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Jalyn Cantrell, 2024 Ohio Mother of the Year.

Jalyn Cantrell

February 12, 2024



Jalyn Cantrell is a 28-year-old woman who is a stay-at-home mom to three handsome boys. Her oldest son Jaidyn has Joubert syndrome and has been on hemodialysis for two and a half years. He recently just graduated that process and received his new kidney and she’s been his biggest supporter along the way. She also has a son by the name of Riley who was diagnosed recently with autism, and she’s still trying to learn the ropes but has had her ups and downs with it but it’s okay. She also has a very smart 1 year old by the name of Jaxon that is so easy-peasy to the point where he blends right in with Jaidyn and Riley. She’s fun and super outgoing and still tries to strive for the better even when things get difficult.

Parenting Philosophy

Parenting is so fun but can be very challenging. With my oldest son Jaidyn, just seeing him go through surgeries and dialysis 3 times a week was the toughest times of my life. Some days were good and other days were super challenging. He would get sick a lot and have to be in the hospital for days at a time. He had to take 13 different meds just to be okay in which he hated because even some of them would make him sick. He had to go to dialysis 3 times a week every week for 2 and a half years straight. I had to drop out of cosmetology school and move from my hometown Dayton to move to Columbus Ohio just so that we wouldn’t have to travel as much. When I moved here I made sure we lived right across the street from nationwide children’s hospital just for emergency purposes only. He would tend to be In dialysis for 3 to 5 hours every other day depending on his weight and his fluid levels. Trying to keep up with everything including my other kids, daily life issues as well as myself and spouse took a huge toll on me from time to time but no matter how hard motherhood got I still remain positive and held my head up high and made the best out of everything that came my way.

Motherhood and Community

My three activities are: Modeling, Women Empowerment Advocacy & Special Needs Advocacy. These three things changed me for the better. Growing up I was always the kid who would run off from my mom in Walmart to go to the shoe aisle and try on different heels and just strut throughout the aisles until my mom found me. I also have done a few modeling sessions throughout my adult life and for it to be my first few times I did amazing with all 4 photo shoots. Women Empowerment: I love empowering women. It means the world to me to be able to shed light on all women and help be their safe space. Everyone gravitates towards me from young women to old and they all feel comfortable with venting to me. I am a woman for all and have no selfish bone in my body. I am honored as a 28-year-old woman to be able to have a gift of nurture for others. Whatever I can do to help someone else I’ll do it. Special needs advocate: Growing up I had a disability and I overcame my challenges. Now as an adult I have two boys with disabilities. My oldest who is currently 9 years old was diagnosed with kidney failure back in 2020 and was on dialysis for 2 1/2 years. He just recently received his kidney transplant on July 31st of 2023. My 2nd baby was also just diagnosed with autism spectrum and although I am still learning my son and his autism, I as a mom have been experiencing challenges with it but I know for a fact that we will get over whatever we are going through no matter how hard it gets.