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  • Became clear something

  • was not quite right with me.

  • I fell over and had great difficulty getting up again.

  • My mother realized something was wrong

  • and took me to the doctor.

  • I spent weeks in Barts Hospital and had many tests.

  • They never actually told me what was wrong,

  • but I guessed enough to know it was pretty bad.

  • In fact, the doctor who diagnosed me

  • washed his hands of me and I never saw him again.

  • He felt that there was nothing that could be done.

  • At first I became depressed.

  • I seemed to be getting worse pretty rapidly.

  • There didn't seem any point working on my PhD,

  • because I didn't know if I would

  • live long enough to finish it.

  • I had come to Cambridge to do cosmology,

  • and cosmology I was determined to do.

  • Then the condition developed more slowly,

  • and I began to make progress in my work.

  • After my expectations had been reduced to zero,

  • every new day became a bonus, and I began to appreciate

  • everything I did have.

  • And there was also a young woman called Jane,

  • whom I had met at a party.

  • Getting engaged lifted my spirits, and I realized

  • while there's life, there is hope.

  • There are many ambitious experiments planned for the future.

  • We will map the positions of billions of galaxies,

  • and we will better understand our place in the universe.

  • But we must also continue to go into space

  • for the future of humanity.

  • I don't think we will survive another thousand years

  • without escaping beyond our fragile planet.

  • It has been a glorious time to be alive,

  • doing research in theoretical physics.

  • The fact that we humans, who are ourselves mere collections

  • of fundamental particles of nature,

  • have been able to come this close to an understanding

  • of the laws governing us and

  • our universe is a great triumph, and I am happy

  • if I have made a small contribution.

  • I want to share my excitement and enthusiasm

  • about this quest, so remember to look up at the stars

  • and not down at your feet.

  • Try to make sense of what you see,

  • and wonder about what makes the universe exist.

  • Be curious.

  • And however difficult life may seem,

  • there is always something you can do and succeed at.

  • It matters that you don't just give up.

  • While there's life, there is hope.

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    Anita Lin posted on 2018/03/17
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