Most of us see celebrity life as a dream life but you should know that this is not the case for everyone, there are some famous disabled people, their professional success did not come like that, they did not deserve it and that thanks to their frenzy and their work and also their capacity to improve. The life of the majority of them was not easy and precisely because of that, they are an example and inspiration for someone else to show them that nothing is impossible in life.
1. Stephen Hawking
This man is one of the most famous and intelligent people who marked the story, Stephen Hawking, Theoretical Physicist, Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, and Eminent Scientist, this man, unfortunately, was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 21 years old, he was given 2 more years to live. He lived until the age of 76, he is one of the people who has inspired many people around the world since his disability has in no way weakened his intelligence and his determination.
He lived difficult life, because of this illness, he was paralyzed from head to toe for more than thirty years and used a voice synthesizer to be able to communicate, and a wheelchair which he operated by light movements of the head and eyes which allowed him to stay in touch with the world
But even if he was in this state, this did not prevent him from developing his activity as an exemplary researcher and professor and his intense personal life which enabled him to make his illness known to the world and to impose his existence.
His story was even brought to the cinema in the film “The Theory of Everything”, a film which had great success and which shows the life of this celebrity.
2. Nick Vujicic
Nick Vujicic. founder of Life Without Limbs, it is an organization for people with physical disabilities, this man is very well known throughout the world.
Nick Vujicic was born in 1982 without members. He claims that as a child, he suffered ridicule and discrimination, and attempted suicide on numerous occasions since he could no longer resist the discrimination he suffered during all these years, but over time it became apparent that it is not the body that reflects our image but it is above all our potential that shows who we are.
Currently, he gives motivational talks around the world, he has also written several books and is a regular at talk shows and TV shows. “The Butterfly Circus” is above all what made him inspiring, it is a very moving short film.
3. Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox the famous protagonist of “Back to the Future” was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, at that time he was only 29 years old and his career was very successful, a man full of resources and who positively sees life.
Michael J. Fox has been asked many times to withdraw from the scene, but he has not stopped being an actor. Although it was not easy at first to accept his illness, seeing that after such news, he plunged into depression and did not know what to do. over the past decade, he hasn’t stopped working, and his foundation has already raised $ 233 million for Parkinson’s research, which shows just how much of a heinous man who hasn’t left the disease prevails over him. After more than 25 years and with the disease at a very advanced stage, Michael J. Fox continues to resist and give his best.
4. Aaron Fotheringham
Fotheringham is also one of the most famous skaters in the world, but for him, his specialty is wheelchair skating, Aaron Fotheringham is one of the most famous handicapped people in the world, During his childhood, Aaron suffered several hip failures that forced him to use a wheelchair permanently. Despite this, he continued to practice a sport he loved and that even with a wheelchair which on the contrary gives a charm to his art. In 2005, Aaron Fotheringham achieved a lot of exploits, among these exploits: the big jump with a 180º turn and in 2006 made the first somersault in the history of the wheelchair something that even ordinary people could not do, which made this man an inspiring person to many people around the world.
5. Andrea Boccelli
Andrea Boccelli a famous musician, writer and musical producer of Italian origin, Andrea has sold more than 75 million records, he is a very remarkable man with a handicap.
Andrea Boccelli was born with congenital glaucoma which left him partially blind, which did not prevent him from taking piano lessons until the age of six and continuing his dream of a very successful artist. unfortunately at 12, he suffered a blow during a football match which completely blinded him, sad for the artist Andrea. Endowed with a spirit of innate improvement, he decided to concentrate entirely on music, in particular on singing. He also studied law, a very ambitious man who doesn’t let anything stop him and keep going.
Boccelli has received numerous awards of international prestige and even has a beach bearing his name on the Adriatic, he is a man who has inspired countless people around the world.
6. Alex Zanardi
Alex Zanardi, a famous road champion, After several years of racing in F1, Alex Zanardi suffered an accident in 2001 which caused his legs to be amputated. But even after this accident, Three years later, he was back on the track at the wheel of a BMW for which he had adapted some prostheses to suit him.
Something else about this champion, He won four times at the World Touring Car Championship, However, in 2007, he decided to focus his sports efforts on adapted cycling. He also won three Paralympic gold medals, seeing his condition it seemed impossible, but Alex to proved the opposite.