In January, 1912, I was taken ill with what seemed at first...

In January, 1912, I was taken ill with what seemed at first a very severe attack of stomach trouble. I could retain no food and was in very great pain. After some weeks of suffering I consulted my physician, who is very eminent, and after treating me for two months or more without any change for the better, he sent me to a stomach specialist, who took a test, prescribed for me, and put me under the care of my physician again. After washing out the stomach several times, my doctor told me that owing to the catarrhal condition it would be necessary to do this daily, so the daily washing was continued for three months, but I got no relief, neither was there any abatement of the mucus. Early in July I had a slight hemorrhage of the stomach, and on the twentieth I became very ill, the attack terminating in a most severe hemorrhage. This left me very weak and in great pain. I telephoned to my doctor's office, and as he had gone abroad I spoke to his assistant, who told me I had no time to lose, for my condition was serious, and that I must go to a hospital at once. He also said I would have to remain there at least three weeks, perhaps much longer; that a hemorrhage of this kind was always an indication of a very grave condition. This statement was verified by another physician, a friend of the family, on Saturday, and I told the doctor that I would think it over until the following Monday.

As I was lying in bed, suffering intense pain and thinking of the eight months that I had been under the care of eminent physicians with no relief, knowing that I was growing thinner and weaker and that I could not survive much longer under these conditions, I concluded to try Christian Science. We found the name of a practitioner in the Journal, one who lived in the immediate vicinity, and who called soon after we had telephoned. I told him of my severe illness, but added that if it was necessary for the patient to believe that Christian Science would heal, there would be no use in treating me, as I could not believe it. He then said the fact that a patient calls for a Christian Science practitioner when all material means have failed, is generally found sufficient. I was living at the time on an invalid's diet, and I asked the practitioner if I should step right out on the promises and eat anything I wanted. He told me to do just as I felt inclined; that food would not hurt me, but that if I feared it would do so, the fear might occasion bad results. Thereupon he read to me from the seventeenth chapter of John, and called my attention to the preceding chapters, in which Jesus dwelt at length upon his relation to God, and the relation of others to God and to himself, and he also explained the application of this to each one individually.

I read the chapters mentioned, also in Mrs. Eddy's writings as advised, and I then began to see the real spiritual man in God's likeness, free from sickness, sin, and error. I had treatment every day that week except Wednesday, when I attended the testimony meeting. On Friday night the practitioner asked me if I had partaken of any ordinary food, and on learning that I had not, he asked me why I did not try to eat something. I said I would, and that night I did so, without any serious results. From that time I have continued to eat whatever I like without any ill effects, and I have been gaining steadily. Within a few days after calling for Christian Science help I was healed.

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Testimony of Healing
I send this testimony with gratitude for the many blessings...
February 14, 1914

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