Judene and I couldn’t visit Katie last week. Sam called and cancelled our date because they were having other company. Sam was apologetic, but I told him that was great. Re-establishing a social network is one of the objectives of bringing Katie home.
We were able, however, to visit Katie yesterday. I brought the movie The Theory of Everything which is a biopic about quantum physicist and scientific genius Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with a devastating neuromuscular disease in 1962. While he was given a life expectancy of two years—Hawking overcame all the odds and is still living more than fifty years later.
In one poignant scene, Hawking fantasizes about getting out of his wheelchair, walking down the steps, and picking up a pen that a young woman has dropped. Katie has, on a number of occasions, imagined that she, too, has walked. We were able to talk about how intense desire can make such an illusion seem so real.
At the end of the movie Stephen Hawking’s character states, “Where there is life there is hope.” I think Katie enjoyed the movie and the message…