After suffering from stomach trouble for ten years, I...

After suffering from stomach trouble for ten years, I became interested in Christian Science. At first I would have terrible pain for about a week at a time, then it would leave me for a few weeks, only to return again. The last year the pain became more frequent, until finally I could sleep neither day nor night, although I was taking powerful medicine and plenty of whiskey to deaden the pain, but it did me no good, and I gave up all hope of ever getting well. In my terrible suffering I even thought of suicide, but the stronger thought, What would become of my wife? stayed my hand. In despair I prayed to God to show me a way to get well. The very next day a gentleman saw how I was suffering, and asked what the trouble was. I told him. He said there was help for me, and told me of Christian Science. Not knowing what it was, I asked some friends about it, and they told me it was a humbug. Going home, I told my wife of it, but she thought the doctor I had should be given more time. In a few days, becoming much worse, I made up my mind to go to a Christian Science practitioner. I could hardy walk from the car to his office, but after a treatment, a sense of peace came over me. From that day on I steadily improved, and I read Science and Health right along. When the pain was too intense, my wife would read to me. In two weeks I was entirely healed, but went to the practitioner for awhile longer, as I wanted to know more about this great healing power to which I owed my life. In one month I gained eighteen pounds, and grew strong again.

A few months later, I had another demonstration of the power of Christian Science to heal, being cured of bone disease in the shoulder-blade, for which I had had several operations, and one half of my shoulder-blade removed. After each operation it always relapsed to the old condition, but when it next troubled me I had a few treatments instead of the knife, and now my arm is well and grwoing stronger all the time,—in fact, new bones are growing. It had all been brought on by a fall aboard ship. The bone was bruised but did not trouble me at the time. Four months later, when in Vancouver, B. C., I awoke one morning with terrible pain in my arm. I tried to work but could not move the arm. I was taken to a hospital and after a fever of three weeks, during which I was unconscious, I came to my senses to find they had operated on my shoulder, and a special nurse was with me day and night to put cold solutions on it; it was swollen to a tremendous size. I was in the hospital eleven months, having one operation after another, as my strength would admit of it, until the doctor said he could do no more for me. Then I came to San Franciso, where another doctor twice operated on the shoulder-blade, removing part of it and scraping other bones. Then it would break out again, but Christian Science cured me. "Man's extremity is God's opportunity." Christian Science has made me a well and happy man. It is a help in my every-day life. I had never read the Bible since I was a schoolboy, but now the Bible and "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" are my daily companions.

June 24, 1905
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