When I was in high school, I was enthusiastic in religious activities. After getting married at the age of 18 and leaving my hometown to move to Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture, I gradually moved away from the faith.
At the age of 38, I was rushed into a hospital by ambulance after suffering from kidney stones with intense pains. Since I had grown up in a religious family without medication, it was the first time in my life to get a pain-killing injection in my left arm. It immediately released the pain but left numbness in my arm.
Few months later, when I lifted my child onto a bicycle, a severe pain shot through my left arm up to joints in the whole body. The doctor diagnosed me with rheumatism.
It was painful and distressing days for me to be hospitalized and have operations, but I tried not to take medicine as much as possible. I always prayed for Meishu-sama to protect me, so I was able to bear the pain.
In 2002, because of my husband's inheritance, we left our familiar friends and home after 24 years of our marriage, and returned to Maizuru City in Kyoto Prefecture.
One day, I had an opportunity to talk with my friend who got rheumatism 10 years ago. She told me that whenever she had pain, she immediately took medicine. Since I had tried to put up with medication, she said, "You don't need to endure medicine."
Later on when I saw her again, she was complaining of convulsions, stomach disorders and so on. Her husband profoundly said, "The side effects of medication are much worse than rheumatism. Ms. Morishita's way might work better." I am grateful for this wonderful faith that taught me the truth, "medicine is poison", and gave me the power of Johrei to remove sufferings.
Not on my own judgment but a consultation with a medical specialist, I reduced the medicines little by little, decreased the dosage, and replaced with weaker ones. When my toe festered, I disposed all antibiotics prescribed. It took me a longer time to heal, but my toe were completely recovered.
When I was in Aichi Prefecture, it took me only two hours to get the sacred ground for worships, but now it takes longer from Maizuru City. However, since my belief has revived, I was brightened and was refreshed every day by attending monthly worship, meeting a teacher of a branch and receiving Johrei every day. I am fully grateful.
Also, I learned that taking oxygen into the body was good for rheumatism, so I gathered my old high school classmates and organized a chorus group 'Yurikago' in August 2004. I can live joyfully and positively because Meishu-sama always watches over me.
Now I go to rehabilitation every other week by driving my car. With ingenuity, I can go anywhere with a welfare car with a grip and power steering. I have artificial joints in both knees and the right elbow, yet I can walk and, above all, was blessed with three children. With my experiences, I have started a rheumatic society 'Funwari' three years ago. I have been working to help those who have the same trouble.
I am grateful for happiness to be protected by Meishu-sama and will devote myself to convey my pleasure to others.