In 1908, during my senior year at a hospital and training...

In 1908, during my senior year at a hospital and training school for nurses, in San Francisco, our work was very hard. Conditions were still far from normal following the earthquake of 1906, and each nurse had to do about as much work as three would do under normal conditions. Under this strain I broke down with what the doctors called nervous prostration. One day I felt terribly nervous and depressed, and as there seemed to be no chance of lighter duties, I concluded I would have to give up and go home to my parents. This was a hard blow after having been in the school two years and having only one more year to finish the course. It was necessary for me to earn a living and I knew nothing else to do, besides having no assurance that my health would not break down under anything I might undertake.

My parents were visiting relatives in Berkeley at the time, and so I telephoned to my aunt's house to talk with my mother. She was out, and my aunt, who is a student of Christian Science, answered the telephone. When I told her my troubles, she offered Christian Science help and advised me to go on with my duties and say nothing until noon. I was too miserable to care what I did, so I consented, feeling sure I would leave in the afternoon, but within an hour I was perfectly healed, and able to go on with my work. Before lunch the superintendent of nurses sent for me and made me her assistant for the rest of my time at the school, a task which was pleasant and easy; however, I found out that I could do a great deal more and better mental and physical work than ever before. Since that time I have been gaining slowly but surely in the understanding of Christian Science, which has met every need, moral, mental, and physical.

I am more grateful every day for the blessings received, but most of all for the spiritual understanding of life and its possibilities, and for the consequent realization that limitation in all its phases is unreal and can be proved so.

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Testimony of Healing
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February 23, 1918

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