Retired Teacher: Detained for Sharing How Falun Gong Restored My Health
(Minghui.org) A retired teacher of Hebei Province was once detained in 2009 for sharing on social media how she had regained her health after learning Falun Gong.
When the police arrested Ms. Zhao Shouzhu (赵守珠) and tried to force her to renounce her beliefs, she calmly explained why she practiced Falun Gong and told them about the Tiananmen Square self-immolation hoax. The officers softened their attitude, and explained that arresting her was not their choice, but an order from their superiors. Ms. Zhao was later bailed out by her husband. However, her computer was confiscated and has yet to be returned to her.
Prior to the detention, she was harassed and sent to a brainwashing center by her workplace in an attempt to force her to renounce Falun Gong.
Below is Ms. Zhao's account of how she recovered from an incurable disease – ankylosing spondylitis (a chronic inflammatory disease of the spine).
Regaining My Health After Losing All Hope
When I was 30, I suddenly felt dizzy one day and fainted. Hospital examination revealed that I had high blood pressure. The doctor told me that my condition was life-threatening, especially given my family's medical history.
I started taking blood pressure medication. Gradually, I felt my eyeballs becoming swollen and my immune system weakening by the day. My throat became painfully sore and I had difficulty teaching my students.
In addition, I had problems walking due to a swollen vein in my anus. I was too weak to lift up my arms. I could no longer roll over in bed, squat down, or bend over. I would lie in bed, helplessly watching my husband taking care of all the household chores and the daily needs of our daughter.
I went to the best hospitals in the city and no one could explain the cause of my illness. Finally, at a Beijing hospital, I was informed that I was suffering from ankylosing spondylitis, which had no known cure.
I was only 33. I lost the will to go on, but could not bear to abandon my family.
For the next five years, I tried all kinds of Chinese and Western medicine and alternative therapies, including practicing Taichi. I spent all my savings, but I was only getting worse. I was in despair.
Around this time, Falun Gong had just been introduced in my area. I went to learn the exercises and began reading the books. I finished reading the main book in three days. I finally understood the cause of my illness and the purpose of life. I threw away all of my medicine.
I could walk normally after practicing for two weeks and within two months, all of my symptoms disappeared. No words could describe my happiness.
I began following Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance and got rid of my bad habits and short temper. I became more filial to my parents and in-laws. I treated everyone with genuine kindness, including my students and their parents. My actions impressed my bosses and I was officially recognized as an “exemplary teacher” in my district.