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Following above, read motivational story of Stephen William Hawking
Born in 1942, Stephen William Hawking, the world-renowned physicist and cosmologist needs no introduction. As is well known, Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (or the motor neuron disease) when he was just twenty one years old. The disease’s onset developed gradually and has led to a gradual paralysis, to the extent that, Hawking can now only use his cheek muscle. The disease, traditionally, is fatal.
The general life-expectancy of a person suffering from ALS ranges from two to five years. But Hawking has been defying this generality since the day he was diagnosed with this disorder, in 1983. Neurologists, all over the world, are, to this date, in awe of his survival. The disease progresses from muscle weakness to loss of the ability to speak, swallow and also, breathe.
Hawking graduated from the University of Oxford and attained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Though achieving a doctorate was an uphill and intensely strenuous task for him, he never gave up. He did not want his disease to disable him in any which way.
He, in fact, wanted those around him to regard him as just another person, who has desires, ambitions, feelings, emotions and dreams. He did not wish either to arouse or to demand pity from anyone with whom he came into contact. He did fight a long battle to ensure that universities and public spaces be made disabled-friendly, but he always detached himself from his disease and the degenerate potential that it might carry.
Hawking married twice and is the father of three children, who are all perfectly normal. He is thus, the epitome of perseverance, passion, dedication and commitment. He could have easily become a recluse and waited to die. But he wished to live. Therefore, he left no stone unturned in his path to success as a scientist, a writer and a professor.
One possible explanation that Hawking himself gives for his prolonged life-span is his die hard interest and passion for research. He believes that his branch of study – theoretical physics – kept his mind young and alive. Also, he feels that the quality of medical and domestic care that he received all through, has resulted in such a long life-span of seventy three years !
There is also another possible explanation – generally, ALS begins its paralysing effects around fifty years of age, and that is also the time when the diseases explicitly begins to surface. But Hawking’s case has been unique – he was diagnosed at the age of twenty one. It is believed that if the onset begins early, the life expectancy increases to around ten years, but given that uniqueness too, Hawking’s long survival is inexplicable.
Hawking’s life is inspirational and motivational, for it is the physical manifestation of the fact that no matter how hard the battle of life might seem, no matter how daunting and unachievable the task at hand might appear, giving up should never be an option or an alternative. The fighting, rebellious spirit defies the mandate of destiny and instead, carves a new identity for itself, in the face of dire adversity.