When I first heard of Christian Science it was after years...

When I first heard of Christian Science it was after years of dependence on doctors and medicine; in fact I am quite sure there were not six months from my earliest infancy that I did not take medicine of some kind. As I passed from childhood to womanhood I suffered from so-called inherited diseases peculiar to women, and these were getting worse each year. I was told I would never be well and strong, or able to be on my feet without suffering. I also had kidney, liver, and stomach trouble. My heart was about the only organ in my body that was not said to be diseased. I had suffered from headache all my life, and had worn glasses about ten years for a structural defect and contracted muscles of the sight.

At this time, when I was so run down in general that the physician said I was on the verge of a complete nervous breakdown. I traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific in the hope of getting my health in sunny California. I did, but not as I expected to get it. I had been here several months with no good results; in fact in some ways I was very much worse, my eyes in particular. The constant sunlight kept my headaching nearly all the time and I was not able to work at all. At last I was advised to try Christian Science, of which I knew nothing, but I was glad to try anything that promised relief.

April 15, 1916

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