As her dream was to become an actress, Susan Lucci had achieved her dreams. She also wanted her family, and got that too, as she became a mother, and then became a grandmother.
Lucci and her late husband, Helmut Huber had created their amazing family, with their two children, Liza and Andreas. And after her daughter Liza and her husband, Alex Hesterberg had four children, she became a grandmother to Royce, Brendan, Hayden, and Mason.
“I feel so blessed that we’re all intact and happy. To me, it doesn’t get any better,” Susan said.
On of her grandchildren has cerebral palsy. Her daughter Liza had a normal pregnancy, but when she was in her 31st week of pregnancy, she had an incredible pain.
She gave birth to her son, Brendan, nine weeks premature. For six days, Brendan stayed in the NICU, where he received support on breathing, requiring immediate ventilation.
Brendan stayed at the hospital for five weeks, and when she took her son to his home, she decided to stop her acting career, and created her own company, Sage Spoonfuls.
“It was a long road. So when he came home, we could feel his body was a little tight, and it was a little cause for concern, but I just said, ‘Everything’s fine. He’s alive!'” Liza said after she brought her son back at her home.
“I knew something was wrong, but I was in denial.” She said. Brendan had problems with standing up as he couldn’t stand up for 19 months. “There was just no being in denial anymore,” Liza added.
After an MRI scan, Brendan received his diagnosis with cerebral palsy in 2010. Liza was in tears after the diagnosis. She was so sad that her son would have problems for his whole life.
It was challenging, as her son was dealing with so much, where he had muscle stiffness, pain, and an uneven gait. Brendan couldn’t understand his condition, when Liza talked with her son when he was in kindergarten.
Susan was on “Dancing With the Stars,” when she learned the diagnosis about her grandson. Brendan was working on physical therapy where he was learning to walk with leg braces.
When it was 2016, Brendan underwent a surgery to help him stand up straight. Susan talked about her grandson’s condition and surgery after she attended to 15th Annual Women Who Care Awards, as she supported United Cerebral Palsy of New York.
“For the first time, he can stand up straight. His feet are flat on the floor,” Susan shared.
“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,” Liza said, about her son Brendan.
Mother and daughter are proud of Brendan, and Liza stated that her son is accomplishing so much that he even joined to the Cub Scouts in his first grade, as he was a baseball pitcher.
“I want to celebrate him and for him to celebrate himself,” Liza said.
Susan shared that her daughter is “raising a full total human being” who is “such a wonderful boy.” She also said about her grandson as, “He’s taught me that you have to go forward and that life is a gift. He’s a spectacular little boy.”
In 2015, Liza and Brendan attended to the 15th Annual Women Who Care luncheon together with Susan, and in 2017, they went to gala in New York City together.
“This may seem like a tiny jump to most, but for me, it’s huge 💥.” Brendan shared from his own social media account, a year after his surgery.
“It’s been a long journey, and the road is long, but I’m making progress every week,” he captioned the video where he was running on a treadmill.
“Never give up. Always keep pushing. We all get there in our own time 💚,” Brendan said.
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