Sherri Shepherd breaks silence on her 13-year-old son's 'developmental delays'

Sherri Shepherd opened up about her 13-year-old son's medical conditions, saying that it is nothing to be ashamed of. 

During the "Real Love: Relationship Reality TV" event called Past, Present & Future in Beverly Hills, California, last Tuesday, the actress opened up to People Magazine about her son, Jeffrey Charles, who has "special needs". 

According to the 51-year-old former "The View" co-host, her son has developmental delays. However, it is no reason for her to love him any less. In fact, she says that God created him this way, and she has accepted him for all his "little imperfections". 

“I know that God created this little boy, who’s so yummy and special, and I have to accept him just in his little imperfect perfections. He’s perfectly imperfect in every way.”

Like any other doting mother, Shepherd says that she doesn't compare her son to any other child, saying that regardless of what he has, she loves him and always will. The actress also revealed that she wants her son to live a normal life, and so she enrolled him in classes where he gets to learn and be himself. 

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My son hates taking pictures which is strange since both his #parents are #actors & #standupcomics 😂. Jeffrey is my world and the reason I am close to 300 days of #sugarfree living ... he saw me eating a candy bar and asked w an urgency in his voice “mommy if you die who’s going to be my bodyguard?“ That question and the panic in his voice brought tears to my eyes and I realized my son needs me to be here. It was as if God was saying “I’m not done with you Sherri but you are making life choices that are going to take you away from your son.” It was at that moment I decided to commit to my health and to not living in a fog. I am down from 189lbs to 159lbs... my A1C numbers are down to a pre-diabetic state. I have energy, no headaches, eczema gone... dark under eye circles gone... and PATIENCE w my son and his unique challenges. I can laugh and not be irritated at Jeffrey’s silliness. I can hear from #god a lot more clearly... I feel super focused. And all because I chose to kick #sugar out of my life. This hasn’t been an easy journey by any means... everyday I think about sugar but I really want my life. I want to see my son graduate... I want to see him walk down the aisle... I want to see my grandkids... I want to live! Thankyou Jeffrey for always inspiring me to live and be better. I hope I can make you as proud of me as I am of you. #lovemyson #momlife #SherriandJeffrey

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"I love him no matter what, and I don't compare him to other typical children. He is who he is.. I [put] him in an improv class. He gets to be silly and nerdy."

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Loving life...

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Despite his delays, it turns out that Jeffrey, like his mother, also has a knack for being on stage. When asked if he wanted to be a doctor, the teenager replied:

"No mommy, I have to make people laugh."

Regardless of what he wants to do in life, Sherri is ready to support her son all the way. After all, all she hopes is for people to love him the way she does, and see beauty in all of his imperfections. 

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