From a frail and sickly child I grew to womanhood a slave...

From a frail and sickly child I grew to womanhood a slave to medicine. Stomach trouble with its host of accompanying ills made life almost unbearable. Doctor after doctor was consulted and the treatment prescribed given faithful trial. In each instance if improvement was experienced it was not permanent. In the course of time, as conditions grew alarming, I found myself an inmate of a sanatorium, where I spent some wretched days. The doctors had diagnosed my case as distended stomach, abnormal condition of the kidney, and intestinal indigestion; in fact, the doctors at the sanatorium said they were glad to find two good organs in my body, the lungs.

Each time the head physician came to my bedside he would narrate some instance of Christian Science healing. This, however, made no impression upon me, until one day something I read greatly interested me. I immediately began to throw away my medicine. When my husband came the following Sunday I begged him to take me away, as I wanted Christian Science treatment. He agreed most reluctantly, however, and called the head doctor, to whom he made known his intentions of removing me from the sanatorium as a result of my entreaty. I then asked this physician to tell me frankly what he thought of my case, and he said in reply that if they could keep me there a year they might make some impression upon me; but when he said it I felt that he was aware that I would not have lived that long under medical treatment. When he bade me good-by he said that he believed they could do anything that any earthly power could do, but what they could not do they left to Christian Science.

My healing in Christian Science was almost instantaneous. Although I took fifteen treatments the practitioner afterward told my mother he felt convinced that I was healed with the first one. I regret to state that my footsteps have diverged widely from the straight and narrow path of Truth since my healing. Through experience, however, I have learned that "every supposed pleasure in sin will furnish more than its equivalent of pain, until belief in material life and sin is destroyed" (Science and Health, p. 6), and now I am endeavoring to follow in the pathway that leads to the realization of Immanuel, "God with us." I am indeed thankful to God, and deeply grateful to the one who so distinctly blazed anew the trail leading from bondage to the glorious liberty of the sons of God.

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Testimony of Healing
I herewith offer this testimony for the encouragement of...
November 4, 1916

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