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Miserable at 18, Happy at 40

July 08, 2016 |   By Xiaojie, a Dafa practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) Everyone was celebrating on the day of the annual Lantern Festival, except me. I had just spent 24 hours in the hospital for a glaucoma eye pressure test. The test results indicated that I indeed had glaucoma; the doctors also informed me that there was no surgery that could help.

They told me that I would need medicine and eye drops for the rest of my life, and if the condition progressed, I could lose my eyesight completely. Since it was hereditary, the disease could also be passed on to any children I might have in the future.

I felt old, lonely, and helpless—and I was only 18 years old.

At that point it seemed that I would have no more happy moments. Countless hospital visits followed, and after each visit I would go to bookstores, searching for Chinese medicine therapies. I hoped to find a mystical power capable of saving me from the endless medical treatments.

My life took a turn for the better on the evening of February 3, 1996. That night, I watched a Falun Dafa video at a friend's home. I was also given a copy of the main book of Falun Dafa, Zhuan Falun. Once home, I read from start to finish. It was very profound and I was extremely impressed.

Since then I have not used a single eye drop or any other medicine, yet my eyes feel very good. In the past, if I read for a while, my eyes would feel tired and painful. Now they are fine regardless of how long I read or sit in front of the computer. I also used to have a bad temper, but by following Dafa's fundamental principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I have become consistently more cheerful and considerate.

Now, at 40 years old, I am a teacher. I love my students and feel that my heart is as young as theirs. My students treat me like an equal, asking me for help and sharing their food with me. My abilities and consideration for others at work also won the approval of my colleagues. What's more, I have a caring husband and lovely daughter at home.

When I was 18, my illness was like an invisible chain binding me to a life of struggle and sadness. Now I am 40, but thanks to Falun Dafa, I am healthy and happy!

What the Master of Falun Dafa gives practitioners is priceless. When teaching Dafa in China before the persecution began in 1999, the class fees our Master charged were the lowest among all famous qigong masters of the time, and what he has given is far more. Plus, all Dafa books are available for free online for anyone to access and study.

Under the persecution, the world can clearly see the line between good and evil. I believe that my life story can contribute in this light and send a message to all kind people: Falun Dafa is good! Master is great!