Myasthenia Gravis Care Association is dedicated to caring and helping those that suffer from myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness and fatigue.
On August 17, Hai Lian, a myasthenia gravis patient and the president of the Myasthenia Gravis Care Association, reached the peak of Dongling Mountain, the highest mountain in Beijing. Dongling Mountain is 2303 meters above sea level. It took about 7 hours to complete the 10 kilometers distance. This is the 28th mountain that Hai Lian has climbed since he got myasthenia gravis.
Hai Lian has been suffering from this illness for 16 years. He started mountain climbing to bring attention to myasthenia gravis patients. Previously, Hai Lian was a painter, but he cannot not paint any more. He sold newspapers for 9 years and paid off all his medical bills. Now he often paints on paper fans, just so he can remember his old vocation. His triple identity as a painter, traveler, and patient now make up his new life.
There are many more moving stories among the members of the myasthenia gravis group. They have their own dreams and are making great efforts to achieve them.
Original article written by Wenyu Li, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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