As a little child I was compelled by doctors and specialists...

As a little child I was compelled by doctors and specialists to put on glasses, they claiming that I had a bad astigmatism of one eye. For years many of my days were spent in dark rooms with sickness and pain. I was soon taken out of school; and my hair, which was unusually long and heavy, was kept short in order that strength possible should be allowed to benefit my eyes and the general nervous condition they seemed to be causing.

Some years passed, and I was allowed to study a little; but during each summer my entire time was spent trying to gain enough strength that I might do some studying the following winter. After years of such caring for my health, my eyes suddenly grew worse, and a muscular condition developed which complicated matters and made it necessary to redouble every effort possible in the way of care. Books and all chance to study anything seemed gone forever; and dark rooms, ice bags, hot water bottles, and pain were my constant companions. The doctors, hoping to strengthen the muscles, worked daily on my eyes with prisms, until many times it was with difficulty that I was able to walk alone after leaving their offices.

In 1913 I bought a copy of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy and began to read it—but without a thought of gaining any benefit for my eyes, as I had had it firmly impressed upon my thought that nothing would ever help them except, possibly, an operation, to which I had refused to submit. After a few months of earnest study, I became aware that I no longer needed my glasses; but it was many weeks before I overcame my fear of public opinion and took them off. Since that time—seven years ago—I have not had a pair of lenses before me; nor have I suffered any pain as a result. Being in business, a great deal of my work has been close book-work; and not once has it been necessary, on account of my eyes, for me to leave my work. My experience during the world war was like many another business woman's. My days were full and long, and rarely did I have a Sunday free from work; but not once did I feel any ill effects of this work.

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