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Letter: Defining 'hero' for Jenner and her fans

Caitlyn Jenner, 65, reveals herself after transitioning from

Caitlyn Jenner, 65, reveals herself after transitioning from male to female, on the cover of Vanity Fair's July 2015 issue, photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Jenner was formerly known as Olympic champion Bruce Jenner. Photo Credit: Annie Leibovitz exclusively for Vanity Fair

As television and social media blew up with the reveal of Caitlyn Jenner, I kept hearing the word hero thrown around ["Jenner opens up," News, June 3]. I began thinking about the definition of hero.

Age and life experience have a lot to do with our perception and definition of what a hero is.

Last night I answered a post on Facebook, on a private page dedicated to the caregivers of children born with the birth defect my daughter has. A mom wanted to know how to prepare for hospital runs, like what to pack so she and her child have some home comforts.

This group is my hero. Its members are in the same boat with me, and as much as family supported me, they just didn't get what it was like for me in those early years with my daughter. These caregivers did, and it was comforting.

They were there for me at 2 a.m. when I questioned whether I should make the emergency room run or wait until my pediatrician's office opened in the morning.

I know if I had a child who had difficulty identifying with his or her gender, I'd look at Jenner as hero.

Ellen Dove, Hauppauge


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