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      From Heilongjiang Tieli City Taoshan Town , Hsu Tung-ching (known as Chun-man) and Hsu Tung-mei (known as Hsin-man) were born with incurable “infant progressive spinal muscular atrophy”. Since childhood, they grew up with their mother Wang Hsing-chih who lost her husband in a work accident at age of 29. Mother insisted not to remarry and she cared for three children since. Two sisters study at home instead of going to school; several times, they receive awards in national essay contests. They have not given up and still are very alive although they were diagnosed their sickness are untreatable by doctors in Shen Yang Military Hospital . “Manman Care Hotline” --- care about your trouble without asking your past and looking for your future was opened in August, 2000; for more than ten years, it grows together with more than 70 ,000 people in the world to share their emotion, life, marriage, work, interpersonal relationship and the other spiritual confusion. Three books are completed, “Life Starts Tomorrow” (autobiography), “If I can stand up and kiss you” (novel) and “Love Redemption”, (real story) and touch the heart and soul worldwide. There are more than 500 news media, including Central TV Station, Central People Broadcasting, China Daily, Southern Weekend News, NHK and CNN, to interview and report the story of two sisters.


Life Count-down in Love
      Sisters, Hsu Tung-ching and Hsu Tung-mei, were born in 1974 and 1976 in a forestry worker family in Heilongjiang Province Tieli City Taoshan Town . Now, they live in a rental suite that is supported by cross-Strait brother-sister in suburbs of Beijing . Since they were very young, they were diagnosed of “infant progressive spinal muscular atrophy”, a hereditary disease that is caused by chromosome infection that lives in human gene and disables four limbs, and thus they cannot live independently and eventually die because of swallow difficulty, paralyzed respiratory function and suffocation. For now, it cannot be cured with any medication.
      At birth, the doctor diagnosed that they both cannot live to the age of thirty.
      Under the loving care of their mother Wang Hsing-chih, to this day in March, 2011, the older sister is 37 but she has to lie on the bed and the younger sister is 35 who can barely sit on wheelchair. Mother has to help sisters move or turn their bodies over every half an hour.
      Hsin-man describes her 29th birthday in “Life Starts Tomorrow”: Last year, I was able to wash, brush, eat and dress up; now, it has become so difficult. At breakfast, mother prepares eggs for me as usual and I reach for and take one bite; then, I have to catch my breath before I chew the food. It takes up more than twenty minutes for me to eat a water-boil egg. I am afraid to have rice congee and I am too tired to raise my arms. The clock shows it is eight o'clock so I hurry to dress up and do my best to look nice and pretty. Although we do not often have visitors at home, I and my sister will welcome everyday with smiles even we suffer the pain on our bodies.


The sisters love and depend on each other with mother and brother.
       The year when Chun-man was five and Hsin-man was three, their father had a work accident and died; their mother cared for two sisters and a brother in a very difficult situation.
      Chun-man and Hsin-man cannot live independently and need a caretaker for bowel movement. Every day, mother has to go out and work; she even needs to come back home and care for them during breaks. When she goes out, she locks Chun-man and Hsin-man in the room; sisters would lean on windowsill and look at the sky. They often ask the same question: When do we learn how to walk?
      Sisters envy their brother Tung-hai goes to school. One day morning, mother says to Hsin-man: I cannot put both of you on my back to school. You are healthier than your sister so I want you to go to school. Do you want to? Hsin-man shakes her head because her sister has tears in her eyes and says: I am not going to school. I do not want to! What Hsin-man really thinks is to stay home with her sister.
      Therefore, in addition to housework, their mother tutors Chun-man and Hsin-man at home by following their brother's school textbook after she purchases pencils and grid writing pads.
      Chun-man's condition develops quicker than Hsin-man's and she often has to be in hospital. Often time when the doctor notifies her family that she is about to die, their mother would bring Hsin-man to the hospital so that she can help out. After her sister wakes up, Hsin-man would read and explain vocabularies in language textbook. Sisters share their misfortune and encourage each other to study at home the language program starting from elementary school to middle school.
      One time when their aunt who just got a job borrows a book “How the Steel Was Tempered” for Chun-man and Hsin-man, they stay up and read enthusiastically using flashlight. The batteries are from radio's that are used with insufficient power. They read for a while and then put the batteries in their bed to warm up the quilt. Thus, at dawn, they finally finish one big book.
      Thereafter, Chun-man and Hsin-man read tons of world masterpieces.


Do not let their mother suffer in this situation.
      The only thing of the outside world the sisters can see is a small piece of sky. They are very depressed; they try to write down feelings and private conversation when they are not studying.
      In 1994, Hsin-man spent a year to finish a 40 ,000 -word novel. She sent manuscript to Beijing “San y ue f eng” magazine editor Mrs. Chao Tse-hua; one week later, she was informed they were not able to publish the manuscript. Hsin-man was so sad that she quietly wrote a letter and wanted to finish her life and thus her mother can be relieved heavy burden on her shoulder.
      When Hsin-man prepares her death, she receives “ My Birthday without Candlelight”, Wu Chiang poetry from Chao Tse-hua. She writes: Can you please try again? Find yourself a reason to love!
      Wu Chiang is a seriously handicapped boy. He has never been to school and yet he writes beautiful poetry.
      Hsin-man feels strongly and she sends her letter of will to Chao Tse-hua and asks her to destroy it so as to show her determination to live on her life.
      That year when we were very busy and Hsin-man's 19th birthday came, in the morning, Hsin-man was not able to feel her right arm. Her older sister cried; mother was terrified and sent Hsin-man to hospital using a trolley. Doctor's diagnosis was multiple nerve inflammation, also known as Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). The doctor told them to pay 2,000 dollars for deposit so that Hsin-man could stay in hospital. However, Hsin-man knew her mother did not have the money so she insisted that she did not want to be hospitalized.
      Very soon, Hsin-man cannot feel from her neck down except the eyes. Her mother borrows money from relative and friends; she can only have pickled vegetables and white rice. She saves remaining vegetable for sick Hsin-man so her diet can be more nutritious.
      In order for her mother to get rid of her, Hsin-man thinks of death again. She writes in her article: I cannot stand to see my mother working so hard for my illness. She is deep in debt! I cannot let my mother keep on suffering!
      Therefore, she refuses medication and eating anything.
      One day at night, Hsin-man wakes up from deep sleep and asks her sister who stays by her side: Am I dead? Her sister says to her with tears in her eyes: Your condition is under control, the doctor says. You will recover very soon as long as you take medication and shots as instructed.



If I have another chance in life
      During the time, Hsin-man reads “Questioning Life” by Chang Mei-di, Vice-chairman of China Handicapped Association. Hsin-man wants to write so her sister ties a pen on her left wrist that barely moves using rubber bands and prepares writing paper for her. “If I Have another Chance in Life”, Hsin-man's last cry for hope, takes up three days and nights for her in crooked writing; her sister helps to mail the article to Chao Tse-hua in Beijing. Then, it is published on “Young Chinese” magazine in 1995 Issue six and has great response from readers throughout the country; letters of encouragement are like snowflakes for them.
      In July, 2002, Chun-man's “Agony and Beauty Undeclinable in Life” and Hsin-man's “I Sail in a Sea of Destiny” were awarded first and second prize in a “Praise the Life Essay Contest” sponsored by Chinese Handicapped Association and Central People's Broadcasting Station.
      Hsin-man often says: Life is like sunshine that transports strong and deep affection every day. I have profound love even in adversity; it is not without tears or worries because life is creative and tolerance.
      Chun-man also often says: I want to live and I go extra miles to tolerate and resist the attacks from illness. Every time I win and live; thus, I cherish my existence and my precious life.


Save countless people --- Manman Care Hotline delivers love to everyone.
      The predicament in their family has Chun-man and Hsin-man constantly to ponder how to make money and support themselves. Their mother only has one meal everyday and lives in a restricted expense budget.
      Later on, sisters decide to open a news stand that is supported by Central People's Broadcasting Station “Sister Sun's Mailbox” program host Sun Hsun, vice-chairman of Beijing Chinese Handicapped Association.
      In 1997, Pei j un news stand opened. Every morning, Chun-man or Hsin-man goes to work on wheelchair and their mother has to come home and care for the other.
Because of mother and brother's help, the sisters have 100 dollars a month income. They are very happy that this is a rewarding experience.
      However, good times do not last very long. After two years when the urban renovation starts, the news stand is removed and they face again another agony and beauty that are not declinable.
      On September 12, 2000, Chun-man and Hsin-man founded “Manman Care Hotline” and they took turn to take phone calls and listen to their private conversations. Up to date, they share with more than 70 ,000 people their emotion, life, marriage, work, interpersonal relationship and the other spiritual confusion.
      One girl from Guang d ong Province Shan t ou City called the hotline: I saw your “Love Makes Life Beautiful” on a magazine and I admire your positive and optimistic attitude. I want to thank you for the beautiful persistence.



Wish for the Hope – Life Starts Tomorrow
      To date, Chun-man and Hsin-man's physical condition is deteriorating especially they have breathing and swallow difficulties. They do not have strength to pick up one book using their hands.
      Loving people throughout the country constantly encourage them to write a book to countdown everyday they have. They work diligently writing words that are so enthusiastically encouraging that readers will cherish every minute of their life.
      Finally, Chun-man and Hsin-man completed 160 ,000 -word autobiography “Life Starts Tomorrow” to touch the heart of China then followed by “If I Can Stand up to Kiss You” (novel) and “Love Redemption” (a real story). Love can challenge the limit of life and wish for the hope tomorrow.