At the age of 19, Yu-Hsin Yang was diagnosed with Miyoshi Myopathy, a rare form of muscular dystrophy that starts in the calves and affects the rest of her arms and legs. Despite her physical disability, Yu-Hsin has never regarded herself as a handicapped person. She has published books, composed poetry and songs, and served as a news program host as well as a television show producer. Her positive attitude and her commitment to make a difference in her community have garnered her as a role model for all.
In 2012, Yu-Hsin was selected as a congressional legislator. Her highly philosophical legal agendas included accessibility, patient rights, and life education brought a different angle to the Taiwan Legislature. Prior to her involvement, sensitive topics such as patients’ rights to self-determination at end of life was considered too controversial and a taboo in Taiwan. With Yu-Hsin’s endless effort to explain the importance of creating such dialogue, she hopes that her actions can enable a world where the elderly, the weak, and the disabled can live comfortably. May there be a world, when any one of us is approaching the end of our life, that we will be able to say goodbye to loved ones with dignity.