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Woman with Cerebral Palsy Has Published Four Books, All Written with Her Feet

April 4, 2016

A 26-year-old woman, diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, has recently published four books which she spent over 10 years writing by computer. The catch: she wrote them using only her feet. “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. Sun never complains about her life with cerebral palsy, giving off a cheerful and optimistic vibe.

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 couldn’t walk very well and she couldn’t properly articulate her words.

However, her mother, Jiang Jie, was determined to normalize her life as much as possible. “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.”

Obviously, it was difficult for Sun to grip a pencil and write clearly. Over time she improbably learned how to perform this skill with her feet and toes. Even then, it became too much for her to perform after a while. In 2002, her father got her a computer and she felt a rebirth.

After practicing for weeks on end she was able to type quickly with both feet. The rest is history: After taking middle school, high school and college courses from home, she began writing books of poetry.