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:
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 ~
“It teaches how to organize the endless new data that floods the patient and family, creating empowerment," says Charles Durkee, M.D.
“mymessenger™ is beautiful, well organized and comforting. I would love to have it available to my patients,” says Jacquelyn Dinusson, M.D.