I cannot remember ever having good health for any long...

I cannot remember ever having good health for any long period of time until I was healed through Christian Science in January, 1925. In 1922 I had a very severe attack of appendicitis, followed by two slighter ones. They left me with adhesions which were very painful, and I spent many days in sickness. In December, 1924, while in a distant city, I became worse and went to the only doctor I knew. He told me that I had leakage of the heart, and that he could give me no permanent relief for the adhesions; that I must not run, hurry, get tired, or even exert myself unnecessarily. After treating me he advised me to make arrangements for an operation as soon as convenient because, he said, I would probably be compelled to have it eventually. I came home thinking I must soon go back for the operation.

A friend asked me if I cared to go to her doctor, and I consented, thinking I would rather do anything than have the operation. Her "doctor" proved to be a Christian Science practitioner. I went to him not believing in Christian Science, but believing God could do anything. The practitioner gave me one treatment. The next morning I got out of bed without pain for the first time in many weeks. In the following days I had peculiar feelings in my side, but these were soon gone. I had very little pain after going to the practitioner, and though it returned at times I steadily refused to allow it to trouble me, and finally it left entirely. In less than a week after I went to the practitioner I ran two blocks trying to catch a street car, even forgetting I was not supposed to run.

August 17, 1929

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