A few years ago I had three distinct attacks of the then...

A few years ago I had three distinct attacks of the then prevailing malady called the grippe or "flu." After the third attack I suffered from severe physical disability and mental collapse. Although I had been a student of Christian Science for a number of years, and notwithstanding the efforts of patient, conscientious practitioners, no improvement was noticeable, conditions seeming to become worse instead of better. I was unable to attend properly to business, the days were burdened with fear and discouragement, the nights with panic and insomnia. A false sense of shame at my inability to conquer this trouble brought enlarged pictures of human shortcomings, careless thinking and negligence in the daily study and application of the truth as found in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," and the other writings of our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy. I made every excuse to keep from reading—I even denied the truth. I was afraid to go to church; I avoided the best friends any one could have. From apprehension of not getting well, I fell into the daily expectation of death. I was miserable and I made others so.

While I was in this condition a loving parent passed on and business reverses came. Practically all my own relatives, and those of my dear wife, advised, in fact demanded, that I be placed in a sanitarium or some public institution. They seemed convinced there was no assurance of ultimate recovery. My dear, brave wife stood firm and did everything to encourage me. Through all the darkness I knew the only remedy possible was the truth as found in Christian Science. My wife would not tolerate the suggestion often made by others for trial of man-made methods. Most of the time, for over two years, I was under the care of loving practitioners.

February 25, 1922
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