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(Arizona State University) – I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus about 13 years ago and have been hospitalized on four different occasions during the intervening period. In one instance I was bedridden for eight months.
Like many others with my condition, I have suffered severe physical and emotional pain, with resultant intermittent periods of depression.
In September of 1995, things took a definite turn for the better. I began practicing Tai Chi and Chi Kung Meditation. These are traditional Chinese exercises which teaches one to establish contact and control over one’s internal energy (which the Chinese refer to as “Chi”).
For hundreds of years many Chinese people have practiced Tai Chi to help increase their health. Under the guidance of my teacher, John Joy (who teaches Tai Chi and Kung Fu in Salem, Massachusetts), I have been able to make great strides in harnessing my own internal energy for the purpose of improving my health. I am happy to report that I have experienced an unbroken period of good health and stronger energy with no lupus flare-ups since that time.
I now teach Tai Chi in Concord, New Hampshire and in the Boston area. From my own experiences, I can attest to the fact that Tai Chi and Chi Kung can be very helpful in dealing with this devastating condition. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the matter further with anyone that is interested.
Jo Lu Roberts Johnson, PO Box 70, Concord, NH 03224-0070, 603/783-4282
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