In a heartbreaking, but courageous story, daytime soap opera legend Susan Lucci (Ex-All My Children, and Devious Maids) and her daughter Liza Huber (Ex-Passions) revealed to PEOPLE.com, that Liza’s son, Brendan (age 7) has cerebral palsy. This is the first time Liza and Susan have spoken publicly about the young boy’s diagnosis.
Liza first learned the news back in 2010 and relates: “I broke down in tears. I felt sadness that he would deal with cerebral palsy for the rest of his life, but I also felt gratitude that he could walk. Many others cannot.”
Why come forward with this news to the public now? Huber stated, “If I am trying to hide it, how does it look to him? I don’t ever want him to feel bad about himself. I want him to feel good and proud and celebrate the way he overcomes challenges.”
In a harrowing account, Huber recalls the night she was inexcruiating pain and delivered Brendan early in 2008, when she was only 31 weeks pregnant. Brendan was born that night so tiny, and ended up fighting for his life in the neonatal intensive care unit. When he was at ten months, Liza recalled how she saw that Brendan was not able to sit up for himself, and at 19 months when he couldn’t stand, then she found out his diagnosis.
Susan Lucci added about her beloved grandson: “He’s taught me that you have to go forward forward and that life is a gift. He’s a spectacular little boy.” Liza details how Brendan struggled by tripping and falling in school, and when he was in kindergarden, she felt she needed to try to explain his condition to him. Brendan now is a very understanding little boy as Liza states,” If anyone falls, he is the first to say, ‘Are you okay?’”
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