In November, 1905, I underwent a double operation for...

In November, 1905, I underwent a double operation for appendicitis and a diseased condition of one kidney. These ills had caused me a great deal of discomfort and suffering, and an operation seemed to be the only means of getting some relief. The relief obtained, however, proved to be of only a temporary nature, and in a little over a year my condition was as bad as before the operation, and in some respects worse.

I suffered from depression, nervousness, and an extreme sense of nausea which was often more trying than pain. After several examinations, it was found that the other kidney was in an abnormal condition, and according to materia medica it was not possible to have another operation of this nature. My parents, doctor, and friends were all most kind, and did everything that love could think of to make things brighter for me; but in spite of their efforts, I finally came to the conclusion that life was not worth living and wished I might be allowed to pass on. The doctor said I would be more or less of an invalid for the rest of my life, that I would never know what it was to be really well again.

When a friend of mine (who is not a Christian Scientist) heard what the doctor had said, she asked my mother to let me have Christian Science treatment, saying she was quite sure it would help me. We knew nothing about Christian Science, but my friend's sister-in-law lent us some literature, including the text-book, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures." After reading a little, my mother said she was sure that Christian Science could do me no harm, even if it did me no good, and for the sake of saying that we had left nothing untried, she asked me to have treatment. To this I consented, although I did not believe that anything could succeed when the doctor had failed, but I attended a Wednesday meeting at First Church of Christ, Scientist, London. I went again the following Wednesday, and was introduced to a practitioner after the service. I began to have treatment that week (about the last of January, 1909), and in three weeks I was perfectly well.

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Testimony of Healing
It is difficult to express in words my thankfulness to God...
June 27, 1914

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