Hi all, I'm 21 years old and I will be graduating in May 2008 with a math/physics double degree. In fall 2008 I plan to go to graduate school and pursue a PhD in physics. My problem is that my dominant hand became stricken with pain, 6 months ago. I can't really use it for anything other then typing, I can't write with a pen or turn doorknobs. I fear that I will eventually not be able to type. The doctors are unable to help/understand, telling me to rest up for a few weeks, take ibuprofen, and avoid sports (one said "writing with a pen shouldn't be a problem"). The situation is complicated by the fact that I am poor an locationally isolated, but I have seen enough doctors to convince me that the cause and treatment of my disability are unknown. The job of the physicist is to produce written output, and besides that, to cogitate. The pain from my hand is such that it is difficult to concentrate, and I struggle to record anything in writing. For these reasons, I worry that I cannot have a career in physics, despite the fact that I have already trained for 10,000 hours. Did anyone else go through something similar? I wonder if Stephen Hawking is in pain, or if he just can't move? Any other examples of disabled physicists would be appreciated, especially examples those who were disabled before they were noticed (unlike Hawking).