Monica J. Foster is vibrant amputee on wheels who was born with spina bifida and faced leg amputation in 2010 after a non-healing wound in her left foot lead to life-threatening illness. A survivor of various health and life obstacles, Monica has already lived longer than ‘experts’ expected when little was understood about spina bifida in the 1970s, which results in an underdeveloped, open spinal cord and paralysis. She has accomplished many things not expected of her, from simply existing to thriving as an independent woman with a disability, to graduating college, driving a car with hand controls and wheelchair lift, getting married, to becoming an accessible homeowner and owning her own successful businesses.
Monica lives in a small town outside Charlotte, N.C. with her husband, Bryan -- himself a stroke survivor, which added a new layer to their relationship when they were dating. With a multi-faceted perspective on overcoming various life challenges, breaking down barriers and reframing obstacles into opportunities, she is a professionally certified vision board, life and career coach, Monica founded BUTTERFLYWHEEL® Motivation, Advocacy & Consulting (www.butterflywheel.com), a professional life coaching, speaking, advocacy and consulting in 2008.
BUTTERFLYWHEEL® Motivation, Advocacy & Consulting (www.butterflywheel.com) aims to provide individuals and groups with the tools they need to think outside the box about life's challenges, dispel myths and fear and flip obstacles into opportunities, so that awareness and S.M.A.R.T. solutions to break barriers between systems and people are in continuous development, not just when concerns or crises arise.
As a coach, speaker and consultant, Monica helps people of all abilities and challenges focus on shifting life's possibilities into reality people of varied abilities and challenges--including but not limited to people with disabilities--so we can lead more ability-conscious, valuable lives.
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