MISTY BLUE FOSTER – Courage To Shine™ – Role Model of the Month for June 2012

MISTY BLUE FOSTER – Courage To Shine™ – Role Model of the Month for June 2012

Misty Blue Foster

Courage to Shine Editor: Misty Blue Foster has been named the June 2012, Courage To Shine Role Model for the month.

After you take the time to read her inspirational story below, you will totally understand why Courage to Shine is honored to have her as one of our monthly role models.

Please make sure you read the first article that was originally published this past winter in Ostomy Canada Magazine, the official magazine of the United Ostomy Association of Canada.

Then read about her being named the Great Comebacks Program’s – 2009 Ina Brudnick Award Recipient for the US West Region as well as the story about her in the San Mateo County Times in early 2010. Then take the time to watch the four part movie called ‘My Name is Misty Blue” where Misty tells her own story in her own words.

Furthermore, at the bottom of this blog are links to a 5 part blog series by UroMed, as part of the UroMed Hometown Heroes Series, where they featured Misty Blue Foster for 5 days in November 2011.

Sit back and enjoy this most incredible story of Misty Blue Foster from many different writers and points of view, all in one place.

To read more including Meet Misty from the Ostomy Canada Magazine go to: http://couragetoshineblog.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/misty-blue-foster-courage-to-shine-role-model-of-the-month-for-june-2012/

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Ostomy Awareness Video – Featured Misty Blue Foster

Donna Mear from New Castle, England, UK, is the editor of the video above, and features just a few of the amazing people around the world living with ostomies, or other intestinal or urinary diversions, including Misty Blue Foster.

You never know how many people you can inspire by living life to your fullest

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UroMed Hometown Heroes Featured Misty Blue Foster – Part 5 of 5

Misty Blue Foster was Honest and Open About Her Disability When Love Came

Misty and Jerome met for the first time at a Mexican restaurant.

Misty and Jerome met for the first time at a Mexican restaurant.

NOVEMBER 12, 2011 1 COMMENT
Editor’s Note: The race of life is not a 100-yard sprint. Life is a marathon, a long distance run often over treacherous terrain that requires strength, endurance and single-mindedness of purpose. For many, just finishing the course is a major achievement. But others choose to endure the pain and push their bodies and minds to the limits, and therefore win. Such is the case of Misty Blue Foster, who at a very young age set her sights on being a nurse, although physically and financially, she appeared to have no way to reach that goal. Part 5 of a 5-part series.
I started dating after high school–not really looking for a husband. As a matter of fact, my husband found me.

Misty and Jerome met for the first time at a Mexican restaurant.
We were set up on a blind date. A friend of mine from the care home I used to work for told me a group of my past co-workers were having a mini reunion at a Mexican restaurant. He told me I should at least stop by since the gathering was close to my house. I agreed because I thought it would be fun to see everyone I used to work with. When I entered the restaurant, I didn’t see a lively group of familiar faces. Instead, all I saw was my friend’s cousin, Jerome Panscala. I felt a tad bit uncomfortable since it was a blind date, but I stayed because I didn’t want to be rude. I also didn’t want to pass up free Mexican food!
I love Mexican food since I am actually part Mexican. I ordered the hottest, spiciest food on the menu. Since Jerome had never eaten Mexican food before, he ordered the same thing I did. When the food arrived, I poured hot sauce all over mine–Jerome did the same to his. Since he is Filipino, he never ate hot and spicy food. He drank a lot of beer to try and cool down, but beer just made the food hotter and caused tears to stream down his face. He got drunk! When I talked to my friend that had set me up, I told him to never call me again, and that his cousin was a mess!

To read the rest of the article go to: http://uromed.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/misty-blue-foster-was-honest-and-open-about-her-disability-when-love-came/

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UroMed Hometown Heroes Feature Misty Blue Foster – Part 4 of 5

Misty Blue Foster Took a Giant Step Backwards to Reach Her Dream but Stayed Strong

NOVEMBER 11, 2011 1 COMMENT
Editor’s Note: The race of life is not a 100-yard sprint. Life is a marathon, a long distance run often over treacherous terrain that requires strength, endurance and single-mindedness of purpose. For many, just finishing the course is a major achievement. But others choose to endure the pain and push their bodies and minds to the limits, and therefore win. Such is the case of Misty Blue Foster, who at a very young age set her sights on being a nurse, although physically and financially, she appeared to have no way to reach that goal. Part 4 of a 5-part series.

Misty hit difficult roadblocks while in school, but she did not give up.
I decided after becoming a practical nurse that my life would be better after a four-year nursing degree and eventually a master’s degree. However, I had a major setback because of my financial needs. I couldn’t afford to go to a a four-year nursing school initally, but I could afford a private two-year school with loans and scholarships. Right now, I’m enrolled at the College of San Mateo, an accredited two-year college. I’m taking the prerequisites to be able to get into the RN program.

Misty hit difficult roadblocks while in school, but she did not give up.

Misty hit difficult roadblocks while in school, but she did not give up.

Here’s what happened–When I applied for my RN program, the school credit I’d received where I got my two-year nursing degree wasn’t transferable. The courses I’d taken were accredited for me to get a licensed nursing degree but not accredited by colleges and universities to count as the first two years of work for a four-year nursing degree. I had to retake all of the courses that I already had passed as prerequisites. I was somewhat devastated because I paid a lot of money, gone to school to become a licensed nurse, assumed I’d be able to go two more years and get a bachelor’s degree, and then discovered that I couldn’t. Now I’m taking and paying for two more years of classes that I’ve already passed. That’s the reason I am still working and going to school.

To read more: http://uromed.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/misty-blue-foster-took-a-giant-step-backwards-to-reach-her-dream-but-stayed-strong/

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UroMed Hometown Heroes Feature Misty Blue Foster – Part 3 of 5

Spina Bifida Doesn’t Stop Misty Blue Foster in Serving Others

NOVEMBER 10, 2011 LEAVE A COMMENT
Editor’s Note: The race of life is not a 100-yard sprint. Life is a marathon, a long distance run often over treacherous terrain that requires strength, endurance and single mindedness of purpose. For many, just finishing the course is a major achievement. But others choose to endure the pain and push their bodies and minds to the limits, and therefore win. Such is the case of Misty Blue Foster, who at a very young age set her sights on being a nurse, although physically and financially, she appeared to have no way to reach that goal. Part 3 of a 5-part series.
Foster: When I decided to go back to school to get my two-year degree to become a licensed nurse, I realized I had some big hurdles to overcome. There was an entrance exam that included a math section. Math is not my strong point–although I do pretty well in everything else. Part of the entrance exam included algebra, which I hate. Unfortunately, I didn’t pass my entrance exam due to the dreaded algebra. To solve that problem, I took an algebra review course at the college. I took the entrance exam again, passed it, and got into nursing school!

Misty worked hard to pass her entrance exam and physical so she could get accepted into nursing school.

Misty worked hard to pass her entrance exam and physical so she could get accepted into nursing school.

Misty worked hard to pass her entrance exam and physical so she could get accepted into nursing school.

Another requirement other than the exam was that I had to have a physical. I was concerned that if I had a physical at school, I’d be disqualified. I went to the doctor who had known me most of my life and asked him to give me the physical. He was a urologist who had taken care of me ever since I was a child and knew my condition better than anyone. He told the school, “She has altered urinary and bowel functions. However, she can walk, talk, think, and do everything like the rest of the applicants can. She just may have to go to the bathroom more often than some of your other students.” After the school read the doctor’s report, I qualified for nursing school.

More of the story at: http://uromed.wordpress.com/2011/11/10/spina-bifida-doesnt-stop-misty-blue-foster-in-serving-others/

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UroMed Hometown Heroes Feature Misty Blue Foster – Part 2 of 5

Misty Blue Foster’s Difficult Early Life Lead to Her Nursing Motivation

NOVEMBER 9, 2011 2 COMMENTS
Editor’s Note: The race of life is not a 100-yard sprint. Life is a marathon, a long distance run often over treacherous terrain that requires strength, endurance and single-mindedness of purpose. For many, just finishing the course is a major achievement. But others choose to endure the pain and push their bodies and minds to the limits and win. Such is the case of Misty Blue Foster, who at a very young age set her sights on being a nurse, although physically and financially, she appeared to have no way to reach that goal. Part 2 of a 4-part series.

Question: Misty, on Day 1 you tolsame time. Can you explain some of your earlier background?d us about attending nursing school and working at the 

Misty underwent several corrective surgeries as a very small child, but that didn’t stop her from getting into the Christmas spirit!

Foster: I was kind of a “throw-away” child to the state foster care system. My mom had an alcohol and drug problem and my grandmother also dealt with an alcohol problem. The reason I was disabled at birth was because my mom was on drugs when she was pregnant with me. I had a pelvic closure operation and spinal surgery at age two. My mom didn’t have a proper car seat for me because I had a spica cast that went from my chest down to my ankles.

The type of car seat I needed was supposed to be wide at the bottom to allow my legs and hips to be splayed. It would keep my body in traction. My mom and grandmother loved me very much, but both were not fully able to care for me. My mom could not overcome her addictions and my grandmother wasn’t financially stable and had stage four lung and colon cancer.
This is a reason why I went into foster care. Shortly thereafter, my mom got me out of foster care, but three years later she got arrested. I went back into foster care at age five. My mom passed away shortly after I arrived there, so I never got to go back home again. I went through several homes in foster care, but finally I stayed at a home 14 years in Redwood City, California. That was the worst time of my life.

Read more at : http://uromed.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/misty-blue-fosters-difficult-early-life-lead-to-her-nursing-motivation/

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UroMed Hometown Heroes Feature Misty Blue Foster – :Part 1 of 5

Misty Blue Foster: Becoming a Nurse While Overcoming Spina Bifida

NOVEMBER 8, 2011 BY UROMED CATHETERS 1 COMMENT
Editor’s Note: The race of life is not a 100-yard sprint. Life is a marathon, a long distance run often over treacherous terrain that requires strength, endurance and single-mindedness of purpose. For many, just finishing the course is a major achievement. But others choose to endure the pain and push their bodies and minds to the limits and win. Such is the case of Misty Blue Foster, who at a very-young age set her sights on being a nurse, although physically and financially, she appeared to have no way to reach that goal.

Misty Blue Foster is a strong woman who is passionate about serving others and her nursing career.
Question: Misty, please tell us some of your background.
Foster: Right now I’m pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and I already have a two-year degree that qualifies me as a licensed nurse. I go to school eight hours a day and work eight hours a day as a nurse. Even though the schedule is quite rigorous, I love what I’m doing and learning. I love serving others.
I’ve decided to get a bachelor’s degree instead of just a two-year degree because it will enable me to advance in my job. I want to be a nurse practitioner or teach nursing, and both require at least a bachelor’s degree.
These jobs will help me financially. I’ve been in some form of nursing since I graduated from high school. I started off as a caregiver, and then worked as a nursing assistant. In 2009, after completing two years of college, I received my license.

Read More at http://uromed.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/misty-blue-foster-becoming-a-nurse-while-overcoming-spina-bifida/

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