(Minghui.org) When my husband was in his 20's, he had pain in his lower back and legs, and had rheumatoid arthritis. He went to lots of hospitals and saw many specialists. He is a doctor himself, but nothing could help cure his illness.

After I read the book Internal Medicine, I realized the consequences of this kind of illness. The most severely-impacted patients could end up paralyzed, while other patients could be left with deformed joints. This illness was incurable. Medication would only relieve the pain or slow the progression of the disease. It is not fatal, but patients would suffer for the rest of their lives. This meant that my husband would suffer for his whole life, and I would suffer along with him. At that time, I was expecting a baby, but my husband could not look after me. He had to hold on to my shoulder to walk. When he woke up every morning he was in agony.

Due to my husband's poor health, he was unable to continue working in the military hospital and was transferred to a local hospital when he was in his 30's. By the time he was in his 40's, he was promoted to be director of a provincial level hospital. Despite his condition, he was still a workaholic. Unfortunately, due to my husband's position, and the culture of government officials, he started drinking more and more alcohol. He often drank too much and had to be taken to the emergency room. He also became addicted to smoking and smoked two to three packs of cigarettes a day. His fingers turned yellow and his teeth became black from the cigarettes. If you did not know him, you might have thought he was a drug addict by looking at him.

When my husband's supervisor violated the law in August 1995, my husband was suddenly fired from work and was investigated. His career fell from its peak straight to the bottom. He did not speak to us about what had happened, and just kept smoking and watching TV. He did not want me or our daughter to be implicated, and told me later that he was prepared to divorce me and he even thought about committing suicide.

One day in August 1996, we went from the city to our hometown. A good friend of ours there recommended Falun Gong to us. I casually passed the book Zhuan Falun to my husband, and then went to a park with my friend to learn the exercises. I later returned to the city by myself, while my husband stayed in our hometown. Three days later, I received three phone calls at my office from my hometown. One was from a friend who told me some good news, “Your husband's back has now straightened. He can go up all the stairs without stopping to rest and can walk to the market by himself!” My husband usually needed to take two or three rests when climbing up the stairs to the market. Another phone call was from my sister-in-law, who said, “Your husband has started to smile, and is willing to talk to us now!” I immediately burst in to tears. I could not help shouting: “Thank you Master Li for giving my husband a second life! Thank you Master Li for saving our family!”

When my husband finished reading Zhuan Falun, he always forgot to take his medicine. However, his lower back was not in pain any more and his back began to naturally straighten. He also quit smoking and drinking. Most importantly, he found answers for all his questions in life: “Why do humans suffer? Why do we come to this world? What is the true meaning of life?” Our whole family has now started to practice Falun Gong. My daughter no longer suffers from epilepsy, and all my illnesses have disappeared. I have also started to look much younger.

Witnessing the physical and mental changes in my husband, our friends and relatives admired the miraculous effects of Falun Gong and never said bad words about the practice from then on, despite the slanderous propaganda put out by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). They were still scared of the CCP, and advised us not to go against them. When we were forced to leave our home to avoid persecution and stay with my older brother, the police threatened to punish my siblings if they tried to help us. My older brother, who is a non-practitioner, told the police, “I only know that my brother-in-law's health recovered after practicing Falun Gong. I do not know where they are now.” Then he told us, “Just stay here. If they arrest you, I will go to prison with you.”

My husband and I have stayed in many different places while being homeless. We were always looked after by our friends or friends of friends. First we had to tell them that we were forced to leave our home because we practice Falun Gong, and that the police want to arrest us. None of them refused to let us stay, and one person even said, “Practicing Falun Gong is not wrong. You did not kill anyone or commit arson. We are not afraid. The CCP always makes trouble.” The people we stayed with provided us with food and lodging, and even tried to give us money when we left. When we declined to take the money, some friends said that we should keep the money to print Falun Gong materials. Some friends who worked for the legal system even told us when and how the police and 610 Office were planning to arrest us, so that we could avoid them as much as we could. When we saw our friends trying to help us this much, we were truly happy for them in choosing a bright future for themselves. It made us believe more firmly in Dafa.

Around the start of the persecution in July 20, 1999, my mother-in-law happened to come to our home. She was already in her 70's at that time. She has seen the lies about Falun Gong on TV, and saw our harmonious and happy life at our home, especially the changes in my husband's behavior. She told us, “You now have little money, but your home feels like a home. Your younger brother has lots of money, but his home is like a hotel.” It has been more than ten years since we were forced to leave our home to avoid persecution. We have been taken to forced labor camps and served prison terms, but my mother-in-law has never complained or said a single word against Falun Gong. She is not a practitioner, but she has also benefited from the practice. Her illnesses have disappeared and we do not worry about her health any more. She is now 84 years old and is very healthy.

Since our family of three started to practice Falun Gong, we have had no need to go to the hospital in the past 16 years, nor have we needed to spend a single penny on medicine.

From the Call for Submissions to Commemorate the Twentieth Anniversary of Falun Dafa’s Introduction