Even if you are sick, face it optimistically. A 27-year-old girl from the Mainland suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta (commonly known as brittle bone or vitreous bone). Her father suffers from the same disease. For many years, she has relied on her mother to work alone to earn a living. To help make ends meet, she taught herself knitting and set up business to make money. She also taught other disadvantaged people the knitting skills to help them survive on their own.
According to comprehensive internal media reports, Liang Zhengying from Changsha, Hunan, suffered from congenital osteogenesis imperfecta since childhood and had broken bones up to 20 times. Her father suffers from the same rare disease as her, and he needs to stay in bed for many years to be taken care of, while the whole family only depends on the meager income recovered by the mother.
Self-taught knitting in the hospital to pass the time
As her condition deteriorated, Liang Zhengying's legs were gradually bending, and her mobility became more and more inconvenient, so she had to give up the opportunity to go to university. Beginning in 2014, she underwent a total of 5 corrective operations before and after the hospital in 7 years, using steel nails and brackets to fix her legs. During the hospitalization, Liang Zhengying said that she spent most of the time lying in bed, so she thought of doing some handwork to pass the time.
"At that time, I saw a kind of doll knitted with woolen yarn that was very beautiful, so I searched for some information on the Internet and did it myself. The first knitting product I made was roses. I was not familiar with it, so I repeatedly dismantled it and made it again. It took a day to complete it.”
Weaving business opportunities help fellow travelers self-reliant
Once, a neighbor came across the roses she was knitting, "asked if I could sell her a few, and I immediately agreed. At that time, I sold a rose for more than ten yuan." Liang Zhengying bluntly said that this became her opportunity and began to delve into knitting skills. She pointed out that at that time, except for rest and eating, almost all the time was used for knitting.
Since 2016, Liang Zhengying has been selling knitwear in Changsha, earning thousands of yuan a month. She admitted that although weaving can't make a lot of money, she barely enough to make ends meet. And she will also teach other fellow travellers with limited mobility and some single mothers the knitting skills to help them support themselves.
"We have a group of small partners who make a living by knitting skills. There are 92 people in total. I often cheer up with the friends of the Weaver Girl team. Even if life is difficult, I have to face it with a smile!"
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Author: Wang Ming Fang
Positive energy, family relations, rare diseases, surgery, fractures
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