Waterford Place Program Guide Winter 2022 (English)

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WINTER 2022 January • February • March

Cancer Resource Center

PROGRAM GUIDE Programs for Individuals Affected by a Cancer Diagnosis

Advanced and Metastatic Cancer Providing helpful tools, encouragement and support to empower those who have advanced or metastatic cancer


Advanced and Metastatic Cancer


Educational Presentations


Support Programs


Mind, Body and Spirit Programs


Wellness Programs


Salon and Spa Programs

1310 Waterford Drive Aurora, IL 60504 (331) 301-5280 waterfordcrc.com Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed January 17 for Martin Luther King Day Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center provides services and support, free of charge, to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis.

ADVANCED AND METASTATIC CANCER Dealing with advanced and metastatic cancer can bring fear and uncertainty to your life. Remember that you can still be in control of your choices and actions as you decide how to move forward with your care. To help with this, Waterford Place offers programs and services to provide helpful tools, encouragement and support to empower you to successfully manage the concerns that accompany your metastatic or advanced cancer diagnosis.

Choices for Care Decisions about care are very personal and look different for everyone. Treatment may cure, slow growth or only relieve symptoms of cancer. Sometimes treatments used to cure cancer are also used to slow its growth or treat symptoms, which can be confusing. Therefore, it is important to know what your goal is and to clearly communicate it to your care team and loved ones. No matter what your goal is, know that there are options for you. Talk to your medical team about what is important for you to find the best option for your situation. Ask as many questions as needed, and weigh the risks and benefits of each option. Remember that the goal of any cancer care is to give you the best possible quality of life. You want to feel as good as possible for as long as possible. Coping with Emotions You have probably felt a range of emotions during your cancer experience, but they may be more intense now. There is no right or wrong way to feel or to react to your feelings. You may feel fear and worry about the unknown, guilt because treatment did not work, or grief at the thought of leaving your family and friends. It can help to talk to a professional who is trained to help you manage your concerns, control your fears

Coping for Caregivers

avoid problems later and give you control

Being a caregiver for someone with

over your care. One of the best gifts you

advanced stage cancer brings new

can give your family is letting them know

challenges and concerns. As your loved

what your wishes are by filling out legal

one’s cancer progresses, things can get even

documents known as advance directives.

more challenging. It is important to take time

Other ways are to clear up any insurance

to take care of yourself and ask for help if

issues in advance, put your affairs in order by

needed. Over time, the long-term stress of

meeting with a lawyer and financial planner,

pushing your own needs and feelings aside

and help your family plan a funeral or

is not good for your health. A few ways to

memorial service that has meaning to you.

cope include joining a support group, talking about your thoughts and feelings, taking part in some of your regular activities, getting enough rest and participating in a physical activity. Getting help for yourself will

and find meaning in what you are going

also help your loved one.

through. For some, it also helps to build a

Planning Ahead

sense of hope by setting goals to look forward to each day or drawing inner strength from the things in your life that are meaningful.

Careful planning reduces the financial, legal and emotional burdens your family may face. For many people, it can be a difficult

Some programs designed especially for those with advanced and metastatic cancer can help. • Hospice and Palliative Care: Knowing the Difference – page 2 • Survivorship Essentials – page 2 • Introduction to Medical Cannabis – page 2 • Essential Oils for Emotional Support – page 4

topic to discuss; however, talking now can

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EDU CAT IO NAL P R E S E N TAT I O NS Personalized Financial Resource Consultation


By appointment only Cancer not only affects your physical health, it also affects your financial well-being. Several resources are available to manage the financial impact of cancer, including federally-funded programs and private nonprofit organizations. Schedule a virtual meeting with a financial navigator to learn what financial resources are available to you.

Identifying Psychosocial and Other Supportive Needs Thursday, January 6 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lyndsey Craig, LSW, Apex Hospice and Palliative Care This presentation will focus on defining stress, fatigue and burnout and help you find the right resources for support. Advance Directives Welcome to Waterford Place Orientation

Wednesday, February 16 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Lyndsey Craig, LSW, Apex Hospice and Palliative Care

By appointment only

Learn about the different types of advance directives and their purposes.

All new participants are invited to attend

Hospice and Palliative Care: Knowing the Difference

an introductory orientation to discover the valuable resources available at Waterford Place. Technology Consultation

Wednesday, March 16 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Shelley Cartwright, CEO, Apex Hospice and Palliative Care Learn the differences between hospice and palliative care to make the health care decision that’s right for you.

By appointment only Need help connecting to virtual programs through your personal computer, laptop or tablet? Schedule a virtual or phone consultation for assistance with setting up an email or installing and using the Webex

many prescription medicines, the

essential survivorship information from the

misconceptions about cannabis in general

start of diagnosis through follow-up. She

and the role of cannabinoids in relieving

will review possible long-term symptoms

symptoms associated with traditional

and ways to manage them.

application on your device.

cancer treatments. The application for a

Introduction to Medical Cannabis

covered. The same class is offered twice

Wednesday, January 19 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 26 • 1 to 2 p.m. Rick Niksic, Community Outreach Coordinator, Curaleaf Learn about the medical cannabis program in Illinois, including the science behind cannabis as a safe alternative to


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medical cannabis card will also be to accommodate different schedules. Survivorship Essentials Tuesday, February 15 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Rebecca Buttrum, BSN, RN, OCN Yorkville Outpatient Oncology Nurse Rebecca Buttrum will present

When I go to Waterford Place, I know I will always find caring, supportive people helping to improve each participant’s day.

S U PPO RT P R O GR AM S Our groups allow participants to connect with others experiencing similar circumstances. Goals are to exchange information and strategies for decision-making, help navigate the cancer journey and allow participants to connect, share and exchange support. Aurora Multiple Myeloma

licensed clinical social worker, this group

Networking Group (Virtual Only)

Cancer: Thriving and

will begin once five participants have

First Wednesdays: January 5, February 2

Surviving (Virtual Only)


and March 2 • 6 to 8 p.m.

Fridays, February 4 through

Affiliated with the International Myeloma

March 18 • 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Foundation, this group is open to those

Padraic Stanley, MSW, LCSW

diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and

Rush University Medical Center

their loved ones. To sign up, please

Maintain an active lifestyle by

contact Valarie Traynham, group leader, at

building skills to manage your

aurora@IMFsupport.org or (630) 423-6510.

emotional and physical health.

Bereavement Support Group First and Third Thursdays: January 6 and 20, February 3 and 17, and March 3 and 17 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.

This group will meet for seven weeks to support those who are managing cancer treatment or who are in remission.

West Suburban Brain Tumor Support Group (Virtual Only) First and Third Tuesdays: January 4 and 18, February 1 and 15, and March 1 and 15 4 to 4:30 p.m. This group provides you, your family and friends with information about brain tumors and treatments, available resources, and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances. This group is facilitated by a nursing

Led by a licensed clinical social worker, the

specialist in the neuroscience services and

Bereavement Support Group is open to

a hospital chaplain. Contact Deb Brunelle at (630) 898-4637 to register.

any adult who has lost a loved one to cancer. It provides a safe environment in

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration

which to process your grief. This group

and Support Through Education


will begin once five participants have

and Resources)



Second Thursdays: January 13, February

Short-Term Counseling

Breast FRIENDs (First Resource in Experiencing and Navigating a Diagnosis) Third Mondays: February 21 and March 21 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.

10 and March 10 • 1:30 to 3 p.m. Open to those who have had a gynecological cancer diagnosis, Gyne SISTERs is co-facilitated by a licensed social worker and a registered nurse.

By appointment only Short-term counseling to address cancer-related issues is available to those diagnosed with cancer and their families. Up to five sessions are provided to address sadness, worries,

Facilitated by a licensed social worker and

Men’s Group

breast health navigator, Breast FRIENDs is

Fourth Tuesdays: January 25, February 22

for anyone experiencing a breast cancer

and March 22 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

diagnosis, regardless of treatment type

This group is open to men who have had

or stage. This informal group provides

a cancer diagnosis. It is facilitated by a

Grief Counseling

support and a safe place to share experi-

licensed clinical social worker who is also a

By appointment only

ences, successes and ongoing challenges.

prostate cancer survivor. A light dinner will

Provided through a partnership with

be provided.

Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Illinois

Family and Caregiver Networking Group

TLC (Together Living with

Second Wednesdays: January 12, February

Cancer) Support Group

9 and March 9 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Second and Fourth Tuesdays: January 11

In this group, family, friends and caregivers

and 25, February 8 and 22, and March 8

of cancer patients will receive support for

and 22 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

themselves and network with others in

The TLC Support Group is for those

similar circumstances. The group is

living with an advanced or metastatic

facilitated by a licensed social worker.

cancer diagnosis. Facilitated by a

communication, returning to work, body esteem and other similar issues as they relate to a cancer diagnosis.

For many, the grief experience that results from the death of a loved one can generate a myriad of feelings, confusion and questions. Talking with a bereavement specialist one-on-one about this experience can assist in the coping process.

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M IN D, B O DY AND S P I R I T P R O GR AMS Vibrational Sound Therapy

and balance. This technique will help you

By appointment only

shift your emotional state and calm your

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified

mind. The same class is offered each month

Vibrational Sound Therapist

to accommodate different schedules.

Vibrational sound therapy is a one-on-one

Essential Oils for Emotional Support

service using Himalayan singing bowls

Tuesday, February 1 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

gently placed on the body to promote

Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN, Radiation

total relaxation and decrease the effects of


stress on the body and mind. The tones

Rush Copley Medical Center

and vibrations combine to produce an

Essential oils can support your emotional

immediate state of tranquility as sound

well-being. Learn to use aromatherapy to

waves act like a massage for the nervous

help with emotional regulation, bringing an

system. Reiki

Craft and Chat

By appointment only

Wednesdays: January 12, February 9 and

Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master, and

March 9 • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Karen Jendruczek, Reiki Practitioner

Join us for an informal gathering to chat,

This one-on-one service is an energetic

drink tea or coffee and work on your crafting

relaxation therapy that offers stress

project. Bring whatever project you are

reduction, mental clarity, relief of pain,

working on, such as knitting, crochet,

improved sleep and other benefits.

needlepoint, coloring or any other project.

Guided Meditation Wednesdays: January 5, February 2

This is an informal participant gathering and not led by a facilitator.

uplifted, calming feeling.

Mixed Media Art Class: Winter Stained Glass-Style Drawings Tuesday, January 25 • 1:30 to 3 p.m. Barbara Weigand Take inspiration from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s beautiful creations in stained glass to create your own work of art. Capture

and March 2 • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Beading Class

Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN, Radiation

Monday, February 14 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.


Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Reiki Master

Rush Copley Medical Center

Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day by making

This guided imagery experience

a bracelet and matching earring set as we

incorporates cleansing breathwork and an

relax, socialize and enjoy spending the

array of relaxation techniques designed to

afternoon together. All supplies will be

balance emotions, decrease physical and

provided, but feel free to bring any special

psychological distress, and promote the

beads that you may want to incorporate into

practice of living in the moment.

your creation.

Giving Back Society

HeartMath Meditation

as the Impressionists would. No

Fridays: January 14, February 11 and

Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN, Radiation

experience required.

March 11 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.


Lisa Lapinski

Rush Copley Medical Center

Are you looking for opportunities to pay it

Tuesday, January 18 • 1 to 2 p.m.

forward by helping other cancer patients on

Tuesday, February 15 • 1 to 2 p.m.

the journey? Join the Waterford Place

Tuesday, March 15 • 1 to 2 p.m.

Giving Back Society to brainstorm ideas

HeartMath Meditation is a simple, yet

and participate in activities that make a

powerful, meditative technique that uses

difference in the cancer community.

heart-focused breathing to help bring you more clarity, harmony of the mind and body,


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the beauty and simplicity of a birch tree in winter. No special drawing experience required. Mixed Media Art Class: Winter Landscape Impressions Tuesday, February 22 • 1:30 to 3 p.m. Barbara Weigand Using pastels (or paint, if you prefer), capture the drama of a winter landscape

Mixed Media Art Class: Mind Gardens Tuesday, March 22 • 1:30 to 3 p.m. Barbara Weigand Start dreaming of spring gardens and create your own “mind gardens” using simple materials and creativity. Fun, creative and easy.

W EL L NE S S P R O GR AMS No experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided. Caregivers are encouraged to attend with the person living with cancer. Tai Chi/Moving Meditation Mondays • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Kristi Niedzwiecki, ACE Certified Fitness Instructor Center yourself as you become aware of your own energy, while relaxing and strengthening your body without injury or strain. Tai chi is an ancient form of meditative exercise that helps to harmonize mind and body. A simplified routine is taught with traditional postures and slow soft movements.

Nutrition Consultations

WEEKLY VIRTUAL MOVEMENT PROGRAMS Mondays 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. — Tai Chi/ Moving Meditation 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Gentle Movement No classes on January 17 Tuesdays 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Gentle Yoga Wednesdays

By appointment only Michelle Cordes, MS, RD, LDN Rush Copley Medical Center Nutrition consultations are available for anyone diagnosed with cancer at any stage of diagnosis. Our registered dietitian will discuss basic meal preparation and current diet trends and help you manage treatment-related side effects and choose healthier foods. The Healing Kitchen: Salmon

10 to 10:45 a.m. — Gentle Pilates

with Walnut Flaxseed Pesto

11 to 11:45 a.m. — Lymphedema-

Thursday, January 13 • 6 to 7 p.m.

Focused Movement

Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN

5 to 6 p.m — Restorative Yoga

Learn to make an easy and healthy seafood dish.

Gentle Pilates Wednesdays • 10 to 10:45 a.m. Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor Low-impact Pilates is a series of exercises that develop the body’s strength, flexibility and control. Gentle Movement Mondays • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor This beginner movement class will help improve balance, increase range of motion, strengthen muscles and build strength and resilience for daily life.

Lymphedema-Focused Movement Wednesdays • 11 to 11:45 a.m. Judy Siek, 500 eCYT, Certified Cancer

The Healing Kitchen: Dipped Pears and

Exercise Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor

Strawberry Cheesecake

This class will address cancer-related lymphedema through gentle movement and stretches for both the upper and lower body. Modifications are offered so that

Gentle Yoga

everyone can participate safely. A yoga

Tuesdays • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

mat is recommended.

Mary Keane, RYT200, Certified Yoga Instructor Achieve a higher state of mindfulness while building strength and balance. This gentle yoga class will help you manage cancer by tapping into your mind-body connection to improve overall wellness. Modifications are offered so everyone can participate safely.

Restorative Yoga Wednesdays • 5 to 6 p.m. Chitra Singh, Certified Yoga Instructor Restorative yoga is a gentle, calming, therapeutic yoga that cultivates relaxation and balance and uses props to support the body. Each restorative pose will be held for five to six minutes to release tension and

Thursday, February 10 • 6 to 7 p.m. Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN During this cooking demonstration, participants will learn how to make delicious dark chocolate dipped pears and strawberry cheesecake. A healthy alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth. The Healing Kitchen: Jackfruit Tacos with Fresh Salsa Thursday, March 10 • 6 to 7 p.m. Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN Join Carly as she creates an easy, vegan version of a favorite Mexican dish.

deepen relaxation.

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S A L O N A N D S PA P R O GR AM S Simply Beautiful Skin

This relaxing evening will leave you feeling

Oncology Facials

Friday, January 14 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

refreshed and renewed. Sit back in our zero-

By appointment only

Friday, February 11 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

gravity chairs with a Bel Mondo sheet mask,

Geralyn O'Brien and Kate Romano, Licensed

Friday, March 11 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

especially created for cancer patients. Come

and Oncology-Focused Estheticians

Geralyn O’Brien, Licensed and

with a clean face and drift away to some

Cancer treatments may leave the skin

Oncology-Focused Esthetician

simple breathing, meditation and sound

dry, sensitive and lacking proper nutrients,

Developed to help you manage skin

healing. Mask will stay on during the sound

and traditional skin care methods and

changes during cancer treatment, this class

healing. Please let us know if you are allergic

products can sometimes do more harm

will demonstrate how to implement a skin

or sensitive to any ingredient.

than good. When skin is compromised, it

care regimen with safe products and enhance your natural beauty using the timeless principle of simplicity. The same class is offered each month to accommodate different schedules.

Waterford Place Wig Boutique and Salon By appointment only Salon services are available for those experiencing hair loss due to cancer treatments. Services include addressing

needs products that are safe and gentle to bring it back to health. Geralyn or Kate will assess your skin care needs and provide appropriate treatment to help restore and maintain healthy skin.

Simply Beautiful Hair

treatment-related hair changes,

UZIT (Urban Zen Integrative Therapy)

Monday, January 17 • 2 to 3 p.m.

customizable complimentary wigs, wig care,

Customized Comfort Session

Monday, February 21 • 2 to 3 p.m.

options for head coverings, and assistance

By appointment only

Monday, March 21 • 2 to 3 p.m.

with styling hair as it grows back.

Pam Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Clinical

Oncology Massage

Aromatherapist, Reflexologist, Healing

Jenny Burns, Licensed Cosmetologist and Medical Hair Loss Expert If you need help managing hair changes related to cancer treatment, this class is for you. Topics to be covered include initial hair loss, wigs and head coverings, hair regrowth and safe products that can help with achieving your hair care goals. The class is offered each month to accommodate

By appointment only Michelle Haugen, LMT, CLT Oncology massage combines compassion and specialized massage treatments to decrease treatment-related side effects, reduce stress and pain, and improve perceived quality of life.

different schedules.

Oncology Skin Care Consultations

Put the Glow Back in Your Skin and Soul

Geralyn O'Brien and Kate Romano, Licensed

Monday, January 10 • 6 to 7:30 p.m. Geralyn O’Brien, Licensed and OncologyFocused Esthetician Sandy LaBianco-Brown, Certified Vibrational Sound Therapist Audrey Stoppel, BSN, RN, Radiation Oncology, Rush Copley Medical Center

By appointment only and Oncology-Focused Estheticians Individual consultations are available to help you manage skin changes due to cancer treatment. Services include a comprehensive review of products and cosmetics, recommendations for oncology-safe products, and addressing skin-related issues.

Touch Spiritual Ministry Practitioner Urban Zen Integrative Therapy uses a variety of complementary therapy modalities that include breathwork, body awareness meditation, restorative poses, Reiki and essential oils to help ease discomfort. Schedule an appointment to learn how small things can help you to feel better in a big way. Reflexology By appointment only Pam Riley-Valesh, RN, Certified Reflexologist The practice of reflexology involves massaging or applying pressure to various acupressure points on the foot to reduce stress and support overall health.

Waterford Place is located at 1310 Waterford Drive • Aurora, IL 60504 Online at waterfordcrc.com Call (331) 301-5280 For more virtual programming, view and subscribe to Waterford Place’s YouTube channel.