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Calling All Mom Warriors

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I receive a lot of tweets and private messages here on ediTORIal from fellow moms telling me how much I inspire them. I am so proud to be a role model to moms everywhere and especially the members of this incredible ediTORIal community. One of the things that inspires me as a mother is looking at all of my fellow mom warriors who are outside of the public eye. Mamas everywhere are juggling dirty diapers and potty training with marriages, careers, personal challenges, and charity work.

So, in honor of Mother’s Day coming up (and this month’s Mommyhood 101 theme), I wanted to spotlight some other truly momspiring individuals. If you or another mama in your life deserves some special recognition, I want to know about it. Leave a comment below by end of day Monday, May 6th with your nomination for my first annual Mom Warrior Awards. I’ll be reading your submissions and personally choosing three moms’ stories to spotlight here on my site. The winners will also receive a Mother’s Day gift basket filled with goodies handpicked by yours truly from my store invenTORI.

Is someone you know a true Mom Warrior?

I can’t wait to read your stories.

Love,
T

Photo: Anonymous Art of Revolution

  • TapGal

    Oh, wow, what a wonderful contest idea! I think many don’t realize how much work Moms really do!
    If I may, let me tell you about my Momma. :)

    I am the middle child in a family of three kids. My mom speaks of it as if it were nothing, but she very easily gave up a wonderful career when my oldest brother was born.

    She and my Dad decided when he was very young that homeschooling was the way to go for us, and she has homeschooled all three of us from Kindergarten up until we entered college. I wouldn’t trade that for anything!

    Keep in mind, all this, in addition to all the USUAL motherly duties, was done under varying circumstances: Overseas where she didn’t speak the language, on islands in the middle of nowhere, in woods while our Dad built our house (read: no plumbing or electricity).

    I am beyond fortunate to be able to say she’s one of my original best friends. She managed to find that balance between best friend and mom while growing up, which certainly can’t be easy!

    To this day, I can talk to her about anything and we have a blast when we’re together! I’m so lucky to be able to say that!

    So, this is about Rob, my mom and best friend – and if I can be half the mother she is, I’ll have made my dreams come true. :)

    Thanks for reading!

  • TapGal

    Oh, wow, what a wonderful contest idea! I think many don’t realize how much work Moms really do!
    If I may, let me tell you about my Momma. :)

    I am the middle child in a family of three kids. My mom speaks of it as if it were nothing, but she very easily gave up a wonderful career when my oldest brother was born.

    She and my Dad decided when my brother was very young that homeschooling was the way to go for us, and she has homeschooled all three of us from Kindergarten up until we entered college. I wouldn’t trade that for anything!

    Keep in mind, all this, in addition to all the USUAL motherly duties, was done under varying circumstances: Overseas where she didn’t speak the language, on islands in the middle of nowhere, in woods while our Dad built our house (read: no plumbing or electricity).

    I am beyond fortunate to be able to say she’s one of my original best friends. She managed to find that balance between best friend and mom while growing up, which certainly can’t be easy!

    To this day, I can talk to her about anything and we have a blast when we’re together! I’m so lucky to be able to say that!

    So, this is about Rob, my mom and best friend – and if I can be half the mother she is, I’ll have made my dreams come true. :)

    Thanks for reading!

  • Angi Dudas

    I think I am Mom Warrior because last summer my husband past away suddenly, leaving me to raise our two beautiful children by myself. We had to move back from the UK to the US and set up home from scratch. My kids had to start a new school and make new friends all over. I had to create a whole new support system for myself. We still have a long way to go to be healed, but me and the kids get up every day and try our best.

  • Ashley Taylor

    I know some amazing mothers and will be having my 3rd Mother’s Day without a mother, so it is an especially poignant day for me.
    http://www.thedoseofreality.com/2012/02/15/being-motherless-reflections-after-a-year/

  • Monica Donnelly

    People tell me every day I am a mom warrior. My 23 month old son has autism and since he was 6 months old I have been fighting with dr’s to help me help him. I knew something was off. I work full time, and manage his therapies, which include about 40 hours a week. After work three days a week, we attend a research study group to further help him and get some answers for others. I also have a five year old daughter, who I take to church after our research program on Wednesdays and coach her softball team. And I work part time as a thirty one consultant in order to make up the money I miss out on with my full time job b/c I have to miss work to attend to his therapies. Some days, I feel like I can’t do it. But most days, I just do it b/c it needs to be done. I am his only lifeline, without me, he would be stuck in his world. And I am determined, no matter how much I am burnt out, to help bring him into our world :)

  • X-el

    hi Tori :) Which beautiful idea to put us has the honor WE moms of every day.
    Mom of 3 children 2 teenagers and a girl of 3ans I reports me that the life is not every day easy with the hard period when is the adolescence.
    It is necessary to me to pay attention has not to put me “friend” with them but has to remain the “mom”. To punish them for competing for them is not easy every day oh not often it hurts me in the heart but you should not raise them in the any power must to know everything to give up to them not to inculcate them the real values of the life ………… finally my children are the apple of my eyes my extensions of love my life .I loves them my heads of mules (as their mom oops)

  • Jennifer Guthrie

    Hello Tori,
    I am nominating myself as a warrior Mom. I am a mom of 5 kids but I lost my daughter Mia to heart defect. She had 4 open heart surgeries since she was 2 days old. She was only 20 months old when she passed away. My second child was only 5 months old when she died. She died in my arms when the doctor turned off the machine. It was the hardest day of my life having to let her go and burying my first baby. I was only 32 years old when she died. I was devastated and had to take a medical leave for a month from my teaching job to grieve over the loss of my daughter. Her nickname was “Our Little Warrior”. She fought for her life ever since she was born. Then 6 months later, I got pregnant with my 3rd child-another boy. Of course, I was devastated because I wanted another girl after losing my first baby girl. When my baby boy was born, I fell in love with him. At the same time it was hard though because I was a “single” mom from Sunday through Thursday. My husband works second shift. So, it’s just basically me taking care of 2 boys with no HELP. One year later, I got pregnant again, this time, another girl. Of course, I was thrilled!! I so wanted to have another girl. Her name is Molly. I wanted to experience on raising a little girl that I didn’t have the opportunity with my Mia. It was fun having a little girl. Boy, she was very handful. We found out that she is Deaf (I am Deaf and my husband is hearing but his parents are Deaf). We don’t mind having a Deaf child because we communicate in ASL (American Sign Language). Our two boys are hearing. They know ASL too to communicate with me and their Deaf grandparents. WHen Molly turned 2, I found out that I was pregnant with my 5th baby. Yes, 5th one!! I must be crazy!! I don’t know how I will handle having 4 kids under 6 to 1 year old all by myself without my husband’s help during week nights. We found out that we were expecting another baby girl. Her name is Madison. She was born on April 30th. She just turned 1 last Tuesday. As soon as Madison was born, I knew she would be Deaf, too. Good enough, she failed 4 hearing tests. Now, we have two hearing boys and two Deaf girls.
    People don’t realize HOW hard it is to take care of 4 kids under 6 to 1 year old ALONE with NO help. I do ALL myself- WORKING as a teacher all day then come home taking care of my kids- cooking, helping with homework, bathing all 4 kids, snack time then finally bed time. I normally go to bed by midnight and getting up at 5:30am everyday to get ready for work. My 4th child, Molly just enrolled preschool at Deaf school where I teach. Madison will be enrolled in preschool when she turns 2 next year. So, I consider myself as an Unstoppable Mom. It’s tough but I managed it all myself!! I love all of my kids and I can’t imagine without them!!
    Every holidays and birthdays, we would go over to Mia’s grave site to place a dozen pink roses on her baby size headstone. All of my kids know that their big sister died and is in Heaven. They don’t know HOW she died yet. We are already prepared when our kids start asking questions on how Mia died.
    I am in the process of writing my first book explaining about my experiences of raising a child with a severe heart defect and how I cope and grieve over her death. I don’t know if I will ever get it published! :-)

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my brief story.
    ~Jennifer

  • jenjenwill18

    i think of myself as a mom warrior with my second pregnancy of my child i had a gestational diabetes and i was so strict on my diet for the health of my son i didnt eat sugar no soda nothing just all around healthy diet when delivery day came to have him my dr thought he was going to be an 8pound baby and he didnt believe i was tracking my stuff so well and my blood sugars so well that my son when born weighed 6 pounds 3.2 ounces i did all the things i had to for my son so he would be healthy and hes perfect i need something for a hard job well done on my part it wasnt easy but i stuck through it thank you

  • Monica Gambrel

    I don’t really think of myself as a mom warrior. In fact, I was really hesitant to even make a post because I after reading some of these ladies’ post I see that I have it pretty easy. I don’t know how I could possibly go through some of the things that some people go through, especially losing a child or caring for a child with a disability. But I do strive myself everyday to be the best mom I can be and my only hope is that my children see how hard I push myself and will learn from my mistakes and hopefully my accomplishments. A lot of people tell me everyday they don’t know how I do it and my answer is always “I don’t really even think about it, I just do it (that would be a good Nike commercial lol). But that’s the truth, I just do it. I am 39 years old and have 4 children, an 18 yr old daughter, a 16 yr old daughter, a 13 yr old son and a 4 yr old daughter. I work 45 hours a week at a local radio station as office manager and I also run a small cake business that keeps me very busy. On top of all that, I also have been going to school for the last 5 years and graduate May 11th (with honors) and then I will be pursuing my masters in August in Juvenile/Adult corrections. Shew that wore me out just typing all that..lol. I stay so tired and exhausted all the time but like I said I just do it. I have said from day one when I started in school was that if I never get a degree or a more promising career, I hope that my children see how hard I have struggled through the years trying to juggle 2 jobs, a family, and school that they do not make the same mistakes I have in life and pursue a career and get comfortable with themselves and then start a family. Although it’s been a rough and tiring journey, I would not change it for anything because it has made me who I am today.

  • Misty Knapp

    Hey Tori,

    I’m not a mommy but I love reading about your beautiful family. My Mom would be considered a Mom Warrior. She and my father became foster parents to 2 little girls and after a year and a half, adopted both of them and then discovered she was expecting ( a huge blessing). My mom has lovingly dedicated herself to raising her three children and being a wonderful wife. She has made sacrifices and put her family first, before herself. She is now raising another little one. She is such a great example of being a mother and I hope that if/when I have children, I will be as half as good as she is. I love my mother and feel that she should be picked as a Mom Warrior.

  • Lizzie Sanchez

    Is it lame to nominate myself? I think it is… but hey, my story is a grand one. With ups and downs and a very, very happy ending that I hope inspires just one more mother.
    I’m a mother of three awesome kiddos. They are 7, 5, and my newly turned 3 year old. I have a hubby and a furbaby named Luna Lovegood Sanchez. yes you have to say the WHOLE name. She’s proper like that.
    I have come from not the ‘best’ family. My mother did everything she could to keep my away from my father and my grandparents growing up. I am now 29 and am just starting to get to know my father. I grew up where being a dishonest person was rewarded and trying to ‘follow the rules’ were looked down on. I remember being 9 and having to crawl around on the floor b/c my mother was involved with a drug deal gone wrong and she was afraid of our house getting shot up. I promise you, I am not making any of this up. It was a hard life. I never went to the same school more than one year, I was the oldest of three and my mother was married quite a few times in her life. Non of my step fathers stayed around long. With this being said, it’s a miracle I’m alive and well today. yes, like so many others I could have went the easy route and stayed with her and my brother’s and lived a bad life. Stealing and lying are not things I value. My story of growing up is the common coming to age tale of a girl who is the black sheep of her family and goes her own way. Only instead of going toward the beaten path of recklessness, she graduated high school while holding three jobs, getting about 3 hours of sleep a night, and still maintained a 3.2 average. It was at one point a 4.2, but those tables at IHOP aren’t gonna bus themselves at 2am.
    Growing up sucked. I do not remember a time that I ever thought or acted as a child. I had to grow up fast, as most older siblings do. After I graduated, I couldn’t go to college, how would my bills get paid? So I became a chef and trained my butt off. After a few years and one sour marriage and a great bundle of joy named Adin later, I was 23 and knew exactly what I wanted for myself and my son. I packed up and moved to Houston, TX and never looked back.
    I meet the man of my dreams… you know how that story goes right? The first moment you see them, it’s like they are some sort of magical prince upon a white stallion with rays of sunshine and glitter surrounding them. We all go through that right? Mr. Glitter Stud is now my husband. We finally tied the know on December 12th 2012. Yes, 12/12/12 and of course it was a 12 noon. We have two children together and he has been the best father to my son. They are our three little poops. But it gets tough.
    In 2008 I was diagnosed with bi-polar. It’s not a fun thing to have. I have to take 6 pills a day just to keep myself functional. I hate having to take the pills, but I want to be a great mother for my children. I want them to look back on their childhood and our relationship and have happy memories. It’s not an easy task and my patience is tested daily. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I have been through a lot for such a young gal. Most of my friends from back home are just now starting families and here I am with a broad of my own. There isn’t a moment that goes by that I am not truly thankful for what fate and God has given me. I take every day on one at a time, I make the best of what can be and I teach my children to always love and care and never lie, cheat, or steal.
    My story isn’t just the story of a girl who is shun by her mother and goes a different route and then sees the light and heads back. No, I will never go back. This is the story of a girl, a mother, who is a warrior and will always be a warrior and fight the wrongs and live the goods.
    This is my story, and I hope you enjoyed reading it.
    Lizzie Sanchez
    http://www.ohsnaplizzie.com

  • Surviving Mom-dom

    I think of myself as a mom warrior in a more literal sense. My hubby is in the military and has been deployed twice. Once was 15 mos and this last time was a year…but he didn’t get to come home because he had been injured. Finally after 14 months we got to have him back. During both deployments I’ve given birth so one of our boys…the first deployment was to boy #2 and the next deployment was to boy #5. Hubby is doing better but dealing with pre deployment, deployment, post deployment and then injury is very hard on a family…but we are warriors and face it as our duty. My boys are true little patriots for giving up their daddy so many times. We’ve seen obstacls and brick walls since he returned home….government, unfortunately, doesn’t take care of our injured warriors very well. His military job was taken away because of red tape and our family feels slightly beaten down and discouraged. But it’s the mamas job to help all these boys (we have 6 boys…the baby is being adopted) know that we will be ok as long as we are together. We are warriors indeed.

    http://survivingandthrivinginmom-dom.blogspot.com

  • Jean Varga

    I normally don’t toot my own horn but seeing as I am having a bit of a rough morning thought this might actually help. I am a full time student and work full time. I also have an 8 year old daughter and just celebrated 10 years with my amazing husband. Juggling work, marriage, daughter, school, is quite a job some days. Some days I wonder how I do it while others I am just so completely proud that I am doing it. I am taking finals this week and rolled into work about 40 minutes late today. First time ever! It was important for me to finish college so I could set a good example for my daughter. I have a great job and am definitely not in need of a degree but it has always been a personal goal of mine. I know some day I will look back and wonder how I did it all. But I think the hardest part has been missing out on activities with both my husband & daughter. However, I think this has made me work harder because I just completed my 7th class with all A’s and am more than half way done and will graduate in October. =)

  • Macatfish5

    I hate to nominate myself but sometimes it’s nice to be recognized for what I do. My husband is very good about telling me how much he appreciates my hard work as a stay at home mom but others don’t always appreciate what I do and knock it because I don’t “work” outside of the home. My husband and I are high school sweethearts. We married at age 20 and are going on nine years of marriage. We decided when I was pregnant with my first child that I would stay home while he provided our income. That was seven years ago this Memorial Day. I wear many hats as a SAHM, cook, housekeeper, babysitter, nurse, bargain shopper and the list goes on. I have to be creative and be able to think of something at the drop of the hat. The hardest thing I have faced as a mother was losing a baby one day after our second son’s second birthday. I was rushed in for emergency surgery due to a tubal pregnancy. Our doctor was afraid of internal bleeding because of the intense pain I was in. Thankfully I’m still here to raise our boys and now our almost one year old daughter. And I know one day I will meet our angel in Heaven. Being a mom takes guts. Being a stay at home mom takes guts and courage because not everyone appreciates it. But I know the people that matter most, my husband and kids, appreciate it every day.
    Thanks Tori for all your encouragement to ALL moms!

  • SUSAN STROHL

    Hi Tori,
    I would like to tell you about my Mom and the extraordinary life she led. She had to quit school at the age of 13 to help care for her younger siblings. She married at 16. Had her first child at 18 and 12 more after that. (3 did not survive.) She raised 10 children, which is incredible for anyone . She cleaned homes, took in laundry and sewing. Life for her was never easy. As children we were never fully aware but, we knew sometimes we were going to bed with only fried potatoes as our dinner. After her children were grown she earned her GED, then her college degree in her fifties. All this time she was also the best seamstress in demand for miles. She nursed my dad through 6 years of Cancer and when he died she was the rock through it all. She relied on her faith and became a leader in her church and community. When our brother was killed on 10-10-10, mowing his lawn, she stood at the front of that funeral home room and comforted every person who came to pay their respects. On Mother’s Day 2012 she was diagnosed with Cancer. She endured several hospital stays and battled through all the stages of her diagnosis with her family. But, at the end, she let her faith be her guide. She told everyone I love you. Whoever needed it, an I’m sorry. She laid in her bed and still commanded the family. Her first great grandson (my grandson)was born on November 7th 2012 and she died at home the day before Thanksgiving 2012. We all believe she really held on just to meet little Liam. My Mother was a WARRIOR every day. She struggled all of her life to make ends meet and to pay her bills. She never asked for help. She never put herself ahead of her children. She cleaned homes, took in laundry, made candy and wedding and birthday cakes. Any ounce of talent and craftiness I possess , I inherited from my Mother. Her death has taught me to forgive quickly, to speak kindly to each other and to carry treasure family traditions. Our Mother, the WARRIOR, lives on through her 7 daughters, 7 granddaughters and 1 great granddaughter.

  • MandaPanda

    I nominate my mom as a mom warrior! She raised me and my sister to be strong, independent women, with help from our dad. On September 15th, 2011, my mom and dad took in my baby cousin and were only supposed to foster her for a few weeks, but my parents are now in the process of adopting her. My sister is 25 and I am 21, so my mom has had to start all over with my almost 2 year old cousin, whom we have had since she was 2 months old. My mom juggles dirty diapers, laundry, dishes, her work, and barely has time for herself. I believe my mom is a true mom warrior, she is a very strong, beautiful woman. Oh and did I mention, that she babysat all of my cousins when we were younger. She had like 6 or so kids all at once and never got angry or mad. If my mom wins, it would make me happy. I love seeing my mom smile and this would really make her day. :) Thanks for reading!

  • Lizzie Sanchez

    Your story is so touching. Thank you so much for sharing. I am here, with tears in my eyes as I know I could not have stayed as strong as you are. With so many obstacles you are a warrior!

  • Lizzie Sanchez

    What a hand you have been dealt. Keep your head up and know that you can do it! You are never given anything in life that you can not accomplish!

  • Lizzie Sanchez

    Your mother sounds like a gem! What a great childhood you must have had. This is what mother’s should be. Every mother should have aspirations to be half of what your mother is. And I’m sure you are just like her!

  • SUSAN STROHL

    Hi Tori,
    I would like to tell you about my Mother and of the extraordinary life she led. She had to quit school at the age of 13 to help care for her younger siblings. She met and married my dad at 16. She had her first of 13 children (3 died in childbirth)at the age of 18. She raised 10 children, which is incredible. She cleaned homes and took in laundry for grocery money. Her life was never easy. As children we were never aware but, we knew sometimes we had to settle for only fried potatoes as our dinner. After her children were grown, she earned her GED than her College Degree. She nursed my dad through 6 years of Cancer and became the glue that held us together after his death. She relied on her Faith and became a leader in her church and community. When my brother was killed while mowing his lawn, she stood in the front of that funeral home and comforted every person who came to pay their respects. On Mother’s day 2012 she was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer. In her last 6 months, she endured several hospital stays and battled through all the stages of her diagnosis with our family. In the end she let her faith be her guide. She told all of us I love you and whoever needed it I am sorry. She laid in her bed and still commanded the family. Her first grandson was born on November 7th. She died the day before Thanksgiving. She willed herself to live so she could meet Little Liam. My Mother was a WARRIOR every day of her life. She lives on now through her 7 daughters, 7 granddaughters and 1 great granddaughter, her WARRIORS in training.

  • Angela Prescenzi

    I want to nominate Tia Ruth. The day before Thanksgiving last year, her 4 month old son, Logan, was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 1. Logan is not likely to make it to his first birthday. While I don’t know Tia personally, I’ve been following her blog at http://loganruth.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/monday-night-decline-through-now/.

    The strength that she shows and the love for her family is overwhelming. It’s a constant reminder that all of us have limited days and not to take a single moment for granted. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the title “Mom Warrior” than Logan’s mom.

    She’s created a bucket list for little Logan and has dedicated her time to making sure he gets the most out of his time here with us. Please consider Tia as one of your recipients.

  • Jessica Bakic

    Reading everyone’s posts makes me fell less of a warrior!!! Every story is so incredible!!! Those moms are truly inspirational!!!
    I’m a mother of two beautiful children, a daughter, Stella who is 2 and a son, Michael who is 3 months. I had gestational diabetes with both children and had a strict diet to follow, I had an emergency csection with my daughter because her heart rate kept dropping and a planned csection with my son. My son had colic for 3 months and it was difficult to hear him cry 24/7 and trying to make “girl” time for my daughter was difficult! I live in Canada so I am very lucky to have a year off with my son and daughter!! I am a teacher in a kindergarten room of 30 children. So I have perfected my “patience” skill!!!! My husband says how lucky he is to have me as a wife and my kids are to have me as a mother but I don’t see it, to me my family is my life and my love, I’d do anything for them. Thank you for reading!!!!! (Jessica from Canada)

  • Olivia Torres

    Hi Jennifer! You are the winner in my eyes. Wow!! I was going to get on here and post about how I have two kids and only my husbands works and I am tired and overwhelmed…blah blah blah. It does not compare to what you just said. You are a very strong woman…God Bless You :)

  • Nich

    Lizzie, what a great story and such encouragement in your replies to the other readers:D Have a blessed day and Mother’s Day!!!!!

  • Nich

    Tori,
    You are at it again wow such encouragement from you!!! I love May being Mother’s Day and my birthday, this year my birthday will be on Mother’s Day what a blessing.
    As I was mopping the kitchen floor this morning I was in need of some encouragement today and opened your email and read of the contest it was a nice surprise.
    I am a single Mother to a handsome High School senior(who looks just like Tiger Woods) who will graduate in June and serve our country by joining the military. I am happy and sad as a Mother to see my son fulfill his dreams but sad at the thought of him being in combat. My son and I have had a rough journey. His father and I meet in Southern California and were married for a brief time, my husband did not want to be married and we divorced shortly after our divorce was final he committed suicide. The loss of a marriage and realizing I had some blame in our dissolution of our relationship and the loss of his life was even more horrible and trying to tell a young child his Father is gone was a difficult task. I read “When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death”, a great book on explaining death to young children it even had a section on suicide. I made sure to get him involved in sports and the Boy Scouts and extra curricular activities and had group therapy for him and I. I made sure I communicated with him and allowed him to be expressive. The teen years were hard he blamed me for his Dad’s death and our divorce but I allowed him to talk and spoke the truth in love it was hard. We had our fights, screaming matches and his defiant behavior that tried my patience as a Single Mom. I will admit I didn’t think we would make it but we are close and communicate and I pick my battles, encourage him, support him and Love him. I feel at times I did not give him what he needed, a Father, but I made due and provided for him the best I could by being resourceful and getting him the emotional help he needed in regards to losing his Father. I am proud of my son and feel honored that he will serve our country, with tears in my eyes as I type that. Being a Mother is a blessing and I thank God for my son. Thanks for letting me share and nominate myself. God Bless Tori. XOXO
    Nich~

  • Christine

    Tori, I think what you’re doing is really nice, but personally, I can’t think of anyone mom that I know that truly isn’t a warrior. We’re all striving for the same things in life and juggling it all! I think we’re all warriors, including you!!! http://www.simplytangerine.

  • Chante Wrecke

    Hello Tori, I’m going to go ahead and nominate myself. At 15, I met a boy, he was nice to me, and told me I was pretty, before I knew it I was pregnant and he was gone. I had my first son a couple of months after my 16th birthday, his father married someone else 3 months after his birth. Despite all odds against me, I graduated high school and walked with my class. My son’s father did not contribute anything to his support until I finally sued him for child support, when he was 7 years old. However, I allowed and encouraged him to have a relationship with his father and his family, believing that I had to love my son more then I hated how his father neglected him. Fast forward 9 years later, I married a wonderful man, who loved my son as his own. We decided to get pregnant immediately after we married, and 4 months later, I was. After a troublesome pregnancy, I gave birth to my 2 lbs 7 oz, 2nd son at 27 weeks. After 3 months in the NICU, it was apparent that something was different about him, but the Dr.’s encouraged me to go home and enjoy my perfect, healthy baby. The next 2 years I fought Dr.’s to run test and evaluate him for what looked to me to be Autism. We finally got the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 6 years old. Most parents would have been heart broken by that diagnosis, but I wanted to sing to the rooftop. I could change that my son was born this way, but i could find a way to help him. This diagnosis enabled us to get him into the therapies that would give him a chance to live a higher quality of life. We immediately began a program that included 4-5 days of therapy per week. I spent most of my days driving to, sitting through appointments and driving him home. He rapidly excelled, and today as a 10 year old, he barely fits the criteria of Asperger’s. we kicked some serious Autism A$$! My oldest son, now 20, will begin his 2nd year at The University of Kansas this fall. We also have a 3rd son, who is 5.

  • Chante Wrecke

    Hello Tori, I’m going to go ahead and nominate myself. At 15, I met a boy, he was nice to me, and told me I was pretty, before I knew it I was pregnant and he was gone. I had my first son a couple of months after my 16th birthday, his father married someone else 3 months after his birth. Despite all odds against me, I graduated high school and walked with my class. My son’s father did not contribute anything to his support until I finally sued him for child support, when he was 7 years old. However, I allowed and encouraged him to have a relationship with his father and his family, believing that I had to love my son more then I hated how his father neglected him. Fast forward 9 years later, I married a wonderful man, who loved my son as his own. We decided to get pregnant immediately after we married, and 4 months later, I was. After a troublesome pregnancy, I gave birth to my 2 lbs 7 oz, 2nd son at 27 weeks. After 3 months in the NICU, it was apparent that something was different about him, but the Dr.’s encouraged me to go home and enjoy my perfect, healthy baby. The next 2 years I fought Dr.’s to run test and evaluate him for what looked to me to be Autism. We finally got the diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 6 years old. Most parents would have been heart broken by that diagnosis, but I wanted to sing to the rooftop. I couldn’t change that my son was born this way, but i could find a way to help him. This diagnosis enabled us to get him into the therapies that would give him a chance to live a higher quality of life. We immediately began a program that included 4-5 days of therapy per week. I spent most of my days driving to, sitting through appointments and driving him home. He rapidly excelled, and today as a 10 year old, he barely fits the criteria of Asperger’s. we kicked some serious Autism A$$! My oldest son, now 20, will begin his 2nd year at The University of Kansas this fall. We also have a 3rd son, who is 5.

  • Tracy Martinez

    Tori, I think all Moms are Mom Warriors, weather they’re Single Moms, Married Moms, STAH Moms or Working Moms. We are all Mom Warriors. Saying that I would like to nominate myself. I am a STAH Mom to 2 wonderful children. We decided I would stay at home when our oldest was 2 and we noticed he wasn’t developing as fast as other 2 year old’s. After testing was done we found our beautiful Son had Autism. Our Son is now 7 and we added a little girl who is 4 to our family. I spend my days Schooling my 4 year old and running my Son around to therapy and Dr. apts. I know my life is full of my children, which other’s say I have lost myself. But when my Son learned to walk, talk and do everything other children take for granted it, my heart bursts and I know it’s worth it!!!

  • Monica Donnelly

    Thanks Lizzie!

  • Emily Heal

    Tori, my family is filled with fierce women that need to be recognized. My aunt and my mother have bother been through breast cancer, which takes an anormous amount of strength on its own, but they conquered it with style and grace. My mother got diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time last year. She has had surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. She is on her last two treatments of chemotherapy. There is no greater inspiration to me than seeing my mother go through such trauma mentally and physically and not one complaint has come from her. She and all women that have gone through this are the definition of warrior.
    I believe my story pails in comparison to my mother, but there are times when I must be strong. I am a mother of a 3 month old son. My husband and I are both in the military, which is a large commitment, on top of having a newborn. The lifestyle keeps me busy, and I love every bit of it.

  • Shelli Gordon

    Hi. My name is Shelli and I am a stay ag home mom to a beautiful baby boy named Jaxon who is 6 months old! But I have easy! I’d like to nominate my sister-in-law Marcy. She got diagnosed with lupus 20+ years ago. She had major complications with the birth of her second son and actually died on the delivery table! Luckily they saved her and our handsome nephew. Even though she is sick and sore all the time she devotes all her time to taking care of my mother-in-law who is in the throes of dementia. However she never complains. She takes everything with a grain of salt, says this is my life and is happy to do it. When anyone needs help or needs a friend or just a hug she drops what she is doing and is there to listen an help! She truly is the most amazing person I’ve ever met and I know she deserves to be recognized for all she does! She is the heart of our family and the rock that holds it all in place. We are better people for having got to know her and even luckier to get to call her family! To know her is to love her and I hope she wins because she sure deserves it!

  • Jacki Dorn

    Hi Tori… I am a mother of 3 daughters ages 3 and under and my oldest daughter has down syndrome. She is amazing. Most of the time I am a single mom as my husband works 3 jobs so that I can stay at home and raise our daughters. My life is crazy and money is tight all the time but I know that at the end of the day it is worth it as I get to see them grow up and feel extremely blessed!! So even though its cheesy… I nominate myself. xoxoxo Jackie

  • Kathie Reynolds

    Hi Tori…I am the mother of 3 boys. One who lives in heaven. My oldest son Tom was stabbed to death in 2006 at the age of 18. His brothers were 15 and 4 years old at the time. Both had a hard time for many years and still do. Life has not been easy. I was a great mom to Tom and I am happy to say I found the strength I needed to be there for Sam and Danny too. I get up every day and do the best job that I can and I always carry Tom with me. You can learn more about the mom I am at http://kathiereynolds.simplesite.com

  • BrenKim

    I nominate my aunt Julie. She’s not only a mother of 5, but a surrogant mother to me too. Julie has always been a completely hands on mom, constantly running around for her kids, taking them to school, dance, piano, youth group, counseling, doctors appointments, etc, yet she’s always still had time to take care of me too. She was even my maid of honor for my weeding last june, even though she had just gone thru surgery on her right arm (and she’s right handed too.) A few months ago Julie had a skiing accident during one of her weekly friday ski trips, and broke her tibia in several places, as well as tore her acl. She’s been on bed rest ever since, yet she’s still the same mom, still pushing herself to take care of her two kids that are left at home, a third living with a boyfriend in an extremely abusive relationship, babysitting a friend’s 3 year old, and still somehow had the time and energy to throw me a baby shower a couple weeks ago, and always be a phone call away whenever I have a preggo problem or need advice. Right now I’m 7 months pregnant and having pre-term contractions, and to make things more difficult, my hubby is leaving on a business trip half way across the country. But guess who offered to take care of me? Momma Julie. No one has ever been there for me the way that Julie has. Especially not my own mother, who has basically washed her hands of me. We’ve never had a relationship, but my Aunt Julie has ALWAYS been there for me, as my surrogant mother, and I hope and pray that I can be half the mother to my son that Julie is to me.

  • BrenKim

    I nominate my aunt Julie. She’s not only a mother of 5, but a surrogant mother to me too. Julie has always been a completely hands on mom, constantly running around for her kids, taking them to school, dance, piano, youth group, counseling, doctors appointments, etc, yet she’s always still had time to take care of me too. She was even my maid of honor for my weeding last june, even though she had just gone thru surgery on her right arm (and she’s right handed too.) A few months ago Julie had a skiing accident during one of her weekly friday ski trips, and broke her tibia in several places, as well as tore her acl. She’s been on bed rest ever since, yet she’s still the same mom, still pushing herself to take care of her two kids that are left at home, a third living with a boyfriend in an extremely abusive relationship, babysitting a friend’s 3 year old, and still somehow had the time and energy to throw me a baby shower a couple weeks ago, and always be a phone call away whenever I have a preggo problem or need advice. Right now I’m 7 months pregnant and having pre-term contractions, and to make things more difficult, my hubby is leaving on a business trip half way across the country. But guess who offered to take care of me? Momma Julie. No one has ever been there for me the way that Julie has. Especially not my own mother, who has basically washed her hands of me. We’ve never had a relationship, but my Aunt Julie has ALWAYS been there for me, as my surrogant mother, and I hope and pray that I can be half the mother to my son that Julie is to me.

  • Cheri

    Hi Tori, long time fan and I adore you and your family! I am a Mom to a boy, Alex who is 12 going on 35! He has a rare form of Autism that has no name because it is so rare. He also daily struggles with Tourette’s Syndrome. I am a full time baker as well as a full time Mother. Since age 1 my son has had appointments and therapies out of town, about a 50 minute drive away. For years and years I have been to every appointment and every over night stay in hospitals to understand more about his disabilities. Alex always says THIS DOES NOT DEFINE ME! And it sure hasn’t. In spite of all that is wrong and all the medication and therapist appointments Alex is currently rocking straight As and was recently awarded Student Of The Month at his school for April along with 2 other student. this isn’t just for academics but also for mentor-ship, leadership and general great person to be around. I couldn’t be prouder. His father and I couldn’t have more children and we feel so blessed that we were given Alex. Even if I do not win your award I know I have already won in his eyes. Thank you for reading my brief story and I hope you have a very Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Monique Haithcock

    Tori,

    Being a reality tv fanatic, I’ve had the pleasure of watching you and Dean raise your family whiling making & sharing amazing memories. You are an inspiration to all of us and I don’t know how you have the energy to do it ALL.

    I too am a full-time working mom and will certainly nominate myself as a Warrior Mother. Though, I believe every mom is a warrior mother in their own way.

    Our family story started 5 years ago this May. My husband and I actually dated for 1 year when we were 15 years old in high school. We stayed friends throughout the years (his friends were my friends and vice versa) and we even dated other people. 6 years after we broke up, we somehow ended back together and my high school sweetheart asked me to marry him.

    As happy as we already were, we wanted to be young parents. Spending a week in Bora Bora gave us our first born baby boy. Then came the shock and aww of having a baby and being responsible for them. Keep in mind, I’ve never babysat any child but my very own! Two years later, we received our 2nd sweet baby boy.

    Both my husband and I are full time working parents. When I’m at work, I’m wishing I could pick up my son from preschool, be at the beach or park with my boys…watching them play, smile and grow. In this day, with a mortgage, preschools and childcare, being a stay at home mom is not an option for me.

    In the mornings, I’m getting 3 people ready for work, preschool and the nannies house. After work, I rush home to spend the little 1/2 hour I have with my boys before it’s dinner, bath and bedtime (regardless of how dirty my house already is). And a marriage, who has time for that?! While playing with the kids or cleaning the house, my husband will pull me aside to simply give me a kiss and say, “Hi” After all the work we do as parents, I forget I still have to make time as a wife. Sad but that’s what makes our date nights that much more specials for us (They are few and far between but certainly a special time, every time).

    Then, our day starts all over again waiting for the weekend to come quickly so I can spend every waking moment with them. With the limited time I do have, I spend time doing the simple things in life that I’ve learned from you….play with your kids and just have fun. I lost a large chunk of my childhood and what I’ve taken the most from watching you and your family is that, having kids brings out the kid in you.

    Even though, I never liked kids before, I say to myself “I don’t know how I lived this long without them.”

  • Rose

    Hi Tori, great idea to nominate awesome moms. I would like to nominate my daughter Kristiana. She got pregnant at age 16 and found out during the pregnancy that the baby had atrioventricular valve defect and the cardiologist said it was almost absolute that baby would have Down’s Syndrome. Even though this was an extremely difficult time she volunteered the full pregnancy at my job the Ty Warner Sea Center up to 40 hours per week, educating school groups, making packets, and cleaning the aquariums. We knew the baby had to have heart surgery but when the cardiologist told us when she was only 2 months old that we needed to get her to U.C.L.A. right away, it changed our whole world. The baby had surgery within 5 days. Surgery went great but when we decided to go back to the hotel at 10:30 p.m., exhausted and relieved. We fell into a deep sleep only to be woken up by the doctor telling us to get to the hospital right away. Estrella had went into cardiac arrest. We ran past U.C.L.A. through wet grass, feeling cold and helpless desperation. We waited a few hours and finally we were able to see Estrella. It looked like a war zone, blood splattered everywhere. Our precious angel, only 5 lbs 8 oz, swollen and lifeless with tubes coming out of every artery. For 4 weeks she fought for her life. She was on Echmo, a machine that does the work of the heart and lungs. She had a collapsed lung and everything that could go wrong did. She was transferred to pediatrics and less than 24 hours later her oxygen went down to 20 and coded. She went back to the intensive care unit and had to have stomach surgery to make sure she did not aspirate. Finally we got to take her home on Oct 1, one more heart surgery, neurologist and gastrointerologist appointments, therapy 3 to 4 times weekly. Two pneumonias and week long hospital visits and seizures that required ambulance to take her to the hospital. Recently she had eye surgery to straighten her eye, it was hard to see her in pain but her mom was there every moment to comfort her. She has cerebral palsy and wears braces. She can’t walk yet but my daughter takes her outside to kick the ball. Estrella’s right side was affected by the seizures. But growing stronger every day. My daughter graduated from high school during all of this and won an award for the most volunteer hours. My daughter has grown into a wonderful young woman and the best mother anyone could ask for.

  • Jen

    Hey tori! I would love to nominate my best friend, Miriam. She is such a wonderful mom to 5 beautiful girls! Yes, 5 GIRLS! Not only is she a wonderful full time mommy, she also is a full time pre school teacher at her children’s school! My son is in her class and he LOVES her so much! She is such a creative and crafty person! Every time I see something on your page Tori I think, Miriam would live this! Miriam hasn’t had the easiest life, her daughter recently has surgery for a bone disease, among many other tribulations, but she has fought and continues to fight in order for herself and her children to have a wonderful life! I am so grateful to have her in my life and I know she deserves something special for this Mother’s Day so badly! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

  • Deb

    Hi Tori,

    I would like to nominate my mother, Joyce and my sister, Lalita. I know I should only nominate one but they both helped me through my very difficult pregnancy last Fall.

    I was on bedrest at NYU with placenta previa (something you know all too well about.) My mother came from California to stay with my husband and our 2 year old daughter, Anjali in Brooklyn. She cooked, cleaned and cared for both of them.

    As things progressively got worse for me, my mother had to return to work in California and brought our daughter with her to stay with my sister. It was a hard decision to be away from her but it was best so my husband could be by my side in case of an emergency.

    While in California my older sister cared for Anjali along with her three daughters ages: 16, 5 and 2 (at the time.) They gave her everything I could not,fun pumpkin picking, a wonderful Halloween, threw her a party for her two year birthday but most of all they gave her the security Anjali needed during a scary time without her mommy.

    I remained stable at NYU but unfortunately, due to Hurricane Sandy, I was evacuated from the hospital which aggrivated my condition and I delivered the next day at 29 weeks.

    My mom returned to NY with Anjali (I don’t think she has traveled alone with a toddler since I was young) and cotinued to take care of us as we went back and forth to the NICU to be with our son.

    Our son Kiran, spent 63 days in the NICU and is now 6 months and so healthy and strong.

    It was a difficult time for our whole family but my mom and my sister brought me the greatest comfort by taking care of the most precious little girl.

    Please consider one of them or both as a Mom Warrior.

  • MattsMom

    My mom! My parents split up when I was 10. My mom was only working part time as an LPN nurse and not making much money. She had to raise my brother and I by herself and was able to get some food stamps to help get us by. Most nights we had to eat cereal, eggs or pancakes for breakfast because food stamps didn’t get us much. Through her job, she was able to get a school loan to get her RN. She started working full time during the day at the hospital and took classes at night for 8 years. She finally finished and ended up being one of the highest paid nurses in her department. She pulled us out of that hole and was finally able to save enough money to buy a house. She never complained about our financial situation (at least, not in front of me) and she remained determined to get a good life for herself and us. I hardly ever saw her because she was always working or at school or studying, but I also never felt poor, even though we had almost no money. She is a great mom even now, and I have taken what I learned from her and use it to raise my own son.

  • shannon lavigne

    I wish I could yell from the rooftops what an amazing mom my mom has always been to me. As a woman who turns 41 on Mother’s Day this year (I get to share my day with the most important woman in my life) I can safely say that from the day I was born I have always been the most important thing in my mom’s life. As a child my mom was always available to me for anything I needed and with her guidance she taught me to believe in myself. As I moved into adolescence and the first signs of mental illness, my mom never stepped away from me. She took me to see doctor’s who did nothing, she believed in me and stood beside me, in front of me, behind me. In the 25 years since my mom has remained a steadfast strength in my life, pushing me to achieve my goals, cheering me on, picking me up, wiping my tears. She has loved me like I have never been loved and has taught me how to love my children. To say my mom is remarkable would be doing a disservice to my mom. She is my savior and not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I was blessed enough to have my mom as my mom.

  • Lory Ann @OurMasonsJar

    Mom Warrior? My Mom-yes! ME??? Hmmm…I’ve never considered myself that…until I read your post this morning. Yes, Tori, I am one of the Moms you inspire (you inspired me even before either one of us became a Mom) Yes, I have expressed this in a private message to you. Maybe because I wasn’t quite ready to share my life and heartache. Now, I’ve come to see all the Blessings in Disguise. So…

    Where to begin…Oct 2011, (on the Sweetest Day-it’s really a Holiday, Google it) my husband, John (who I adore) and I began the process of buying our first home, a Victorian style that I’ve always dreamt of. Finally almost a year later…we became home owners-Yay! In the meantime, I found out “we” were pregnant with our first Angel-double Yay! Due Oct 13.

    We moved in on Sept 9 and worked every day on putting our home together, main focus being the baby’s room. We finished that on Sept 16, I had a check up the next day! All was perfect, as my entire pregnancy had been, very lucky and very lucky that baby was going to be a boy, just as we wished. (John probably was hoping baby would follow in Daddy’s footsteps and become the next Fire Chief-haha) On our way home from my appointment, John and I said “Let’s commit to having all the work in the house finished by Sept 22! That way, we can have a couple of weeks to relax before the baby comes” And to “prepare” for the big day of childbirth. Well…on Sept 21 (MY MOM’S BIRTHDAY) baby Mason decided to join us, out of the blue!!! We joke that he must’ve thought we meant he has to be done by the 22nd-hehe!

    What a miracle! In so many ways. I kept saying there has got to be a reason he came on Mom’s Birthday. My OB said it was meant to be that he didn’t go full term because little peanut was tangled up in his umbilical cord. He ended up getting readmitted a day after we were released. That was tough but he is so healthy now. Thank God. And he is so beautiful. A Snuggle Bunny. What a great gift for my Mom, huh? Boy was she excited!

    Just 12 days later, 7 AM my phone was ringing (never good when it’s that early) My Aunt was calling to tell me that she was at the hospital with my parents, my Mom had a stroke, it was bad and they were flying her out to an ICU hospital. Devastation! Shortly after a loooong 2 hour drive, we were joined by a group of Doctor’s, who told us it had been a completed stroke, the worst they’ve ever seen. She would never walk or talk again and that was the best of the news, the next 3 days were crucial and now was a good time to call all out of state family. I was numb! Empty! Lost! Confused! Heartbroken! How, why? All I wanted to do was share my son with her and be happy! Thank Goodness for my Husband, especially in that moment. And…a few weeks later…in the moment when I was terminated from my job of 11 years, due to the fact that my OB thought I should be home a few more weeks. I was broken.

    To be honest I don’t remember much else, bits and piece, and I definitely don’t know how I got through everything! But, I did. More unbelievable than that is…MY MOM IS WALKING AND TALKING AND SHE WILL BE HERE TO CELEBRATE & SHARE HER BIRTHDAY WITH A VERY SPECIAL LITTLE GUY IN 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I also commented under your Easter post about what a special Easter we had)

    Life is unpredictable! Love it before you leave it! Never give up on your loved ones, never take them for granted! Make memories! Always keep your chin up…it’s easier to see the stars that way! Always, always wear a touch of sparkle, so you can shine!

    Thank you Tori for inspiring me in so many ways. Because of you, I believe in myself and I am finally chasing my “Sunbow” not my Rainbow ; ) I recently started designing Handmade Keepsake Onesies and I’ve even been brave enough to open a shop on Etsy …Our Mason’s Jar. I so love my Little Mason!!! I am so proud of him, of my Mom, of John for always being there, and OF ME!!! (not to mention of you, Tori, you have come a long way since 90210-haha)

    LASTLY, A HUGE THANK YOU & A HUG for giving me a special little place on here, to share my story! xo, Lory Ann

  • Lauren Vento

    I would like to nominate my big sister, Lindsey.

    Lindsey became a Mom 10 years ago, 9 weeks early. Her first pregnancy ended in a very sad miscarriage and her second pregnancy was difficult from the start. She bled almost the whole time (including through her wedding) and worried she would lose him, then at 27 weeks her water broke. My sister, the champ that she is, was in the hospital for a month flat on her back and held that baby boy in as long as she could to help him mature enough to survive. Four weeks after her water broke, she had a prolapsed cord and her son Zachary was born 9 weeks early. He stayed in the NICU for the first month while she pumped breastmilk hourly so he would never need formula. Zach is now ten years old and perfect!

    Her youngest son (she has 3 boys!) almost died when he was just a year old. She knew that there was something wrong, and frequently took him to the doctors but they didn’t figure out until it was almost too late that he was born with a twist in his intestine. He was immediately taken into surgery to remove 1/3 of his intestines that had died, then he was put into an induced coma to help him heal. He was hospitalized for a month and she stayed by his side the entire time.

    These are just two of the small things my sister has had to struggle with, but those don’t make her an amazing mom. The strength and positivity that she’s kept throughout everything is what inspires me. She has been a soccer/football/baseball/karate/boy scouts mom and has given every ounce of herself for her three boys (and all of her nieces and nephews when needed too). She is the first to volunteer when we need help with our kids too. She is the type of Mom that I have always wanted to be. Her life isn’t easy, and they’ve had their fair of struggles over the past few years. They lost their home, had to move a few times due to her husband’s work, and are helping out our other sister while she finishes school. Above all, she is just a good person. Now all of this sounds tough to deal with, but on top of that, Lindsey has narcolepsy, a disorder that causes her to not get any deep sleep. It leaves her exhausted at all times, but you would never know, because she fights her way through it. I constantly tell her she needs to slow down, but with three rambunctious boys, slow is not in her vocabulary. I really hope you can pick Lindsey and try to help make her Mothers day as special as she is!

  • Christine

    My mom is a warrior!! She is biologically my aunt. But she’s my mother. She took me in as a baby and raised me. She loved me when my real parents didn’t. She is my everything. She never had any biological children. As a single mother she went thru a lot to raise me. We were homeless, we did have to go to the food shelves and she worked so hard. She eventually got on her feet and she never gave up. She always tried to make the best of life. I love her so much and I’m honored to have her. I was made to be her daughter. She deserves to be recognized :)

  • Momma Greenleaf

    My mom is a warrior because not only does she take care of me and my 4 sisters, she is also my daddy’s certified caretaker. She has her own health problems like fibromyalgia, sacroiliitis, and rheumatoid arthritis in her spine. Last july she was pregnant with my baby sister arilyn. She had to be induced cause i guess my sister was rejecting my mom is how they put it. She was only 32 weeks along and she had to have her 2 months early. And that was july 20th, she promised me and my sisters she would be home and to take us to school on our first day of school on aug 6. And the night before she left my baby sister while she was in the nicu. And she kept her promise of taking us to school. And now my baby sister is 9 or so months old and she had to be in the hospital for over a month. She is a very fun and loving mom. My dad came home from iraq a few times and this last time he

  • Tymma

    I would have to nominate my mom. She left an abusive home to marry my father and have my twin sister and I as a teenager, just for him to turn abusive towards her. She left him when she realized she could not change his behavior and raised us on her own, with very little help from him. She struggled to provide for us but kept going. Although my mom was the one doing everything and giving up everything for us I still turned into a daddy’s girl and gave my mom a hard time for years. Now my dad barely gives me the time of day and has only met my son three times in his life. My mother is one of my best friends and is very involved in my sons life, she lives an hour away but makes time to see us every few weeks. She has always put her children first and now she puts her grandchildren first.

  • Crystal Bradley

    As many mothers before me have stated I feed kind of funny nominating myself because you feel weird calling yourself a mommy warrior. Yet I am all mothers are. Having a child is hard work but being a mother requires a warrior. It’s hard work and it is rewarding some times more than others. I am called mommy by my three precious angels Jonas 8, Clary Sage 3 and Ivory Scotland 14 months. I am fortunate enough to have an amazing husband that works so hard so that I can stay home and raise our children. When I first became a mommy it changed my life forever. I went from working long days to working even longer and harder caring for our child. Oh did I and do I love it!

    When Jonas was 14 months old he was in a horrific accident the memories of which haunt me every day. I was in the kitchen boiling some noodles. He crawled in and sat at my feet, I thought he was still playing in the other room. I took the pot off the stove and the second the pot left the stove the handle snapped in half in my hands and fell on top of him. Jonas was severely burned over 50% of his body. He stayed In ICU for a moth and the burn unit for another month. We almost lost him a couple of times. He had several surgeries and skin grafts done during that time. Nothing kills a mother’s spirit more than watching her child in pain and knowing there is nothing you can do and wishing more than anything that you could. To this day Jonas still has to have surgeries to help his skin grow properly and will continue to have them until he is fully grown. Every time he goes into surgery the fear of never seeing him again consumes me. I wish more than life itself that I could take this from him and go through all of the pain for him.

    This precious boy is the light of my life; he is such a blessing as are his beautiful little sisters. I am so thankful to be there mother to be able to raise them as well as homeschool them. Every day I look at them and I am in such amazement that I get to be there mother. I know that life has thrown us our challenges and will continue to do so. I know that I am exhausted from the lack of sleep and from the lack of free time that I get. Yes I dream of being able to take a day off and go the spa or just having a “me” day. Yet I also know that my kids are mine and this little for only so long and I don’t want to miss a moment of it. The day will come that they will grow and leave my nest and I will have more “me” time than I can handle and I know that I will be able to look back on this time and not regret a moment of it.

  • Cammy Gollner

    Dear Tori,

    As a Mom of two, I have been pretty much raising them alone for the past five years. (My daughter is now 9 and my son 8). My husband has a degenerative spine disease, and will be having his 5th surgery in June. I am currently a substitute teacher, although I have taught full time, I now work part time to help care for my husband. I don’t whine or say how bad I have it, because believe me, there are Moms out there who have it much worse. What my husband has taught me is 1) to have more patience than I ever thought possible 2)how great my kids are – my son will try to give his Dad a massage to take the pain away and my daughter is understanding and loving through all of this 3)how your true friends and family will come forward even when they know your situation 4)how family vacations mean a weekend at home, but that you try your best and hope that one day that trip to Disneyland or Hawaii you promise your kids might come true…

  • Amber Poss

    I would love to nominate my Mom for this! I am 39 years old with 3 kids and I honestly do not know what I would do without my Mom. Having 3 kids and not being in the same city as my Mom is hard, though we’re not far it’s just not the same. My Mom is one of my best friends…she’s the first person I call when something good happens or bad happens…I talk to my Mom probably 10 times a day and I’m not exaggerating. My Mom was a single parent growing up and she put everything aside for us…I remember her staying up til 3am sewing (by hand) my proms dresses. She did eveything for us and she still does. She helps me with advice on stuggles of ups and downs with raising kids and I don’t know what I would do without her. She dropped everything when I went into labor with all 3 kids to be there, she is here for me whenever the kids gets sick. We share the same interests of our love for vintage items, thrift shopping and so many more things. My Mom is not just my mother, she is my inspiration and my best friend! For all that my Mom has done for me I would love for her to win a basket of goodies!

  • Melody Marlay Brugioni

    My Friend, My Hero… My Mother

    My mother was not the typical Mom. Mother worked a 40-hour a week job, worked on our farm and took care of our family of five as well. I would see her get up at 2:30 am and begin her day with planning meals and setting out breakfast for my two brothers, my dad and me. As the rest of the family lay nestled in their beds, she would get up, go out, feed and water the cattle and hogs and then come back inside to get herself ready for work. She did all of this with no more than 4 hours of sleep a night and never complained.

    Mother worked at a factory job on an assembly line. Then, she would come home, make dinner, milk the cows and kept a very clean house. She took pride in her job as a mother and never let the laborious chores or her job get in the way of making our house a very loving home. She also made all of my clothes by hand.
    I respect and love my mother more than words can express. Her undying love and devotion, which she taught by example, has stayed with every one of her children. Some women say that they cannot have it all, but I know that my mom had it all and was everything to everyone and still is. She deserves to be honored for all that she is and has been to everyone. My sweet Mother’s name is Patricia.

  • LittleTree323

    I’ve been a single mama for 18 years. We escaped a domestic violence situation shortly after my daughter was born and all has been hard/rewarding/lovely/busy/wonderful since but it’s not me I want to nominate. I want to nominate a woman that has grow and showed so much strength through an incredible change…my mom. I was an abused child under her hand. We had the worst relationship until she kicked me out of the house at 17. I moved to California from NM and something wonderful happened. She suddenly started to miss me. At this point I hated her but about 6 months later she flew out to CA and broke down. She apologized to me and begged me to forgive her and asked if we could try to mend the past. I had never seen her so vulnerable in my life. I told her I hated the woman who raised me but I was willing to start a friendship with her if she was really willing to change. I’ve gotta say, she worked so hard and showed so much willingness to make lasting adjustments. We’re now friends…best friends and she’s amazing with my daughter. I love being around her. I no longer feel anything bad when I see her. I’ve worked hard myself to not live in the past and just focus on my daughter’s future. I never smiled as a child or a young adult but after having my daughter and seeing my mom so loving with her, I smile so brightly inside and out. I’m blessed…I know God gave me a gift for all of my sorrows and guess what? My daughter was born on Mother’s Day 1994! I’d like to nominate my mom who I can’t imagine not having in our lives. She deserves it.

  • CottageMommy

    I’m nominating my cousin, twice removed.

    Melissa defines Warrior. Her 5 year old son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer just over a year ago. The following is from her Facebook page.

    “Today is the day. 1 year ago today was one of the worst days I have ever experienced. My life was already shattered, I already knew my sweet innocent boy had cancer. I already knew things were going to be difficult. But this day, exactly 1 year ago, I was told he not only had cancer, but its a rare cancer, an extremely aggressive cancer, and he has it in the worst possible way. He has Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, which is more aggressive then the Embryonal subtype. His primary site is an extremity which is considered unfavorable. He has metastatic disease which is considered unfavorable. His bone marrow is infected which is considered unfavorable. He has a chest wall tumor which is considered unfavorable. Broken hearted doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling. You think you know sadness or anger or fright? You don’t. Not until you learn that your baby is dying. I didn’t know this at the time, the oncology team refused to directly answer my question of ‘what is his prognosis?’ But I later learned that he had 20% chance of survival.

    Today is April 26, 2013 and my son is still here. He fights every damn day and he is doing so amazingly well. His last set of scans were clear. CLEAR OF CANCER. 20% chance of survival to clear scans in less than 12 months. Everything happens for a reason? I can’t think of a single reason this should have happened. But it did. I can’t change that. What I can do is hug and kiss and love my son everyday he is alive because I’m lucky to still have the ability to!! Not all warriors are so lucky. Cherish your kids.

    Dorian- I love you so much baby boy. You are my ultimate hero and I’m so proud of you. I know the past year has been a living hell for you, it has felt that way for me to. But you are such a strong boy!! You keep on smiling and making everyone else smile with you. Your personality is infectious my sweet boy. You are my world, my life. Always remember that. Xoxo”

    We are distant friends if I can even consider her a friend. I don’t even know how she’d react to me nominating her for this, but she DESERVES to be recognized. No matter how much support she has, no one can ever completely feel the way she does. She is his mother. He is her son.

    She’s a bright light and her son shines because if her. He would not be the warrior he is if it weren’t for her. I have 2 young children myself and would love to be even half the warrior that she is.

  • JemmyH

    Wow. As I read this and think of my busy crazy life. I read these other stories and think you have a hard choice to make on who the winners will be. So many warriors! Great job Mom’s out there. What amazing stories.

  • Michalrenee

    Tori I love you!
    I want to nominate my sister Cortney. She has three beautiful girls, 5, 3 and 4 months! Her life is dedicated to their happiness just like you! My nieces are the loves of my life and my sister has made my life so happy because she brought such beautiful people into the world!

  • Michalrenee

    I would also like to nominate my sister Bethany! She has two kiddos. My nephew 9 and my niece 7 :) She is the PTA president and also gives 100% to mommyhood!! I hope to one day be such a beautiful mom!

  • BLT

    Dear Tori,
    I may be asking to bend the rules a weee bit but I nominate a mom’s foundation for her son. lane Goodwin childhood cancer foundation. My heart breaks for all these kids with cancer and I think she would auction your items to raise funds for the foundation. They want to raise funds for research because the funding is ridiculously low for childhood cancer. And she fights for cancer kids, that ” no kid with cancer should fight alone”.

  • Rosanna Wacker

    Hello Tori, From a devoted MOM with a lot of fight. My wonderful family consists of 7 incredible kidos, ranging in age from 8 to 24. My inner Warrior comes from Love! Life hands us challenges, as wives, moms, women, daughters…some incredibly difficult, thats when we find our inner strength and become warriors, mom warriors…life warriors. With seven kidos, I’ve hit a full spectrum. You are “momspiring” because your “real.” Love to you, and your family!

  • Dawnie

    Hey Tori,
    I would love to nominate my friend Natalie for your Mom Warrior Awards. My friend lost her first baby at full term in 2005. She went though genetic counseling to find out what happened and what was wrong. She did find out through that that she has a blood clotting disorder that might have caused her first baby to pass away. Her husband and she decided to try again and during her second pregnancy she had to giver herself blood thinner shots daily. Her second pregnancy was going perfect till her 20 week ultrasound where they found that her second baby girl had a no viable tumor so they induced labor at 21 weeks. She did get to spend a few short moments with her second child before she passes away. My very strong and determined to be a mommy warrior chose to adopt from Ethiopia. She adopted a little girl and was able to get her 8 months after seeing her picture for the first time. I don’t how she does it but she is the most amazing, strong, and beautiful person I know. I don’t know how she made it through all that happened but I am very proud to know her and love her. I even named my second daughter Natalie.
    I know there are many deserving mom out there and it is going to be very hard to choose.
    -Dawn

  • Monique Barraza

    Hello,
    My name is Monique Barraza, Married and with two children, Benjamin 18 and

  • mandie williams

    Hello!
    My name is Mandie, I am not a mom but I would like to nominate my mom. Her name is Tonette. She is the hardest working mom in the whole world. She has raised 4 kids all on her own. My brother, 25, me 23, my sister 20, and my littlest sister who is 3. On top of raising us kids she is alos a preschool teacher. She is surrounded by kids all day everyday. She has recently left her pre-school she was at for 10 years in pursuit of her own pre-school. It has been very hard on her trying to get started, but it is finally taking off! There is one more thing about my mom, for the past 12 years my mom has been a mom to her mom. about 14 years ago my grandma found out she was diabetic,because of the diabetes she lost her sight. My mom moved her in with us when she lost her vision and has been taking care of her ever since. My mom works so hard and never takes a day off. EVER. She loves all of us so much. Eventhough, we are all adults(except for Lanie, shes 3) she is still always helping us and giving to us what ever it is she has. My mom is the ultimate mom. I can go on and on for days about her because she is so amazaing. I love her so much and she loves your store Tori. This is why I would like to nominate my mom. This gift would mean so much to her and I would love to be able to give it to her.
    Thanks
    Mandie

  • BamBam’s Mami

    Hi Tori! Although I am a new mom and am realizing how hard it truly is in many aspects, I would love to nominate my own mom! My mom’s name is Kim and she had me at the young age of 19 and raised me by herself for the first few years and then had my brother and sister. Throughout our entire lives thus far, my mom has been the hardest worker i know and giving up so many things for herself. She is still the struggling solo breadwinner and is now going to help provide for my 19 year old sister’s new baby who is on his way. She did this before with my brother’s two kids as well in the beginning. So not only is my mom a great mother but she is an amazing kind woman and the most awesome grandmother and Nani to all the little kids. After all, the best moms get promoted to grandmas! :) This gift would make her day and I would love to be able to surprise her with something so special. Thank you.

  • Denisa D

    Tori Tori… You are simply amazing!! You already are a supermom yet you always find time to do something nice for others…BRAVO!!!
    As far as the nomination goes, if raising two kids 3 and under, starting a new business and trying to be the best mom and wife on a daily basis counts, then I guess I should nominate myself for this one :)
    If you ever get to read this post, since I tried contacting you numerous times through your team, but no luck whatsoever, please know that I am the inventor behind BabyFlex, a patent pending onesie designed to custom fit the babies through the first formative years of their lives. Please check my campaign and I would love to hear your opinion on it, as I wished for the longest time to make this part of Little Maven family :) but was not able to get in touch with you. Thank you in advance.
    http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/next-generation-onesie/x/1958537?c=home

  • Karleen

    Hi Tori-
    You are an amazing mother! How do you do it? I am going to leave the link here-I feel awkward, but here goes.

    http://www.everymothercounts.org/blog/201304/people-we-love-april

    If you have a moment, please sign petition to improve maternal health, especially in the state of CA, and USA. Health, happiness and hope to all—Karleen

  • Stacey Hernandez

    T,
    I would like to nominate my sister Marcelle for being a Mom warrior every day living with fibermalgia and taking care of 3 amazing kids. She finds the courage and strength through her chronic pain to endure the simple things we take for granted. I am so proud of her and her many talents. She is selfless beyond belief. Everything she does is for her family.She enjoys following you T, because she can relate to you. I know if you recogized her it would mean the absolute world to her. Thanks so much!

  • Theresa Menting

    Dearest tori- ( you have not only been an momspiration but also an idol as a child… I met you after your premier or “trick” and got a picture! You were so sweet!)
    Okay now about my biggest idol, my mother. My mom is a special Ed teacher who is consistently teaching my brothers and I equality no matter who you are. She has not only accepted people of any walks from disabled, gay or a different race, but she has also at one point has taken in 3 disabled young women and my grandpa. My mother is always thinking about others, especially my little Lila Lucille (grandma-aholic).

    After high school I moved to the big apple for collage. My mom sent me care packages of diet Mountain Dew code red, fruity pebbles and gas masks(yeah… That was a surprise. She was a little paranoid with the anthrax scare). She could’ve given me $5 to buy two packs but instead sent the heavy $40 packages with words of encouragement, pictures and of course extra money she would slip in. Into my second year I was hospitalized for an eating disorder and my mother made the hour and a half drive almost every day for 4 months. She never judged me or made me feel terrible about myself. She nurtured me and sang me songs. At the same time my father gambled a years salary away with his gambling addiction. My mother kept her cool through it all and continued to stay strong for us all.there are times when I think back and wonder how she did it.

    Fast forward to today. 4 1/2 months ago I had our families first baby. It was beautiful havi g my mother there in the room helping my push and then sharing the joys of my little miracle entering this world. My mother has helped us out 3 days a week with watching Lila. The days she doesn’t, we get surprise visits. I wish I could write a book about the amazing things my mother has done. These are just the highlights and some favs. She truly deserves so much! I hope to be as remarkable as my mother is.

  • Hilary Mouat

    Hey Tori, I think its great that your doing this!

    I consider my own mother a Mom Warrior! I admire her as a mother on so many levels because she has had to deal with so many things as a mother, is your worst nightmare. She is the mother to me and my older and younger brother. My older brother has a medical problem with his legs. (I won’t go into detail because he doesn’t like people knowing). My mom had to deal with a young child in pain for a few years. When I was born I had a heart problem. To cut a long story short, Mom didn’t get to hold me as a newborn until my 2 week mark due to surgery, emergency flights and recovery whilst being at the opposite end of the country as her 1 year old son (she missed his 1st birthday)Not only did I have a major heart problem, on the flight to the hospital I had a drip in my hand. It fell out and a chemical reaction occurred on my hand, this resulted in a burn, which covered my little hand and I know has a scar from it. From what mom has told me, I think she dealt with this event really well. There wasn’t much she could do, so she there wasn’t much contact between her and me at this time. Which I know is really hard for a mother. A few years later she had my younger brother, who was perfectly healthy.

    Now-a-days my mom is highly committed to us! We live on a farm and so she has always had to drive us to the school bus. She has driven me around for sports events, ballet classes, after school events and many other things. She has always supported me in what ever I have wanted to do, and as an energetic child there was a lot of stuff I wanted to do! She also did the same for my brothers. 16 years on she still supports me and drives me where I need to go, although I’m a learner driver now so I drive her around!

    One thing have noticed throughout all this time, is that she never takes time for herself. The only time she takes for herself is when I force her to or when she is given a gift like a foot spa!

    I credit my mom for who I am today, she has taught me so much about the type of person I am and want to be! I wouldn’t be the same without her! I love her like nobody else!!! And I hope to make her proud of what I do and hopefully I can be as open and loving as her as a parent! Love you Mom :)

  • LE ANN TYSON

    Tori,
    This is wonderful! My mom warrior is actually my sister. She took care of me when I was little and mom choose not to. She taught me how to read, tie my shoes, made sure I was kept safe. Even now that I’m 42, I still go to her for advise over my real mom. I don’t know if she would qualify for the drawing, but in my heart she is closer to me than my mom and I would love for her to be able to have this gift. Both of her boys are grown and they are wonderful, hard working, respectful men. She raised both of her boys on her own after leaving a abusive relationship. This is why she’s my Mom Warrior.

  • Akasp1

    The greatest mom warrior I’ve ver known is my wife Haley. She’s the mother of our two amazing children one of whose she gave birth to in the front seat of our car on the way to the alternative birthing center in 2011! She was so strong about it and calm something I don’t think many other people would have been able to do. She nursed our handsomest until he weaned when she got a job when he was 18 months. She found out she was pregnant with our third angel almost two weeks ago, a Christmas baby!we were thrilled! Who doesn’t love the holidays and ours was about to be even better. She scheduled a exam and they had her come in earlier than we expected to at 5 weeks along. They did the ultrasound and couldn’t find anything… Our Christmas miracle was gone like that. I’ve never seen anybody so hurt and broken that car ride home was a nightmare and there was my beautiful wife who just two earlier s was full of joy and excitement, she was now so hurt and our hearts were crushed. It was confirmed that she nada blighted ovum. For the past week I’ve watched her talk to friends and family and go to work having to put on a brave face and keep everybody out of the loop about was hurting her on the inside. I’ve never seen anybody so strong while on the inside so sad and hurt. My wife is a huge fan of yours! She has read your memoirs and even bought your children’s book for our daughters Easter basket. I know winning this would brighten her agreat deal during this tough time and she okay ex me sharing her story although I left out the gift basket details. Ive ever known a stronger woman and I’m happy to have her as my wife.

  • Akasp1

    Whom* handsome son* an exam* had a blighted ovum* okayed me*

    Sorry auto correct!

  • Jessica @ The Paper Plume

    I’m writing to nominate my sister to receive your very special gift. The past 14 months or so have been rough for her family. Early last year they discovered that my brother-in-law (her husband) had a type of lymphoma. There were multiple spots that needed to be treated with chemotherapy. My sister was SO strong. She never complained, never felt sorry for herself, just kept soldiering on. She had such a great attitude. At the time, my nephews were only 6 months and 2 years old. My sister was a stay-at-home Mom that was breastfeeding. My BIL’s treatments were just about an hour away and my nephew refused to take a bottle. For quite sometime, she was driving back and forth between the hospital and the house just to breastfeed. I was AMAZED that she stuck with it! During the 6 rounds of chemo, my sister tried to keep life as normal as possible for the boys. She took the older one to swim lessons, took them to the zoo, storytime at the library, arranged playdates and had birthday parties.. I know she was exhausted!
    Last fall when my BIL finished his last round of chemotherapy, they threw a thank you party for all of their family and friends. They had an ice cream buffet for everyone! They are two very selfless people. I’m happy to say that as of this March my BIL is in remission. This is a Mother’s Day where they will truly be able to celebrate her and not have other things in the back of their mind. She is the true definition of a Mom Warrior!

  • Momof2LV

    Almost 2 years ago my boyfriend and I moved our family 1,000 miles away from “home” and all we knew. I’m a stay at home mom raising an almost 3 and 5 year old. I’ve made very few friends since moving, and I spend every waking minute with my kids. It has been hard going from having family and close friends right down the road to absolutely nobody. I’ve been without my kids a total of five times since we moved, that is it. My boyfriend works two jobs to make ends meet for us, which leaves me by myself with the kids most of the time. It’s a great opportunity and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, but it’s hard. I don’t have any girlfriends to go out with, I don’t have anyone to call up for advice. I rely a lot on facebook and mommy blogs to get me through tough times. While it may not seem like it’s a hard job, and other people are a lot more deserving, I think what I do is amazing. I live and breathe for my kids. I never get a break, and everything I do is for or with them.

  • Turtle-Bug

    My mom is, was and will always be a warrior. As the oldest of 8 kids, she was the one who helped to raise her siblings when they came to America from Germany when she was a girl. She gave up her career to be a stay-at-home mom to me and my brother, who was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at the age of 10 (at a time when there weren’t “sugar-free” products on shelves). She helped raise her nephew after her younger sister died unexpectedly. She was my girl scout leader, cheer leading coach, basketball/football/track-mom. She was PTA president. She had a hot dinner on the table every night that we enjoyed as a family. She battled metastatic breast cancer which took her breasts, hair, energy…but never her spirit. She nursed my dad through 2 heart attacks and a quintuple bypass. She ALWAYS smiled. I spend EVERY DAY trying to be a little bit like her. I talk to her every day in my prayers. There is no award that you can give her, because she passed away on Thanksgiving in 2004 after her almost 15 year battle with cancer. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t include her in this wonderful post. My 4 children know their Omi, although some only know her through stories. However, that does not diminish the mark she left on everyone’s life that she touched.

    On the day of her service, the room was so crowded that everyone couldn’t fit inside. I had two people come up to my brother and I and say that they had only met my mother one time – at the Illinois Secretary of State Driver’s License Facility where she took photos and processed applications. They said that they always remembered her from that brief time in the office and how wonderful she made them feel that day. They always remembered her unique name and knew it immediately when they saw it in the newspaper obits. Mather said they needed to come and pay their respects to her. They spent 30 minutes with this woman 5+ years earlier, and they thought enough of her to come that night. THAT is an award unto itself :)

    Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I hope you are looking proudly down :)

  • Turtle-Bug

    Best wishes and God bless on your endeavor :)

    It means so much not just to the patients but also the families.

    Have a blessed Mother’s Day, and thank you for the work that you do.

    Sincerely,
    Kristina

  • Amy Wigs

    I would like to nominate a friend that I have known since 3rd grade, her name is Mandy. Last year she gave birth to a baby girl and although I became a first time mom two years ago, I really admire her strength. Here is her story.

    It is, and always has been my passion to be an advocate for those in need. I started my career as a Special Education teacher, mainly working with children with Autism, and I currently provide support to teachers across the country as an educational consultant.
    However, I never prepared myself to be an advocate for my own child. Throughout my pregnancy I worried about every possible complication, but I never spent any time or consideration of rare diseases.
    My daughter, Adley was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB. It is called “the worst disease you’ve never heard of.” EB only effects 1 in 50,000 births in the US.
    I spent most of my time worrying about Autism, as the odds of that are approximately 1 in 88.
    Children with EB lack the protein that binds their skin, causing it to be incredibly fragile. The slightest rubbing or friction causes painful blisters. Just holding your baby causes blistering to their skin. Some forms of EB are fatal.
    There is NO cure for EB. Bandaging and diligent wound care is all we can do to prevent new blisters from forming. AWARENESS is all we have!
    Most mothers will tell you the birth of their child(ren) was the greatest moment of their life, my moment was shattered when I could see the troubled eyes of the doctors from beneath their masks. “Something is wrong, your baby will have to go to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit……” I didn’t hear the rest.
    I didn’t get to hold my baby until she was 3 hours old, at which time the head neonatologist pointed out black scabs and open wounds on her fingers. He then proceeded to tell us that he had delivered thousands of babies and had never seen anything like this….. As hospital bracelets were attached to her ankles her skin began to peel, and each time we changed her diaper we noticed larger areas of red, blistered skin in the creases of her legs.
    Adley spent 3 days in the NICU, and a visiting dermatologist could not diagnose Adley, but thought it might be Epidermolysis Bullosa. Upon being released from the hospital we took Adley to Children’s Memorial to have a skin biopsy.
    The doctor was so excited to give us the news…….. EB Simplex!
    I still have a hard time finding any joy. I was so hopeful that the diagnosis would be that she did not have an incredibly rare genetic skin disease, that would cause her pain every day.
    As I am know active in the EB community, I know of so many infants, children and adults that have intensely more severe forms of EB – I still wish my baby didn’t have it at all.
    Adley being my only child, I spend every day over thinking everything. When she cries, I wonder if it is a typical baby cry or a shrill of pain. Pain, from blisters and remnants of blisters. Friction causes blistering, as well as, heat and humidity.
    As all of my friends post pictures of their baby’s crawling across the carpet, I fear for my little Adley’s skin rubbing off her knees. Important gross motor milestones may likely be excruciatingly painful, as she takes her first steps, the soles of her feet will be cushioned with blisters, and open wounds.
    There are NO areas of skin unaffected by EB. I worry about tickling her too hard, or holding her too tight. After she sat on Santa’s lap she had his handprint in blisters across her ribs.
    As Adley grows and moves more, the blistering is getting more widespread, and more severe.
    Despite all of the pain and blistering Adley is such a peaceful and happy baby!! I know moving has to be painful with all of the friction, but it is NOT slowing her down!!! I pride myself in being a strong, tough woman, but my daughter is already tougher and stronger than I!
    I love this little baby with all of my being and I will do anything to make her life easier. I believe at times that EB is eating away at me worse than it is my beautiful little girl. I hold the constant weight and burden of wishing this didn’t happen to such a sweet girl — to anyone.
    I stay up at night researching savs and ointments, networking with EB families, and trying to make sense of this condition.
    Every day Adley’s skin is completely different, blisters form quickly, and leave me constantly wondering what did I do wrong????
    The situation is enough to bring one down, and it did….. but that isn’t me at all.
    The world is full of good, and I’m finding constant inspiration from the world around me. Old friends reconnecting to offer support, new friends that lend an ear or advice/resources, the pieces are slowly coming together.
    I am trying each day to spread awareness about Epidermolysis Bullosa, to make Adley’s life easier.
    I am in the process of organizing my first annual awareness raising event, The Butterfly Bash. I will be hosting the Bash now instead of my annual Halloween party. Times have changed.
    The kindness and charity of others, is mending my battered heart.

    Please consider Mandy as a “Mom Warrior” I know I do!! Thanks Tori!!

  • Juliana cable

    I would like to nominate my mother, Sonia. I, her eldest daughter, am fifteen. She also has a nine year old son, and six year old daughter. My mother is essentially wonder woman.
    When I was three she left my father and as a result lost the support and friendship of her family and friends, all of whom are/were Jehovah’s witnesses. She was excommunicated from her religion, and all those who were close to her. Despite this, and the resulting emotional consequences, she has asked been supportive and optimistic in her raising of me. In the last several years, she has faced the struggle of dealing with an alcoholic and often abusive husband, while creating the best possible life for myself and her two younger children. Last year they were separated, and she now juggles three children, a fulltime job, and is going back to school all on her own. She is a writer and community manager for the wildly popular Iron and Air magazine (ironandair.com) She is an extremely active participant in our lives. She teaches my brother to use running as an outlet. (You can see their running blog at therunningproject-lovelife.tumblr.com) She supports me in my increasingly demanding music career. (Which you can see at Facebook.com/Julianacable) And she teaches my sister that the best motto to have is to love life. My mother is my bestfriend, and a constant inspiration to all her family and friends.

  • Steve

    I think it’s important to note that not many men have nominated someone, so I want you to see why my wife, Deanna, is one of the 2013 Mom Warriors! I call her story, “Turning Lemons into a Vodka Tonic with a Lemon Spritz!”

    Four years ago, I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and consequently lost my job after being the sole income provider for my wife and two children. My climb up the administrative ladder in education had ended, and my wife had decided six years prior to stay at home and leave her job as a teacher to raise our children, now ages 9 & 7. So we were at a loss as to what to do…or so I thought.

    My wife had a rare opportunity to attend a conference with a girlfriend of hers that she had not seen in years. After the 3 days away, my wife returned with a desire and passion in her eyes I had not seen in years. She was not going to let life give her lemons, but instead was ready to turn them into a vodka tonic with a lemon spritz!

    She wanted to find a way to support our family at a time when getting a job in education and back in the classroom was a challenge. She also wanted to continue being the available mom to our to kids and see them grow. She took these two passions and decided to start a business. What about using her classroom skills and desire to be with our children in the same capacity? How could this be done? She then created Heart for Education, an after school enrichment program for kids.

    While I continued to seek treatment and often times not be able to even get out of bed for days on end, Deanna was busy building something that she knew parents would come to. She created a class called Kinder Catchers for kindergarteners who got out earlier from schooll than the rest of the students. She would work with the teachers to see what instruction was being given and extend that instruction until the rest of the school was dismissed. This was extremely beneficial for this parents who had children in multiple grade levels! But she didn’t stop there.

    My wife soon realized that there were few if any programs run after school by credentialed teachers with an administrative credential as well. Moreover, she concluded that parents could also benefit from additional supervision for their children if parents needed to work later. She then created Homework Helpers providing supervised homework assistance in a small group instructional setting. You would think that she stopped there, but she was just getting started. Deanna began to offer teacher training and saff development to schools and also providing a summer school program for the entire school district.

    After three years, wy wife now is organizing teacher training in two school districts, has conducted workshops for teachers throughout the state, and is opening her 3rd after school program site this fall! Additionally, she was offered a job to work at anothher school and corrdinate teachers programs, and she took it!

    My wife Deanna does all of this while continuing to be at our children’s school, since that is where the initial program began. She still continues to run a smooth house while being an excellent wife and Mom. While some men may take this as a shot to the ego when roles are reversed and the spouse provides for him, as I initially did, I see her as my blessing. She has allowed me to focus on my health & recovery while running everything and more!

    Please reward my wife Deanna with the recognition of a Mom Warrior, superhero without cape. If I had just described you, wouldn’t you want to be recognized? I though so.

    Thank you for reading and considering!

  • Sleephead

    I know it so hard to pick one mom in here, because I think they are all special. It’s really hard to compare!!! I am sure they all love their kids unconditionally, accept them and wan’t the best for them! With that said, “Happy Mother’s Day”! :) But, “I am a long way from perfect”. A long way.., but I try to do my best! I do feel pretty confident in my mothering! I love my kids, my kids love me! I read to them, respect them, cook healthy foods for them, have interesting conversations w/them, take care of them, love their dad/respect him etc….. But most importantly, “I tell them I love them million times a day and tell them how special they are”!. :)

  • MidwestMommyof2

    Our lives changed forever when our first born was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma when he was 8 months old. In my mind I always associated cancer with older people. I knew that children could have it, but never in my wildest nightmares thought that it could happen to my child.

    Our daughter is almost 11 months old and its so different watching her go through all of the milestones. I kind of felt like my son was cheated out of normalcy. He was supposed to be exploring, learning to crawl, trying new foods and not a care in the world. Instead he was stuck in a hospital crib, going through tests and chemotherapy not knowing his fate. They say that children do not create their first long term memories until about the age of 5. In some ways that gives me comfort because I couldn’t imagine him remembering his first year of life going through all of that. That would crush my heart.

    After 5 months of chemotherapy we were called into the oncologists office for results. We didn’t know what to expect. We just wished for some kind of positive change. I cried when I heard the news. The tumor shrank 91% and there were no longer any active cancer cells. It was a miracle! I cried out of happiness for my child, but I also cried knowing that all of the families wouldn’t be so lucky. It was such a bittersweet feeling. I was so happy, so grateful but in a way I almost felt a little guilty that I would get to take home a healthy baby, a survivor.

    My son is now four and we still take him in for annual scans just to make sure he’s in the clear. It’s hard now because he is more aware and he hates going through all of it and sometimes cries. I tell him that we have to do special super hero testing to see if he’s going to turn into Batman. That makes things a little easier. Some day when he is older I will tell him about cancer and his diagnosis and how much of a hero he is, but for now I just want him to enjoy being a kid, that isn’t something a kid needs to be privy to.

    I don’t know if it’s fair to call myself a mother warrior. He is the one that had to endure so much. I did what any mother would do, I dropped everything and I fought for my baby, for he didn’t know how. My children are my life, my everything, my heart. I will love them forever and fight for them always.

  • Amanda D.

    One year ago today, my world was turned upside down when my sweet, happy, seemingly healthy, one year old son, Jaxon was diagnosed with a rare, genetic kidney and liver disease called Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease and Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis (ARPKD/CHF). This disease causes cysts through out the kidney’s and scarring on the liver. There is no treatment and there is no cure. One day he will need a kidney transplant and possibly a liver as well. Right now his kidney’s are the size of an adults and his liver and spleen are enlarged as well. He takes 3 medications to control his high blood pressure, has many blood draws and doctor visits, but lives a normal, happy, fulfilled life besides that.

    One year ago, we thought we were walking down one path only to find out that we’d really be walking another. We were in the hospital reading the scary statistics and the literature that laid out the worst, we were looking at the doctors grim faces and we were fearing for our child. I’m thankful that this year has been filled with more ups than downs and I’m grateful that Jax continues to kick ass and take names in the kidney department by still having 100% kidney function, despite the doctor’s predictions.

    I feel like I’m much more than just a parent now, I’m an advocate, I’m a researcher in the night, I’m a hand holder, I’m a labwork analyzer, I’m a barf cleaner-upper (yes, that’s a real word), I’m a supporter, I’m an appointment maker, I’m a medicine giver and a ARPKD/CHF awareness bringer.

    My husband has a job that affords me the luxury of staying home with my son, but unfortunetely takes him away on business often. I am the one who is the main caregiver for our child. I take him to his appointments and hold his hand when he is having tests done. I talk to his doctors and pick up his medicine and I love my child with every fiber of my being. Every day I’m thankful that I get to hold his hand through whatever life may bring.I don’t think that I am a better parent or a more deserving mother than any other who has commented below because I know that parenting is hard and sometimes it’s REALLY hard, no matter what your circumstances are. My hope, if I am picked, is that I will be able to bring awareness about ARPKD/CHF to the public, if you publish my story on your site. Too many infants and children do not stand a chance with this disease because there just isn’t enough education out there.

    I’ve learned a lot this past year and the most important lesson is that being normal is highly overrated.

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