"A minutely described disease costs many a man his...

"A minutely described disease costs many a man his earthly days of comfort." This statement, which is to be found on page 197 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, supports the circumstances in which I found myself in 1922.

After a period of heavy strain while working in a munition factory as a cook in a canteen during 1917-18, I took up my profession as a teacher, only to find that I was seriously depleted in health, and was in a state of fear that I should break down at my work. This fear increased to such an extent that I could hardly bear to go out at all to any public place or in a public vehicle. It became well-nigh impossible to continue in the teaching profession. At this juncture someone very unwisely described minutely the symptoms of a new form of disease which a fellow teacher was experiencing. It was a very serious form of blood pressure, culminating in an enlarged head, with complications. The description took such a hold of me that I could think of little else, and before many months had passed I believed myself a victim of the same complaint. Medical treatment, including homeopathy, failed to bring any relief, and I steadily grew worse. I was forced to give up my profession through inability to continue, was told to wear glasses as a partial relief, and was taking several kinds of medicine a day. A state of despair and unhappiness was my greatest trouble. One gleam of hope I found one day in opening the Bible, when I read these words, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God"—though how it was to be "for the glory of God," I had no idea.

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