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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.

Welcome to Waterford Orientation

By Appointment Only

Join us for an introductory session that includes a tour and program overview to discover the resources available at Waterford Place.

Individualized Resource Consultations

By Appointment Only

Consultations are available to those looking to have a personalized plan to address their unique needs related to a cancer diagnosis.

Assistance Clinic

By Appointment Only, Family Focus-Aurora

Cancer doesn’t just affect our health, it can have social, economic and/or legal implications as well. If you could benefit from coaching, assistance and or guidance on issues from citizenship matters to applying for cancer related financial assistance, please call to schedule an appointment with an experienced professional who can assist you.

Freedom From Smoking®

January 8, 15, 22 and 29 and February 2, 5 and 12 • 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. Sessions are led by an experienced facilitator who understands the unique challenges of quitting. 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 sign up at

Giving Back Society

Fridays, January 19, February 23 and March 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Chaired 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 work on brainstorming and participating in ways that make a difference in the cancer community.

Community Foundation of the Fox River ValleyLymphedema Management

Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Presented by Julienne Kwait, MPT, CLT, Rush Copley Medical Center

Learn about the causes, effects and prevention of Lymphedema. Julie will explain the various treatments that are available and how to return to exercise safely.

*This program will be available in Spanish through the use of simultaneous interpretation equipment, provided through a grant generously awarded by the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley.

The Benefits of Reflexology

Wednesday, February 7 • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Presented by Pamela Riley-Valesh, R.N., Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, Certified Reflexologist & Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Practitioner and Thecla Rettberg, R.N., Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner, Certificate in Egyptian Method Reflexology

Would you like more information on Reflexology, what it is and how it can be helpful to you? Join Pam and Thecla for an interactive discussion to learn more and get your questions answered.

Lung Cancer Screening and Advancements in Immunotherapy

Wednesday, February 28 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Join us for an evening of presentations on lung cancer screening and treatment. Dr. Sujay Bangarulingam, pulmonologist, will address benefits of screening among high-risk individuals. Dr. Justin Karush, thoracic surgeon, will discuss surgical management of lung cancer. Dr. Kaushik Patel, medical oncologist, will discuss breakthroughs in immunotherapy  for lung cancer. Q & A will follow the presentation.

Managing the Cost of Cancer and Finding the Right Resources for You

Thursday, March 1 • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Christina Campos, Family Focus

Cancer treatment is challenging in many ways including financially. It can also be confusing trying to find the right resources to help with different situations. Attendees will learn about various financial assistance options as well as information on other valuable resources.

Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer: What is it and How does it Work?

Thursday, March 15 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Presented by Ho S. Myong, MD, Medical Oncology and Hematology & Stephanie Beam, PharmD, BCOP, Clinical Oncology, Pharmacist, Rush Copley Medical Center

Dr. Myong will share how some breast cancers are diagnosed as hormone (estrogen and progesterone) receptor positive and what that means for treatment. Stephanie will present information on the medications utilized in hormone therapy. Please bring your questions to ask during the question and answer session following their presentation.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS 2018: The Year of You - Happy You Year!

Guided Meditation – A New Path

Friday, January 5 • 10 to 10:30 a.m., Led by Jill Setork

Explore what gifts this New Year has in store for you during this guided meditation that will take you on a beautiful forest path of self-discovery. Upon completing the guided imagery, you will be invited to write, draw or simply reflect upon your experience.

Yoga for the Emotional Body

Monday, January 8 • 6 to 7 p.m., Led by Judy Siek

In order for us to make room for something new, we must first release the old. This yoga class is designed to help purge unhelpful ways of thinking and open up new healthier possibilities. Through the use of breath work, visualization and restorative poses, this class offers a wonderful chance to reboot your mind and rejuvenate your spirit.

Caring Arts FoundationSetting Intentions Your Way

Tuesday, January 9 • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Facilitated by the Caring Arts Foundation

Join us for an evening of vision defining and designing. Listen to live music and let the spirit of the class inspire you in selecting the intentions you have for the upcoming year through collage, journaling or drawing. This is an evening of peaceful purpose just for you.

Eating Clean in 2018

Thursday, January 11 • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Presented by Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LPN

Detox from all those unhealthy holiday foods naturally with purifying waters and cleansing dishes. Learn which foods help support a healthy immune system and how to use them in delicious ways!

Clean Out Your Makeup Bag!

Wednesday, January 17 • 6 to 8 p.m., Led by Geralyn O’Brien, Oncology Certified Esthetician

Cancer treatments and long term medications following treatment can bring on many different skin changes. Learn about the importance of choosing the right makeup based on your skin type, tone and condition. Enjoy a fun,  interactive class teaching tips and tricks of the trade to simplify and minimize what you use. Go home with a new look and samples. Start your New Year by cleaning out your makeup bag!

New Year Vibes – Sound Healing

Thursday, January 18 • 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Led by Rodrigo Duque, Healing Arts Metaphysical Center

Experience the healing sounds of the gong. As the waves of sound vibrate through you, your body and mind are able to relax and surrender to the healing energies.

Wear What You Want

Wednesday, January 24 • 1 to 2:30 p.m., Led by Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master

Join in this beading session to create a wearable statement of what you want to attract in the New Year. With the help of gemstones, words and symbolic beads you will take home a beautiful and motivating representation of your heart’s desires.

American Cancer SocietyEnvision It!

Thursday, January 25 • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Led by Ashley Lach, American Cancer Society

A Vision Board can be a powerful tool for attracting the things you want in your life. Take part in the experience of constructing a symbolic image that can help keep you focused on your New Year goals.

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 -->