14 9 / 2014

sixpenceee:

sixpenceee:

Qian Hongyan was just four when she lost both her legs. A speeding trucker left her for dead as she crossed the main road in her village of Zhuangshang in southern China. 

For nearly two years Qian was immobile as she didn’t even have enough of her body left to sit up in a wheelchair. Doctors said her only hope of being able to move by herself again would be extensive surgery to allow her to be fitted with prosthetic limbs.Her parents couldn’t afford this treatment. 

Qian’s granddad Yuan came up with a simple but effective treatment to get her moving again. He took a basketball the village boys had discarded and cut a hole just big enough for tiny Qian to fit into, padded the inside with stiff floor mats from his car, then propped her up inside. All of a sudden Qian was able to stabilize herself and was able to by move herself by rolling the ball in any direction she wanted. She supported herself using wooden handles. 

From that day on Qian would not be stopped by any obstacle. She went back to school, started to play with her friends again, and started to get back the life of any girl her age. She began professional swimming training in 2007 and defied the odds of her double amputation to become one of the first members of the Yunnan Youth Swimming Club.

She won three gold medals in last year’s Yunnan Para Games and took a gold and two silver medals at the National Swimming Championship for the Disabled (Under 18) in 2009 before continuing impressively at this year’s Para Games.

SOURCE

I should have added this in the original post but after attention in the Chinese press, Qian traveled to Beijing to receive free artificial limbs at the China Rehabilitation Research Center, a center that has been providing help to the disabled in China for over 20 years. At 18 years old she is ready for her full adult prosthetics. 

Astounding. Inspiring. Humbling.

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13 9 / 2014

kernow66:

The last chapter’s up. Enjoy!

Wonderful read from the very talented Kernow.

07 9 / 2014

myregularface:

Serena reacts to winning her 6th US Open and 18th Major title


That’s my girl…

myregularface:

Serena reacts to winning her 6th US Open and 18th Major title

That’s my girl…

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07 9 / 2014

kernow66:

The penultimate chapter is up…

This is a great LTIH fic by Kernow66; deep, thoughtful, sensitive and insightful.

12 8 / 2014

"You’ve got to write badly. If you write badly at least you’ve got something to rewrite. If you’re scared to write badly, then you’ve got nothing."

Tony Grisoni (via maxkirin)

denny-w - think I’ve found my mantra…

(via giovannagoodthighs)

Nope. You know what I’m sayin’, Goodthighs…

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12 8 / 2014

Don’t go far off, not even for a day, because…
because… I don’t know how to say it: a day is long
and I will be waiting for you, as in an empty station
when the trains are parked off somewhere else, asleep.

Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because
then the little drops of anguish will all run together,
the smoke that roams looking for a home will drift
into me, choking my lost heart.

Oh, may your silhouette never dissolve on the beach;
may your eyelids never flutter into the empty distance.
Don’t leave me for a second, my dearest,

because in that moment you’ll have gone so far
I’ll wander mazily over all the earth, asking,
Will you come back? Will you leave me here, dying?

04 8 / 2014

"Hide me in your arms
just for this night,
while the rain breaks
against sea and earth
its innumerable mouth."

Wind on the Island, Pablo Neruda (via allthingsneruda)

Neruda. Always comes back to Neruda.

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04 8 / 2014

giovannagoodthighs:

Bwahahahaha denny-w!

Gdsgjvnbffhdghj!!!!

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28 7 / 2014

giovannagoodthighs:

denny-w:

giovannagoodthighs:

Thought of you two big softies… silvergoat22 denny-w

I resemble this remark.

But am I wrong? denny-w. Besides, that line - “it lights the whole sky…” *sigh*

Nope. If the shoe fits…

giovannagoodthighs:

denny-w:

giovannagoodthighs:

Thought of you two big softies… silvergoat22 denny-w

I resemble this remark.

But am I wrong? denny-w. Besides, that line - “it lights the whole sky…” *sigh*

Nope. If the shoe fits…

(Source: ay-ell-oh)

28 7 / 2014

giovannagoodthighs:

Thought of you two big softies… silvergoat22 denny-w

I resemble this remark.

giovannagoodthighs:

Thought of you two big softies… silvergoat22 denny-w

I resemble this remark.

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