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.
I came to the city after graduating from a police training school. All I had were a quilt, a box, and a square stool. Symbolically, the song I liked then was titled "I Want to Have a Home." In particular, at around the time of the spring festival, I was anxious to have a home of my own. Later, I met my lovely and down-to-earth wife, and we got married and now have a lovely daughter.
As a policeman, I felt stressed at work. Irregular food and sleep made me feel tired constantly, but my health was an after-thought. In 2004, I began exhibiting symptoms such as drooping eyelids, double vision, and difficult swallowing. It was then that I was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. My wife took me to see doctors in different places, trying hard to find me a cure.
I underwent operations that brought me more pain; eventually I was unable to eat or excrete - a fate that felt worse than death. I even attempted suicide, but was rescued. Seeing my wife and daughter’s weeping faces, I decided to survive no matter how painful and difficult life was. I was hospitalized again and again, but my wife took care of me night after night. With her care and medical treatment, I was finally discharged from the hospital.
It has been 5 years, and my illness is stable and life has returned to normal. After years of torture, life, and death, I try hard to maintain a positive outlook. Though I am not able to offer a rich life for my wife, I hope to spend every day of my life with her safely and grow old together. People sometimes say, “One who survives a great disaster is destined to good fortunes forever after”. What is happiness? My thoughts are as such: watching a rising sun, breathing fresh air, drinking a glass of water, eating a red apple, helping my daughter with her school assignments, assisting my wife do housework, and sending greetings to my 80-year-old parents. All of these are happiness. I find my meaning of life not within me, but in my family members, friends, and other loved ones. Let’s live a happy life everyday.
Original article written by Meng Xing Shi Fen, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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