home
RSS
February 22nd, 2011
12:58 PM ET

Human Factor: 'Animals saved me'

In the Human Factor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta introduces you to survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle - injury, illness or other hardship –- they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn’t know they possessed.  Dr. Alan Rabinowitz suffered from a severe stutter as a child and worked through his hardships in a most unusual way. Here is his story in his own words.

No one steps into another’s head and feels life as they do.  Really, who would want that?  For me, life was defined by a terrible childhood stutter in a world that had no idea what to do with me.

As a youth my stuttering blocks were so severe that my body would twist and spasm in trying to get a word out.  So I just stopped trying.  In retrospect, my stuttering was a gift.  But retrospect comes with healed scars, dark buried secrets, and the gradual lessening of intense pain that gets paved over with the years.

I am asked constantly how I came to do what I am doing, why I love animals so much, why does running an organization like Panthera, the world’s leading wild cat conservation group, mean so much to me?  The answers are simple.  Animals saved me.  They were the only things I could talk to as a child.  They listened and didn’t judge.  But they too had no voice.  And I promised them repeatedly, from the sad old jaguar pacing its cage at the Bronx Zoo, to the little green chameleon that I would take into my closet at night, that I would give them a voice if I ever found my own.

Panthera is now my voice, and my promise is being fulfilled in a way I could never have imagined back then.  For it no longer is just my fading, broken voice that champions the rights and dignity of the wild animals, but the voices and actions of dozens of passionate young Panthera staff, working in the field and the office, alongside hundreds of others from local communities, all speaking out to save the earth’s big cats species, and all the other animals that live alongside them.

We live in turbulent, troubled times; times when people seek something to believe in.  I believe in Panthera.  It celebrates the strength of the human spirit and courage of individuals willing to go beyond themselves to improve not only their own lives but the lives of other living beings.  It is the human voice of the big cats.  It is a release from darkness.


soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. erectile dysfunction drugs

    erectile function after prostate surgery https://canadaerectiledysfunctionpills.com/ erectile exercises

    April 14, 2021 at 09:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. viagra/canada

    pfizer viagra canada pharmacy https://canadaviagrastore.com/ can you buy viagra over the counter in canada?

    April 15, 2021 at 10:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. generic levitra vardenafil

    vardenafil dosage instructions https://vegavardenafil.com/ why vardenafil dosage over 65

    April 15, 2021 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. canadian generic cialis 20mg

    buy cialis online canadian https://canadacialisstore.com/ is it safe to order cialis from canadian pharmacy

    April 16, 2021 at 12:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. canadian generic cialis 20mg

    do you need prescription for canadian prescription of cialis in usa https://canadacialisstore.com/ cialis canadian discounts

    April 17, 2021 at 16:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. price of sildenafil 50mg

    sildenafil 100g https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ cheap sildenafil 20mg

    April 20, 2021 at 00:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. alprostadil vs bimix vs trimix

    alprostadil mexico https://alprostadildrugs.com/ alprostadil prices in canada

    April 20, 2021 at 08:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. generic viagra canada free shipping

    pfizer viagra canada pharmistry https://canadaviagrastore.com/ buy viagra from canada?

    April 20, 2021 at 13:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. canadian pharmacies ed pills

    best canadian mail order pharmacies for diet pills https://canadapillstorex.com/ canadian pharmacies ed pills

    April 20, 2021 at 18:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. zithromax prescription

    can zithromax be used for uti https://zithromaxes.com/ zithromax 250 mg tablet

    April 23, 2021 at 01:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. alprostadil covered by blue cross

    alprostadil gel https://alprostadildrugs.com/ video of transurethral alprostadil admimistering

    April 23, 2021 at 16:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. avanafil

    avanafil india avanafil 200

    April 27, 2021 at 06:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. is it legal to bring viagra back to canada from mexico

    viagra canada for sale https://canadaviagrastore.com/ is it legal to bring viagra back to canada from mexico

    April 28, 2021 at 04:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. cheapest uk sildenafil

    buy cheap sildenafil https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ generic sildenafil 40 mg

    April 28, 2021 at 15:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. cialis at canadian pharmacy

    do you need prescription for canadian perscribition of cialis in usa https://canadacialisstore.com/ canadian meds cialis

    April 28, 2021 at 22:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. avana

    buy avana usa avana

    April 29, 2021 at 04:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. priligy

    priligy 30 mg priligy without a doctor prescription

    April 29, 2021 at 06:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. average perscription pills taken by 65 year old canadian?

    best canadian mail order pharmacies for diet pills https://canadapillstorex.com/ canadian diet pills

    April 29, 2021 at 21:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. how safe and reliable are canadian cialis

    buy generic cialis, canadian https://canadacialisstore.com/ canadian meds cialis

    April 29, 2021 at 22:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. dapoxetine

    dapoxetine 100 mg dapoxetine tablets price

    April 30, 2021 at 20:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. canada viagra

    viagra sin recetas en farmacias de canada https://canadaviagrastore.com/ canada viagra

    May 1, 2021 at 17:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. average perscription pills taken by 65 year old canadian?

    average perscription pills taken by 65 year old canadian? https://canadapillstorex.com/ canadian pharmacies ed pills

    May 2, 2021 at 10:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. chloroquine for lupus

    cloraquinn https://chloroquineorigin.com/ chloroquine phosphate tablet

    May 5, 2021 at 09:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. hydroxychloroquine sulfate corona

    malaria drugs list https://chloroquineorigin.com/ cloroquin

    May 7, 2021 at 10:16 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.