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Prof. Stephen Hawking- A Brilliant Scientist

By Healing_Angel, Sydney, Australia

Before being diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), an autoimmune disease which affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and unfortunately makes them deteriorate, I was your typical university student: I hung out with my friends and studied Physics, which I found very easy, so naturally, I didn’t study much and did very little work. Being diagnosed with ALS, however, changed everything. When I was diagnosed at the age of 21, (which I later found out was early as most people weren’t diagnosed until their late 50’s), it was a real shock to me. After the initial diagnosis and being told that the disease was incurable and that I was likely to die in a few years, I began asking myself questions such as “Why should this happen to me?” and ‘What did I do to deserve this?”. While I was in hospital, there was a boy who I knew by sight who had leukaemia.

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