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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.

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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. 

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di-johnlock:

It’s not over, don’t forget

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2 hours ago 19,906 notes

"What happens when she reaches 100 percent?"

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50 questions

nowacceptingfirstborns:

bibliobrit:

  • 1: What would you name your future daughter?
  • 2: Do you miss anyone?
  • 3: What if I told you that you were pretty?
  • 4: Ever been told “it’s not you, it’s me”?
  • 5: What are you looking forward to in the next week?
  • 6: Did you go out or stay in last night?
  • 7: How late did you stay up last night?
  • 8: Honestly, has anyone seen you in your underwear in the past 3 months?
  • 9: What were you doing at 12:30 this afternoon?
  • 10: Have you ever told somebody you loved them and not actually meant it?
  • 11: Could you go for the rest of your life without drinking alcohol?
  • 12: Have you pretended to like someone?
  • 13: Could you go the rest of your life without smoking a cigarette?
  • 14: Is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?
  • 15: Is it hard for you to get over someone?
  • 16: Think back five months ago, were you single?
  • 17: Have you ever cried from being so mad?
  • 18: Hold hands with anyone this week?
  • 19: Did your last kiss take place in/on a bed?
  • 20: Who did you last see in person?
  • 21: What is the last thing you said out lot?
  • 22: Have you kissed three or more people in one night?
  • 23: Have you ever been to Paris?
  • 24: Are you good at hiding your feelings?
  • 25: Do you use chap stick?
  • 26: Who did you last share a bed with?
  • 27: Are you listening to music right now?
  • 28: What is something you currently want right now?
  • 29: Were your last three kisses from the same person?
  • 30: How is your heart lately?
  • 31: Do you wear the hood on your hoodie?
  • 32: When was the last time a member of the opposite sex hugged you?
  • 33: What do people call you?
  • 34: Have you ever wanted to tell someone something but didn’t?
  • 35: Are there any stressful situations in your life?
  • 36: What are you listening to right now?
  • 37: What is wrong with you right now?
  • 38: Love really is a beautiful thing huh?
  • 39: Do you make wishes at 11:11?
  • 40: What is on your wrists right now?
  • 41: Are you single/taken/heartbroken/confused/waiting for the unexpected?
  • 42: Where did you get the shirt/sweatshirt you’re wearing?
  • 43: Have you ever regretted kissing someone?
  • 44: Have you hugged someone within the last week?
  • 45: Have you kissed anyone in the last five days?
  • 46: What were you doing at midnight last night?
  • 47: Do you miss the way things were six months ago?
  • 48: Would you rather sleep with someone else or alone?
  • 49: Have you ever been to New York?
  • 50: Think of the last person who said I love you, do you think they meant it?

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helltothenaw:

paainfully:

I love the earthy colors in this outfit, but I didn’t really have anywhere to wear it so pictures will do.
Also the manager of the local sushi place was so impressed with my shitty japanese that he gave me his number, that made my day lol.

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4 hours ago 70,553 notes

bradburythequeen:

Going through a bookstore like, “Got it. Need it. Got it. Need it. Got it. Got it. Read that in school. Need it. Got it.”

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5 hours ago 2,528 notes

"Wherever perfectionism is driving, shame is riding shotgun. Perfectionism is not about healthy striving, which you see all the time in successful leaders, it’s not about trying to set goals and being the best we can be, perfectionism is basically a cognitive behavioral process that says if I look perfect, work perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid shame, ridicule, and criticism. It’s a defense mechanism."

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"Why Doing Awesome Work Means Making Yourself Vulnerable"

So, I’ve been waiting for someone to explain this extremely simple concept to me my entire life.

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Hooooly shit I needed to read this article.

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"When I interview leaders, artists, coaches, or athletes who are very successful, they never talk about perfectionism as being a vehicle for success. What they talk about is that perfectionism is a huge trigger, one they have to be aware of all the time, because it gets in the way of getting work done."

Yyyyyyyyep.

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8 hours ago 5,863 notes

ladyofrosefire:

auniverseofimpossibilities:

   #also totally just saw Kaylee as the Doctor and Simon as her assistant   (via extrajordinary)

I am behind this 100%

you have my attention

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10 hours ago 53,877 notes

unicornsandtruckerhats:

queercorn:

I want lgbt book stores, lgbt coffee houses, and lgbt theaters to replace lgbt bars as centers of community, places to meet people, and lgbt rights of passage.

YES. i am so fucking TIRED of every queer event being at a bar or another 21+ venue, especially when alcoholism is a thing for so many, esp. queer youth, and community isolation is such a major factor in so many suicides.

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13 hours ago 208,835 notes

clepse:

"i wish i had a british accent"

ah yes, the british accentimage

the singular british accent

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16 hours ago 113,275 notes

lumos5001:

shitty-post-police:

odair:

imagine a gay character who’s entire story isn’t surrounded by him being gay

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slow clap for JK Rowling

Except the fact he’s gay is never once mentioned canonically so it is erasure.

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mrfizzlessaysyourelying:

[x]

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