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6

All the lightsaber work was some of my, you know, favorite parts of playing this character and being a part of the star wars world. It was just a childhood dream come true. But I will share with you one of my challenges.

Ableism almost killed Stephen Hawking in the 80′s.

This is a casual reminder that Stephen Hawking was almost allowed to die due to ableism.

Stephen got so sick because the advance of his ALS made his larynx weak and it wasn’t doing the job of keeping spit and food out of his lungs when he swallowed. In the 80′s, he contracted aspiration pneumonia while at CERN. He got rushed to a hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma and breathed via a ventilator. Doctors urged Jane (wife) to pull the plug because “he’s too far gone”. 

Think about it: Doctors put Stephen into a position where he couldn’t answer for himself, tried to tell his wife that he was too far gone and tried to tell her she should pull the plug as an act of mercy. 

I doubt that would have been said if Stephen wasn’t so visibly disabled by his ALS. It’s funny how people in the medical field tend to be so quick to give up on a patient if they already have a visible disability when they are brought in, but will throw all the medicine and machines they’ve got at somebody who isn’t visibly disabled. I don’t think doctors even realize they have this bias.

Thankfully, Jane stood up to the doctor. She said no, declared that Stephen must live and had him returned to Cambridge. She knew her husband better than the doctors. She saved his life.

Stephen had a tracheostomy done, which prevented him from speaking, and he spent some time on a ventilator while he recovered from the pneumonia. He initially communicated via a letter board by raising his eyebrows when the right letter was chosen. Then he went on to get the computer that gave him his famous voice. 

A little aside– Stephen has the option to get a new, more “human” sounding voice, and he refuses because he’s grown quite attached to the “robot” voice he’s so well-known for. He sees that as his voice now and identifies with it. (”Even though it gives me an American accent,” he once joked.)

Later, he had a laryngectomy because his larynx was causing a lot of trouble with swallowing food. Getting rid of it increased his quality of life. As far as I know he’s still swallowing just fine and eats and drinks by mouth with help from his assistants. A video of Stephen talking about the tracheostomy and laryngectomy can be found here. (No surgery images, but he describes medical tests and talks about the problems with eating.)

He communicates nonverbally with his caregivers using just facial gestures. One of them said Stephen can just look at him a certain way and he’ll know whether he’s saying he needs attention or everything’s fine. I read somewhere that Stephen grinds his teeth to express disapproval. (Yo, behavior is communication!) He communicates with more than his AAC device, it’s just a matter of learning to read him like his caregivers do.


‘No quality of life,’ the doctors said in the 80′s.


(Sarcasm) 

I guess this is ‘no quality of life’.

(/sarcasm)

[Stephen giving lectures at a university.]

[With the cast of The Big Bang Theory.]

[Experiencing zero gravity.]

[Looking sharp at the BAFTA’s!]

[In his office at Cambridge University, doing what he loves– trying to find the real theory of everything.]

(Sarcasm) 

Oh yes, his quality of life is just awful, isn’t it? 

(/sarcasm)


The only person allowed to determine Stephen Hawking’s quality of life is Stephen Hawking himself. And guess what? His life is great right now!

He almost wasn’t here. Ableism nearly ended his life in the 80′s.

Thankfully, he’s still around to sass people and keep us curious about the universe.

Here’s a documentary where Stephen tells his own story in his own words. CC’s are available for those with hearing or audio processing issues.

* * * WARNING: Video has flashing lights that may upset seizures or migraines.
* * * TRIGGERS: Dramatized hospital scenes, food consumption and alcohol consumption.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi8jMRMsEJo (not my video)

Btw the girl in the thumbnail is goofing off with him by making that face.

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HD VERSION WITH SUBTITLESSSS

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It seems the last video on here of Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812′s performance at the Tony’s was taken down. But CBS uploaded it in a much better quality!

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31. What was your favorite TV show as a child? 

32. Who of the opposite gender can you tell anything to, if anyone? 

33. Are you superstitious? 

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35. Do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind it? 

36. What is your favorite hobby? 

37. What was the last book you read? 

38. What was the last movie you watched? 

39. What musical instruments do you play, if any? 

40. What is your favorite animal? 

41. What are your top 5 favorite Tumblr blogs that you follow? 

42. What superpower do you wish you had? 

43. When and where do you feel most at peace? 

44. What makes you smile? 

45. What sports do you play, if any? 

46. What is your favorite drink? 

47. When was the last time you wrote a hand-written letter or note to somebody? 

48. Are you afraid of heights? 

49. What is your biggest pet peeve? 

50. Have you ever been to a concert? 

51. Are you vegan/vegetarian? 

52. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

53. What fictional world would you like to live in? 

54. What is something you worry about? 

55. Are you scared of the dark? 

56. Do you like to sing? 

57. Have you ever skipped school? 

58. What is your favorite place on the planet? 

59. Where would you like to live? 

60. Do you have any pets? 

61. Are you more of an early bird or a night owl? 

62. Do you like sunrises or sunsets better? 

63. Do you know how to drive?

64. Do you prefer earbuds or headphones? 

65. Have you ever had braces? 

66. What is your favorite genre of music? 

67. Who is your hero? 

68. Do you read comic books? 

69. What makes you the most angry? 

70. Do you prefer to read on an electronic device or with a real book? 

71. What is your favorite subject in school? 

72. Do you have any siblings? 

73. What was the last thing you bought? 

74. How tall are you? 

75. Can you cook? 

76. What are three things that you love? 

77. What are three things that you hate? 

78. Do you have more female friends or more male friends? 

79. What is your sexual orientation? 

80. Where do you currently live? 

81. Who was the last person you texted? 

82. When was the last time you cried? 

83. Who is your favorite YouTuber? 

84. Do you like to take selfies? 

85. What is your favorite app? 

86. What is your relationship with your parent(s) like? 

87. What is your favorite foreign accent? 

88. What is a place that you’ve never been to, but you want to visit? 

89. What is your favorite number? 

90. Can you juggle? 

91. Are you religious? 

92. Do you find outer space of the deep ocean to be more interesting? 

93. Do you consider yourself to be a daredevil? 

94. Are you allergic to anything? 

95. Can you curl your tongue? 

96. Can you wiggle your ears? 

97. How often do you admit that you were wrong about something? 

98. Do you prefer the forest or the beach? 

99. What is your favorite piece of advice that anyone has ever given you? 

100. Are you a good liar? 

101. What is your Hogwarts House? 

102. Do you talk to yourself? 

103. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 

104. Do you keep a journal/diary? 

105. Do you believe in second chances? 

106. If you found a wallet full of money on the ground, what would you do? 

107. Do you believe that people are capable of change? 

108. Are you ticklish? 

109. Have you ever been on a plane? 

110. Do you have any piercings? 

111. What fictional character do you wish was real? 

112. Do you have any tattoos? 

113. What is the best decision that you’ve made in your life so far? 

114. Do you believe in karma? 

115. Do you wear glasses or contacts? 

116. Do you want children? 

117. Who is the smartest person you know? 

118. What is your most embarrassing memory? 

119. Have you ever pulled an all-nighter? 

120. What color are most of you clothes? 

121. Do you like adventures? 

122. Have you ever been on TV? 

123. How old are you? 

124. What is your favorite quote? 

125. Do you prefer sweet or savory foods?