(Minghui.org) When I was 29 I became paralyzed and was unable to talk. As a result, I became insensitive to everything around me.

A few years later, a stomach problem made it necessary for me to have three surgeries, but the incisions became infected and kept draining and wouldn't heal.

We had to sell our house to pay my medical bills. We couldn't even afford school for our two children. All we had to live on was my wife's meager income from selling vegetables.

Day after day, I was desperate. I didn't know where life was going to take me.

In October 1998, when I was 43, life surprised me with the most precious gift I could ever have imagined – the book Zhuan Falun, the main text of the practice of Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa).

At that time, my wife had been practicing Falun Gong for some time. She was amazed by the profound principles discussed in the book as well as the tremendous improvements in the health of its practitioners. She recommended that I give Falun Gong a try.

As my wife handed me the book Zhuan Falun, I felt a sense of excitement. I sat in bed and flipped through the pages. It was so captivating that I couldn't stop reading. From cover to cover, I read it five times.

I was concentrating so hard that I didn't notice the infected surgical wounds that had bothered me for years had healed while I was reading. Many other uncomfortable feelings were also gone. After so many years, I finally felt hope in my life.

My wife encouraged me to study the book with other practitioners. Although I still couldn't talk, I agreed, thinking that this was something I should do.

There were more than 40 people in the group. After everybody sat down, they began to take turns reading, one by one. When it was my turn to read, I thought in my heart, “Teacher, please help me, I want to read the book with them.” With that thought, a powerful and strong warm energy went through my body. At that moment, I was able to talk!

As I read, tears streamed down my face. Everyone was looking at me in astonishment. We were all overjoyed by the immense power of the practice.

As I continued to study the teachings, do the exercises, and improve my mind based on Falun Gong's three principles—Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance—my body was constantly purified.

During the times that the pathogenic karma was being purged from my body, I was in enormous pain all over. But, interestingly, when I went to watch Teacher's lectures with other practitioners at night, all the pain disappeared. After I returned home, the pain came back. After more than 20 days of this body purification, everything returned to normal. I felt that my body was very light and I was filled with energy.

I found a delivery job to help support my family. Although some jobs are very labor intensive, I was able to do it with ease and finish on time. One time, I rode a tricycle about 50 miles to deliver glasses to the countryside, but I didn't feel tired at all. Another time, I transported nearly 60 bags of sand and concrete to the 6th floor in one hour.

Amazed by my recovery, many friends and family members also began to practice Falun Gong.