As an ALS Patient, Here's What I Thought About The Theory of Everything | Dr. Christopher Pendergast

February 19, 2015 8:44 PM

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As an ALS Patient, Here's What I Thought About The Theory of Everything | Dr. Christopher Pendergast

It was with a twinge of trepidation that I attended the movie The Theory of Everything, one of the films vying for Best Picture at this Sunday'sAcademy Awards. I have traveled the same road as Stephen Hawking, facing similar issues and challenges ushered into our lives by ALS. He and I were both diagnosed earlier than the average age (21 and 44 respectively) and we have lived with the disease well beyond the normal survival time of 2-3 years. My 22 years is dwarfed by his 51 years.

So how would I react to a Hollywood conjured representation of a nightmare that I am forced to live every day? How would I feel seeing a personal hero portrayed by some actor trying to interpret our grim realities of living in a body ravaged by paralysis juxtaposed with a vivid, robust intellect and...

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