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EDUCATION

Information & Education programs focus on the practical, from what to expect from treatment to how to balance practical concerns such as finances, working, health insurance as well as the emotional side of the disease.

Chemo Brain: It’s Not All in Your Head!

Thursday, June 29 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Presented by Elizabeth Miller, M.A. CCC-SLP-L, Rush Copley Medical Center
Find out how chemotherapy can affect attention, memory
and concentration during and after treatment. Elizabeth will
provide practical tips and resources on how to cope with
chemo brain.

From Cancer to Health: A Stress Management and Coping Program

Monday, April 3, 10, 17 & 24, May 1, 8, 15 & 22 and June 5, 12, 19 & 26 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.  *No meeting on May 29
Facilitated by Kelly Huggins, LCSW, Sage McDonald, and Stephanie Cuevas
From Cancer to Health™ was designed with the specific needs of people with cancer in mind. Participants in this program will learn:

  • Strategies to help manage stress
  • Ways to lessen the impact of physical symptoms of cancer
  • Skills to cope with common problems faced by people with cancer

From Cancer to Health™ is for people recently diagnosed with cancer including those in treatment. *Group will continue to meet once a month upon completion of the 12-week series

*NEW! Individualized Resource Consultations

By Appointment
Would you like more information to help you address concerns that have come up since your cancer diagnosis? Individualized consultations are available to those who want to learn more about resources that can best suit their unique needs.

Fun in the Sun 101

Thursday, July 13 • 6 to 8 p.m.
Facilitated by Geralyn O’Brien, Licensed and Certified Oncology Esthetician
Learn all the ways you can enjoy the outdoors this summer while protecting your skin. Join Geralyn for a tutorial on how to choose the sunscreen that is right for you, get the low down on SPF, UVA, UVB and other sunscreen terminology and have fun making your own lip balm that safely protects your lips from harmful rays.

Values Driven Living

Wednesday, July 19 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Facilitated by Stephanie Cuevas
A cancer diagnosis is never part of the plan and learning to reroute when it becomes a factor will be a different process for everyone. Join this informational discussion group in a safe and supportive environment where you will be invited to identify your core values. Participants will engage in different self-expressive activities, explore how to overcome barriers to authentic living and celebrate who they are.

The Giving Back Society

Fridays, July 21, August 18 and September 15 • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Facilitated by Lisa Lapinski
Are you looking for opportunities to pay it forward by helping other cancer patients on the journey? Join the Waterford Place Giving Back Society where each month you and other members of the club will organize and initiate way to make a positive difference in our community.

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Thursday, August 17 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Presented in English by Ashley Lach, Health Systems Manager and simultaneously interpreted in Spanish by Emmanuel Zambrano, BS, MPA, Health Systems Manager, Primary Care American Cancer Society
For many people, the change to a healthier diet includes more meals that are cooked at home. Making the switch from fast food and pre-prepared meals on a healthier diet doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. By following a few simple tips to help you plan and shop, you can save money while eating better.

Everything You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana

Tuesday, August 29 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Presented in English by Mike Richards and simultaneously interpreted in Spanish, Pharma Cannis
In this presentation, you will get an in-depth look into the aspects of the new Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Topics to be covered include: History of cannabis, the science of cannabis and especially how it relates to brain and other various forms of cancer; overview of the medical cannabis program;  qualifying conditions; physician and patient requirements and general dispensary information.

Freedom From Smoking®

Mondays, September 11, 18 & 25, October 2, 5, 9, 16 & 23
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Facilitated by Terri Horton
Freedom from Smoking® is a seven-week workshop sponsored by the American Lung Association designed to provide support and skills needed to  quit smoking. The cost of the program is $20, which is refundable upon  successful completion of the program. To register, call 866-426-7539 or 630-978-6700 or register online.

For more information about these programs or to register, please call 331-301-5280.

Make a Difference

Waterford Place is free of charge to participants; however it is entirely supported by philanthropy meaning that every gift matters. There are many fundraising, corporate giving, individual donation, wish list and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about ways to give -->