancer treatment and those who have osteoporosis/osteopenia can be prone to falls and fractures. This standing class will emphasize timed strength training intervals of various exercises to help increase bone density. Class will include a warm up, individually guided circuit weight training (you make it as challenging as you need) and cool down. We will be using a set of dumbbells. As an alternative, you can use soup cans, bottles of water, or something similar.

Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, Fitness for Cancer Recovery with Sheri Minnick
Manage the side effects of treatment through exercise. Increase strength, stamina and balance. In this class, we will be using a set of dumbbells. As an alternative, you can use soup cans, bottles of water, or something similar.

Thursdays, 10:45 – 11:00 am, Core and Flexibility with Sheri Minnick
Work on core strength with this targeted, mat-based class. Modifications will be given for those with physical limitations. Please have a yoga or pilates mat for this class. Instructor: Sheri Minnick

Fridays, 10:00 – 11: 00 am, Yoga with Rita Meier 
Learn yoga postures that will reduce stress, increase flexibility, and support your healing and sleep. Both standing and mat yoga poses will be incorporated.

Counseling and Social Work

Counseling: The emotional experience of cancer treatment can be as challenging as the physical experience. Our team of Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors can help patients and caregivers talk about their thoughts, feelings, and reactions to a diagnosis. To schedule an initial consultation or telephone counseling session, please email counseling@livingwellcrc.org.

Social Work: LivingWell’s licensed social workers connect patients to resources and education to help reduce stress and remove barriers to care. Resources are available to help with transportation and lodging, managing household finances and employment challenges. Social workers are also available to help patients and caregivers cope after a diagnosis and treatment changes. To connect with a LivingWell social worker, please email socialwork@livingwellcrc.org.

Survivorship Programs

Back-On-Track Surviving Survivorship Series
Mondays, October 11 – November 22, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Many patients find themselves wondering, “Now what?” after their cancer treatment ends. This seven-week online “Back-on-Track: Surviving Survivorship” series, presented by Missy Petty, LCPC, is designed to help both patients and caregivers navigate the challenges people experience as they transition into survivorship. Topics include: changes in relationships, managing expectations, addressing anxiety and depression, the “new normal,” fear of recurrence, how to partner with your primary care physician and other providers, managing your health records, and envisioning a positive future. Attendance throughout the entire free series is encouraged but not mandatory.

October 11: Pressure to Thrive
October 18:  Discussion Group
October 25: Managing Moods, Stress, Feeling Stuck
November 1: Discussion Group
November 8 Survivorship Toolkit
November 15: Fear of Recurrence
November 22: Envisioning Your Future

To register and receive the link to join this virtual series, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Fall Survivorship Series” in your subject line.

Stress Management

Learn How to Meditate Series
Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and December 7, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Sheri Minnick, MS, E-RYT, YACEP, ACE GFI
Limited class size, register early!
Meditation is a simple process, however, it is best to learn to meditate from experience. During the six-week series you will learn how to establish a daily meditation practice, recognize fear, take steps to free yourself from worries, and experience the joy of being fully present in the here and now. Please note: This is a progressive series, and you must be committed to attending all six sessions to receive full benefit.
To register and receive the link to join this virtual series, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Fall Meditation” in your subject line.

Healing Through Humor
Thursday, November 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Caroline Rhoads, M.S.S., LSW, CET I
In this workshop, you will learn basic improv skills that can help in everyday situations and collaboration. By strengthening our spontaneity, we are better able to mitigate anxiety when life throws us a curveball. Participants are encouraged to leave their judgement and inner critic at the door to reap the benefits of this experience.
To register and receive the link to join this virtual workshop, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Healing Through Humor” in your subject line.

Art Classes

Through a cancer journey, art is such a beautiful way to express yourself, explore untapped creativity, manage stress and help you connect with others. All LivingWell classes are facilitated by our art instructor, Cheri Hunt, and no previous art experience is required. Supply lists will be emailed to you prior to the start of class.

Zen A Doodle Mandala
Mondays, October 11 and 25, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Learn three different calming practices to help combat stress and uncertainty: Zendoodle, neurographic art and mandala making. Enjoy the company of others impacted by cancer in the process. Attendance at both sessions is highly encouraged but not mandatory.
To register and receive the link to join this virtual class, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Zendoodle” in your subject line.  

Mixed Media
Thursdays, September 30, October 7, 21 and 28
1:00 – 2:30 pm
Set yourself up for exploration every Thursday by dabbling in a variety of mediums, including water colors, oil paints, colored pencils, stenciling and more. Attendance throughout this series is highly encouraged but not mandatory.
To register and receive the link to join this virtual class, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Mixed Media” in your subject line.  

Rise and Shine, Write Your Own Headline
Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Replace today’s disheartening news headlines with your own personal storylines. With each class, you will bring your life experiences, ideas and passions to LivingWell’s virtual art table and assemble a different kind of story with words, pictures, art, color, gratitude, love and self compassion. Attendance throughout this series is highly encouraged but not mandatory.
To register and receive the link to join this virtual class, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Headline” in your subject line.  

Nutrition Classes

Mediterranean Style of Eating
Tuesday, October 12, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthy eating plans recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to promote health and prevent chronic disease. The Mediterranean diet is also a lifestyle that incorporates exercise, spending time with family and socializing with others for a healthy life balance. Learn how to get started.
To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Mediterranean” in your subject line.

Reducing Inflammation with Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Tuesday, October 19, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Learn how to protect your health by incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Learn the steps you can take to reduce chronic inflammation, including lifestyle modifications such as diet, exercise and stress reduction.
To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Inflammation” in your subject line.

What to Eat and What to Avoid While Undergoing Cancer Treatment
Tuesday, October 26, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Nutrition is an important part of cancer treatment. Eating the right kinds of foods before, during and after treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. Learn how to protect your immune system while undergoing treatment through proper nutrition.
To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Eat or Avoid” in your subject line.

Sidelining Side Effects
Tuesday, November 2, 10:00 – 11:00 am
During cancer treatment you might need to change your diet to help build up strength and withstand any side effects. Most all cancer treatments kill cancer cells, In the process, healthy cells are damaged too. This damage is what causes cancer treatment side effects. Learn about tips of managing taste changes, sore mouth, painful swallowing, nausea and vomiting and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Side Effects” in your subject line.

Tool Box for Good Health Throughout the Holidays
Tuesday, November 9, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Holiday parties, sweet treats, cocktails, family meals and stress contribute to overeating during the holidays. Learn how to take a more mindful approach that focuses on self care. Stock your toolbox with mindful eating suggestions and strategies for staying on top of the season.
To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Holiday Health” in your subject line.

Probiotics and Gut Health
Tuesday, November 16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Learn how to improve gut health. Learn about prebiotic fiber and probiotic foods that work together in symbiotic relationship. Other considerations for good gut health are to decrease sugar/sweets intake, manage stress, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, avoid smoking and increase vegetable intake.
To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Gut Health” in your subject line.

Protein Drinks: Helpful or harmful?
Wednesday, December 1, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Learn how to discern which protein shakes may prevent muscle loss, and which ones may have unneeded ingredients. Also, learn when protein drink supplements will make a difference in your nutrition needs.
To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Protein Drinks” in your subject line.

Special Programs

Navigating Medicare
LivingWell’s lead social worker, Rebecca Ness, LCSW, will lead this detailed discussion on how to navigate Medicare. The last 30 minutes of each class will be set aside for Q&A.

Medicare A, B and Supplemental Coverage: Part I
Tuesday, October 12, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Learn how Medicare A & B work and what they do and do not cover. Supplemental coverage will also be reviewed on how to fill the gaps of Medicare. 

Medicare D and Advantage Plans: Part II
Wednesday, October 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
A deep dive into Medicare Part D and how this coverage works. (Note: Open enrollment for Medicare Part D is October 15 through December 7.) Becky will also share how Medicare Advantage plans work—and pros and cons of these plans.

 To register and receive the link to join both virtual Medicare presentations, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name, and “Medicare” in your subject line. 

Beautiful You
Wednesday, November 17, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Beautiful You is designed to help anyone experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatment feel beautiful inside and out. Jenny Burns, Geneva-based salon owner, stylist and makeup artist, will share how to care for your scalp and hair regrowth, choose the best-fitting wig, accessorize with scarves and hats, and recreate natural-looking eyebrows with an eye pencil.
To register and receive the link to join this presentation, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name, class date, and “Beautiful You” in your subject line.  

Family Focus

LivingWell Pumpkin Patch
Wednesday, October 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Drive into LivingWell’s front parking lot in Geneva during our pumpkin patch hours and have your family pick out a free pumpkin right from your car! We’ll load it in your trunk and make sure you are ready for Halloween.
  To reserve your family’s pumpkin, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Pumpkin Patch” in your subject line. 

Children’s Thanksgiving Art Workshop
Tuesday, November 16, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Create a turkey out of Sculpey clay and make a personalized gratitude box to share with your family.
  To register and receive the link to join this virtual class, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Turkey” in your subject line.  

Holiday Joy Family Craft Night
Wednesday, December 1, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Enjoy a night at home with your family, crafting online with LivingWell’s art instructor, Cheri Hunt. Make paper ornaments, design holiday cards and make a festive treat bag to give or share.
  To register and receive the link to join this virtual class, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Holiday Art” in your subject line.  

Support Groups

Several LivingWell support groups are now online. To receive a link to join one, e-mail counseling@livingwellcrc.org.

Caregiver Support
Every other Tuesday, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (September 14, 28; October 12, 26; November 9, 23; December 7, 21)
This support group embraces the importance of those dedicated to caring for loved ones who are living with cancer and provides opportunities to network with other caregivers facing similar challenges.

Facing Cancer Together (FACT)
Every other Tuesday, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. (September 14, 28; October 12, 26; November 9; December 7, 21)
No meeting on November 23

Support group for people with any type or stage of cancer, and is appropriate for patients who are newly diagnosed, in treatment, completing treatment, or living with cancer as a chronic illness.

Good Grief
First and third Wednesdays of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
In October, meetings will be on second and third Wednesdays: October 13 and October 20
Navigating life after loss is challenging, but having the support of others who understand can help. This group provides emotional support and connection for individuals who have experienced the loss of an adult loved one to cancer within the past 12 months.

Breast (General)
Third Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
This group provides those with breast cancer to come together and support one another through diagnosis, treatment, and early survivorship.

Breast (Mastectomy)
Fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 
Open to any individual who has had or will be having a mastectomy to process the physical and emotional impact a diagnosis can have on those with a breast cancer diagnosis. Facilitated by a survivor and longtime LivingWell/Northwestern Medicine volunteer.

Brain Tumor
Second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
No meetings in October or November
This group is co-facilitated by LivingWell social work and neuro-oncology APN to provide support and education to patients who have a diagnosis of a primary brain tumor. Caregivers are welcome to attend.

Us TOO Prostate
Third Tuesday of each month, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Join the Meeting (join by phone at +1 331-303-8777 access code: 218146704)

Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Join the meeting (join by phone at +1 331-303-8777 access code: 272708029)
Provides educational resources and support to those impacted by prostate cancer at two different dates and times per month.

Head and Neck Support Group
Monday, October 4, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Open to anyone diagnosed with a head and neck cancer, this group provides an opportunity for participants to share personal experiences, coping strategies and receive education and information about treatment and post treatment changes.

Virtual Wig Consultations

For patients experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatments, LivingWell offers virtual wig consultations. Our wig specialists will help you choose a wig that fits your needs and lifestyle from the privacy of your home. Thanks to a generous donation from the Geneva Women’s Club and other individuals in the community, wigs are available at no cost to patients. To schedule a virtual wig consultation, click here.

Recorded Culinary Classes

Watch cooking classes filmed in the LivingWell kitchen with Northwestern Medicine/LivingWell dietitians on our YouTube Channel.

Recorded Art Projects and Relaxation Practices

Get creative and take care of yourself at home with art and wellness projects designed by LivingWell art and wellness instructors.