Christian Science has been to me "good tidings of good,"...

Christian Science has been to me "good tidings of good," and it has made me absolutely well. From early years I was never strong, and under the weight of close study, both in high school and in college, I suffered from repeated illnesses, so that for eight or ten years I was almost continually under the care of physicians, being now sick and again well. About five years ago, after another year of semiinvalidism, I underwent an operation; but instead of improved health I daily grew weaker, and the doctor told my people that there seemed little hope for me. At that time I was largely confined to my chair, through lack of strength. Meeting a lady who had been wonderfully healed through Christian Science, she spoke to me of it and loaned me a copy of Science and Health, telling me to read the "scientific statement of being" (p. 468). I read as she directed, and must have received instantaneous healing, for I found myself well and strong almost immediately; but not then understanding the Principle that heals, in fact not really knowing that God, Truth, had healed me, I gave up reading Science and health after a few months, returning to the orthodox belief of former years, though I had never known such excellent health as during those few months.

The result which soon followed was a return, worse than before, to my former sicknesses. In the midst of heavy teaching classes, I suffered from a complete collapse. Severe weakness in heart conditions came on, so that in a few weeks I was worse than formerly. Getting little relief, I went to a lower altitude, but returned no better. My stomach had troubled me for years, and now I was on a strict diet that availed little. It was almost a year that I had again been continually sick, when I was attacked with a severe case of rheumatism. When I had come out of this so that I could sit up a little, I began to see the nothingness of matter as my help. During the long hours of intense suffering I rebelled against the God I had tried to serve so faithfully for so many years, and I began to know that I must seek a new faith or a new understanding. I realize now that I needed both the new-old faith and the new understanding.

During all this time I had never once thought of Christian Science, strange as this may seem, but I saw that I must seek help there alone, for the doctors had given me up the second time. I began to read "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and the reading of this wonderful book healed me. When I started to read it, in May, 1908, I was scarcely able to sit up and could not walk without help. I had tried the physicians, and I now gave Christian Science a fair and absolute trial. Death was my sentence, so I cast all on Science as my last chance. I dismissed the doctor, threw away all medicine, and read each day for six and eight hours. The power of Truth was shortly seen in its effects on my body. I gave up dieting, and was soon eating whatever I wanted, and have since done so, nor have I suffered at any time from it. Strength returned rapidly, so that I was up and out, walking as I liked. My heart soon lost all erratic action, as I came into the understanding of the action of divine Mind, which is all harmony. I had come to Colorado on account of illness, but this too faded away in the atmosphere of Love wherein the true man lives and breathes.

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May 13, 1911

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