My family lives in Guojia Village of Gaoqing County, Shandong Province. My father was a construction technician of some note in the village and my mother was responsible for housework. My family was not very rich, but we lived harmoniously and happily.
In the late 1990s, my father fell ill from overwork and my mother also endured many hardships. Both of them were in poor health, especially my mother who had chronic gastritis and took medicine all the time. The whole family worried about their health.
In May 1998, our neighbor Uncle Wang introduced Falun Gong to my father, saying that exercising Falun Gong could build up your body and cure any diseases without needing to take any pills or have injections. My father felt amazed by Uncle Wang's words. He tried Falun Gong for several days and then encouraged my mother to try it as well.
In May 1998, my mother began to recover and she believed that it was Li Hongzhi who saved her. After that, my parents were obsessed with exercising Falun Gong and stopped taking medicine. Whenever he had time, Uncle Wang exercised, learnt “scriptures” and communicated with my parents.
In September 1999, the government banned Falun Gong. My parents believed that exercising Falun Gong was right, even more firmly. Regardless of the persuasion of my wife, my aunt and I, my parents continued to exercise Falun Gong at home.
In the winter of 2002, after his son died in a car accident, Uncle Wang grieved and his diabetes was aggravated. He could afford the treatment, but he still refused to see the doctor and take hypoglycemic drugs. He was obsessed with exercising Falun Gong. He locked the door from the inside and refused to talk to family members. His daughter in law tried to persuade him not to exercise Falun Gong, but failed. She had no choice but to remarry. Then, Uncle Wang, who led a solitary life, began to go blind and could not take care of himself. Sometimes, kindly neighbors would help him buy some food or wash clothes for him. However, he inevitably had to eat some rotten vegetables or left-overs. Uncle Wang's illness became even worse with his foot and legs partially ulcerated. Also, he got some complications. It was so miserable to see the once dapper Uncle Wang become skinny and unkempt. Soon after Spring Festival in 2010, Uncle Wang passed away at the age of 60. His death was a heavy blow to my parents. They wondered why such a pious man endured so many hardships and died. How could the “Master” do nothing to help Uncle Wang and his family?
By August 2011, due to long-term hardships and drug withdrawal, my mother became ill. She could hardly fall asleep. Also she had complications of palpitations, hiccups, regurgitation of sourness and vomit. In early September, my mother could not stand the heartache anymore and sometimes even fell into shock. Even worse, she had symptoms of vomiting blood and black stool. We ignored my father's opposition and sent my mother to hospital. After gastroscopy, the doctor found that my mother had gastritis with a diffusely hyperemic gastric mucosa, multiple anabrosis, superficial ulceration and active bleeding. Also, my mother suffered from anemia. The doctor said that my mother had suffered from stomach illness for many years. Although her stomach illness was not a very serious disease, it could become severe and lead to death.
Even today, I can hardly forget the painful expressions on my mother’s face.
After the treatment, my parents seemed to experience death and separation. Slowly, they came to realize the nature of Falun Gong. My mother followed the doctor’s advice, including taking medicine on time, having more meals and less drinks, and eating more digestible food. Gradually, my mother’s body has been much improved. Previously, my wife and I attempted to persuade our parents but failed. Now, they are finally willing to believe in medical science and modern technology.
It reminds me of Uncle Wang. Uncle Wang was obsessed with exercising Falun Gong and refused to see the doctor. After the death of his son, he fell into depression and metabolic disturbances completely. My wife and I once asked the doctor and the doctor said that if Uncle Wang, based on his symptoms, took medicine or was injected with insulin, his condition would be improved. However, Uncle Wang was stubborn and refused to take medicine. Finally, he passed away.
Now, my parents receive old-age pensions from the government, and enjoy the warmth and harmony of the family and society. They finally woke up and consciously quit exercising Falun Gong. They always mention Uncle Wang and his family. However, the fact can never be changed. The lonely Uncle Wang passed away quietly.
Executive editor: XIU Cai)