About My Journey
My Journey, My Choices (My Journey) is a tool for healing when faced with long-term illness, based on the Caring Ambassadors Program’s extensive experience helping individuals with challenging health conditions to become ambassadors for their health. The program aims to assist individuals with long-term disease(s) to recognize and act upon what they can control in their healthcare journey to achieve optimal healing.
My Journey uses a web-based platform to provide:
- Education on all aspects of healthcare;
- Empowerment through self-advocacy skills and knowledge;
- Support through linkage to reputable services and resources, and;
- Motivation to research, create, and track a healing journey.
My Journey promotes an integrative approach to health, providing information and resources on western medicine, as well as evidence-based therapies, practices, and lifestyle modifications that contribute to holistic health and well-being.
My Journey was founded based on the Caring Ambassadors’ guiding values:
- Information Empowers
- Patient engagement is necessary for optimum wellness
- Health is holistic
- Patient-centered care is optimal care
- Evidence-based information is necessary for good decision making
- Collaboration and integration benefits all patients
My Journey, My Choices History
For decades, the Caring Ambassadors Program has been empowering individuals living with chronic hepatitis C or lung cancer to take charge of their health. With the help of many talented and dedicated professionals, the Caring Ambassadors team has developed individualized frameworks to assist persons with these diseases to make healthcare decisions, based on eight key areas of health: Western Medicine, Support System, Stress Management, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Well-being, Nutrition, Exercise, , and Spiritual Work.
Realizing that the lessons learned from these disease-specific frameworks could be applied to individuals burdened by a broad range of long-term diseases, the Caring Ambassadors developed My Journey, My Choices to distill the abundance of knowledge acquired over the past two decades into a user-friendly website.
My Journey, My Choices Symbol
The Integrative Health Ribbon is the symbol chosen to represent My Journey, My Choices. Each loop contains an area of opportunity for improving one’s overall health and quality of life. The Integrative Health Ribbon is a reminder that all of one’s choices affect one’s overall health and that all aspects of wellness are inextricably intertwined.