It is with a heart full of thankfulness to God that I give...

It is with a heart full of thankfulness to God that I give my testimony of healing, through the aid of Christian Science, of what threatened to be total loss of sight. For quite twenty years I had held responsible positions which entailed much mental strain. I was the matron of a London hospital for ten years, and later held a similar position in a large public institution where the responsibility was equally great. In consequence I broke down completely in health, and one of the troubles which came to me was loss of sight in the left eye, through a complication of disorders followed by a cataract. I had the very best medical aid in London, and was advised not to undergo an operation for the removal of the cataract, but to be content with the sight of one eye.

In course of time the right eye grew weaker and weaker, and great pain came when I read or worked at my books. Time after time I consulted one of the best oculists in London, asking him to give me stronger spectacles (I had worn glasses for short sight all my life), but he said it was useless; and one day, after examining my eyes in a dark room, he told me very kindly that I must not expect to get better, for as time passed I would in all probability lose my sight entirely. He advised me to try to learn things which would amuse me when I could not see; in other words, to learn how to be blind. I did what he advised; I gave up all reading and all unnecessary writing, for I found both were straining my eyes. I learned to knit and to do certain kinds of work with my eyes shut, went about in the dark, and soon found that I could feel my way easily to places I knew. This continued for some years, and eventually I resigned my appointment to go to my friends and family in the North of England, with the thought in my heart that I might see them before my sight failed entirely.

One day, while visiting some friends, I heard Christian Science spoken of disparagingly, and also heard that a gentleman whom I knew a little had defended the work of the Christian Scientists, saying that his wife had been wonderfully healed of certain ailments of long standing by a Christian Science practitioner. This attracted my attention; and when I met the lady herself the same week, I asked her if it were true, and if so to tell me what Christian Science was, as I knew nothing about it. Later, she introduced me to a practitioner, and from that day I date the beginning of my recovery. The practitioner read to me from the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and then loaned it to me for a fortnight, saying that I was to read it. I replied that I was not able to read, my eyes being so weak. She then said that I could read this book and it would do my sight no harm.

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February 14, 1914

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