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Virtual Programs and Services
Spring 2022

We are currently offering the following virtual programs and telehealth services for patients with cancer and their family members and caregivers. All LivingWell programs and services are at no cost thanks to generous community support!

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:

Every Third Wednesday, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Understanding the Low Carb, High Fat (LCHF) Ketogenic Diet
Dr. Christy Kesslering, Radiation Oncology
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.

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, March 14 – April 25, 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.

March 14: Pressure to Thrive
March 21: Discussion Group
March 28: Survivorship 101: Medical Discussion by Dr. Christopher George (see description below)
April 4: Managing Moods, Stress, Feeling Stuck
April 11: Discussion Group
April 18: Fear of Recurrence
April 25: 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.

I’ve Finished Cancer Treatment, Now What? Survivorship 101
Monday, March 28, 6:30 – 7:45 pm
Presented by Dr. Christopher George, Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group
Cancer treatment can require a patient’s full attention and energy for months or even years. And when it is done, the treatment can leave patients emotionally and physically spent—and even a bit disoriented as they adjust to life after cancer. Join Dr. George as he addresses what to expect as a “cancer survivor” and how you can partner with your medical team to recover from the treatment.
To register and receive the link to join this virtual medical presentation, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name, and “Survivorship Dr. George” in your subject line. 

Stress Management

Healing Through Humor: Letting Go
Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Part of improv is letting go of how you think things should go to make way for what your improv team brings to the table. In this workshop led by improv instructor/ensemble member and social worker Caroline Rhoads, M.S.S., LSW, CET I, you apply the principles from improv to let go and make peace with what you can’t control. 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 “Letting Go” in your subject line.

Gong Sound Healing
First Thursday of each month, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
via Facebook Live
Immerse yourself in the healing sounds of three Paiste gongs to help calm mind and body and aid in deep meditation. Singing crystal and Tibetan bowls will also be used in class to raise the vibration and heighten the experience. Instructor: Jenny Bergold
This class will be live on Facebook at http://facebook.com/livingwellcrc. No registration required. 

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.

The Its and Bits of Collage
Monday, April 11 and 25, 10:00 – 11:30 am

You’ll create your own scrap paper to make whimsical collages in this two-part series! In the process, you’ll explore different mediums and find small joys creating with your own papers. 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 “Collage” in your subject line.

Arrrrgh! Rest, Refuel, Reset and Recharge
Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Each week in this series, we will  focus on one of the “R” words—creating art and journaling around it. This weekly practice will help you move forward in your cancer journey and gather “R” ideas and perspectives from others. 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 “Arrrrgh” in your subject line.

Butterflies!
Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
The symbol of the butterfly will be used throughout this art series to you help transform, move through, and allow healing. We will create for each stage of metamorphosis, as it applies to you. A variety of mediums will be used to help you express your feelings and emotions around a cancer diagnosis, anxiety, and/or grief. Attendance throughout this series is highly encouraged but not mandatory.

    Resilience is not about overcoming, but becoming.“
                                           — Author, Sherri Mandell

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 “Butterflies” in your subject line.  

Nutrition Classes

Eating Whole Grains
Wednesday, April 27, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Do you know the health benefits whole grains provide in your diet? They provide fiber, B Vitamins, iron and more. When eaten in their whole form, whole grains contribute to good nutrition. Learn how to identify a whole grain, how to interpret a food label, and about the wide variety of whole grains available.
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 “Whole Grains” in your subject line.

Nutrition Consultations
Have your questions answered and learn nutrition recommendations that will help you during cancer treatment from Sandie Hunter, RD, LDN, MS, CSO, clinical nutrition manager at Northwestern Medicine. Consultations are limited to people diagnosed with cancer. To make an appointment, complete this form. You may also email questions to askadietitian@livingwellcrc.org. 

Support Groups

Several LivingWell support groups are now online. To receive a link to join one, e-mail counseling@livingwellcrc.org and include your first and last name as well as group name in your subject line.

Scanxiety Drop-In Group
First and third Mondays of each month, 12:00 – 1:00 pm 
This virtual drop-in group provides patients and caregivers an opportunity to process their anxiety and learn strategies to help manage the stress that is commonly experienced while awaiting tests/scans or test results. Participants are encouraged to drop-in and join anytime they are experiencing “scanxiety.”

Grupo de apoyo en español / Spanish-Speaking Group
Segundo miércoles de cada mes / Second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Este grupo de apoyo virtual está diseñado para pacientes y cuidadores que han sido afectados por cáncer. This virtual support group is designed for Spanish-speaking patients and caregivers who have been affected by cancer.
Para recibir un enlace para unirse, envíe un correo electrónico a counseling@livingwellcrc.org e incluya su nombre y apellido y “grupo de español” en su línea de asunto.

● To register and receive a link to join this virtual discussion, email counseling@livingwellcrc.org including your first and last name and “grupo de español” in your subject line.

Caregiver Support
First and Third Tuesdays of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 
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)
First and Third Tuesdays of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
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.

Gynecological
Fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 

This group provides those with ovarian, uterine, cervical, or other gynecological cancers a chance to come together and support one another through diagnosis, treatment, early survivorship and maintenance.

Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy Eight-Week Program 
Thursdays, April 28 – June 16, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Limited class size, register early!
Discussions in this group are based on the work of neurologist, psychiatrist and “Man’s Search for Meaning” author Viktor Frankl to help patients look for meaning in past, present, future and everyday life. This group is appropriate for patients with any type and stage of cancer struggling with life’s meaning in the face of cancer. The eight-week program is designed to help participants sustain or enhance meaning and purpose through contemplation exercises and discussion.
Please note: This is a progressive series, and you must be committed to attending all eight sessions to receive full benefit.

Good Grief (Daytime)
Second Thursday of each month, 12:00 – 1:00 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 18 months.

Good Grief (Evening)
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 Wednesday 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.

Breast (Metastatic)
Second Monday of each month, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Support and connection with others who understand the challenges of living with a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.

Brain Tumor
Fourth Wednesday of each month, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
This group provides support and education to patients who have a diagnosis of a primary brain tumor. Caregivers are welcome to attend.
Don’t Miss! At the Wednesday, May 25 meeting, Vincent Rock, MSW, LCSW, Program Manager, American Brain Tumor Association, will be a guest speaker sharing valuable information about ABTA resources.

Head and Neck Support Group
Monday, April 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. Caregivers are welcome to attend.

Virtual Wig Consultations and Beautiful You Workshop

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.

Beautiful You
Wednesday, April 20, 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 virtual presentation, complete New Participant Form (if you haven’t already) and email info@livingwellcrc.org, including your first and last name and “Beautiful You” 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.) 

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

Mondays, 9:00 – 10:00 am, Yoga with Leah Richards
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 Leah Richards
Learn to increase balance, flexibility, mobility, stamina and strength while connecting with your body and its movements.

Tuesdays, 9:00 – 9:30, Balance and Core Fitness with Sheri Minnick
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 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.

Wednesdays, 8:30 – 9:15 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.

Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, Fitness for Cancer Recovery with Sheri Minnick
Manage the side effects of treatment and continue building stamina early post treatment through exercise. This class is designed to increase your strength and balance. The last 15 minutes of class will be dedicated to core strengthening and flexibility. Modifications will be made available to suit your individual needs. We will be using a set of weights and a mat. As an alternative, you can use soup cans, bottles of water or something similar.

Thursdays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Movement and Meditations with Leah Richards
When life becomes challenging, we often react to everything—big or small. This class is designed to bring deep relaxation, restoring mind and body. Find your center in this fully guided practice of gentle yoga postures followed by a new meditation practice each class that will leave you feeling renewed and refreshed.

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.

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.