(Clearwisdom.net) I have been a teacher for twenty years, and I've suffered terribly from rheumatism. Now, I am healthy because of Teacher Li and Falun Dafa. They have saved my life.

By 1993, I had suffered from many illnesses, including stomach disease, cervical vertebra proliferation, hypotension, heart disease, severe insomnia and female reproductive diseases. One day, I was paralyzed. My illnesses affected all the joints in my body. Soon the joints in my fingers and knees were disfigured. I could not even hold a hairbrush and had to wear my hair short. After seeing many doctors, I was told that I had advanced rheumatism. The doctors could not help me, and the medication barely kept me out of bed. Every day felt like a year, as I struggled through the pain. I hovered always on the verge of death.

I can never forget February 22, 1998, the date I heard about Falun Dafa. That evening, I visited a colleague of mine, who was reading a book called Zhuan Falun. She told me excitedly about how precious that book was and asked me to read it too.

After I returned home, I was filled with joy and excitement. Thinking about Falun Dafa, I did not fall asleep until very late. In my "dream," I was on a speeding train, searching for my Teacher for the rest of the night.

In the afternoon of the next day I began my cultivation path Teacher arranged for me. I became a Falun Dafa practitioner in the Fa rectification period.

After I watched videotapes of lecture 7 and 8 of Teacher's lecture series in Jinan City, and before I learned all the exercises, Teacher gave me a miracle. Two days after I began to cultivate Falun Dafa, my third eye opened, and I saw a radiant Buddha. Later, I realized Teacher's compassionate help. He used the miracle to break my notion of "the belief in deities and Buddha was superstitious." After that, to encourage me Teacher let me see many miraculous scenes.

Shortly after I started my cultivation, all my previous illnesses disappeared. I could previously not lift a bowl of rice. After I began to cultivate, I could do all kinds of work. I felt as if levitating while walking, and I gained over twenty pounds (I was skinny before, and weighed only about 100 pounds). I felt for the first time the joy of being free from illness, something I had not experienced before.

In July 1999, less than 18 months after I began my cultivation, Jiang's regime initiated the persecution, against the wishes of countless people. The perpetrators forcibly persecute Falun Dafa, a practice which cleanses people's hearts and improves their moral standards. Although I did not have a solid base in cultivation, I followed Teacher and walked steadfastly on my Fa-rectification cultivation path.