On Sept. 15, my wife, Tonya, received the Caring Award from the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice at their annual awards dinner in Columbus. Just the other day, I was telling her how much she deserved to be recognized for everything she is doing.
If you know Tonya, you won’t be surprised by her response: “I don’t really need an award because I take care of my daughter. That’s my job as her mom.”
I could go on and on about the amount of time she has spent with Harper in the hospital, knowing every single medication and dosage and what it does. She has an in-depth knowledge of all of Harper’s medical conditions, researching and playing an extremely active role in all the decisions Harper’s doctors and specialists and therapists make.
She knows the levels of every single blood lab and test result, many of which I never even knew existed. She recently was asked to be a parent mentor at Akron Children’s to help other parents going through similar situations as us.
I am so incredibly proud to have Tonya as my wife. I personally believe she deserves a Woman of the Year award.
Aside from everything with Harper, she has been taking care of our two other kid while I’ve been deployed since January. She makes sure they still get to their swim and karate classes. Takes them to fun events and activities.
She just started the school year teaching elementary. Her daily schedule looks more like a weekly schedule.
But you will never hear her complain or say she can’t do it. She gets it done every single day, on less than 6 hours of sleep every night, and gets right back to it the next day.
Harper may be our Warrior Princess, but Tonya is our Warrior Mom!