I was an invalid nearly all my life as the result of three...

I was an invalied nearly all my life as the result of three surgical operations.A correction was made in the October 2, 1902 Sentinel: "We are glad to correct an error appearing in the testimony of Mrs. Harriet L. Miller, Evanston, Ill. (Sentinel of August 28). Through the misunderstanding of a somewhat indefinite and imperfectly punctuated sentence, she was made to say that she was an invalid nearly all her life as the result of three surgical operations. The thought intended to be conveyed was that she was an invalid nearly all her life during which she endured three surgical operations. These did not effect a cure but they did bring relief, and of this she would make grateful recognition." Christian Science found me, the mother of three children, facing death, or a fate still more appalling—confirmed invalidism.

Having been raised a strict Methodist, I began the contemplation of Christian Science, bristling with antagonism. I hated the name Christian Science, and rebelled against it with my whole soul (material sense), but it was my last hope. Three good honest physicians had told me they could not cure me. Two others, equally honest and painstaking, had told me the same thing, not in so many words, but by their pitiful tones and faces, and by asking me the same pointed questions over and over again. I felt that I must die or be a Christian Scientist. I can smile now as I make the confession; I would gladly have died rather than touch the thing I supposed was Christian Science. had it not been for my children. But I considered them a sacred charge, and believed that, in case of my death. if I had left anything undone that might have saved my life, I would be held responsible. So, I was very rebellious when I began the study of Christian Science.

Naturally my transformation was slow. But I determined at the start that I would be as fair, honest, and faithful with the Science as I had been with materia medica; and that as I had not shrunk from the surgeon's knife, neither would I shrink from the thrusts which I knew, at that day (March, 1891) awaited every student of Christian Science. I prayed, too, as I never had prayed before, that if this new issue were of the devil, that the Father would hold me from it; and if it were the truth, that He would help me to grasp it.

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Testimony of Healing
For years I groped in darkness to find some solid foundation...
August 28, 1902

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