Stephen William Hawkins is a theoretical physicist, and cosmologist and author. He was born the 8th of January in 1942 in Oxford, England. He aches from a disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS. This disease made him become paralyzed overtime ( Bio, 2015).
ALS is a disease in which neurons dye. The neurons that die are the ones that control voluntary muscles. Only 5% to 10% of ALS cases are because of heredity, the rest are unidentified. People who have this have stiff muscles, muscle twitching, and also muscles start to weaken gradually because of muscle wasting. This ultimately leads to trouble in swallowing, eating and breathing. If you inherit the disease it will appear at age 50, but if not it will appear at the age of 60. Up to day there is no cure for ALS, but there is a medication, Riluzole, that may expand your life from 2 to 3 months. Only 10% of people survive longer than 10 years, the majority of them die due to respiratory failure (ALS Association, 2010)
One year ago, in November 26, 2014 the movie The Theory of Everything was released. It was performed by Eddie Redmayne. This movie is based on the life of Stephen Hawkins. It narrates the story of how he was diagnosed with this disease at the age of 20, he was told he had 2 years left, but until know he has not died. This movie also depicts the love that his ex-wife had for him. She took care for him, and her three children. With the disease Stephen was like another kid, so really she took care of four children. In the movie you can see all the struggles he suffered, and how he overcomes them overtime. In that time he was not the millionaire he later became. Know he has different supports such as machines in which he communicates, and he also receives help from various nurses. At the begging of this disease he could not afford as much as he can now a days.
I thought the movie was very realistic, and the actor played his role amazingly, it must have been really uncomfortable and hard to play this type of roles in which you have to be in a certain way, to show how the disease affects your body. It was an emotional movie, it made me realize how hard it would be to have this type of disease in which you lose control of your body, but your brain stays the same, and there is nothing you can do about it.
Maria Paz Troncoso