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It seems to me that I can never be grateful enough...
It seems to me that I can never be grateful enough for what Christian Science has done for me. In June. 1905, I went to a hospital, where I lay sixteen weeks after undergoing an operation for bowel trouble. Three of our best physicians said there was no hope for my recovery, and told my family to make the funeral arrangements, which they did at once, some neighbors preparing my clothes for burial. To the surprise of all I rallied after forty-eight hours, and was taken home in a helpless and hopeless condition. One of my limbs was terribly distorted and the other one was also badly drawn. I was told that I would probably never walk again. I began to take massage and was told that there would be no change in my limbs in less than a year. At this time I could sit in a chair but had no use of my limbs. I continued the massage about six weeks, with no improvement. My condition was such that it seemed to be impossible to use crutches, although one physician said that if I could I might be able to walk in a year and a half; but he also said that the disease with which I suffered intensely would doubtless grow worse as I grew stronger.
Before I had gone to the hospital a friends spoke to me of Christian Science, and I thought of it at different times, but felt that my husband might not approve. I discontinued the massage treatment before Thanksgiving, and again began to think about Christian Science. The week before Christmas my husband sent for a practitioner, as I was almost in despair. Hope and courage revived during my first interview, and I was assured that I had a right to walk because that was what my limbs were for; but I was told not to force myself to do anything, but to wait until I knew I could walk and then I would be able to do so naturally. My limbs began to straighten out, and on the sixth of January, while lying on the couch reading Science and Health, something seemed to say to me that I could walk, so I got up and did walk the length of the couch and back. My little son, who was in the room, shouted to his father in the next room, "Oh, mamma can walk!" so he came in and wanted me to walk for him, which I did, and later that same day for a doubting neighbor.
In two weeks there was marked improvement in my walking, and in April I could take a car and go anywhere. I never used crutches nor a cane, as friends advised, depending entirely upon God. The diseased condition which had caused so much suffering was healed before I was really conscious of it. Now both limbs are perfectly straight and I walk anywhere I wish to go, and I do all of my own housework. When I first went out people looked at me in amazement, and could hardly believe it possible that I was alive and well. My back became straight and I was well. My sickness before I began Christian Science treatment had cost us about fifteen hundred dollars, with no hope of ever being well, and in this short time, with an expense of twenty-five dollars, Christian Science healed me.
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INTEREST AROUSED IN CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
B. O. Flower
"I HOLD NO ENMITY," SAYS MRS. EDDY
W. T. MacIntyre
AN INSIDIOUS TEACHING
HON. CLARENCE A. BUSKIRK.
IDA L. BAKER.
MRS. EDDY TAKES NO PATIENTS
A VIGOROUS OLD AGE
John R. Norris
"ALL THINGS ARE SUBJECT UNTO HIM."
John B. Willis
THE SPIRITUAL ROCK
Annie M. Knott
TELEGRAMS RECEIVED BY MRS. EDDY
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GOD WITH US EVER
with contributions from J. W. Wright
Christian Science first attracted my attention some...
D. E. Armitage
I was healed by Christian Science in March, 1900
Gertrude E. Newcomb
It is with a heart full of gratitude to God, and to our dear...
I take this means of expressing publicly my heartfelt...
Samuel J. Bagnall
Some eight years ago I was graciously led to seek the...
Laura J. Richardson with contributions from Clark D. Nelson
A little more than a year ago, owing to a most severe...
Alice F. Wills