Christian Science was first brought to my notice more...

Christian Science was first brought to my notice more than eighteen years ago, when I occasionally read a copy of the Journal. Not receiving much understanding however, or seeking it, I remained a devotee to surgery and medicine for all physical ills, until after a severe illness some tem years ago, when I was given up as incurable. Specialists who were called in refused to operate, and evinced great surprise that I was living a week later. At that time my father's cousin, who heard of the decree that I was soon to pass on, gave me treatment in Christian Science, my husband knowing of it. To the surprise of all—doctors, nurses, and the household—I rallied. I was told by the doctor on his next visit (the day but one after the above verdict was given by him) that he found my physical condition so improved that I could have a regular dinner. Again my husband had told the cousin above referred to of my condition, and she had seen me a few days before, when her presence and words of love uplifted me. She again gave me absent treatment, and I gained quickly at first, then more slowly, as conditions came up outside of my illness which seemed to affect me.

I had passed through the loss of two of my family friends, having the entire care of one and a great deal in the case of the other, and under conditions which were very adverse to the effective help I was endeavoring to give. This with other sorrow, in the form of grief, fright, and wrong, continued after my recovery from the acute illness. I was still under the doctor's care, and he predicted an early passing on if I neglected to have the treatment ordered by the specialist, although he said it was very improbable that I could survive the ordeal. During this time I asked the Christian Scientist who had helped me, for literature, and received copies of the Journal and Sentinel. The reading of these uplifted me, and I wished to know what the reference to the text-book, Science and Health, meant. some time after, while visiting my mother in Jersey City, I sought out the Christian Science church, and was impressed by the happy and healthy look of those present. As I did not receive relief from my illness, I asked the loan of Science and Health and kept it so long that I had to be reminded. I finally secured a copy of my own, now over six years ago, and the Quarterly soon followed. I then sought out the nearest Christian Science services to my home,—which was Winsted,—where after a time I became a member, as also of The Mother Church.

I experienced during my study of the Lesson-Sermons many demonstrations of the power of divine Love. Let me here say that I was led to give up materia medica before I asked for Science and Health. When conditions came up which heretofore had confined me to bed with threatened recurrence of my previous severe illness, under the reading of our text-book and the little understanding which I had gained, relief speedily came. It was marked enough to make my husband take notice; and again, when he himself was almost instantaneously healed of a spasmodic attack of asthma, with which disease he had suffered from infancy, and which was supposedly inherited. During the study of Science and Health a condition of my feet which had necessitated the wearing of bandages since the severe illness above referred to, and when it seemed that I could not rest day or night from the severe pain,—this condition was healed entirely during the study of a Lesson-Sermon on "Life." The next morning I did not use the bandages, and have been free ever since. That was also noticed by my husband and the help in the household.

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Testimony of Healing
In March, 1906, I became interested in Christian Science,...
January 21, 1911

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