My Recovery from Hyperthyroid Complications
(Minghui.org) I am a 61-year-old Falun Dafa practitioner. As the youngest child in my family, I was spoiled from an early age by my parents and older siblings. This led me to develop a strong character as I grew up.
My marriage was arranged, and I was not happy with it. I fought with my husband at least every few days. As a result, we did not sleep in the same bed or eat at the same table. I also thought about divorce, but that would mean my child and I would have no place to stay. So I dropped the idea and continued living with my husband while fighting with him.
The long-term depression and resentment caused me to develop numerous illnesses, including kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, neurosis, a middle ear infection, perforated eardrum, and internal piles. I had difficulty breathing and felt exhausted, but I could not fall asleep. To save money and avoid surgery, I relied on medication, but they were not effective. My throat reacted badly to the medication, and I lost my voice. The dizziness often made me fall off my bike. In addition to a chronic fever, I had a swollen face, bulging eyes, and a deformed face full of freckles.
After seeing doctors and specialists, I was diagnosed with the most severe form of hyperthyroidism. It further affected my heart, and the cardiac and diabetic complications made it impossible to conduct surgery. “You came here too late. The best scenario is to maintain these symptoms,” the doctor said, implying that I could only wait for death.
Seeing my situation, my husband and mother-in-law were worried. They brought me some folk medicine from their hometown in Hebei Province, but it did not work. I knew my days were numbered.
Recovery in Two Months
In late 1996, I had a chronic fever again. My second eldest sister was a doctor, and I often went to her clinic for injections. A nurse there told me about Falun Dafa and described its miraculous effects on health. I did not believe her and thought, “I have seen many specialists these years. If Falun Dafa is so good, how come no one has mentioned it to me before?”
Several months later, in April 1997, my husband told me that a couple at his work who both had heart disease were cured after practicing Falun Dafa. He insisted I give it a try and took me to a nearby park. I saw a group of people doing the exercises, and all of them were very kind to me. I learned the five sets of exercises, and in the evening I went to the assistant's home to study the Dafa books with the group.
All these experiences made me feel very comfortable. I learned that being a practitioner meant I needed to become a better person, and I could not take advantage of others. I also learned that Master would help practitioners purify their bodies.
I had a fever of more than 104°F one day, and my husband wanted me to see a doctor. I told him it was unnecessary because I would recover soon. He thought I was being irrational and swore at me. Considering myself a practitioner, I did not argue with him. Three days later, my health returned to normal.
Another time, I had a severe toothache, and one side of my face was swollen. Interestingly, the pain stopped whenever I read Dafa books or did the exercises, and it returned afterward. The assistant at the practice site said that I could see a doctor if it was too painful. I explained to her my understanding, “I know this is because of my karma, and I have to pay for it.” The toothache totally disappeared in about four days.
Time passed quickly, and all of my illnesses disappeared within two months: my freckles disappeared, my eyes went back to normal, and I regained my voice. In those days until the persecution of Dafa started in July 1999, I never missed a single day's practice. This was the happiest time in my life.
Becoming a Better Person
After Falun Dafa was banned in 1999, everything changed, and we could not join the group practice anymore. In my mind, I said, “Master, even if I am the only one who practices Falun Dafa, I will continue all the way to the end.”
I went to my sister's clinic again one day. Many people were surprised to see me because I looked younger and more beautiful and had a soft voice. I explained to them that these changes came from my practice of Falun Dafa. They asked me many questions about the defamatory propaganda on television, especially about the staged self-immolation, and I told them the facts. They were convinced, and one of them said, “Falun Dafa is indeed great.”
At my workplace, people noticed that I had stopped drinking and started treating others according to the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. My coworkers liked me and said good things about Dafa. The store I worked at later closed down, and I opened my own retail shop. I always told people who came into my store how much I had benefited from Falun Dafa and how badly the Communist Party mistreats innocent people, including practitioners. Some of them agreed to quit the Party, and I am happy for them.
A Happy Family
Following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, I let go of my negative feelings toward my husband's family. I visited my mother-in-law from time to time, and she was pleased by that. My husband is supportive, and he began to help with the household chores.
Another miracle happened to my son. Witnessing the fights between my husband and me over the years, he suffered depression and did not talk much. After I began to practice Falun Dafa, he was glad to see a better mother and a happier family.
Several months before graduating from college, he told me that his college was no longer helping students find jobs and that he was on his own. I explained to him that we had no special connections with high-ranking officials since his father was just a worker and I was just a retailer. “But you have always been supportive of Falun Dafa and the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I think you will be fine,” I told him.
He was able to find a good job, and many people asked me what we had done to get him such a position. I told them it was blessings from Falun Dafa because, during the harsh persecution in China, we knew in our hearts what is right and what is wrong.