A 26-year-old woman from Shandong province with cerebral palsy has recently published four books which she spent over 10 years writing on computer, using only her feet.
Alongside her husband, Sun Lukang attended a book signing event held at a local coffee shop over the weekend where her fans read her poems aloud and she autographed books for them, Tencent reports.
“While I can’t use my hands, my feet are much more nimble than other people’s,” Sun says, smiling.
Every one of the 40 first-edition books were sold out in a day. Sun said that all the money will go to a charitable organization that helps to train teachers.
“I’m a member of the organization and they helped me to arrange this event,” she explains. “I hope that I can do what I can for them.”
Sun never complains about her life, always keeping a strong, cheerful and optimistic spirit. She says that her personality comes from her parents.
She was born prematurely in Nancun town outside of Qingdao in 1990. However, just six months after her birth, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
As a child, she could barely walk and was unable to properly articulate her words. However, her mother, Jiang Jie, didn’t give up hope. “Before she went to primary school, we had been helping her with rehabilitation exercises,” Jiang said. “Encouraged by a specialist, we trained her to write with her feet before she started school.”
As you might expect, initially it was very difficult for Sun to grip a pencil and write legibly. Over time though, she gradually mastered the difficult skill, though the strain soon became too much for leg and toes.
But her life turned around yet again in 2002 when her father bought a computer for her. After practicing for weeks on end, she found she could type quickly using both her feet.
Sun was forced to stay home while taking middle and high school courses with a tutor. Her parents said that their daughter finished the courses much more quickly than they had planned and soon went on to studying college courses as well.
Additionally, Sun is an avid reader and loves to collect different kinds of books. She founded a literary club in 2013 and hopes to set up a media company of her own one day.
Sun married her husband, Liu Defang, only weeks ago. The two met back in 2013 and hit it off immediately. “We’re very much alike, but what attracted me to her was her optimism and cheerfulness,” Liu said.
Liu says that so far they have already been able to overcome a lot of problems together and he promises to take good care of Sun for the rest of her life.
Sun is not the only novelist with cerebral palsy in China, last year a 21-year-old woman from Anhui made headlines when she finished her first fiction book typed out on a computer by foot.
By Lucy Liu
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