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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:

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 Heather Avery
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 Heather Avery
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 Heather Avery
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 Heather Avery
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 Heather Avery
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 counseling professionals 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.

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.

Create a Self-Care Calendar
Mondays, November 8, 22 and 29, 10:00 – 11:30 am
The holidays can be a difficult season while managing a cancer diagnosis. Self care at this time often goes by the wayside. Let’s ring in the holidays together by working on a daily self-care calendar with gentle reminders personalized to you and your self care. We will create these beautiful calendars just in time for December 1.
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 “Self Care Calendar” in your subject line.  

Journaling: The Latitude of Gratitude
Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17, 24, 10:00 – 11:30 am
During this month known for gratitude, let’s create a gratitude box together to use in our own homes or give to others. We will also create a journal to record everyday beauty and joy into the new year.
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 “Journaling Gratitude” in your subject line.  

Collage!
Thursdays, November 4, 11 and 18, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Open your creative flow with a montage of collage! In this series, you will literally tear through printed materials—magazines, newspapers, wrapping paper, greeting cards, etc.—to create collages on various vessels and materials.
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 “Collage” in your subject line.  

Whimsical Watercolors
Mondays, December 13, 20, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Explore with watercolor paints, layering with Gelli prints and embellishing with gel pens.
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 “Water Colors” in your subject line.  

Neurographic and Mixed-Media Card Making
Wednesdays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Use a variety of mediums to create beautiful and highly personalized cards for the holidays and beyond.
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 “Card Making” in your subject line.  

Mindfulness Challenge
Thursdays, December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:00 – 11:30 am
In December, join our mindfulness challenge. Each session, you will be given a prompt to create pieces of art. In this fun and engaging series, you will surprise yourself with what you can create with one simple prompt while staying in the present moment.
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 “Mindfulness Challenge” in your subject line.  

Nutrition Classes

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.

Family Focus

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)
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
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
In December, group will meet on third Wednesday, December 15, 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 meeting in December
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.