Teacher Gave Me a Second Lease on Life
(Clearwisdom.net) Old Li is a 66-year-old retired man. In January 2006, liver disease experts and professors from the People's Hospital in my city and Wuhan Union Hospital diagnosed Old Li with terminal liver cancer. He was told that he had less than three months to live. Yet, Old Li is still alive and well to this day. In fact, he is becoming increasingly healthier. The following is a brief summary of Old Li's story in his own words.
At the end of 2005, I started to feel weak. My skin and eyes turned yellow. I became increasingly thin. In January 2006, I had a CT scan at the People's Hospital in my city and was diagnosed with liver cancer. According to the CT scan, the liver tumor measured 7.3 cm.
To confirm the diagnosis, I checked into Wuhan Union Hospital on January 16 and had my liver checked out at its Liver Disease Department. The hospital did an MRI, a CT scan, and a chemical test on me. The experts and professors analyzed the results and verified that I had liver cancer.
It was close to the Chinese New Year. Because my liver function index was very low, I would be at risk for life-threatening bleeding if I had the liver tumor surgically removed. The liver experts at Wuhan Union Hospital suggested that I return to the hospital in my hometown and wait until my liver function normalized before surgery.
But my family and I had already given up hope of having surgery because we knew that this was a terminal illness and I would not live more than two to three years despite the surgery. Besides, I would have to go through a long series of chemotherapy treatments after the surgery, which would make me feel better off dead! I thought, "I will rely on the medicine and shots and see how long I live!"
On the day I checked out of the hospital, my wife asked my primary care doctor without me present, "How long do you think he is going to live?" The doctor told her, "No more than three months." Thus I was given a "death sentence."
In less than a month, I checked into two different hospitals for health exams, which cost me over 30,000 yuan. Although my former employer paid for a portion of the medical expenses, it was still a lot of money. My wife and I are both retired, and our monthly pensions are less than 1,000 yuan. I could not afford to stay in the hospital for medical treatments. I could only afford to take prescription medicine at home. My family began to arrange for my funeral. I even had my photo taken for the funeral. I picked my plot, and I was literally waiting to die.
When my family and I had fallen into the depths of despair, I had the great fortune to start practicing Falun Gong. A kindhearted practitioner gave me a copy of Zhuan Falun and patiently taught me to practice the five exercises. I started cultivation practice and began to study the Fa and practice the Falun Gong exercises.
At the beginning, I had a very shallow understanding about Falun Gong and was skeptical about its healing power. In fact, I continued to take medicine while practicing Falun Gong. Several months later, I went to the hospital for a check-up again, only to find the liver tumor had increased in size. This made me doubt Falun Gong's healing power even more.
I thought, "There are countless cases where people's health has been restored because of practicing Falun Gong. Why am I not getting healthy? What is the problem?" I started to look inward.
"The body purification will be done only for those who come to truly learn the practice and the Fa. We emphasize one point: If you cannot relinquish the attachment or concern for illness, we cannot do anything and will be unable to help you." ("Genuinely Guiding People Toward High Levels" in Lecture One of Zhuan Falun)
Indeed, I practiced Falun Gong every day, but I thought only about my liver cancer. I practiced Falun Gong and took medicine at the same time. This reflected my lack of faith in Falun Gong. Put differently, I was still an everyday person. I was not a cultivator yet. How could I possibly become healthy when I practiced Falun Gong as an everyday person instead of a cultivator?
Once I identified my problem, I was determined to trust Falun Gong and Teacher completely. I forgot about the liver cancer and threw away the remaining prescription medicine. I melted into the Fa completely and focused on cultivating my xinxing to become a genuine Falun Gong practitioner.
After having studied the Fa and cultivating myself for a period of time, a miracle happened! My health made a dramatic improvement. Before I started to practice Falun Gong, I was very thin, I had no appetite, and I was sleepless at night. I faced unbearable pain in my liver area and lacked energy. Since studying the Fa and practicing the exercises, I have developed a healthy appetite and sleep well at night. My weight has also increased. I now have a rosy complexion and feel very energetic. In fact, I look like a perfectly healthy man. When my colleagues and friends saw the improvements in my health, they suspected that both of the hospitals had misdiagnosed me. After all, how could a patient with terminal liver disease live so long and be so healthy? It was truly a miracle! I told them, "It was Falun Gong that saved my life! It was Teacher Li Hongzhi that gave me a second lease on life!"
Because of Falun Gong, I am cured of liver cancer and my wife has become healthy, too. She used to suffer from a myriad of illnesses, including hypertension, heart disease, lumbar intervertebral disc herniation and bone formation in the hips. Now all of her illnesses have disappeared and she no longer has to take any medicine.
Both my wife and I would like to thank Falun Gong and Teacher for saving our lives. I would like to tell everyone in the world that Falun Gong is an excellent cultivation practice, a righteous Fa that will do a million great things for its students. Whoever practices Falun Gong will benefit from the practice.
Through studying the Fa, I have learned to become a better person, to be kind to others, and to accumulate my virtue by doing good deeds. As a cultivator, I must let go of the attachment of self-interest and other attachments in order to assimilate to Falun Gong's principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance, and to reach Consummation. This is what Teacher requires of us.