MAMA BEAR CANCER COACH - DONITA WHEELER

MAMA BEAR CANCER COACH - DONITA WHEELER

Cancer support coach Mama Bear Donita shares cancer stories, products, and services for dealing with cancer from any and all aspects including caregivers, patients,survivors and family or friends. Fighting together!... Show More
February 26, 2018 27 min

Before I created 7 Stitches Boutique I was a kindergarten teacher, military wife and MOM. I loved my life. Then one day we got military orders to move overseas so I had to leave my teaching profession and became, for the first time in my, life a stay-at-home mom. Travel is a huge part of our lives now. In our many travels we have spent a lot of time in planes, trains, and automobiles. And with 5 children I am always looking for ways to make our lives, travel friendly and more comfortable. My husband bought me a sewing machine one Christmas, and had to teach me how to turn it on, LOL. I taught myself to sew after baby #3 and absolutely fell in love with the new ability to be able to create things for my children and those I love. Through my growing interest and our growing lives, I discovered that I could create products designed to enhance our lives and others while traveling. I was then approached by a customer who LOVED my travel pillows. He had a friend who was going through breast reconstruction and asked me to create a pillow that would help alleviate some of her discomfort from the seatbelt. Thus, the creation of “MY BREASTFRIEND”. My mom has since been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and did not have any type of breast/chest surgery but had a port placed so I created the “Port Pal”. I decided to set out to create the most unique as well as the largest variety of travel and recovery products for the most amazing customers from all around the world and those they love. It turns out, the road was more difficult than I imagined. Being a homeschooling mom to 5 and military wife, moving every 2-3 years across the states and overseas has proved to have many challenges. Shipping and working with foreign post offices is a huge challenge when living overseas. And when moving from overseas back to the states or vice versa, I have to shut my business down for several weeks to months unsure of when exactly I would be able to set up and reopen. When it’s time to pull up roots once again, I mail my sewing machine to our next location, pack my fabrics in our suitcases (14 to be exact) and off we go. Ready to hit the ground running once we arrive. My amazing customers have stuck with me every step of the way. Always willing to support me, try new products and refer me to friends. Through it all, we persevered. We continue to add new products and the response has been pure love from everyone who sees or uses them.

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