During last August, after some three weeks of intense...

During last August, after some three weeks of intense suffering, I was taken to St. Luke's hospital for the purpose of being operated on for what was diagnosed as an internal abscess. My family physician and two others agreed that an operation was absolutely necessary. At this time I was in great agony, which was relieved only by taking morphine. On arriving at the hospital four other physicians examined me and pronounced the same verdict, and said that an operation was the only way of saving my life. I stayed there one day and then decided to return home and try Christian Science. I told the nurse of my decision to go home, but did not mention Christian Science. She called one of the physicians, who expostulated with me and predicted my death in a few days in the most dreadful agony unless I submitted to an operation. On failing to impress me he called another, whom I understood to be the head surgeon, and he also tried to convince me of my folly in leaving the hospital. I, however, persisted, and ordered a carriage, after which I was required by the hospital authorities to sign a paper, releasing them from any possible charge of negligence or blame in the matter. Having so done, the nurse put me in a reclining chair and wheeled me to the carriage door.

For a day or two I was better; then the terrible pain returned and I seemed to be sinking into a state of coma. Three days after this the abscess began to discharge, but blood-poisoning did not set in, and in a few weeks I was entirely healed. Furthermore, I am still well.

I am deeply grateful to Mrs. Eddy for having brought this truth to a waiting world, and I rejoice in knowing that God is the only power,—a very present help in trouble.

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May 19, 1906

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