From my childhood I struggled with a serious disease. Medication didn’t help and I was often in despair. This is the story of how I came across something very special that helped me surmount my obstacles to live a vibrant life full of hope and good health.
My School Days
When I was in grade 10, an eager student with a world of potential ahead of me, I received a diagnosis that would sentence me and my family to many years of anguish. I was diagnosed with acute Hepatitis B. My stomach swelled and my eyes and body turned very yellow.
My disease worsened to the extent that I often couldn’t eat for up to a week at a time. I cried in pain and hunger while my mother would comfort me as she held back her tears. I felt my mom’s sorrow and hated to burden her, but she was the only person who was able to console me when I was in such pain.
The contagious nature of my disease made my fellow students nervous and, even though they treated me well, I always carried with me a social anxiety that hindered my ability to communicate effectively.
After seven years of treatment, my disease had not improved. I was still subject to all of the pain and bloating that came to characterize my daily life.
Struggling with Disease
The next big blow came when I went for a check up and was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver. My knees felt weak and my heart thumped in my chest. Surely I had been given a death sentence.
The doctor said cancer would be the likely outcome and all I could do was attempt to slow its progress.
I was placed on expensive antiviral drugs which were essentially a poison that destroyed my body even as it slowed the cirrhosis.
I didn’t tell my parents about my prognosis as I didn’t want to be a burden any longer. At home I closed my bedroom door and cried alone, blaming heaven for my fate.
I was treated as an outpatient for more than a year but I knew the cirrhosis was getting worse. My one ray of light was that my girlfriend agreed to marry me despite my hopeless situation. My mother eventually found out about my prognosis and she cried every night. All we could do as a family was hope for a miracle.
Sincerity and Faith Lead to Hope
My mother prayed every day in hope of finding a cure. One day her friend told her about a traditional practice from China called Falun Dafa. She explained that many Falun Dafa adherents had experienced miraculous healings and it might be worth a try.
My mother asked her to buy a copy of the book Zhuan Falun, the main teachings of Falun Dafa, and a video demonstrating the five sets of qigong exercises that are part of the practice. My mother began to practice and my father joined shortly afterwards. Word spread, and within a month there were 20 people who came to our house to practice together.
My parents and the other Falun Dafa practitioners all experienced positive changes in their health. My mother called me and excitedly said, “Falun Dafa is so good! I used to cough with any change in the weather, and your father had kidney stones, asthma, and heart problems, and now they are all gone. You should practice the Falun Dafa exercises and read the book—there might be hope for your disease.”
I was happy to hear that my parents were doing so well. I was working away from home at that time and I promised to learn the practice when I came home for the New Year.
A Miracle Appears
As soon as I returned to my hometown my mother taught me the five Falun Dafa exercises. After three sessions I sat down in a chair to rest and it felt like my body burning up. I felt sick and dizzy and uncomfortable. It felt as if my body was being cleansed from the inside. I wanted to sleep but I couldn’t.
Despite the lack of sleep I didn’t feel tired the next morning. I told my mother about all of the strange goings-on in my body and she cheerfully said, “These are good signs. You should start reading Zhuan Falun.”
I took her advice, and it was as if each word in the book sparkled before my eyes. I was able to understand the answers to deep and profound questions that I had pondered since I was young, such as “Do Gods and Buddhas exist? Do we have a soul? Why do we suffer? Where do we go after death?”
Answers to many of the questions that science failed to explain were made clear to me. I came to realize that much of a person’s ability to understand the profoundness of life is directly related to the cultivation of one’s character. As Falun Dafa practitioners continually cultivate themselves according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance, they are able to preserve their virtue and improve their moral character despite the declining moral standards of today’s society.
I now understand that cultivation in Falun Dafa can truly enable one to achieve great health. After all the years of pain and misery my symptoms began to disappear. I was suddenly able to eat a full meal without my stomach becoming bloated. This was truly amazing to me.
Achieving Health and Harmony
Being a Falun Dafa practitioner isn’t always easy and one needs to be disciplined and constantly improve. I had developed a very chauvinistic attitude in my youth and I was resentful when I had to do housework. As a man I thought it was my job to pay the bills and not do any chores.
By reading Zhuan Falun repeatedly and coming to really understand the teachings, I was able to gradually conduct myself following the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance and I was able to put myself in my wife’s shoes. I understood that she was tired just like me and I should put her first.
Now I am very happy to help my wife and I no longer have any resentment. When my wife became pregnant I encouraged her to quit work early on. I also did the shopping and made the meals. As such, we have a very happy and harmonious marriage.
Grateful for a Second Chance
After practising Falun Dafa for five months I went for my regular checkup and the result was a miracle. My disease had gone from type 3 to type 1. I was given a new lease on life.
It has now been three years that I have practiced Falun Dafa. In that time I have gone from being very sick with a rapidly degenerating disease to a healthy young man with a bright future. I no longer need to take any medication. By practicing the five sets of exercises and following the teachings, my mind and body have become healthy and my life harmonious.
When I was on the verge of death with no hope left, Falun Dafa gave me a new lease on life. I am eternally grateful.
Falun Dafa is a cultivation practice of mind and body that teaches truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance as a way to improve health and moral character and attain spiritual wisdom.
For more information about the practice, visit www.falundafa.org. All books, exercise music, resources, and instructions are available free of charge.