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Virtual Programs and Services – Fall 2020

We are currently offering the following free online programs and telehealth services for patients with cancer and their family members and caregivers. Please note that six onsite yoga and fitness classes have recently been added.

Facebook Live Medical Discussions

Participate in weekly cancer-related discussions with top oncology physicians and clinicians on Facebook Live.

Upcoming discussions:

Wednesday, September 23, 1:00 pm
Precision Radiation Therapy: Transforming Cancer Care Through Advanced Technology
Dr. Adil Akthar, Radiation Oncology, Radiation Oncology Consultants, Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center

Monday, October 5, 1:00 pm
Rise in Tonsillar Cancer: What’s Behind It?
Dr. Arpi Thukral, Radiation Oncology, Radiation Oncology Consultants, Northwestern Medicine

Wednesday, October 14, 11:00 am
COVID and Cancer: What We Know Now
Dr. Kevin Most, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital

Friday, October 23, 1:00 pm
What is “Hot Chemo” or Hyperthermic Intrathoracic Chemotherapy (HITHOC) … and am I a candidate for this treatment?
Dr. John Abad, Director of Surgical and GI Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Tuesday, November 10, 4:30 pm
Nerve-Sparing “NeuroSAFE” Procedure for Prostate Cancer: Is this an option for me?
Dr. Ricardo Soares, MD, Urology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Tuesday, November 17, 11:00 am
New Treatments Spur Reduction in Lung Cancer Mortality Rate
Dr. Mary Jo Fidler, Medical Oncology, Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center

Wednesday, December 2, 1:00 pm
Tamoxifen/Aromatase Inhibitors and Breast Cancer
Dr.  Faisal Saghir, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine KishHealth System Cancer Center

Friday, December 11, 1:00 pm
Clinical Trials: What’s Available and How Can I Participate?
Dr. Vinai Gondi, Radiation Oncology, Radiation Oncology Consultants, Northwestern Medicine

Thursday, December 17, 3:00 pm
Advanced Care Planning and the Role of Palliative Care in the Equation
Dr. Mark Speyer, Palliative Medicine, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Thursday, January 14, 1:00 pm
Guided Imagery as a Comfort Practice
Linnea Winquist, Director of Spiritual Care and Education, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Watch previous Facebook Live discussions.

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.)

Six new onsite classes have been added and will begin the week of September 14. Learn more and register at https://livingwellcrc.org/onsite-yoga-fitness.

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. (This class changed from Gentle and Restorative Yoga.)

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 Jennifer Artman
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 Jennifer Artman
Improve balance and core strength, and develop strong and supportive hip stabilizer and abdominal muscles.

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.

Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am, Fitness for Cancer Recovery with Jennifer Artman
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 Jennifer Artman
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.

Learn How to Meditate Series

Tuesdays, October 13 – November 17, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Limited to six students

Meditation is a simple process, however, it is best to learn to meditate from experience. LivingWell yoga and wellness instructor, Sheri Minnick, MS, E-RYT, YACEP, ACE GFI, teaches this six-week series based on the book, “Moving Inward: The Journey to Meditation” by Rolf Sovik, PsyD. Each participant will receive this book prior to the start of class at no cost. 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, participants must be committed to attending all six sessions.

► To register and receive the link to join this series, email info@livingwellcrc.org and put “meditation” in the subject line. In the e-mail, also include your address for shipping the book to your home prior to class.

Telehealth

Make an appointment to talk to a licensed LivingWell counselor or social worker from the comfort of your home.

Tele-Counseling: To help support patients with cancer and their family members during this unprecedented time, our team of LivingWell licensed clinical professional counselors are available for telephone counseling sessions. To schedule an appointment or initial consultation with a counselor, please email counseling@livingwellcrc.org.

Tele-Social Work: LivingWell’s oncology social work team connects individuals and families impacted by cancer with financial resources, education, medication and transportation assistance, removes barriers to care, and addresses a number of other concerns that impact emotional health and well-being during a cancer journey. To contact a LivingWell oncology social worker, please e-mail info@livingwellcrc.org.

Navigating Medicare

Medicare A, B and Supplemental Coverage: Part I
Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

LivingWell’s lead social worker, Rebecca Ness, LCSW, will lead a detailed discussion on 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. The last 30 minutes will be set aside for Q&A. No registration required.
Join Part I Webinar or call-in at +1 872-240-1267  Conference ID: 400 386 723#

Medicare D and Advantage Plans: Part II
Tuesday, October 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

LivingWell’s lead social worker, Rebecca Ness, LCSW, will do a deep dive into Medicare Part D and how this coverage works.  Note: Open enrollment to make changes to Medicare Part D is October 15 through December 7.  Rebecca will also take a close look into how Medicare Advantage plans work and the pros and cons of these plans. The last 30 minutes will be set aside for Q&A. No registration required.
Join Part II Webinar or call in at  +1 872-240-1267  Conference ID: 691 024 11#

Back-On-Track Survivorship Series

Mondays, October 12 – November 23, 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.  Register by e-mailing info@livingwellcrc.org (include “Survivorship Series” in your subject line).

VINCIBLE Film Showing and Discussion

Thursday, October 29, 6:45 – 9:00 pm
VINCIBLE is a documentary that follows 27-year-old cancer survivor from Chicago, Kayla Redig, as she creates a voice for the 69,999 other young people who lose their youth to this disease each year. Director, Kayla, and her team of experts wonder, “In a system filled with specialty care like children’s hospitals and nursing homes, where do the young adults fit in?” Join us with Wellness House in Hinsdale for a virtual live showing of the documentary and post-film discussion with Kayla. Register at http://bit.ly/LWVincible.

Night of Remembrance Ceremony

Monday, December 7, 6:30 pm
Spend an evening honoring and remembering your loved one in community with others who understand what it’s like to be grieving during the holidays. This virtual Night of Remembrance Ceremony, hosted by LivingWell Counselor, Christine McMinn, MSEd LCPC CT, will include a blessing from Northwestern Medicine Chaplain, Karen Pugliese, MA, BCC-PCHAC, meaningful ways to feel connected to your loved one provided by LivingWell’s art instructor, Cheri Hunt, opportunity for reflection, and a special video tribute to those we hold in our hearts this season. Register and receive a link for this online event by emailing info@livingwellcrc.org by Monday, November 30. Please put “Night of Remembrance” in your subject line and include a picture of your loved one along with their name to be included in the tribute video.

“Ask a Counselor” Series

Watch and participate in the video series, Ask a Counselor, where LivingWell counselors address questions and concerns about life as a patient, caregiver or bereaved as well as managing the stress of the quarantine and COVID-19. Want your questions, issues or concerns addressed in future “Ask a Counselor” episodes? Submit them to counseling@livingwellcrc.org.

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 15 , 29, October 13,  27, November 10, 24, December 8, 22)
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 15 , 29, October 13,  27, November 10, 24, December 8, 22)
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.

Young Adults With Cancer
Second Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. 
Being a young adult (ages 18-39) with a cancer diagnosis presents unique challenges. Facilitated by a LivingWell counselor, this support group provides young adults with cancer a place to connect, share personal experiences and learn valuable coping skills.

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.

Journaling and Altered Art
Every other Tuesday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (September 22 , October 6, 20, November 3, 17,  December 1, 15, 29)
Learn strategies to help put your thoughts and feelings down on paper and incorporate art into your journal.

Breast (General)
Third Monday of each month, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
This group provides those with breast cancer to come together and support one another through diagnosis, treatment, and early survivorship. Facilitated by a Northwestern Medicine Breast Health Nurse Navigator.

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, 6:30 – 7:30 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 Cancer
Second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 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.

Us TOO Prostate
Third Tuesday of each month, 10:30 – 11:30 am (Join the meeting)

Men’s Networking Group
Third Saturday of each month, 8:00 – 9:30 am (Join the meeting)
Monthly guest speakers and discussion with other men impacted by cancer.

  • September 19 – The Emotional Rollercoaster of Cancer: Managing Anger and Frustration, presented by Christine McMinn, LCPC, CT, LivingWell Cancer Resource Center
  • October 17 – Genetic Counseling and Testing for Cancer presented by Mike Suguitan, MS, LCGC, Northwestern Medicine
  • November 21 – Cooking Demo: Roasted Vegetables for Good Health presented by Nancy Zawicki, RD, LDN, LivingWell/Northwestern Medicine

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.

Culinary Classes

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

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.

Family Events

LivingWell Pumpkin Patch
Friday, October 16, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Swing by LivingWell’s parking lot during our pumpkin patch open hours and have your family pick out a pumpkin right from your car! We’ll load it in your trunk and make sure you are all set for Halloween. Reserve your family’s pumpkin by e-mailing info@livingwellcrc.org and put “pumpkin patch” in subject line.

Holiday Joy Family Craft Night
Thursday, December 10, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Enjoy a night at home with your family, crafting online with LivingWell’s art instructor, Cheri Hunt. To register and receive a link to join this virtual event, e-mail info@livingwellcrc.org and put “Holiday Joy” in your subject line along with number of participating family members.

Virtual Story Time with Santa
Tuesday, December 15, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Santa will be reading a stories from LivingWell’s library and your family can join in virtually! To register and receive a link to participate, e-mail info@livingwellcrc.org and put “Santa Story” in your subject line along with number of participating family members.