Published August 28, 2008
Learning about Wellness
has inspired us this past year
They don’t work in
They aren’t trained to remove a tumor or administer
But the people at Wellness House in Hinsdale save lives.
They do so by offering healing touch therapy to help reduce
stress, pain and fatigue in those who have been
diagnosed with cancer.
By offering support groups for people with cancer, their
spouses and their children.
By offering classes in exercise, nutrition, yoga, tai chi,
qigong, journaling, guided imagery, meditation and a
host of other topics.
By housing a library filled with books, audiotapes and CDs.
By giving couples the chance to have a romantic Valentine’s
Day dinner, no matter how ill one spouse might be.
By helping with things that might seem superficial but are
truly important to someone going through radiation, such
as how to cope with changes in their hair, nails and
And little by little, day by day, they help lessen the pain
of dealing with cancer.
The story of Wellness House is even more amazing because it
is built on the volunteer efforts of community members
who were committed to bringing this type of a facility
Volunteers continue to support Wellness House — by organizing
fund-raisers such as the annual Equinox Ball, teaching
classes, working at The Courtyard consignment shop or
simply answering the phone.
That level of support enabled Wellness House to offer
programs that were accessed almost 19,000 times by
participants and their family members in 2007 alone.
Through our inaugural Making a Difference partnership, we at
The Hinsdalean have been fortunate to get to know some
of the participants, staff and volunteers whose lives
have been touched by Wellness House. And we’ve been
lucky enough to share those stories with you.
This fall we’re excited to publish a special section that
will compile all the articles in the yearlong series.
And we’re excited next week to announce a new partner
with whom we’ll work over the next year to help make a
But this first partnership, we know from experience, will
hold a special place in our hearts. We have been
inspired by people like Amy Owens, who is surviving her
battle with cancer, and by people like Byrd Johnson, who
Most importantly, we hope our work has helped Hinsdale
residents learn more about this remarkable asset that
sits right in their own back yard. Because no matter how
much we’d like to change the fact, cancer affects all
our lives in one way or another.
What a relief to know, thanks to Wellness House, we don’t
have to go through it alone.
Making a Difference is a yearlong
The Hinsdalean and Wellness House to increase awareness
about the organization, which works to encourage,
emotionally support people working to overcome the
effects of cancer.