I never expected that I would be a mother, much less twice. And I never expected to be a mother of a child with Down syndrome. But life is not about expectations, life is about living through the unexpected, then learning and growing from it. Bodey came into our lives in October 2010. We quickly realized that we had been blessed; Bodey had chosen us as his family. He must have known we had a lot to learn and that he could teach us more then we could ever learn on our own. A year later, we found out Bodey would be a big brother and soon best friend to his little sister, Vera. Before her arrival, however, we found out Bodey needed heart surgery. As a new, and pregnant mother, I can say my emotions were a bit unstable. Little did I know, my son is a superhero. Two days after the surgery, he was sitting up in his hospital crib, smiling and high-fiving the doctors. I could finally take a breath, my baby boy was going to be just fine. My relief was short-lived however, when only nine months later, Bodey was diagnosed with cancer. He underwent another major surgery, had his right kidney and gallbladder removed, and then endured seven months of chemotherapy. Again, Bodey amazed us all with his incredible superhero strength and determination. Even in the grueling months full of awful side effects from chemotherapy, he would look after his new baby sister, bringing her toys and kisses when she cried. And, on days where I lost control of my emotions, he immediately recognized my weakness, and would share some of his strength with me through a Bodey Bear Hug (one of his many superhero powers). Just like any other superhero, Bodey possesses these innate abilities to make the world a better place. Bodey has a heart packed full of love, patience, and courage; no cancer, medicine or disability could ever alter his soul. The last few years have been harder and more challenging then I could have ever imagined; my experience of motherhood might be a slightly different version than others, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I am a better person because of Bodey. I face challenges differently, of course, because I have a superhero who has my back. Bodey started preschool and loves his new classmates and teachers Miss Lynn and Miss Rebecca. He also recently won a trip to NYC, sponsored by Cintas and the Time Square Alliance, to say “good riddance” to cancer. At the event, Bodey shredded stacks of medical bills and a picture of a CT scan showing his tumor. It was an incredible way to say goodbye to all the hardships he has faced, while symbolizing a fresh new start in 2014. We know the challenges are not over, but Bodey has proven to the world that he is a superhero, with undefeatable powers. And we will always continue to have his back as well.