After publishing my last post outlining the accident that left me paralyzed from the torso down, I wanted to provide an update a year later since I had an influx of comments, emails, calls, and even visits after I broke the news to the public.

To say that the past year in recovery has been difficult would be an understatement. During this time, I have had to learn to walk again, and with almost full paralysis, the chance of me being able to use my limbs to their full extent like I was once able to is slim. Even spending several hours a day with physical therapy can only give me back limited access to my limbs.

While I haven’t thrown away my trekking poles quite yet, it’s an important realization and difficult moment of self-reflection to understand that I won’t be able to hike again after the accident. While there will be some mobility restored in the coming months as I complete my roadmap that my physical therapist has curated for me, a full recovery is out of the picture. Given the nature of hiking a mountain, I don’t think that I’ll be competitively hiking (or hiking for leisure, for that matter) soon, but that won’t stop me from cheering on my fellow hikers and team members.

I thought I’d just give a quick update on how I was doing because I haven’t updated the site in so long. To see it turn from an image board into a personal blog isn’t the turn of events that I saw happening when I first had the idea for Fukung, but you know what they say: “expect the unexpected.”

As you may have noticed, Fukung.net came back live after a few years of downtime, and the services have been slowly regaining the user base we had when we had to shut off services abruptly during a tough phase in the founder of Fukung.net’s, myself, life. This story is not known to most individuals, but now that we have some of the veteran members of our community back, I thought it proper to make it clear that the disappearance of the site and, subsequently, the community built on it, was a forced choice and not one I made willingly.

Back in February fo 2011, I was in a car accident. I was paralyzed from torso down, and as a result, I was left paying medical bills that, quite frankly, I wasn’t ready to pay. It was a huge blow to my personal bank account, and I had to take out loans to continue payments for rehabilitation that insurance “covered”, only having me pay a few thousand a month copay for something I needed to function on a day to day basis (for those of you who are unaware, that was sarcasm; insurance provided the illusion of security for years but when the time came, they left me on my own).

By the time I was partially rehabilitated, enough to use my limbs with the aid of my wife, I was left with bills that would take more than 8 years to pay off if I used all proceeds from my then job to pay for the bills and none for my family, utilities, rent, or anything else. This forced me, for the well being of my family, to file for bankruptcy. It wasn’t an easy decision, but it had to be done, and I’m glad I did it.

Now that I’m back on my feet, both figuratively and literally, and I have settled in and managed to restructure my finances, I thought it proper to bring back a passion of mine so that I didn’t spend all day sleeping (hey, spending all day in bed on your laptop working on something you’re passionate about is much better than just sleeping all day). I have still not made a full recovery, because for those wondering how long bankruptcy stays on your credit report, it isn’t just a day or two. Borrowing has been difficult, but the site has always been a passion of mine, and the upkeep is less than a cup of coffee a day. The community here brings me happiness that I cannot put a price on, so I thought it proper to share my story. The book isn’t over yet, but here’s a sneak peek for the veterans out there.

Until next time.

Welcome to Fukung.net

Fukung.net provides a variety of services for users looking to do image and video file sharing. Originally founded as an image sharing website for memes and similar comics, Fukung.net has grown into a site serving millions of visitors in more than 20 countries. When signing up for Fukung.net, users are given FTP credentials and a private, dedicated IP to log into. After logging in, each user has a dedicated space on the server where he or she is able to upload media.

Fukung.net, the second version of an old site, is happy to be back and providing our image and video uploading services. In the old version, before the relaunch, all files were pooled onto a shared server. Now users have the ability to connect their own servers to Fukung.net and white label the service. Unlike most freemium model file hosting services, Fukung.net is completely free and open source on both GitLab and GitHub.