After years of invalidism, and treatment from many...

After years of invalidism, and treatment from many kind physicians without any lasting benefit, I went to see a specialist, who informed me that a surgical operation was the only thing which would relieve me, but he said I need not expect to be very strong afterwards. I finally consented and the operation was perfomed, which consisted of the removal of some of my organs. After going through all this, I was still a "wanderer in the wilderness," weaker than ever, and at the expiration of eighteen months had never been able to sit up all day. The specialist finally told me I need not come back any more. I then tried to get encouragement from home physician, but he too said, "You may recover, and you may not; people who are operated upon never amount to anything afterwards;" and he added, "Your case is chronic." I met with gloom and despair, and no one knows the suffering I experienced, — it seemed at times that I could not live from one day to the next. I tried everything imaginable in the way of material remedies. Finally I gave up all hope, made preparations to die, and gave directions in regard to my funeral. All this time I had wondered why my prayers were not answered, as I had prayed so earnestly for health, for I longed to be useful to humanity. I had often remarked to my husband and friends that there was something lacking in the teachings of the churches, for the Bible said plainly that God "healeth all thy diseases;" and "The prayer of faith shall save the sick."

About this time a dear friend spoke of Christian Science, and told me of many wonderful cures. I remembered that one of my neighbors, who was nearly seventy years of age, had told me of being healed instantaneously of a sprained ankle through Christian Science, and at that time I had thought it wonderful, but I had been led to believe that Christian Science was nothing but the exercise of human will power. I had even remarked to my physician before my operation, that I was trying to be a Christian Scientist but that it would not work. I, however, made up my mind that I would take the word of no one either for or against it, and accordingly I went to see a practitioner. I purchased the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and returning home began to search for a God who answers prayer ; if I were worshiping an unknown God, I wanted the living God. When I reached line 12, page 14, in the chapter on "Prayer," I read and re read the statement and knew it was the truth. Immediately I went down stairs and gathered up everything in the way of medicine and threw it away. I sought to make an entire consecration of myself, and was instantaneously healed of inflammation of the bladder, chronic constipation, and other troubles.

This occurred over a year ago, and I have taken no medicine since, for it would be like going from understanding to ignorance of my God-given rights, to return to medicine. I have better health than I ever had in my life before.

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April 7, 1906

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