Friday, April 18, 2008

they are not perfect either.

internationally-renowned physicist STEPHEN HAWKING, who is hailed as one of the most brilliant minds of our time, is disabled with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which has progressively caused him to become almost completely paralysed. although doctors told him he would not live beyond his 20s, stephen turned 66 last january.

Action hero, BRUCE WILLIS has had a stuter since he was a child. he had been worried that it would affect his acting career. by practising and working in his craft, however, he managed to overcome his speech disorder.

MICHAEL J. FOX who is famous for his acting in back to the future, was diagnosed with parkinson's disease in 1991. it is a disorder of the central nervous system resulting in the destruction of brain cells, causing trembling limbs and weakness. despite this, michael continued working as an actor until 2000, when he retired from full-time acting.

Film and TV actor RENE KIRBY, who has spina bifida, has used the condition to his advantage in films like SHALLOW HAL and STUCK ON YOU.

ROWAN ATKINSON had a very bad stutter as a young boy and had problems pronouncing the letter B. by over-enunciating his words, which he then turned into comic element inhis performances.

Actress JESSICA ALBA suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as a child, but managed to bring the condition under control as she grew older.

18 year old american surfer BETHANY MEILANI HAMILTON lost her left arm in a shart attack 5 years ago, just 8 weeks after the incident, bethany was back on her board. in 2004, she was given the ESPY award for best comeback athlete of the year and a courage award at the teen choice awards. after teaching herself to surf with one arm, she has returned to competitive surfing.

Elliot Yamin, who was placed 3rd in the 5th AI, is 90% deaf in his right ear, and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 16. he wears an insulin pump to help him manage his diabetes.

one of the world's best-selling authors of all time, AGATHA CHRISTIE suffered from dyslexia, a learning difficulty that makes reading and writing a challenge.

ANDREA BOCELLI lost his sight at the age of 12, but this did not stop his passion for music. he plays the piano, saxophone and flute, and is a renowned operatic tenor and classical singer.

the legendary STEVIE WONDER has been blind since infancy. however, he was signed by motown records at the age of 12, and is now one of the most famous singers, songwriters, instrumentalists and record producers in the world

DAVID BECKHAM suffers from OCD which causes him to be obsessed with constant cleanliness and perfection around him. for eg, everything around him has to be in pairs, so if there are 3 items in the table, one has to be removed, or another added.

TIGER WOODS had stuttering problems as a child, and got over it through hard work and persistence. he would even talk to his dog until he fell asleep!

nepalese poet and writer JHAMAK GHIMIRE, 28, has won many awards for her writing, and is one of the leading literary figures in her country. she was born with cerebral palsy, and cannot use her arms, and therefore writes with her feet.

TOM CRUISE was labelled stupid and bullied in school because he had dyslexia. he overcame this by throwing himself into sports and eventually broke into acting

taken from STUFF @ SCHOOL, the STAR


seweng said...

good education...thanks!

redSeptember said...

i bet you didn't know this kan? well, i didn't.

now we know ;P