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Virtual Programs and Services
Spring/Summer 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:

Tuesday, April 13, 1:00 pm
Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: The Role of Food and Beyond
Dr. Christy Kesslering, Radiation Oncology, Northwestern Medicine
To register and receive a link to join this virtual presentation, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and e-mail info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Metabolic Disease” in your subject line.

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

Wednesday, April 28, 1:00 pm
Integrative Medicine: What Is It and How Can It Benefit Patients with Cancer?
Elizabeth Addington, PhD, Psychology, Northwestern Medical Group, Assistant Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
This discussion will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required.

Tuesday, May 11, 1:00 pm
What Causes Cancer?
Dr. Robert Bayer, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medicine Group
This discussion will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required.

Friday, May 21, 10:00 am
Sunshine and Coffee in Colon Cancer Prevention
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.

Wednesday, May 26, 1:00 pm
Mindfulness Practices for Everyday Life

Gary Wilson, M.A., M.A.P.C., LCPC, Staff Chaplain, ACPE Certified Educator, Mindfulness-Based Stress Release (MBSR) Teacher, Northwestern Medicine
This discussion will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required.

Tuesday, June 8, 1:00 pm
Artificial Intelligence and Oncology
Mozziyar Etemadi, MD, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of McCormick School of Engineering and Anesthesiology, 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 “AI” in your subject line.

Thursday, June 17, 4:00 pm
Making Endocrine Therapy for Breast Cancer More Effective
John Ayers, MD, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
This discussion will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required.

Thursday, July 22, 9:00 am
Upper GI Cancers: Latest Treatment News
Dr. Kevin Dawravoo, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
This discussion will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required.

Monday, July 26, 1:00 pm
What Is Immunotherapy?
Dr. Michael Kahn, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
This discussion will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required. 

Tuesday, August 3, 6:00 pm
My Follow-up Scan is Complete. Now What? An Overview of Cancer Imaging

Panel of Northwestern Medicine radiologists: Rajeev Polasani, MD, Chairman, Diagnostic Imaging, Central DuPage Hospital Northwestern Medicine, Waseem Khan, MD, Amar Patel, MD,  Sanket Shah, MD, Fatma Ahmed, MD, and David Chiang, MD
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 “Cancer Imaging” in your subject line.

Monday, August 16, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
I’ve Finished Cancer Treatment. What Now? Survivorship 101

Dr. Christopher George, Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
To register and receive a link to join this virtual presentation, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Survivorship 101” in your subject line.

Wednesday, August 25, 2:00 pm
Watch and Wait? Treating Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
Dr. Robert Eisner, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
This discussion will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required.

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, 9:15 – 10:00 am, Beginner Tai Chi with Sheri Minnick
Focus on using breath in combination with Tai Chi movements to allow physical body stressors and anxiety to be released.

Wednesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 am, Gentle and Restorative Yoga with Sheri Minnick
Enjoy a yoga class that will focus on your breathing, a full body warmup, gentle movements and end with a guided relaxation.

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.

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, Yoga with Mary Keane
Learn yoga postures that will reduce stress, increase flexibility, and support your healing and sleep. Both standing and mat yoga poses will be incorporated.

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, 11:00 – 11:45 am, Core and Flexibility with Sheri Minnick
Increase balance, flexibility and core strength. Modifications will be given for those with physical limitations. Both standing and mat-based exercises will be performed. Please have a yoga or pilates mat for this class.

Fridays, 10:30 – 11:30 am, Yoga with Rita Meier (No class on March 26 and April 2)
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, July 19 – August 30, 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.

July 19: Pressure to Thrive
July 26:  Discussion Group
August 2: Managing Moods, Stress, Feeling Stuck
August 9: Discussion Group
August 16: Survivorship Toolkit
August 23: Fear of Recurrence
August 30: 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 “Survivorship Series” in your subject line.

Stress Management

Healing Through Humor: Power of Play
Friday, June 25, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Caroline Rhoads, MSW Intern, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
In this workshop, you will learn basic improv skills and explore how these skills can help in everyday situations and collaboration. Participants are encouraged to leave their judgement and inner critic at the door to reap the benefits of playfulness and spontaneity.
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.

Learn How to Meditate Series
Tuesdays, July 27 – August 31, 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 “Meditation” in your subject line.

Cultivating a Journaling Practice
Wednesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 2:00 3:30 pm
Limited class size, register early!
This four-week series presented by Christine McMinn, LCPC CT and Cheri Hunt, Art Instructor, is aimed at helping you develop an art and journaling practice or deepen yours if you already have one. This class is designed to educate you on the benefits of journaling, empower you to start exploring your thoughts and feelings related to the impact of a cancer diagnosis on your life, and provide you with the skills, strengths, and strategies to continue your practice long after you complete this series. We’ll incorporate journaling prompts, offer space for writing and reflection, explore how art can enhance your journaling practice and provide you with opportunity to connect, share and learn from others in class.
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 “Journaling” in your subject line.

Emotional Roller Coaster of Cancer: Coping With Stress and Worry
Monday, August 9, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
This virtual presentation led by LivingWell oncology counselor Kelley Navar, LCPC, will explore the different kinds of stress, how to notice stress and worry building within yourself, and various ways to cope.
To register and receive the link to join this virtual workshop, complete (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Coping With Stress” 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.

Vision Boards
Wednesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Learn how to create a variety of different vision/dream boards that will inspire you about life. You will create affirmations and intentions designed to help envision your future. Attendance throughout this four-class series is encouraged but not mandatory.
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 “Vision Boards” in your subject line.

Everyday a Day of Zen
Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 10:00 – 11:30 am
Start your Wednesdays in May learning more about the intention-activating power of daily rituals, finding your mantra, soul collage and bullet journaling. Attendance throughout this series is encouraged but not mandatory.
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 “Zen” in your subject line.

Acrylic Pouring Demonstration
Wednesday, June 2, 10:00 – 11:30 am
This class will be a demo of how to do acrylic pouring and include techniques you can use to create different effects.
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 “Acrylic Pouring” in your subject line.

Get Lost in Water Colors
Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Disconnect from any uncertainties and chaos and fall into a creative flow state that is both meditative and healing by creating with watercolors. Attendance throughout this series is encouraged but not mandatory.
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 “Water Colors” in your subject line.

Botanical Printing
Wednesdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Come join us during the month of August to create stunning prints with plants on paper and textiles. You’ll be using flowers and greens that you find in nature—right in your backyard!  Attendance throughout this series is encouraged but not mandatory.
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 “Botanical” in your subject line.

Nutrition Classes

LivingWell offers two different series of virtual culinary classes to help patients with cancer and their caregivers move through cancer treatment into survivorship. After the completion of both series, participants “graduate” and can take the tools learned to make informed decisions about food and meal prep and continue healthy eating habits. “Hot Topics!” classes are not part of a series. They are open to anyone diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers.

Eating Well While Undergoing Cancer Treatment
First and third Tuesdays of each month, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Presented by Northwestern Medicine/LivingWell dietitian, Nancy Zawicki, RD, LDN, MS
Designed for patients in active treatment and their caregivers, Eating Well classes focus on symptom management during cancer treatment and incorporating plant-based foods into the diet.

  • June 1: What to Eat Before and During Chemo
  • June 15: Protecting the Immune System
  • July 6: Sidelining Side Effects, Part I. Taste changes, sore mouth, painful swallowing, nausea and vomiting will be discussed with tips and recipes to help minimize or prevent unpredictable side effects during treatment.
  • July 20: Sidelining Side Effects, Part II: This class will include tips for handling gastrointestinal digestion distress by learning to manage fiber in your diet.
  • August 3: Now It’s My Turn to Cook
  • August 17: Reducing Inflammation with Anti-Inflammatory Foods
  • September 7: How to Make the Most of Each Bite When Eating Becomes Challenging
  • September 21: Celebrate completion of series with healthy recipes

  To register and receive the link to join this eight-session series, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Eating Well” in your subject line. Attendance throughout the entire series is highly encouraged but not mandatory.

Being Well: Transitioning to Survivorship
Second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Presented by Northwestern Medicine/LivingWell dietitian, Nancy Zawicki, RD, LDN, MS
Designed for cancer survivors and their caregivers, this series of classes focuses on healthy recipes and wellness topics to help improve mind, body and spirit while adjusting to life post treatment.

  • June 8: Moving Forward After A Cancer Diagnosis
  • June 22: Managing a Healthy Weight after Treatment  
  • July 13: Mediterranean Style of Eating
  • July 27: Gut Health
  • August 10: Cooking for One or Two 
  • August 24: Culinary Completion

To register and receive the link to join this eight-session series, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Being Well” in your subject line. Attendance throughout the entire series is highly encouraged but not mandatory. 

Hot Topics! Farm Fresh Foods That Help Fight Inflammation
Wednesday, May 5, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Chronic inflammation is linked to many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s. Join us for a discussion about locally grown foods that can help contribute to a healthier lifestyle and decrease chronic inflammation.

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 “farm fresh” in your subject line.

Hot Topics! Soy and Cancer: Managing Diet Myths
Wednesday, August 4, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Soy is found in a wide variety of food products that are becoming more widely available on grocery shelves today.  Join us for a discussion on evidenced-based guidelines and recommendations involving soy, cancer and overall health.

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 “soy” in your subject line.

Special Programs

Navigating Work and Cancer
Thursday, April 15, 1:00 pm
A cancer diagnosis often brings up questions on how to navigate work and cancer. Regardless of if you are working through treatment or returning to work after taking time off, you may have access to federal, state, and employer protections. This presentation by cancer rights attorney and CEO, Triage Cancer, Joanna Fawzy Morales, will address the relevant laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), state laws, and disclosure and privacy protections.
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 “Navigating Work” in your subject line.

Social Security Disability Benefits and Cancer
Thursday, May 13, 1:00 pm
Kristin Hartsaw, program director, DuPage Federation of Human Services Reform, will be leading this presentation that reviews benefits available through the Social Security Administration, qualifications for these benefits and things to consider before applying. Kristin has a wealth of knowledge on this important topic, so please bring your questions!
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 “Social Security” in your subject line.

Beautiful You
Wednesday, May 19 or Wednesday, August 18, 1:00 – 2:00 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 virtual 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.  

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. (January 19; February 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27)
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. (January 19; February 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27)
FACT is an ongoing weekly 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 Thursdays of each month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
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.

Grief Transitions
Second Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 
This group provides support to those individuals who lost an adult loved one and are navigating life with grief after the one year mark of their loss and up to three years beyond.

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.

Breast (Metastatic)
Third Monday of each month, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
This group offers support and connection with others who understand the challenges of living with a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma
Fourth Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
This group supports any individual living with a leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma diagnosis—as well as those caring for a loved one with one of those diagnoses.

Brain Tumor
Second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
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.

Head and Neck
Monday, April 12, 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.

Us TOO Prostate
Third Tuesday of each month, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Join the Meeting (join by phone at 312.535.8110 access code: 177 958 0656)

Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Join the meeting (join by phone at 312.535.8110 access code: 177 011 1280)
Provides educational resources and support to those impacted by prostate cancer at two different dates and times per month.

Virtual Wig Consultations

For patients experiencing hair loss as a result of cancer treatments, LivingWell now offers virtual wig consultations. Our wig specialists will help you choose a wig that fits your needs, lifestyle and budget from the privacy of your home. 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.