I desire to testify to the great benefits I have received...

I desire to testify to the great benefits I have received from Christian Science, in the healing of disease and sin. I had been the victim of ill-health from my earliest recollection—the principal trouble being heart disease,—until the spring of 1884, when a condition began to develop which the physicians pronounced incurable. I had the attention of one of the best doctors in northern Albama, where we were then living, and in the autumn of 1885 we removed to Colorado. I believed that God willed I should suffer and die; and is it any wonder that when I was told there was no further help for me that I submitted to this thought? I had tried to live a Christian life for many years, but this did not heal me. I had made all preparation for the future of my family, and I did not hope or expect to be with them until Christmas.

Soon after my coming to Colorado, Christian Science was brought to me. I must admit that I did not take to it readily, fearing that it might be something to lead me away from God, as I then thought. A Scientist was stopping in the town for three days; and to please my husband I submitted to her treatment,—without any apparent benefit,—but she told me about "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." and that it could be had by sending direct to Mrs. Eddy. My husband sent for it at once; I tried to read it, but the fear was very great, and I put it aside.

In about two weeks I became very much worse, and finally I consented as a last resort to place the case in the hands of a surgeon, for which purpose I was taken to Denver. When my grip was opened I found that Science and Health had come too. The doctor who examined me frankly admitted that there was no cure for me, but said if I lived through the operation it might prolong my life six months, or even a year, What I had learned from Science and Health became clear to me at this crisis, and I at once saw that the "dominion" which God gave to man, was mine if I would but claim it. Science and Health pointed the way, and I at once realized that I need not die with the dread disease unless I consented to it. Then such a sense of peace and security came to me, and hope took possession of me, so that I refused to have the operation performed, knowing who it is that "healeth all thy diseases." I was beginning to lead a new life,—the belief and fear of death had gone; I could read Science and Health with more understanding, and tried to put into practice all I learned from it. The Bible and Science and Health were my constant companions, and although I had never been told what a treatment consisted of, I was being led by God. I applied the truth as revealed to me in Science—and Science and Health was my healer.

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Testimony of Healing
It is with the deepest gratitude that I add my testimony...
September 22, 1906

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