In 1908 I began to have kidney trouble

In 1908 I began to have kidney trouble. I had a copy of Science and Health which I used to read, and I had also been attending church services, as Christian Science appealed to me very much as a religion; but I was not yet ready to receive its full blessings, and went to a doctor for help. The ailment was pronounced acute Bright's disease. For six weeks I lived on a very limited diet, and then I was given a diet list and told I would have to restrict myself to it if I wished to have my health. I took a great deal of medicine and for a while seemed better; then the medicine lost its effect. For three years I would be sometimes better, then worse, but I was never without drugs. I was not able to do my own work; if I did our small washing I would be ill the next day. I was miserable in mind as well as body, the fear of the disease and my weakened physical condition causing me to worry over everything.

A sister-in-law, who had often asked me to try Christian Science for the physical trouble, asked me to see a practitioner for my mental state. I did so, and the first uplift was beautiful; everything began to look bright. For some time I was so occupied with my reading that I forgot the medicines, but there was still much fear of the old disease. It soon became necessary to have treatment for the kidney disorder, and the relief was almost instantaneous. Since then I have eaten what I wanted and all I wanted, have enjoyed good health, and have never used material remedies.

A few months ago there seemed to be a slight return of the ailment, but it was very slight and has again disappeared. I feel that it was only a call to another step higher.

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December 5, 1914

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