I have long desired to give a written statement of the...

I have long desired to give a written statement of the benefits which I have received through Christian Science; but they are so great and so numerous that no words of mine can fully describe them. For many years I was a constant sufferer from an acute stomach difficulty, bowel trouble accompanied by hemorrhages, rheumatism, and fainting spells; in fact, there seemed to be no end to my numerous ailments. About six years ago I was stricken with paralysis in my right side. This affected not only my limbs, but my speech and mentality. My husband consulted first one doctor and then another, and spent every dollar that he could afford on the treatments which they advised. This continued for four years; and by that time symptoms of locomotor ataxia had developed. My condition was so wretched that I contemplated ending my life.

I had been brought up among religious surroundings, and had been compelled, when a child, to memorize a good deal of the Bible; but I never had any love for religion, and for many years had been a confirmed agnostic. I had heard occasional mention of Christian Science, but regarded it as not worth thinking of. But in August of 1908, when I had reached the very depths of misery, a young girl in Chicago told me what Christian Science had done for her mother, and advised me to go to one of the reading-rooms in that city and find out what Christian Science is.

I cannot describe the awakening that came to me, as I read its illuminating literature; it seemed as if I had never lived before. I borrowed a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," for at that time I could not afford either to buy the book or to engage a practitioner. I drew from the bottom of a trunk a Bible which had been lying there for years, but which is now my constant companion. I had to return the text-book in two weeks, and did not possess one of my own till the following January, but I memorized as much as I could of it, during the two weeks, and continued the study of the Bible in the light of Christian Science, praying night and day for that Mind "which was also in Christ Jesus." In a short time I began to enjoy my food, with no distressing after effects; then my articulation improved, and little by little my limbs regained their strength. In about six months I was perfectly well.

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Testimony of Healing
It is with great pleasure that I write this testimony, but...
February 10, 1912

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