This includes a South Bay woman who is finding ways to help humans and animals alike
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Diane Foxen is what you would call, "a hero".
Not only is she a registered nurse at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and El Camino Hospital working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, but she's also fostering kittens.
Get ready to smile for a hero to humans and animals alike. Diane Foxen is a NICU registered nurse by day and a mother to foster kittens for @hssv by night. These are a few of the ring-worm cats that she is taking care of right now! https://t.co/4BmMorGiz1 pic.twitter.com/W8GjSnju1g— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) May 8, 2020
"I like helping those that are less fortunate and can't help themselves," Foxen said. "It gives you a good feeling. It lets you know that you've done something good at the end of the day to make the world a little bit better."
She has fostered hundreds of kittens with the Humane Society of Silicon Valley (HSSV) since 2012 and worked with the Town Cats of Morgan Hill before that.
Her specialty now is cats with ring-worm, which require even more attention on top of the stresses of fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.
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Foxen faces long hours, little interaction and more of a risk for sickness.
She even had a scare of contracting the coronavirus recently.
"I had a possible exposure so I sheltered in place in my bathroom," Foxen said. "I was sheltering to just to stay away from my sister in case I was going to become sick or asymptomatically contagious. Coming home and not being able to visit with my sister, working sixteen hour shifts and not having anyone to talk to was really hard."
What is life like for a nurse working during the #coronavirus pandemic? In one word: difficult. These realities are so hard to hear, but so important to understand. Diane Foxen details what it is like on the front lines working with babies. https://t.co/4BmMorGiz1. pic.twitter.com/73iCliHwc0— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) May 8, 2020
She slept on a bed on the floor in her master bathroom.
She felt alone, but she wasn't.
The same kittens that she works so hard to save, saved her.
"I slept in there with them and loved on them while they loved on me," Foxen said. "They say that nurses are heroes and doctors are heroes, and these little kittens have been my heroes more often than not. They've helped me get through really hard days. They've helped me as much as I've helped them."
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Thank you for Building a Better Bay Area, Diane.
HSSV's volunteers and fosters, like Diane, fostered more than 3,800 animals last year.
To help give back during this difficult time, visit the Humane Society of Silicon Valley's website here.
Animals need our help right now too with fostering and adoptions as a great option. This nurse says that her fostered kittens helped save her life. Listen why she suggests you add a furry friend to your household. #AdoptDontShop https://t.co/4BmMorXTXB pic.twitter.com/TC4jNA2b4O— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) May 8, 2020
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