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“Ten years have passed and I am re­cov­er­ing day by day, but once I closed my eyes, the dark de­bris in the earthquake hit my mind and then cries and screams over the cam­pus poured in my ears... I still re­mem­ber my room­mates in the dor­mi­tory and our dream of en­ter­ing a uni­ver­sity... The agony of los­ing my friends and my legs al­ways tor­tures me, but I will never fall...” is what Dai Guo­hong posted on May 12, the 10th an­niver­sary of the Wenchuan Earthquake in Sichuan Prov­ince. Al­though he sur­vived, Dai was de­pressed and mis­er­able un­til he started swim­ming on his doc­tor's ad­vice. At the start, he of­ten lost his bal­ance and would choke on the water, but in a video in­ter­view with Sina China for the 10th an­niver­sary, he said that swim­ming has en­abled him to con­trol him­self again and help him get back the feel­ing of free­dom. Dai later joined a swim team and in 2010, he won a gold medal in the 100-me­ter breast­stroke at the Na­tional Swim­ming Cham­pi­onship for the Dis­abled. He says he has re­gained his con­fi­dence and hope. He shared his ex­pe­ri­ence and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for life with ne­ti­zens on his mi­croblog, hop­ing to give power and courage to any­one in need.

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