A health condition takes your breath away: We understand—we’ve been there.

Every once in awhile, we meet someone we’re supposed to—and it happens at the right time, at the right place, and for the right reason. It’s almost like an angel made it happen. That's how we met:

  Tesha Urban & Mary Jo Esser   (Photo:  Jennifer Anderson Photography )

Tesha Urban & Mary Jo Esser

(Photo: Jennifer Anderson Photography)

Mary Jo, a wellness coach and trainer, founded Gentle Waves, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educate, instruct and inspire patients to raise their level of physical, mental and spiritual health during the treatment or recovery phase of a diagnosis. In 2008, Tesha was led to Mary Jo and the Gentle Waves organization as she was finishing treatment for cancer. Tesha blossomed from the tools and coaching from Gentle Waves.  

A Shared Passion

On the road to recovery, we shared insights from our experiences with a health crisis. What did you learn? How could we give back to others? What’s needed?

We quickly discovered that we were overwhelmed with the initial days and weeks of a new diagnosis. We were bombarded with information. Appointments. Paperwork. We searched for a simple planning toolkit to keep it all straight, but we came up empty. Nothing served our needs. So we developed our own, and it helped us stay in control, empowered and confident.

We thought, What if we created a similar system for other people going through a life-altering health condition?  We shared the idea with friends and health care workers, and everyone embraced the need. So in the spirit of “paying it forward”, the health planner took flight.

The Angel Appeared

Our mission at the outset was to make available a simple, beautiful and affordable health planner—an essential resource accessible to everyone.

We started by comparing notes. Where did we get lost during our health experience? What was essential? We took the “best of the best" to develop the planner. To make our piece beautiful, we found Joyce Winter. Joyce showed us a piece of her watercolor art and explained her four-year journey creating it. Joyce has a unique gift. Her spirit guides her hand, and with patience and peace, the water flows naturally. Over time, she begins to see beauty and images. That’s when the angel appeared, and mymessenger was born as a natural extension of the Gentle Waves mission.

As you begin your health journey, may you find comfort and guidance with the protection of mymessenger.

Wrapping you in strength, courage and confidence ~


mymessenger™ contributors

  Caitlin McNamara, our graphic designer, in Chicago, Ill. 

Caitlin McNamara, our graphic designer, in Chicago, Ill. 

   Joyce Winter , our artist, in Menomonee Falls, Wis.    "As an artist, I am more connected to the act of creating, the final product is what I give to the viewer... it is my soul. I love to paint, to play with paint and let my intuition take over as I freely express my emotions on canvas and paper. I feel the movement and flow of nature through me, and try to record that in my work. I use watercolor, acrylics and prism pencil to create layers of color, texture and space. It is like a dance on paper. The art of creating this way has taught me: 'Breath and bone all turn to stone, while the moment never passes.'" --Joyce Winter

Joyce Winter, our artist, in Menomonee Falls, Wis. 

"As an artist, I am more connected to the act of creating, the final product is what I give to the viewer... it is my soul. I love to paint, to play with paint and let my intuition take over as I freely express my emotions on canvas and paper. I feel the movement and flow of nature through me, and try to record that in my work. I use watercolor, acrylics and prism pencil to create layers of color, texture and space. It is like a dance on paper. The art of creating this way has taught me: 'Breath and bone all turn to stone, while the moment never passes.'" --Joyce Winter


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