Letter of thanks!-From Jane
Dear Master Xie,
I cannot thank you enough. Despite a few bouts of Diverticulitis every year, for 70 years, my bowels and bowel habits were totally normal -- once a day (sometimes twice) and done. Then, in the summer of 2016, I had a case of Diverticulitis that would not respond to antibiotics. My doctor sent me to a surgeon who operated on me and cut a little over one foot (over 31 centimeters) of my colon I was in the hospital a month as my body rejected the ostomy bag so my colon never got a rest.
Since then, I have suffered from severe IBS with no respite. I never knew what the day would bring -- diarrhea, painful constipation, soft, very urgent, pooping 10 to 15 times a day, or ?. Every great once in a while, I had an almost "normal" day, but I could not count on it.
I could not travel. I could not even go to a park that didn't have a bathroom. I had to always bring a change of clothing and Imodium just in case. I kept a towel in my car in case of accident, and couldn't take a road trip except by bus that had a bathroom. Teaching (Taiji and Qigong) at our local YMCA has been very difficult, but I refused to give it up. I had to take Imodium in order to ensure that I would last through the class. That, of course, sometimes made me constipated.
Then I heard about you from a friend. I was desperate, so I decided to spend the money and give you a try. I believe in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the healing powers of Qigong and 11 years ago I even went to China to briefly study TCM, but still I didn't really expect anything. After seeing so many doctors, taking lots and lots of pills and supplements, and trying other methods, my condition did not improve. I had given up.
After I began treatment with you, I did not see any improvement bowels for the first month, but I decided to continue anyway. I continued to do the hour's worth of Qigong exercises you taught me EVERY DAY without fail.
I experienced a few OK days that second month, but the problem still persisted. Finally, after two months, the eighth session, something shifted in my body! FOR THE PAST 16 DAYS IN A ROW MY BOWEL HABITS HAVE RETURNED ALMOST TO NORMAL!!!!
For 16 days in a row, I now have 3 bowel movements a day (sometimes 4), after a meal. I can hold it as long as necessary, although it does get a little uncomfortable after an hour. And, if I am somewhere and can't get to a bathroom, I can hold it. NO constipation. NO diarrhea. I poop every day! It is never so urgent, I almost don't make it (or don't make it) to the bathroom. Sometimes it is soft after dinner, but normal, normal, normal. For 16 days, I have not had to leave meetings or run to the bathroom. It has been wonderful! For the first time in over 5 1/2 years my bowels have been consistent and fairly predictable.
I will keep you informed as to my future progress. My fingers and toes are crossed in hopes that this is the end of my misery, and that these 16 days will stretch into 16 months and many years. I will continue to do those exercises for an hour a day every day for the rest of my life. And, if (when) these past 16 days extend to a year and beyond, I will be forever grateful to you. I can't thank you enough.
Author, Retired Teacher, Tai Chi Instructor
"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." Aesop