No matter what the hardship, if you are determined to make it through, you can find a way—as this amazing story shows.
A boy was born in 1986 in Luzhai in south-central China. He was a strong child and loved to play different sports. He was also smart and one of the top students in his class.
His family were simple farmers and did not have much money. Because he was such a good student, his sibling dropped out of school after middle school and took a job to earn some extra income to support him.
The whole family were so proud when, in 2008, the young man was accepted to a university in Shanghai.
“The whole family was so excited and we felt our good life was finally beginning,” his sibling shared on Minghui.org.
But less than a year later, a distressing phone call came from their mother.
“[She] told me while crying on the phone that my brother had a high fever and was suspected of having swine flu,” his sibling wrote.
“My father was so worried that he borrowed some money and went to Shanghai that night.”
It turned out that the young man did not have swine flu, but he had something worse: leukemia.
“Although his fever receded, the treatment for his illness would cost about 100,000 yuan [almost $16,000] monthly,” his sibling wrote.
The family were already making sacrifices to pay for the university tuition. Now they had to find money to cover the medical costs too. They borrowed money from relatives and the university kindly organized a fundraiser, but it was not enough to cover the bills.
“In late 2009, my brother’s condition had temporarily stabilized, and he said that he wanted to go on a trip,” his sibling wrote.
Of course, the family did not want him to leave, so he ran away from home without telling anyone.
His mother became sick with worry. The young man’s sibling had to quit their job to return home to take care of their mother, who was now bedridden.
“For more than six months, my brother called us once per month to report that he was OK, and then hang up right way,” his sibling wrote.
Strangely, his voice sounded healthy whenever he called. It was comforting, and they began to worry less about him.
In August 2010, the young man returned home. He told them he was cured.
“Although we didn’t initially believe him, he really was telling the truth!” his sibling wrote.
They were so happy to have him home and to have him well again, they couldn’t be mad at him for running away.
One day, his sibling asked him why he had run away.
“He told me that when he was in the hospital, a doctor told him privately that practicing Falun Gong could help him recover from this incurable disease, but not to try it if he was not brave enough,” the sibling recalled.
Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is a spiritual practice that includes practicing five meditative exercises and following the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance to improve one’s moral character.
On July 20, 1999, the Chinese Communist Party banned Falun Gong and began a state-wide persecution to try to force practitioners to renounce their beliefs.
It was violent and indiscriminatory. Anyone found practicing the exercises or following the teachings would be a target for brainwashing, forced labor, imprisonment, and torture.
The persecution against Falun Gong still continues today, which was why the doctor had warned the young man he would need to be brave to try it.
“My brother initially wanted to keep his practice private so as to not increase the risk of getting arrested,” his sibling wrote.
“He went to Anhui Province with another Falun Gong practitioner. He practiced for six months, and felt healthier each day.”
When he had a check up in the hospital, the results indicated that he no longer had leukemia.
With her son home, his mother was happy, but still spent long periods of time in bed. Once her son taught her the Falun Gong exercises, she was able to get up and go back to working in the fields.
“Now I also do the exercises and feel energetic every day. Falun Gong is really amazing!” his sibling shared.