About fifteen years ago my health began to fail with...

About fifteen years ago my health began to fail with stomach trouble and a complication of diseases, and although I had good medical attention I got only temporary relief. As years passed by my nervous system became unstrung, and I experienced spells of mental depression, during which time I was always tempted with the thought of self-destruction. By sheer will-power I would put these thoughts aside, but would always suffer from a relapse of my other ailments. Although we had five of the best physicians of our town, I could get no permanent relief, and in the summer of 1906 a new trouble developed which caused me great annoyance and terrible suffering. This trouble was declared by a doctor to be a serious condition of the bladder. I was put through a course of most awful treatment, which with dieting and the pain I was enduring weakened me so that I could not leave my bed for some weeks, but we thought the trouble was being overcome. As soon, however, as I attempted to leave my bed I suffered a relapse. I was extremely nervous and could not sleep, although I was taking medicines to induce sleep. At this time our physician told me that while he hoped to cure me, in all probability I would always have the bladder trouble. I had no hope, and any attempt to arouse myself seemed to bring renewed suffering. I wished for nothing better than to be allowed to die and be at rest.

About this time Christian Science was brought to my attention by a friend, but knowing little about it, I paid no heed to her and threw all my energy into a last effort to regain my health through material means, although I told my physician about Christian Science and asked his advice about it. He said it might relieve the awful nervous strain, but could never help my other trouble. My friend again urged Science, and one morning, when I had suffered terribly, I determined that if there was any help for me in Christian Science I would have it, and a practitioner was sent for, after a few days of opposition from my husband. It was early in November, 1906, when the practitioner first came to see me. I told her what our doctor had said, and that I believed it; all I cared for was to get relief from the nervous trouble, and I did not wish to become a Christian Scientist. I told her about my other trouble and the medicines I had taken regularly for thirteen years. I was told to put all this aside, and eat what I wanted. Before leaving she gave me treatment, and that night I enjoyed the first good sleep I had had for a long while. I sincerely believe that the healing of the bladder trouble was instantaneous, as I never felt the slightest sign of it after that day, and I took up my housework at once. The stomach and bowel trouble yielded after a few days, and there was no more nervousness for me.

After three weeks' treatment the practitioner thought I did not need further help from her. I gained the spiritual understanding slowly, but soon was able to overcome little ills myself. Among other ailments which are yielding to the truth are chronic liver trouble, a catarrhal affection, falling of hair, etc. There is scarcely a trace left of any of these. During the past year I have had some beautiful demonstrations of the healing power of Truth. I have studied Science daily since I was healed, and am not afraid to be called a Christian Scientist. It is wonderful what can be done in every direction through the Christly understanding of God. I am truly grateful to God, and to our dear Leader, for all the blessings received.

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