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Support Groups & Resources

Body Flow

A weekly class, offering those affected by cancer, an opportunity to use tai chi, yoga and pilates to increase body strength and fitness. For more information, 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. 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. 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.

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. 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.

HOPE Breast Cancer Survivor Group

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 815-788-2288.

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.

Pathfinders

A monthly support group for men and women living with cancer and their care partners. 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.

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 nurtured through the community and enjoyment of this active and fun water experience. People at all levels of fitness are welcome to participate. 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. Call
800-227-2345 to schedule an appointment.

Yoga

A weekly class, offering those affected by cancer, an opportunity to experience increase calm and relaxation, as well as, body strength and fitness through the practice of yoga. For more information or to register, call 815-344-8000.

Young Ribbons-Breast Cancer Survivor Group

A bimonthly support group or those diagnosed with breast cancer younger than the age of 45. This support group helps participants connect with other breast cancer survivors to share, learn and support one another during and after treatment. The group meets the third Tuesday of every other month at Centegra Gavers Breast Center. For more information, call 815-788-2288.

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

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: