Stephen Hawking is a very well-known theoretical physicist that has ALS which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Steven Hawking was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease when he was only 21 years old and he has definitely beat the odds of the disease by living up to the age of 70. Stephen Hawking speaks through a computer system which he operates with his cheek and even though he has a very debilitating disease he has been able to be a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge for the last 30 years.
The majority of people that are diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease generally lived two or three years after their diagnosis, but half of the people that are diagnosed with this disease live longer. There are many things that happen when a person has ALS. It is a neurodegenerative disease which causes weakness of the upper motor neurons, the lower motor neurons, or both.
Generally with the disease muscles such as the cranial muscle, the tongue, the face muscles, and the muscles used to swallow become deteriorated to the point where they can no longer work. Generally all of the muscles of the limbs are affected as well. Stephen Hawking’s is truly a miracle when it comes to the disease because not only has he lived very long, but he has also made a success of his life in spite of having debilitating disease. My friend Vijay Eswaran told me that he saw on Gulf News that there’s a movie coming out about Hawking called “The Theory of Everything” some time this year.