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Virtual Programs and Services – Summer 2020

 

During LivingWell’s temporary COVID-19 closure, we are offering the following free online programs and teleheath services for patients with cancer and their family members and caregivers.

Facebook Live Medical Discussions

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

Upcoming discussions:

Friday, July 10, 2:30 pm
Current Surgical Options for Gastrointestinal Cancers
Dr. John Abad, Surgical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine

Tuesday, July 21, 9:00 am
Cancer and the Emergency Room: When to go to the ER vs. when to call your oncologist
Dr. Parkson Lin, Emergency Medicine, Valley Emergency Care Management, Northwestern Medicine, and Dr. Christopher George, Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Wednesday, July 29, 4:30 pm
How Healthy is Your Prostate?
Dr. Michael Kahn, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Tuesday, August 4, 1:00 pm
Pancreatic Cancer Management: What You Need to Know
Dr. Akhil Chawla, Surgical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Monday, August 17, 4:30 pm
Chemo Before Surgery? HER2-Positive Breast Cancer Treatment Options
Dr. Dragana Tomic, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Thursday, August 27, 10:00 am
An Unexpected Side Effect of Cancer Treatment: Peripheral Neuropathy
Dr. Jinny Tavee, Associate Professor and Medical Director, Neuromuscular Division, and Director, EMG – Neurodiagnostic Testing Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 pm
Not Your Father’s Prostate Cancer
Dr. Christopher George, Medical Director, Medical Oncology, Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group

Thursday, September 10. 1:00 pm
Acupressure for Stress Relief
Linnea Winquist, Director of Spiritual Care and Education, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Watch previous Facebook Live discussions.

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.

“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. (Summer dates: June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18)
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. (Summer dates: June 23, July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18)
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. Starts July 13
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 
Share experiences and form connections with others who have experienced the loss of an adult loved one to cancer. This group is open to individuals who are navigating life with loss after their first year of grief.

Journaling and Altered Art
Scheduled Tuesdays, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Summer dates: June 23, July 7, July 21, August 11, August 25)
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

Breast (Mastectomy)
Fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 

Breast (Metastatic)
Third Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma
Fourth Monday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 pm 

Brain Tumor
Second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm 

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

Men’s Virtual Breakfast Group
Third Saturday of each month, 8:00 – 9:30 am (Join the meeting)

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.

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.)

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.

NEW! Wednesdays, 9:15 – 10:00 am, Beginner Tai Chi with Sheri Minnick (starts July 1)
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.