My daughter suffered from atopy since around a first-year student in high school, and she saw several doctors but was not cured. I myself also was seeing a doctor every day for mild tenosynovitis of my left wrist just then.
My younger sister visited me on the day I would go to the hospital and said, "Sit down there for a moment." As she held out her hand toward my body about fifteen minutes, I had miraculous experience that the pain in my hand disappeared. Since the pain which had never cured in spite of undergoing treatment at the hospital so many times went away, I thought that my daughter's atopy might cure.
In October 1995, my daughter and I were led to a gathering held in Niigata and received Johrei from the teacher of the church. The teacher's words then left a strong impression on my heart. I was irresolute because my family had believed in another religion for forty years, but we resolved to join the faith, Kyusei Shinkyo, for my daughter. Before joining Kyusei Shinkyo, I suffered from terrible headache and menstrual pain, and I was always taking painkillers. After marriage, I suffered from a slipped disk and had a block injection when I felt a severe pain. About five to six years after I gave birth to my daughter, the lower half of my body felt heavy, and I felt a physical disorder. I was gradually unable to sleep, so I started taking a stabilizer.
I love sweets and so my staple food was sweets. I was drinking six to seven cups of coffee in a day. After joining Kyusei Shinkyo, I learned the fearfulness of harmful effects of medicine, and the importance of eating habits. Although my daughter immediately switched to brown rice and the like, I did not put it into practice and hardly worshiped.
Then my hands, face and body began to itch in around 2002. In the beginning, I applied steroid prescribed by a dermatologist, yet it gradually spread. I was so worried about it that I eventually asked for Johrei.
In September 2003, after participating in a training session, itchiness subsided a little, but I felt weary and lost my physical strength. I could not work and was bedridden every day. Ms. Ito in charge of the sub-branch, my younger sister and other believers visited me for Johrei. However, my muscles weakened day by day, and having difficulty in just turning over in bed I was assailed by an extreme anxiety.
As the results of a medical examination at the hospital, I was diagnosed as 'dermatomyositis,' a kind of collagen disease that was designated as an intractable one. The treatment started from ten tablets of steroid, and I had to take no less than twenty-five tablets a day.
"This medicine has certainly side effects. Also, the muscles you've lost won't be restored a hundred percent. Your skin which pigment deposited will also remain," my doctor said to me. After that, the dosage was reduced little by little, but my face looked grotesque by pigmentation and I could not even do housework. I started thinking there is no other choice but to die.
I was so frightened of being alone in a hospital room at night and was always crying. So my younger sister and husband visited me to do Johrei every day. As I received Johrei, I felt comfortable. I really appreciated it. Also, every time I underwent a periodic medical examination of the side effects on internal organs or eyes while in the hospital, the doctor told me that you had no side effects. I was grateful that I was protected by Johrei.
About that time, my daughter completely recovered from atopy, married and was blessed with two children. I thought, "I really want to see my daughter and grandchildren, who will come home for the New Year holiday. If I see them, I'll have nothing to regret," and I barely managed to leave the hospital two and a half months later.
After that, I reformed my eating habits and changed to a diet based on vegetables on the advice of the branch teacher. The dosage was reduced little by little to one tablet of steroid by the grace of God. Around the spring, I also got to be able to drive a car by myself and to worship. Hopes for the future sprang up in my heart, still I was worried the disease would recur and I could not stop taking all the medicine.
On the day when the teacher of the church came to Niigata in October 2005, I totally forgot to take a medicine with joy of seeing him after a long time. And I took the opportunity to be able to give up taking a medication. Not taking medicines, my discomfort from shoulder area to head gradually disappeared. I was able to sleep soundly without a sleeping pill. Fortunately, I had no side effect and also regained more muscular strength than before. My skin which pigment deposited is peeling off little by little.
Now, I can take care of my 88-year-old mother. Up until now I could only think about myself but I am able to wish others' happiness and have changed enough to be able to do Johrei to unbelievers. I thank Meishu-sama from the bottom of my heart.