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A Rash Patient

Dear Dr. Lee:

I am writing this letter to you as I promised on the day of my first visit.

I remember that we made a deal. The deal was that if you could make my situation better that I would write a letter about my experience for you to display to your clients. Well, it’s been three months and I am writing you this letter as I promised. I want to thank you for helping me and for being more than just a doctor to me. I always look forward to my visits.

When I first came to visit Dr. Lee, I was searching for a treatment for an unexplainable and uncontrollable rash that I had been battling for years without relief. This rash covered my neck, back, and chest. It would mysteriously appear for three to four days and then disappear completely. I had been to a few dermatologists and they could only prescribe anti-inflammatory mediations. They could not explain what was causing the rashes, even after biopsies. The medications could only shorten the stay of the rashes but didn’t stop them from coming. I also went to see an allergist who also couldn’t figure out what was causing the rashes. He put me on three different medications and a strict diet. This lessened the rashes to once a week or so and kept them pretty mild. However, the medication was causing me to gain weight and I didn’t want to be on medication for the rest of my life. Not to mention I like to eat and the diet was killing me. During the past year, I have been doing research for my Master Degree and the topic for my project was alternative medicine. I chose acupuncture as the focus and did a lot of research. I didn’t know very much about it and it always seemed interesting to me. Through my research I learned a lot about the types of ailments acupuncture can help and was amazed at it diversity. I thought to myself, “maybe this can help me?” Then one day I came across Dr. Lee’s name and decided to use a case study from his practice as part of my project. As it turns out, I became the case study. I made an appointment to see Dr. Lee in early May 2000.

I came to Dr. Lee on that first visit very discouraged. Acupuncture was my last shred of hope for a treatment. I really wasn’t sure if it was going to work but I figured what was the worst thing that could happen, right? I had tried everything else and this was the last stop so why give up now. Dr. Lee on the other hand was so optimistic and so sure that he could cure me that after my first visit I began to believe that this might actually work for me. We scheduled appointments for twice a week and I started taking Dr. Lee’s special herbs.

By the beginning of June, I had seen little to no change. I was beginning to worry, but Dr. Lee assured me that my problem was stubborn and would take some time to battle. Then one day in mid June my rashes had almost completely disappeared. I stopped all the medication I was taking and still no rashes. It is now August 18th and still no rash. I am still finishing my treatments but I have been medication free and rash free for over two months. I still can’t believe it!

So once again I am thanking Dr. Lee for helping me. I recommend acupuncture to everyone I meet and tell him or her my story. I only hope that by hearing my story, others will give acupuncture a try before they give up.