Ben still struggles with his memory, with depression, and the stigma of his condition. In his book, he describes the feeling of being looked at differently, of being viewed as “fragile and broken”. But instead of giving up, as many other sufferers of his condition have, he has used his condition as an impetus to engage with his family—to be the best father and husband he could possibly be. To be human, to know that our lives are finite and that we are racing against a clock, motivates us. But for Ben, that motivation is now stronger than ever.

Today, Ben makes a point to speak about the risks of brain injuries, raising awareness wherever he goes. His efforts have taken many forms, finally culminating in his book, “Counting the Days.” A singer, Ben also composed a moving song—a love letter to his family, should he ever completely wholly lose his memories of them. “You Will Always Be My Girls,” is his love for them, distilled, and its emotional verses have touched thousands.

This is a man who has taken one of the most difficult situations that anyone could face, and turned it into an opportunity for not only self-improvement, but to love on those around him, and to generously teach what he has learned. His upbringing as the Christian son of a pastor instilled in him a desire to help others, and to show the face of God in all he does. His unshakable faith, according to his book, keeps him going.

In 2014, Utecht was awarded the Public Leadership in Neurology Award for his work in advancing understanding and awareness of neurologic disease, an accolade he richly deserves for the fight that he continues to this day. Ben Utecht is not one to give up.

And in that way, he truly is like Superman.

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