• Amy Uhrig

Heroes among us


Eight years ago I almost lost my life giving birth to this boy. I went from being fine one minute to diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count in pregnant women) rushed from one hospital to another in fear of me seizing and being prepped for an emergency delivery at 33 weeks pregnant. Not the homecoming I prepared for with 2 little girls at home.

At just 3 pounds 4 ounces this guy made his entrance into the world. Having a baby so small means a guaranteed visit to the NICU. We were there 17 days. Such a small number but eight years later still feels like a forever. I honestly do not know how we made it work.

I couldn't leave without my child. I couldn't leave, so I stayed. Everyone seemed to jump into their roles and help out. My mother in law took care of the girls 24/7. My mother took care of the shopping, from groceries to baby clothes and everything in between. My father was the go to guy as whatever, whenever he was on the road and ready to deliver. My husband was like a ping pong game bouncing between work and home and back to the hospital because he would need time off when we finally did come home.

February 14th .... Valentine's Day right?! Nope, homecoming!

Lets skip ahead .... today he is 8. He calls himself a superhero. Many kids at school roll their eyes or argue with him that he is not a superhero like they see on TV. They are right. He is not a superhero they see on TV. He is so much more of a hero than that.

Stan Lee (revolutionized the comic book world in the 1960s) said about his characters that he humanized his heroes, giving them character flaws and insecurities that belied their supernatural strengths to make them real flesh-and-blood characters with personality. There is a whole adult world that submerges itself in comics like these on a daily basis. TV shows and movies are made about them and actors line up to jump at the chance to be one.

This kid right here has moved mountains in 8 years; overcome boundaries others will never have to face and struggles day to day to catch up. Where most people give up he emerges. He is a real life superhero and hope that passion only grows as he does.

Happy BIrthday Jesse! May your superhero strength help you to push aside negative comments and your superzoom eyes help guide you on your path to success.

Love,

Mom


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