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Support Groups & Resources

Body Flow

A weekly class to promote health and wellness for adult cancer survivors and their care partners. The class offers participants an opportunity to learn about and practice Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates to increase body strength and physical fitness as well as emotional health. A relaxation and guided imagery experience is also offered to further promote calm and emotional wellbeing. All levels of fitness are welcome and able to participate in and benefit from the class. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Cancer Transitions

A six-week group program for cancer survivors who have completed active treatment generally within the last two years. Topics of fitness, nutrition, emotional and medical management are highlighted as research has shown them to be instrumental in the recovery and ongoing health of cancer survivors. Oncology-trained staff offer education and support to cancer survivors as they rebuild life after cancer treatment. At each session participants engage in exercise with personal trainers and are challenged to complete food diaries, exercise logs and action plans toward increasing empowerment and optimal physical and psychosocial wellness. The benefit and use of a cancer survivorship plan is explained and encouraged. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Caring for the Caregiver

A monthly group for those offering care to anyone with a serious illness. This group provides an opportunity to connect with others who understand the unique experience of being a caregiver. The demands of caregiving can be isolating and heavy often resulting in a lack of selfcare. To assist those in a caregiving role, education and support are offered on relevant topics to assist successful management of the challenges of caregiving. Relaxation and guided imagery are used to promote personal peace and restore a sense of wellness and balance. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Connections

A monthly group for women with breast cancer under 40. This group offers education and support relative to the cancer experience. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Creating Expressions

A monthly expressive arts program designed to benefit cancer survivors and their care partners. This program links artistic expression with psycho-education and support. Opportunities for enhanced relaxation, guided imagery and journaling are offered. No art experience isrequired and all materials are provided at no cost. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Growing Together Through Cancer Transitions

A monthly group for cancer survivors who have completed the Cancer Transitions program. This program addresses topics and issues related to ongoing cancer management and survivorship. Education and support is offered through the group experience to increase personal empowerment and wellness in body, mind and spirit toward the goal of long term cancer survivorship. Participants in the group become part of the Centegra cancer survivors’ network, offering input and direction to activities and events as well as the nurture and mentoring of others living with cancer. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

H.O.P.E. (High On Positive Energy)

A monthly energizing group offered to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Each month features a specific “tool” that is designed to help with the physical and emotional changes associated with this diagnosis. Facilitated by a breast cancer survivor, breast health navigator and hospital chaplain who have unique experiences to cover pertinent, educational topics, ending with a reflection to calm the spirit. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Living With Grief

A six-week program for adults living with the death of a loved one which offers grief education and support. The group offers storytelling, sharing, journaling and expressive arts. Participants learn how to live with the pain, adjustment and challenge of grief as life beyond loss is understood and reengaged. The group is facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with advanced training and experience in grief work. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Look Good . . . Feel Better

Provided by the American Cancer Society, this free program is for women in active cancer treatment. Volunteer cosmetologists teach women techniques to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, such as skin changes and hair loss, using cosmetic and skin care products. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Partnering Through Care

A monthly orientation program group for adults living with cancer including cancer survivors, care partners, family and friends. This program is recommended at diagnosis and when transitioning in treatment. The program offers education and skill building on the changing physical, psychological, social and spiritual experiences encountered while living with cancer. Information, resources and support are shared to maximize quality of life and personal empowerment in the changing challenge of cancer management. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Partners in Cancer Transitions

A monthly support group specifically designed for couples who are navigating the cancer experience. Education and support are offered to the commonalities and differences a couple may experience as each one’s life is impacted by cancer. Topics addressed target interests and circumstances of this population to meet changing needs and challenges. The importance of attending to the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual dimensions of life as an individual and as part of a couple is highlighted, along with community building with others engaged in cancer management. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Pathfinders

A monthly support group for men and women living with cancer and their carepartners. It provides a positive environment where members meet and share their experiences, offer each other encouragement and coping skills and learn strategies to help give them added strength on their journey. Featured speakers are occasionally invited to share their insight. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Pink Ribbon Yoga

A weekly class for breast cancer survivors of any age to experience the mental and physical health benefits of yoga. A certified yoga instructor and breast cancer survivor will help participants connect while promoting wellness through gentle stretching and exercise. No prior yoga experience necessary. Space is limited. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Sounds for Health

A series of events for anyone affected by cancer, including children. This program features the use of various types of sound modalities including Drumming and Gong Meditation to promote health and wellness to those affected by cancer. Research has shown that sound can play a therapeutic role in cancer management. Participation in a Sounds for Health event can offer increased empowerment and connection as sound is experienced individually and communally. The sound experience can calm the mind and the body, affect the emotions and promote healing power within. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Water Fitness

A weekly class for adult cancer survivors and their care partners to better their health and wellness. The class offers participants an opportunity to increase body strength and physical fitness through exercise in the warm, soothing water of the therapy pool. Emotional health is also nurtured through the community and enjoyment of this active and fun water experience. People at all levels of fitness are welcome to participate and benefit from the class. For dates and times, please visit our calendar.  To register, call (815) 344-8000.

Wig Boutique

Provided by the American Cancer Society, this private, appointment-based session is free for cancer survivors. In a private setting, participants are fitted with a wig and work with a licensed hairstylists and trained volunteers to choose their color and style. Hats, scarves and other alternatives are also available at no charge. By appointment only. Please call (815) 344-8000.

 

Oncology Nutrition

Your diet is an important part of your treatment for cancer. Eating the right foods before, during, and after your treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. A Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition (CSO) is your best source of information about your diet.

Recommendations about eating during cancer treatment can be very different from the usual suggestions for healthful eating due to the body’s inability to tolerate certain foods and to use nutrients. Nutrition recommendations are designed to help build your strength, utilize nutrients, and help you withstand the effects of your cancer and its treatment. When you are healthy, eating enough food to get the nutrients you need is usually not a problem. During cancer treatment, however, this can become a challenge, especially if you have side effects or simply don’t feel well.

Eating well while undergoing cancer treatment may help you to:

  • Keep up your strength and energy
  • Maintain your weight and your body’s store of nutrients
  • Tolerate treatment-related side effects
  • Decrease your risk of infection
  • Heal and recover quickly

Partnership with the American Cancer Society

For years, Centegra Health System and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have partnered to provide support services, community relationships, education and more to individuals living with cancer in and around McHenry County. See below for more information about this dedicated partnership.

Centegra’s Look Good Feel Better program serves more than 100 women each year and includes:

  • Free monthly sessions that teach beauty techniques for women in active cancer treatment coping with skin damages and hair loss
  • Wig Boutique that provides individualized solutions for hair loss from cancer treatment
  • The most successful site in ACS Fox Valley’s five-county region
  • Patient navigation services
  • Gas cards and hotel stays
  • Road to Recovery and Reach to Recovery

Community Relationships

  • Year-long breast cancer awareness campaign conducted in partnership with ACS and McHenry County Department of Health Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP)
  • Think Pink Tea at Sun City Huntley
  • Colorectal cancer workshops and screening assistance
  • Great American Smokeout/smoking cessation programs

Spiritual Care

A certified thanatologist and Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 10 years of experience, the Centegra oncology chaplain provides assistance to patients and their support systems throughout the cancer experience. Our oncology chaplain uses spiritual, therapeutic, and expressive arts to promote holistic wellness in cancer management. Support is available for:

  • Individual and family counseling
  • Survivorship counseling
  • Advance directives planning
  • Grief counseling

Additional Support

The Centegra Sage Cancer Center, Centegra Gavers Breast Center, and other hospital-based programs offer various support services for patients and their family members, including:

  • Medication assistance
  • Financial assistance
  • Hat’s Off
  • Home health care
  • Pain management
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Patient Express transportation to individuals receiving services at Centegra Health System
  • Hospice and palliative services via referral and partnership with Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois
  • Centegra Cancer Connection Facebook page