65 years old - Petersburg, Florida - Featured on March 4, 2011
Dialysis Prompts Florida Woman to Start Craft Business
Johanna Moser founded the hand-crafted jewelry company “Beads and Blumes” as a creative outlet while receiving treatment.
A dialysis patient in St. Petersburg, Fla., Johanna Moser leads a fulfilling life in both her family and work life. Johanna had chronic kidney infections that eventually led to kidney failure in 2004. She now receives hemodialysis treatments at Fresenius Medical Care Pinellas Park. She really likes her medical team and has become close with the staff and fellow patients at her clinic.
When Johanna started on dialysis she wanted to do something creative during treatment, and decided to start her own business, "Beads and Blumes." A retired banker, Johanna now enjoys selling her hand-crafted jewelry during her free time. She also makes pieces for the patients and nurses at her clinic. She has recently expanded her product line and started making evening bags using pin weaving, and also does artificial floral arrangements.
Johanna is married and is a grandmother to young triplets, and has an older grandchild who just turned 18. She enjoys spending time with her family, and babysits her grandchildren often.