40. Woman In Her Eighties: ＾Falun Dafa Gave Me A New Life!￣
My name is Ma Chunpu and I am 80 years old. Before I started to practice Falun Gong, I suffered from all kinds of diseases for many years. I had three major surgeries in five years, with 80% of my stomach, my entire uterus, and my thyroid gland removed. In addition to that, I had a coronary condition, heart pain, serious cerebral arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, serious deterioration of my mental faculties, and parasites in my blood. In addition to all of These health problems, I suffered from insomnia over a long period of time, which kept me in a state of exhaustion.
Among all the afflictions, the one that caused the most suffering was the pain in my head. My cerebral arteriosclerosis started when I was 40 years old. The incredible pain coupled with ringing in the ears made me dizzy and disoriented, and it didn't leave me alone for a single minute. Sometimes if I overexerted myself by talking a little too much, my teeth would clinch tightly, which was so painful that I just wanted to bang my head against the wall. There were no words to describe it. To cure my diseases, I had visited many, many Western medicine hospitals, Chinese medicine hospitals, and Qigong masters, but none of the treatments they gave me led to any obvious improvement. One chief neurologist from the Beijing Friendship Hospital said that I must take medicine for the rest of my life in order to prevent a stroke, heart attack, or other fatal results. Searching for so many years, I became deeply disillusioned. Year by year, day by day, I lived under the torture of illness for decades. In March 1996, I was fortunate enough to come to know Falun
Gong. The first time I read
Falun, the more I read, the more excited I became. I was deeply moved by the principles taught by Mr. Li. I realized that this book is a treasure, which teaches people to be good and cultivate themselves. I immediately threw myself into Falun Gong and kept reading Falun Gong books and doing the exercises everyday.
Then something unbelievable happened to me. Two months after I began to practice Falun Gong, one day I suddenly felt an unknown and indescribable force hurtling down from the top of my head, and the distress I had felt in the past, which made me feel as if I was trapped in a dark cave, was instantly swept away. Then I suddenly felt my mind clear up and my eyes become bright. The last time I felt so comfortable and burden-free had been so long ago that it seemed like a lifetime. After going several decades without a good night's sleep, I finally was able to sleep well that night.
Since that day, my health has become better and better, stronger and stronger. I walk briskly, like a young person, and don't feel 80 years old at all. Before, I couldn't live without medicine, but now I eat and sleep well, and feel full of energy without the need to take any medicine at all. People who knew me are very surprised to see me and often ask, ￣How come you have changed so much? Your cheeks are rosy, your energy is high, and you walk like you have a lot of strength to spare.￣ I tell them that it's all because I practice Falun Gong.
Falun Dafa has brought huge improvements to my health and has also purified my mind. I conduct myself according to Mr. Li's teaching and the nature of the universe, to follow ￣Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance,￣ consider other people first, look for my own shortcomings first when encountering conflicts, and no longer fight for personal gains. I have continuously improved my character according to the Falun Gong teachings. Now, I am optimistic, cheerful, and peaceful, and the misery that I suffered is gone forever. However, in China, Jiang Zemin and his followers have shamelessly slandered Falun Gong and Mr. Li Hongzhi. I thought it was because the nation's leaders knew little about Falun Gong. As a Falun Gong practitioner who has benefited so much from the practice, it is my responsibility to let the nation's leadership know the truth about Falun Gong. In July 1999, I went back to China to appeal on behalf of Falun Dafa. On my way to the Appeals Office (1), some policemen used force to stop me and searched my bag. They confiscated the book > that I read every day and detained me. Three days later, my family bailed me out. From the time I left home until I came back, I had to sit for three days and two nights, and could only lay down to sleep for a half hour on the second day. Although already in my 80's, I was in surprisingly good shape when I got home, thanks to Falun Dafa!
Today I would like to share my story with everyone in hopes that my personal experience can help people know more about Falun Gong and lead more people to benefit from it.
(1) A government agency, guaranteed by the Chinese constitution, to which citizens can report their grievances if their cases have been handled improperly by local officials.