Given a New Lease on Life
(Minghui.org) I became a Falun Dafa practitioner in August 2009. Dafa has helped me realize the true meaning of life.
I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in May 2009. The doctors had to perform a colostomy, removing part of the colon and then an ostomy, which is a surgically-created opening that allows body waste to leave the body. This loss of normal bowel movements was a further blow to my morale.
Before being discharged from the hospital I had my first round of chemotherapy. Alas, I developed fluid accumulation in the abdomen and a a drain was inserted into my abdomen for 21 days. On the tenth day after chemotherapy, I began to lose large patches of hair and experienced other problems, such as insomnia.
During my second round of chemotherapy I experienced severe nausea and vomiting, which left me extremely weak. And just as my body had regained a little more energy, I had to start my third round of chemotherapy.
My physical and mental strength was almost spent, and I felt as if my life could be taken at any moment.
My husband saw how much I suffered and often cried. My mother-in-law tried to put up a strong front, but she shed tears in secret. My son was devastated by my illness. I wanted to die and relieve my family of this burden.
I asked heaven again and again, what wrong had I done to deserve this?
When I was at the end of my endurance my aunt visited me. She suggested that I practice Falun Dafa and gave me books, DVDs and other materials about the practice. She told me, “If you truly cultivate you will become well again.” I immediately agreed and in August 2009 I became a Falun Dafa practitioner.
After reading the materials, I refused to go for any more chemo or radiotherapy sessions. All I wanted was to cultivate Falun Dafa, follow its principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, and watch the Dafa DVDs. I benefited a lot, which strengthened my resolve to become a true cultivator. Despite not taking any medication, I no longer experienced insomnia.
As I studied the Dafa books further, my feelings of unhappiness and despair began to slowly disappear. I learned to let go of many attachments, including fame, profit and hate. I learned much about life and why people live in misery.
One month after practicing Dafa, I went to the hospital for a checkup. All tests showed that I was free of cancer.
I needed a colostomy reversal and decided to have it in December 2009. The doctors advised against it, as it was too soon after having the colostomy and only three months after my last chemotherapy.
I was determined to have the operation, because I could not do the Falun Dafa standing exercises. The operation took four-and-half hours, and I was hospitalized for 15 days. After my discharge from the hospital I felt terrible. My abdomen hurt every time I ate and the pain lasted several hours.
But this was not the end of it. I experienced frequent bouts of vomiting and diarrhea, along with abdominal pain that would last for an entire night and up to three days each time.
My family tried to convince me to take medication, but this did not enter my mind, because I knew that the founder of Dafa, whom practitioners call Master, was cleansing my body.
During the two years after my second operation, I suffered greatly. But, no matter how difficult it was, I always remembered what Master said, “When it’s difficult to endure, you can endure it. When it’s impossible to do, you can do it.” (Zhuan Falun)
My body now feels light, and free of illness. I returned to work in May 2011. My colleagues said that the illness had made me stronger and some told me that I would be very blessed in the future. Yes, I am indeed the most fortunate person because I have become a Dafa practitioner.
My son graduated from a university and went overseas to further his education. My husband's health has also been very good. My in-laws moved close to us and after they saw how much I had changed, they are now also reading Dafa books.
I have become a practitioner rather late in life, but I will take advantage of every minute to tell people about Falun Dafa, read the Dafa books daily and do everything a practitioner should do.