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Support & Networking

SUPPORT SERVICES

Counseling Services

For many the emotional experience of going through cancer can be as challenging as the physical aspects. Patients and caregivers often experience worry, shock, anger, sadness, denial, fear and guilt, which are normal and common reactions to cancer. LivingWell’s counselors provide an opportunity to learn valuable coping skills that can make the experience less stressful. Services are available at LivingWell, and at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center in Warrenville. Please call 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Individual/Family Consultations

Consultations are one-time meetings designed to discuss your unique situation and to provide you with educational materials, tips and strategies for the weeks and months ahead. You will meet with a LivingWell counselor who specializes in cancer and is trained to help. Consultation options are as follows: New to Cancer, Caregiver, Family, Parenting, During Cancer Treatment, After Cancer Treatment, Late Stage Cancer and Grief. To schedule your consultation please call 630.262.1111 and ask to speak with a counselor. Please call 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Social Work Services

The oncology social work team can connect you to financial resources, education, medication and transportation assistance, remove barriers to care, and address a number of other concerns that impact emotional health and well-being. LivingWell licensed clinical social workers are located at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville, Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Delnor and Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center. Please call 630.938.6963 or 630.315.1875 to speak with a LivingWell social worker. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Caregiver Support
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, No class July 4.

This support group embraces the importance of those dedicated to caring for loved ones living with cancer and provide the opportunities to network with other caregivers facing similar struggles. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Facing Cancer Together (FACT)
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, No class July 4.

FACT is a support group for individuals with any type and stage of cancer. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

CANCER SPECIFIC NETWORKING GROUPS

Networking groups are cancer-specific groups that provide an opportunity to share information with other survivors and family members. Groups are facilitated by licensed professionals unless otherwise indicated. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Brain Tumor Resource And Support Group
Second Wednesday of the month, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (at Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville, first floor waiting room)
First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Caregivers welcome. Are you interested in a daytime brain tumor support group? Please call 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

Breast Cancer Networking Group (General)
Third Monday of each month, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Navigating breast cancer can be difficult and overwhelming. This group, designed for those new to the breast cancer experience, provides an opportunity for participants to share information and connect with other survivors. Sessions are facilitated by a breast health Nurse Navigator.

 

Breast Mastectomy Networking Group
Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open to women who have had a mastectomy. Group discussion will focus on the emotional, physical and psychological impact of a mastectomy. This group is facilitated by Noel Storm, a breast cancer survivor who also had a mastectomy. Noel is available for individual support sessions via phone or in person. Please call to set up a meeting. 

 

Breast Metastatic Breast Cancer Group
First and third Monday of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

LivingWell is pleased to offer a new monthly breast cancer support group for women facing metastasis of their breast cancer. This group will focus on the challenges unique to living with metastatic disease, including managing ongoing treatments, changes in relationships and facing the future. This group is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker.

 

Gastrointestinal Cancer Support Group
Second Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come share experiences and information with other individuals with gastrointestinal cancer. This group will be facilitated by a licensed clinical professional counselor. Caregivers welcome.

 

Gynecological Cancer Networking Group
First Monday of the month, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Open to individuals with ovarian, cervical, uterine, and other gynecological cancers.

 

Leukemia, Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma
Fourth Monday of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Please call for more information. Caregivers welcome.

 

Lung
Fourth Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Please call for more information. Caregivers welcome.

 

Lymphedema Support Group
Monday, June 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
This group meets at the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center Warrenville, Multi-Purpose Room
4525 Weaver Parkway, Warrenville, IL 60555

Share experiences and information with other individuals who have lymphedema. This new quarterly group will be facilitated by licensed clinical professionals.

 

Metastatic Support Group
Second Tuesday of each month, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Please call for more information.

 

LIFE AFTER LOSS

Good Grief
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
10-week session, March 23 – May 25
10-week session, June 15 – August 17

This 10-week group provides education and emotional support for participants who experienced the loss of a loved one to cancer within the last 12 months. The group is open to new members during the first three weeks of the session. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

NEW! Good Grief: Transitions
Second Monday of each month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Share experiences and form connections with other individuals who have experienced the loss of an adult loved one from a cancer diagnosis. This group is open to individuals who are navigating life after their first year of grief. Registration is required at 630.262.1111. TTY for the hearing impaired 630.933.4833.

 

PROGRAMS FOR MEN

Men’s Breakfast
Third Saturday of every month, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Enjoy a hot breakfast and guest speaker on different topics each month. Share information, stories, and discuss current events with other men impacted by cancer. Come discover new information and camaraderie in this community for men.

Topics:
May 20 – No breakfast, LivingWell closed.
June 17 – Heart Health After Cancer, Presented by Andrew Rauh, MD, FACC, DuPage Medical Group.
July 15 – Managing Digital Assets, Presented by Karen Mills, Associate Attorney, Strohschein Law Group, LLC.
August 19 – The Science Behind Reflexology, Presented by Thecla Rettberg, RN, Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner/Certified Reflexologist and Pamela Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner/Certified Reflexologist.

 

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group
Third Tuesday of every month, 10:30 am – 11:30 am

LivingWell is proud to partner with Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Presence Mercy Medical Center, and Oncology Chaplain Pastor Don Shank, to bring US TOO to our center. Group meetings provide unbiased information from experts in areas related to prostate cancer including treatment options, pain control, nutrition, mental health, coping strategies and more. Drop in! No registration is required.

 

Men’s Fitness & Stretch
Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Men will use hand-held weights and medicine balls for strength training. In addition, the class will work on core strength, offer balance challenges and will conclude with an overall body stretch.