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.
"No boys are gonna like you if you keep dressing as those stupid cartoons!"
Goodnight, Night Vale. Goodnight.
When I hear him say this, despite everything, I feel like everything is going to be okay.
Here’s the first of many WtNV illustrations I’m working on. It’s been so very inspiring! I also have a static and slightly different version of this here.
My tag for WtNV things: [✖]
So just imagine Kieren and Simon, lying in bed together, after having had sex (however you want to think PDS sufferers have sex) for the first time. Kieren is half-asleep and cuddled up to a pillow and Simon just says, ‘You can leave if you want to’, without even looking at him - and there’s so much pain in his voice, and Kieren’s heart just breaks.
Because he puts all the pieces together in just that moment. From his relationship with his family, to those he was friends with in his living years, to people he’d been sexually involved with, to the doctors who abused him as an experiment, Simon is used to being used, hurt and left.
Kieren hadn’t even considered that posibility before, because Simon is so beautifully composed, and he’s so handsome and charismatic and wonderful. Kieren had thought of Simon as the heartbreaker, not the heartbroken.
Then he thinks everything over. ‘There’s what I believe, and then there’s you’ - and he thought that was the most beautiful, romantic thing to say, and it was. It was also the most selfless and harmful thing to say. Because it showed a self-sacrificial trait that had gotten him used so many times before. He would have gladly died for Kieren. He of course cares if Kieren left in that moment, but he cares more that Kieren is happy, and Kieren was content is safe.
Simon cares for himself immensely. But he cares for those he loves more.
And Kieren doesn’t even want to think that Simon believes he will leave the way everyone seemed to. He doesn’t want to leave Simon after they do the damned do, no, of course not, because they wouldn’t have done so unless he had cared for/loved Simon so much. The physical is a bonus.
So he just turns over and tugs Simon into a hug and kisses his lips and his forehead and his cheeks and his jaw and says ‘I’m not going anywhere’ - and Simon breaks down crying.
asexual representation is important
DO YOU EVER WONDER WHY YOU HAVE SUCH A STRONG URGE TO SQUEEZE THINGS BECAUSE THEY’RE CUTE
there was an article about it and it said there is nothing to satisfy how you feel about the thing being so cute so the natural human urge is to kill it so it will stop being cute
support nonbinary people who aren’t completely androgynous
support femme trans men
support masculine trans women
just because someone doesn’t fit into the stereotype of their identity doesn’t mean they aren’t valid
I’ve got a friend and they mean a lot to me.
im a bad person who thinks bad thoughts like ‘ew what is that girl wearing’ and then remember that im supposed to be positive about all things and then think ‘no she can wear what she wants, fuck what other people say damn girl u look fabulous’ and im just a teeny bit hypocritical tbh
I was always taught by my mother, That the first thought that goes through your mind is what you have been conditioned to think. What you think next defines who you are.
whats the difference between bi people and unicorns
i can see unicorns on movies and tv
First time watching fireworks:
First time being dunked into water that’s way too cold:
First time getting caught in a bubble shower:
First time driving through a dark tunnel:
First time chatting with a puppet:
First time finding a new recipe in a cooking magazine:
First time forgetting how spoons work:
First time seeing ice cream:
Whenever I’m feeling sad, I look at this and realise how fucking amazing the world is
Wait but hear me out
- ravenclaws that hate studying and procrastinate every assignment
- hufflepuffs that curse like sailors and that look like they could definitely fuck you up if they wanted to
- slytherin that are really nice and sweet who constantly ask how your days going and if you need help with something
- gryffindor that are scared to kill the spider in the corner of their rooms because who knows if that shit can fly or if it’ll attack you