Stephen Hawking: Living Testimony That Doctors Are Full of It
Having survived with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for over 50 years, Stephen Hawking has defied the medical community by his longevity from a condition that, according to doctors, usually kills a person who contracts it within 2 to 3 years. Of course, many people are given expiration dates by doctors for a variety of different medical conditions, including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the condition I live with. My parents were told that I probably would not make it past 20, but I just turned 59 in December. That’s the primary reason I say, “doctors are full of it.”
Whether doctors know it or not, when they place an expiration date on human beings who happen to have some type of disability, they often are sabotaging any chances that a person may have at achieving something positive in their life. I have felt for years that is what happened to me.
Unlike Stephen Hawking, who seems to have just plowed through his disability, despite what the medical community says about people with ALS, many disabled, including myself, just don’t do things the same way as Dr. Stephen Hawking.
Many of us feel that trying to achieve something solid and positive in our lives is rather useless because who wants to go to school, study hard, then go out to the workplace and work at a job for a few years until we die? Even though I don’t pretend to speak for other disabled people, that’s how I felt.
- How is Stephen Hawking still alive? (kottke.org)
- How Has Stephen Hawking Lived With ALS for 52 Years? (newser.com)