At the age of fourteen, after having had a fall from a...

At the age of fourteen, after having had a fall from a swing, it was said by the doctors, my relatives, and well-meaning friends, that as I had always been a delicate child, now I would be an invalid for life. When I was nineteen, and my father passed on, an uncle told my oldest brother that he would always have to support me, as I would never be able to do for myself. The best and kindest physicians,—three in this city and three elsewhere,—after trying to help me in many ways, said one after the other, "I can't help you so long as you try to be self-supporting. You have more ambition than strength, and need the rest-cure ." I always felt that it was wrong to follow this advice, and would, even when suffering greatly, push on until there would be a breakdown. Then, after a time, in which I would seek help from the Bible promises and also from the best books I then knew about, I would again struggle on until there would come another breakdown. This continued for twenty years.

In 1885 I earned my way to Boston, seeking for the something that I felt confident was God-given to man; also to continue my work and study as an artist, and to consult a noted woman physician, who, after faithfully doing her utmost, sent me to another very noted doctor, and wrote to a relative that I needed to be taken care of. This good doctor, after doing all he could, said, "Make up your mind to go home and let your people make you as comfortable as possible; you cannot be cured." At this point came "God's opportunity," for one who had seen what Christian Science could do for others told me of it. I bought the book which teaches how one may receive help, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and the study of this and of other works by the same author has healed and regenerated me in all ways.

Testimony of Healing
That I have waited till now to tell of the many benefits...
June 26, 1909

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