But for the help received through Christian Science I...

But for the help received through Christian Science I would not to-day be with my dear family. My testimony is given with profound gratitude for the healing gospel of this religion.

About the middle of April, 1913, my health began to fail rapidly, with intermittent attacks of fever and complete exhaustion. A Christian Science practitioner had been called, and on May 11 a physician made a thorough examination and pronounced my case to be "a large fibro-cystic tumor." He said that while immediate removal of the growth was necessary to save my life, an operation would undoubtedly prove fatal. On the same day another physician was called by the family, a former professor of anatomy at the Minnesota State University, our family physician and friend for twenty years, a man of extensive practice and long experience in his profession, as was also the first physician summoned. He made a thorough examination. He called for five consecutive days, making examinations and taking measurements, but seemed unable definitely to pronounce the name of the disorder. He stated that it might be any one of three dangerous conditions. He gave no hope of recovery, except by means of an operation, adding, however, that an operation would be equivalent to "cutting off the head." No medical or surgical treatment of any kind was given.

April 11, 1925
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