(Minghui.org) I used to be a “living dead person” who had been tortured by diseases for over 20 years. I was depressed and cried in hopelessness every day. Fortunately, found Falun Dafa, which gave new meaning to my life. As World Falun Dafa Day approaches, I would like to share my story in the hopes that more people can learn about Falun Dafa.

Tormented by Illness

I retired from an electrical chemistry factory in Hunan Province. In 1983, a stove at my workplace exploded, and my entire body was burned. After being hospitalized for three months, I developed severe constipation. I had to use a stick to dislodge the feces and often had blood in my stool.

Doctors said I had blood poisoning and recommended regular intravenous injections. So, I did. A few years later, both my arms turned black due to the injections, and I was in tremendous pain. The doctors didn't have any therapies for me and only gave me some drugs that could temporarily relieve the pain.

I kept searching for different types of therapy, but everything failed. My health worsened over the course of twenty years. I developed inflammation of the trachea and rheumatoid arthritis. I could not walk without holding onto something. Sometimes I would pass out when walking. My neighbors often found me laying on the ground in my subdivision.

Doctors gave up on me, but I did not. I believed that something would heal me. To overcome the constipation, my solution was to eat less.

I lived like that for a few years with a little bit of hope until age 50, when I took a fall and broke bones in my feet. I was paralyzed and could not take care of myself. People around me started to call me a “living dead person.” I didn't have anyone around to take care of me. My daughter worked in Beijing, a few thousand miles away from my hometown. My husband had an affair and moved out. I cried every day.

Finding Hope

When there was no hope of my improvement, my life made a turnaround. In August 2007, I found a Falun Dafa booklet at my door, which must have been placed there by a local Falun Dafa practitioner. I read it and didn't believe a word of it. It was too inconceivable–a very sick person was healed after chanting “Falun Dafa is good?” I threw the booklet away.

Two days later, I could not fall asleep due to a toothache. I recalled what the booklet said. “Why don't I give it a try,” I said to myself. So, I silently said “Falun Dafa is good” and “Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance is good.” Before I knew it, I fell asleep. When I woke up, the sun was shining in my room. The toothache was gone. I was shocked. Maybe the booklet was right! I decided to go look for a practitioner.

Recovering After I Read the Book for a Month

I found a practitioner who lived in my subdivision and borrowed a copy of Zhuan Falun,the main book of Falun Dafa. I spent three days reading it. I only had one year of schooling and didn't completely understand the book. But I found the teachings great. I spent another three days reading the book again. And then, a miracle happened: the constipation that had tormented me for twenty years was gone. I was so excited! No language could describe my feeling.

I read the book and did the Falun Dafa exercises every day.

One week later, I looked much better. All my diseases went away. A month later, a few friends were amazed to see me: “Wow! How did such a living dead person get so much younger looking? Your face looks so smooth and healthy.” I was completely unrecognizable from my former frail self.

Falun Dafa didn't charge me a penny.

Changing My Daughter's Attitude

When I first started to practice Falun Dafa, my daughter strongly opposed it, having been misled by the Communist Party's propaganda. She called me and said that she would not see me as her mother if I continued. I was not moved. Instead, I went to Beijing to see her and brought a copy of Zhuan Falun and the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party.

She was surprised to see me. However, when she saw the books in my luggage, she kicked my bag out of her apartment and yelled, “How dare you!”

Following the teachings of Falun Dafa, I didn't argue with her. Instead, I patiently told her how I benefited from the practice. I also told her the details of the persecution and suggested that she read the Nine Commentaries.

A few days later, she said to me with a big smile, “The book is great. Mom, here is some cash. Why don't you make more copies of this book so more people can learn the corrupt history of the Party and its persecution of Falun Gong?”

From then on, my daughter has given me 10,000 yuan (roughly $1,600 USD) every year for me to make Falun Dafa materials.

How time flies! It has been 11 precious years since I first started practicing Falun Dafa. As a former a living dead person, I've become a solid Dafa practitioner. I would like to express my appreciation to Master Li Hongzhi (the founder of Falun Dafa), and I wish him a happy birthday. I have never met Master Li, but I feel that he has been protecting me and guiding me. I cannot find the words to express my appreciation.

(Submission to “Celebrate World Falun Dafa Day” 2018 on the Minghui website)