The most outstanding recollections of my early childhood...

The most outstanding recollections of my early childhood are the daily visit to the oculist and the periods of two or three days' duration when the granulated eyelids held tightly together; and, later, the forced absences from school, wherein months of work were lost. In the period of adolescence this condition was seemingly outgrown; but in young womanhood it was manifested again in an aggravated form. The final verdict given by the physicians is best expressed in the words of the specialist last consulted: "Perhaps, when you are eighty or ninety years old, you will be relieved of all pain!" This made such a fixed impression on my thought that I bowed my head in submission to the yoke of a permanent affliction—accepted as inevitable; therefore, as I was otherwise in good physical condition, it was not with any idea of physical healing that I became interested in Christian Science.

At that time my courses of study were being pursued through the eyes of others. I never used my own for more than a page at most. One day, picking up the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, I read for an hour or more. Doing this daily became my custom; and there were times when hours would pass at one reading. It is noteworthy, and to me most interesting, that so forgetful was I of ever having entertained the belief of being unable to use my eyes in this manner that it did not occur to me there was anything extraordinary or even remarkable in the procedure, until the furtive smiles of amusement exchanged by other members of the family awakened me to a recognition of the healing. In a short time thereafter my glasses were removed; and they have never been used since, although through almost constant application my eyes have been subjected to a severer test than that which is given to those of the average person.

This was but the first healing, some years ago. Since then, many mountains and many valleys have been traversed. Joys of progress and struggles with error have been experienced: the night that precedes the dawn of a new day has come and gone many times. Last winter, through the aid of a practitioner, an erstwhile prevalent contagion, with which I was confined to bed, was overcome in one night, with a precision and a definiteness so marked as to parallel that of the turning off of a faucet.

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Testimony of Healing
Christian Science was first presented to me by a woman...
April 19, 1924

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