I first asked for Christian Science treatment about eight...

I first asked for Christian Science treatment about eight years ago. For several weeks I had spent much time with my sister, who had a severe attack of typhoid fever. As she began to convalesce I began to have all the symptoms of the disease. The Physician in attendance said he would do what he could to prevent its development but feared it was too far advanced. I took his medicine for a week but was getting worse daily, and when Christian Science was recommended to me I decided it could at least do me no harm. I knew nothing of its teachings, but in a week's treatment all traces of the fever disappeared. I also laid aside glasses, after having worn them constantly for fifteen years and having been told by oculists that I should have to wear them always. I have never had them on since and can see better than I formerly could with them.

While quite willing to attribute the healing to Christian Science, I was unwilling to give up the church I had attended since childhood. About two years later, when a difficulty from which I had suffered for years became aggravated and the physicians said my only hope was a second operation, Christian Science was again presented to me. I had made partial arrangements to go to the hospital, and thought I was entirely too sick for it to help me this time, but upon being reminded that a former operation for this same trouble had given only temporary relief, and that I had experienced the healing power of Truth two years before, I decided to ask for treatment. This time the healing was not accomplished so quickly and there were many days of doubt and fear as well as long nights of suffering, yet I persevered and at the end of six weeks was entirely healed.

During this time I learned that not all the work rests with the practitioner, but that the patient too has a part to take. I remember one day especially. After leaving the practitioner's office I went to the reading room, and although my back ached terribly I sat and read for three hours. What I was reading in Science and Health was all new to me and different from what I had always believed, and in trying to figure out how the statements about perfect man could possibly apply to one in my condition, I forgot the suffering, and when I got up to go it had entirely left me. For years I had been unable to do anything that called for physical strength, but now I am able to do whatever I want to do and experience no ill effects.

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Testimony of Healing
After eleven years of practical proof of the healing power...
March 30, 1918

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