(Minghui.org) I am 55 years old and live in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. On July 10, 2017, I got back home at around 9 p.m., had dinner, took a shower, and talked a little with my aunt, whom I live with. I went to bed.

The next morning, I woke up around 3:30 as usual to prepare breakfast.

I fell on the floor and couldn't move. I couldn't speak. I had no idea what was happening.

I don't know how long I was on the floor. All I knew was that it was now around 6:30 in the morning.

My aunt found it odd that my door was still closed. She entered my room and found me lying on the floor. She told me that I was having some kind of seizure and that she would call the ambulance.

I was rushed to a public hospital, where I waited eight hours before a doctor could see me. The left side of my body was paralyzed.

After ten days in the hospital, I still could not speak or walk, not even to use the restroom. I was helped by my aunt, and it was difficult because she was much smaller than I am. I had to sleep in diapers.

Two days after I returned from the hospital, my aunt remembered she had a Chinese friend who performed acupuncture. She invited her over to see me. When she entered my room around the third day, I saw that she had a very nice, kind, reassuring, and gentle face. I felt she had a pleasing aura—a halo, energy or light—around her.

She asked me what had happened. She then asked me to lay down on the bed and started to apply the acupuncture needles. As we were left alone in the bedroom, she started telling me things about something called Falun Dafa.

I had never heard about Falun Dafa before, but as the lady spoke about it, I felt I could see it in front of my eyes like a movie. Everything she told me was exactly what I had always thought was possible all of my life—how the universe works, how energy works.

“You know you are telling me things that I have always thought about but was never able to put together,” I said. “You are telling me exactly what I have always thought about.”

She said what she was telling me about came from the teachings of Mr. Li Hongzhi, who had written a book called Zhuan Falun. She was telling me about an old Chinese technique for meditation that was good for the body, mind and spirit.

I told her that I was very interested because I already knew what she was telling me. She lent me the book, and I started reading it right away.

An hour after she had left, I had read a reasonable number of pages and really understood Master Li’s teachings.

I started speaking again.

That same night, I was able to go to the restroom by myself. I said goodbye to those diapers forever.

Since then, I have rediscovered the path to a healthier and happier life that is more aligned with the universal values of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. I have changed my life completely and am more relaxed.

Before I read Zhuan Falun, when people were rude to me, I would answer them rudely as well. Now, I'm more restrained. I am so much more positive—perhaps not one hundred percent yet, but much more than I ever was.

I am more tolerant now and try to act with a loving heart. I have been studying the Falun Dafa books and practicing the exercises ever since. When I first did the exercises, my body ached, but I persevered because I knew I was eliminating karma. I now don't feel as much pain–almost none.

The author and other practitioners studying Falun Dafa books and doing the exercises.

My life is better now. I sometimes see a golden light coming from the book as I read it, and it is very vivid. The other day I saw a Falun on top of my head as I practiced the exercises at home. All my questions are answered once I direct them to either Master or the universe.

My health has been completely restored. I decided not to take most of the pills the doctor prescribed because I trust Master is taking care of me. He has rearranged my life, so I don't need doctors or their prescriptions anymore.

I lead a healthier, happier life now, thanks to Master and Falun Dafa. I just hope I am worthy of the help and care I receive from Master and Dafa.

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