My attention was first called to Christian Science when...

My attention was first called to Christian Science when as a trained nurse I cared for a practitioner's mother. We carried the case along all summer but finally the patient collapsed and did not respond to medicine; accordingly, the daughter was called home. Two days after her arrival the night nurse was discharged, as two nurses were no longer required, and three days later the doctor discharged himself, saying his services were no longer needed. At the end of the week the patient was well. A friend who had been operated upon many times for an abnormal growth only to have it recur each time, was healed by one treatment in Christian Science. These healings led me to buy "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mrs. Eddy, and I found in it just what I had needed all my life. I wanted to give up my profession at once and take up the study of Christian Science, but could not see my way sufficiently clear to do so.

I worked along in medical nursing four years more; but was not happy in the work. At the end of that time my health broke down so completely that the physician told me I would not be able to take up my work again. I therefore gave up my room and went to stay with relatives. Strange to say, I did not at this time think of Christian Science and the book that had been such a help to me. I went along six months, taking medicine that I knew would not relieve me, the pain becoming more excruciating every day. Then I thought of my copy of Science and Health, and began to read. This, however, was not sufficient, so I asked for absent treatment and from the first received so much help that I was encouraged to go on. I was under treatment two years before the healing was complete. I have been healed of many physical ills; but the physical healing is little compared with the spiritual uplift. Instead of sorrow I now reflect joy; instead of sickness, health; instead of poverty, an abundant supply of all good.

I am very thankful to God for our dear Leader, Mrs. Eddy, who gave the world this great truth, grateful to practitioners and nurses, who so lovingly helped me, grateful for the reading rooms and the Christian Science literature and for all the other activities of The Mother Church, through which I have received so much help. My only desire is to make my life an expression of gratitude and appreciation of the good.—

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November 15, 1919

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