I wish to express my gratitude for the help I have received...

I wish to express my gratitude for the help I have received through Christian Science during the past twenty-four years. For six years I was a physical wreck and never free from pain. I suffered from kidney trouble and a complication of ailments, but the most severe pain was in my back. I spent one winter in a hospital. Later I gained a little, but there came a relapse, and I was able to do only the very lightest of work, while even that required every effort I was able to put forth. I took medicine and was under the care of doctors continually, but nothing had any lasting effect.

As the years went on I because unable to eat without suffering extreme pain afterward, and all my organs were said to be affected. Finally I felt I must give up the fight, for I had lost faith in every kind of doctor and was rapidly growing worse. I was then living in Nova Scotia, but a brother in the West asked me to come to his home, as he thought the climate might agree with me, and with new hope I accepted his invitation. Before a month had passed, however, I was worse than ever, for the cold air seemed to affect my lungs and a walk of six blocks left me exhausted. At this time I heard by letter of a lady who had been healed of lung trouble through Christian Science after the doctors had given her up. I had never heard of this religion, but after listening to the reading of that letter, the thought that I must try Christian Science never left me, although I was still under a doctor's care, and I finally determined to give it a trial as my last chance.

August 28, 1915

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