(Minghui.org) After practicing Falun Dafa for 20 days, I was able to take off my hat that I had been dependent on for 15 years. It was a miracle.

I started practicing Falun Dafa in 1996. Prior to that, I had suffered from postpartum rheumatism for 15 years. A specialist once told me, “Rheumatism is like cancer, except that you don’t die from it. There is no cure for it.”

On the days when it was the worst, I had to cover my head with cotton-padded headwear and could not step outside. I would feel cold on hot summer days even if the windows were closed. My head still felt cold even when I had my space heater on full blast. Every time I had a headache, I thought that I wanted to die and I could not stop vomiting. I tried traditional Chinese medicine, Western medicine, and acupuncture and saw many doctors and paid for expensive drugs, but nothing helped.

But I didn’t give up. I heard that qigong might be able to help, so I invited qigong masters to teach me at home. I tried four different qigong practices, but they made things worse. Fake qigong is really harmful to people. Then a neighbor convinced me to believe in Christianity. So I agreed to have a group of people come to my home to sing to me to help me heal. My husband could not stand them and decided to move out and look for a job in the city. I was left alone with my young daughter. To make matters worse, she had nose bleeds that didn’t seem to stop. I could not sleep. I thought to myself, “Summer is bad enough for me, how will I survive the winter?” I felt that I could die at any time.

Fortunately, at this critical moment, I was introduced to Falun Dafa. A friend brought me a copy of the precious book Zhuan Falun. I felt so close to this book at first sight. I just couldn’t put it down. I read it until the next morning. The more I read, the brighter I felt. Dafa was like a beacon in the sea, showing me the way and it nourished my heart, body, and soul. I came to understand why I had such tremendous tribulations, pain, suffering, and illnesses and that only after I become a better person could my illnesses be cured. These profound principles completely changed my outlook on life. My destiny was fundamentally changed. Master rescued me from the brink of death. No words could express my gratitude and I made up my mind to follow Master from there on out.

Every day since then, I've studied the Fa and done the exercises, following the principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. On the 20th day, the weather was getting cooler. One morning before the sun rose, I went out with my daughter. I decided not to put on my hat. My daughter was surprised, “Are you sure? It is windy outside.” I said to her, “From now on, I am a disciple of Master Li. I am following the law of the universe. The wind will not be able to do anything to me.” I opened the door and walked outside.

The wind felt cold on my head as it had not been exposed to the elements for years, and it was as if thousands of needles were piercing into it. I firmed my belief in Master and Dafa. Before I knew it, I did not feel anything anymore. The world looked beautiful and everything was so nice. It was the happiest moment of my life. I asked my daughter, “Is this for real? The wind does not do anything to my head! Am I cured?” My daughter said, “Yes, Mom! It is true!” We hugged each other and tears just ran down our cheeks. Never in my wildest dreams had I imagined that I would be cured.

Many people who heard my story were amazed by the power of Dafa and the mighty virtue of Master and took up cultivation as well.

Three months into cultivation, I had excruciating pain in my stomach. It was as if someone was peeling off my flesh. It was so painful that I passed out. When I woke up, I realized that Master was cleansing my stomach. I always had stomach problems since I was little. Doctors had found a cancerous polyp in my stomach. On the third day, I started to vomit blood and then the lump that had been in my stomach for some 20 years was gone. From then on, I was completely cured. This story of mine traveled around like a fairytale.

Whenever I think about this, my eyes well up. I was given a second life and a happy family. My whole family has embarked on the journey of cultivation. We can only follow Master’s teachings—Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance—and do well in cultivation to show our gratitude for Master's grace.