(Minghui.org) I am a 53-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner who used to suffer from psoriasis.

My body appeared to be covered with a tight layer of fish scales. When I bent over to do something, blood and fluid ran from my skin. The itching was so intense that I could not help but scratch myself constantly.

The days seemed to drag on endlessly, with each day feeling like a year. I lost hope for a healthy future and often thought that death would be better because it would provide me freedom from the endless suffering.

My life suddenly changed in 1998. I obtained a book called Zhuan Falun, the main text of Falun Dafa cultivation practice. Through reading this book, I came to understand many of life’s questions. I learned what cultivation practice is, as well as my true purpose in this lifetime.

About a week after I read Zhuan Falun, I woke up after a good night's sleep and my scaly skin started to slough off. I was amazed as my skin became delicate and soft. Upon realizing what had happened, I laughed long and loud. Then, I realized on a deeper lever what had happened and burst into tears.

My relatives and friends witnessed the sudden change. They were stunned and all of them came to believe in Dafa's extraordinariness. Some started to read Zhuan Falun and learn the Falun Dafa exercises. My mother, husband, daughter and several other relatives took up cultivation in Falun Dafa.

Improved Character

Having grown up in an atheist society, I naturally had become very selfish and would fight against others for a tiny bit of profit. After learning Dafa and attaining the Fa, I have set a much higher moral standard for myself and always try to improve my xinxing.

When difficulties arise with colleagues at work, I put myself in their shoes and tensions quickly ease. By letting go of my personal interests, I get along well with them.

Once, I rejected a request for a leave of absence from a colleague while I approved another’s request because the first one failed to give me advance notice. She became mad and burst out cursing at me. I did not say a thing. I just encouraged her to calm down. She apologized to me later.

In an attempt to cure my disease, my family had spent all our savings and took on a lot of debt. After I started practicing Falun Dafa, an opportunity to get financial aid was offered at work. Knowing how much my family had spent on trying to cure my disease, my boss encouraged me to apply for the aid. But based on my understanding of Dafa's teaching of “no loss, no gain,” I let the opportunity pass to another employee. Had I not practiced Falun Dafa, I would have fought for this opportunity.