Wellness Wednesday

Welcome to Wellness Wednesday!

You asked, and we answered: Wellness Wednesdays are back! Join us on the first Wednesday of each month where we'll focus on wellness tools and techniques! We’re partnering with an amazing group of wellness experts to talk about the topics that are important to patients, survivors, and caretakers alike.

From nutrition and stress management, to the power of music and exercise, we’ll bring our community together virtually to stay connected and receive the continued support each of us needs right now. We can’t wait to see you there! 

***We want to hear from you! Email us what you'd like to see next!***


August 5th - 12PM CDT - Join us on Facebook Live

The Genetics of Pancreatic Cancer: What do you need to know
Featuring Dena Goldberg, DenaDNA

Did you know that one of the biggest secret weapons in the war on pancreatic cancer is our genetic code? The recent influx of people getting tested has led to this information becoming an integral part of pancreatic cancer treatment and prevention. It is no longer a one-size-fits-all approach.

Knowledge is Power

Genetic counselor, Dena Goldberg, will provide you with the knowledge of how you and your relatives can use genetics as a tool in getting ahead of pancreatic and other cancers. With her visual approach to genetic education, she will make it easy to understand:

  • Basic cancer genetics
  • Hereditary pancreatic cancer syndromes
  • Why everyone with pancreatic cancer should be tested
  • Who needs to get testing, and how
  • Personalized treatments and family prevention

Dena Goldberg is a licensed and board certified Genetic Counselor located in Los Angeles. She was the Gordon and Betty Moore Endowed Counselor of Hereditary GI Cancer Prevention at the University of California, San Francisco where she specialized in gastrointestinal cancer, polyposis, and pancreatitis syndromes. Dena was also part of the UC Pancreas Consortium and is a member of the Collaborative group of the Americas for inherited Gastrointestinal Cancers (CGA-IGC). 

Dena recently left her clinical role to work full-time on DenaDNA to spread awareness of medical genetics through media and marketing techniques not typically used by the medical community.


July 1st - 6PM CDT

Coping with Cancer During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Featuring Roz Turner, LCSW (Facebook Live)

Navigating the cancer experience is challenging enough to now add a worldwide pandemic into the mix. That said, cancer patients, the immunocompromised and their families have already been living with some of the sacrifices that the rest of the world is experiencing now. Whether you’re currently in treatment, survivorship or a caregiver for a loved one, Rolfe Board Member and licensed clinical social worker Roz Turner will provide practical tips and coping mechanisms to take advantage of what you can do now for your physical and mental health.  

Roz Turner is a licensed clinical social worker at Illness Navigation, and an oncology social worker at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, working in their Development Therapeutics Institute with patients enrolled in Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. While her specialization is working with patients and their families dealing with a cancer diagnosis, she is passionate about helping all individuals facing medical challenges and more general life stressors and transitions. In addition to helping individuals and caregivers navigate the complex practical and emotional concerns that come with a medical diagnosis, Roz has extensive knowledge of oncology resources for patients and families, and vast experience facilitating oncology support groups.

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May 27th - 1PM CDT

Managing Relationships, Stress, Wellness and Sleep
Q&A with Grounded Wellness LLC experts: (Facebook Live)

Dr. Rebecca Hubbard (Licensed Clinical Psychologist): Tips for Taking Care of Relationships
Dana Medlin (Health Coach): Managing Stress to Promote Wellness
Lisa Trogdon (Health Coach): Tips for Better Sleep 

Self-care needs to be a habit, not an exception. In the best of times, it is an important priority that often gets overlooked. In dire times there's an even greater need to focus on how to handle the challenges we're facing. The team from Grounded Wellness, known for being a community resource for mental health providing holistic support to the well-being of their clients, is here to show you how. Whether you're in treatment, in remission or caring for a loved one, it's time to focus on you! 

Grounded Wellness started as a solo psychotherapy practice in 2015 and has grown into a community resource for mental health that provides holistic support to the wellbeing of our clients. All of the services we offer are designed to contribute to people working towards being their best selves, while finding the balance of strength and humility. We offer individual, couples and group psychotherapy with a strong foundation in how identities and relationships impact our emotional experiences. We also provide sport and performance psychology consultations for athletic performance, performing arts professionals, and other performance situations (e.g., test taking and public speaking). Our self-care workshops emphasize the importance of making self-care a habit, not an exception! We believe in the mind-body connection, which has led to including virtual health coaches to support you in reaching your goals related to your physical health. Grounded Wellness is here to help you be your best.

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May 6th - 11AM CDT

Stress and Nutrition Management with Robin Goldberg Nutrition + Wellness (Facebook Live)
Robin is an experienced nutrition and wellness consultant who creates customized programs that best fits your individual needs and lifestyle. She provides the education, accountability and skills needed to make a lifestyle change that betters your overall health and wellness for the long term.

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May 13th - 9AM CDT

Family Music & Movement Class with Bubbles Academy (Facebook Live)
Music can lift our spirits, lower levels of stress-related hormones, ease pain and fight depression. Music brings us together, which is especially important during a time when we’re all apart. So let's connect! Let's bring together children, parents and grandparents—patients, survivors and caregivers—through the power of music and dance. *Recommended for ages 0-5 years, but older siblings—and grown ups—are sure to have fun too! 

Bubbles Academy is Chicago's premier early childhood arts enrichment center and preschool located in Lincoln Park. Get movin' & groovin' with us in a Virtual Family Music & Movement class.

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May 20th - 4PM CDT

Workout with Shred415! (Zoom)
Did you know that exercise has so many more benefits than physical health? It can also make you happy. Not to mention that a growing amount of research shows that regular exercise can greatly improve physical and mental health during every phase of treatment. What better time to find ways to be happy, relaxed and rested? Grab the family and join us tomorrow as Sara Goldberg with Shred415 virtually lead us through a 30 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout. Grab a towel and water bottle, and let's come together and get ready to sweat!

Shred415 is more than a workout. For more information about Shred415 contact info@shred415.com

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