The longtime All My Children soap star's daughter, Liza Huber, reveals her seven-year-old boy Brendan, who was born nine weeks premature, has battled the neurological disorder since 2010.

Recalling the moment she heard the devastating news, actress Huber admits she "just froze" and tells America's People magazine, "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."

Huber, 40, reveals she is only now deciding to go public with the personal issue to show her son he has nothing to be ashamed of.

"If I am trying to hide it, how does it look to him?", she says. "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."

Lucci is fully supportive of her daughter's decision, telling the publication, "I am very proud of her. Good for Brendan, for his mum to speak about him with such pride publicly, as well as to open up a conversation about cerebral palsy. It can only have positive impact and how wonderful for Brendan to know his family is proud of him."

The 68 year old, a longtime supporter of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City charity, claims her grandson has also become her inspiration, adding, "He's taught me that you have to go forward and that life is a gift. He's a spectacular little boy."

Brendan is Huber's second child with husband Alex Hesterberg. They also share three other kids.