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Susan Lucci's Daughter Liza Huber Goes Public That Her Son Has Cerebral Palsy

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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?'”

Share your thoughts on Liza and Susan coming forward to tell Brendan’s story in the hopes of helping others in the comment section beloW

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k/kay
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k/kay

I will keep you in my prayers so very sorry you are such a gracious woman.

Ray
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Ray

If this special little boy has just a fraction of the internal beauty and graciousness that his mother and grandmother have, he is going to grow into a really special adult.

Torqumada
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Torqumada

A loving and supportive family can make a positive difference in helping the lad deal with his challenges. My experience with a disabled family was that they have a toughness and strength I’ll never approximate.

Mo
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Mo

Best wishes for them all.

blake
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They seem like strong women that can get through anything so I have no doubts that they will all be fine. Susan is right, he’s a fighter and proves that life is a gift. I wish them all the best. (P.S. I LOVED Liza on Passions! She was so much fun to watch on there, and her mom played by the actress who played Andrea on OLTL was great also. They played the best mother and daughter villains)

Lisa Moorman
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Lisa Moorman

As a person w/ “CP”, I “applaud not only Liza Huber, her family(because her family had to be in on the decision) but her Mother, Susan Lucci & Father for coming forward at all. I am proud of Brendan & all his triumphs & know there will be many more.

Nikki
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Nikki

He’ll be a strong little boy having the love & support of his family.

PHYLLIS NASELLO-VIGNOLA
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PHYLLIS NASELLO-VIGNOLA

I will pray for your little boy
I have been a fan of SUSAN SINCE THE FIRST DAY
ALL MY CHILDREN STARTED
GOD BLESS
I HAVE DYSTONIA MYSELF
PLEASE WRITE TO ME
XOXOX

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All My Children Alum Ben Jörgensen Reportedly Dead At 51

According to his former All My Children castmate, Brian Gaskill. there is sad news in the soap world today.  Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin on All My Children and Chris on As the World Turns passed away on Tuesday at the age of 51, apparently via suicide, although unconfirmed as to his cause of death.

Gaskill, who played Bobby Warner while in Pine Valley shared via his Instagram:  “Sad news to report. Ben Jörgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old.  My understanding is it was suicide.  I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. ”

Since the time of Brian’s posting, friends, colleagues and fans have been posting tributes and condolences on the actor’s Facebook page.  You can view that here.

 

In this heartbreaking photo below from Steven Bergman, during his time on As the World Turns, Ben is pictured with the late Nathaniel Marston, as well as Jaime Nicole Dudney and Terri Conn.

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On All My Children, Ben was part of the important social issue storyline brought into the ABC legacy soap opera by the iconic Agnes Nixon, who was always trying to move the needle forward in daytime, as the character of Kevin was a gay high school student facing bullying, ridicule and discrimination for his sexuality.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Ben via the comment section below.    

 

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Sad news to report. Ben Jorgensen who played Kevin Sheffield on All My Children has past away at 51 years old. My understanding is it was suicide. I have heard he suffered from Bipolar disorder but as I have not spoke to him in years I do not know all the details. I just want to remember the good times we had on the set of All My Children 24 years ago. He was a good guy and had the courage to play a gay teenager on tv back when it was nowhere near as common to have representation as it is today. He was part of an award winning storyline…but mostly we just had some good times back then…my condolences go out to his friends and family. Please everybody hang in there and reach out for help if you need it. #Actor #Filmmaker #BenJorgensen #BenMonk #Life#Death#AllMyChildren #Suicide #sad #rest

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Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ Returns to Production For Ninth Season; Premiere Date Revealed

Another daytime show is heading back to production amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Now comes word that Hallmark Channel’s flagship morning lifestyle series, Home & Family has returned to production at its Universal Studios set for its ninth season.

All My Children favorite Cameron Mathison (Ex-Ryan Lavery) and Debbie Matenopoulos will return as co-hosts .

Look for the new season to kick-off on Monday, September 14th at 10am EST.

In a statement, Home & Family executive producer, Tracy Verna Soiseth shared: “We are thrilled to be returning to our home for the new season. Home & Family is a daily destination of comfort television, and we are very happy to be returning with two hours of daily interviews, cooking segments, DIY crafts and our hugely popular animal adoptions.”

For the past several months. a daily series featuring the cast called At Home with Our Family has run across the show’s social media platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Deadline,premiere-week guests are to include: Jenna Bush Hager, Danica McKellar, celebrity chefs Jet Tila, Carla Hall, Buddy Valastro, Curtis Stone, Rashad Jennings and Dennis Quaid.

So, glad to know Home & Family is also back in production? Comment below.

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Michael B. Jordan Pays Tribute To Chadwick Boseman: “Since Nearly The Beginning Of My Career, Starting with All My Children When I was 16 Years Old You Paved The Way For Me”

Following the news of the tragic death of now motion picture icon, Chadwick Boseman late Friday, tributes and sentiments have poured in from celebrities, politicians and fans from all across the world.

Chadwick Boseman passed away late last week at the age of 43 from colon cancer – a battle he kept silent about for the last four years of life.

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No one could be more intertwined with Boseman’s career than that of his fellow Black Panther star, Michael B. Jordan.  For Jordan took over the role of Reggie Porter on All My Children from Boseman after the late actor lasted one week, following standing up to, and addressing concerns, of racial stereotypes in the way that the part was written.  Reggie was introduced to Pine Valley as a gang member in 2003.  As previously reported it was Boseman who helped the soap opera improve the role that Jordan took over with some recommendations.

Now Michael B. Jordan has written a heartfelt remembrance of Chadwick that he shared on his Instagram, and what he has meant to his life, including how he showed him how to be better, to honor purpose and create legacy.

Read below Michael’s post:

“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.

I wish we had more time.

One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness.

I wish we had more time.

Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here.

I wish we had more time.

I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is!  Rest In Power Brother.”

What do you think of Michael’s tribute to Chadwick and how they have been interconnected dating back to 2003 and All My Children? Comment below.

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