Christian Science came to me at a time when I was in...

Christian Science came to me at a time when I was in the depths of despair and despondency, the result of suffering and illness. I had been treated by several physicians, one of whom insisted that an operation for bladder trouble was imperative not later than the following day; but my husband and I decided to have an examination by a specialist first. This resulted in the specialist's assuring me that he could cure me in a short time. I was in his care one year and four months, but finally realized that my relief was a temporary one. I was grateful even for this; but when the truth was forced upon me that the effects of the treatments were so fleeting, I became desperate and felt that I should prefer to die rather than continue in this way.

During this time I had occasion to consult a dentist about my teeth, and I asked him if he considered I was in a proper physical condition to have the necessary work done. He replied that it was very inadvisable until I was in better health. In my despair I exclaimed, "Oh, what is there for me to do?" To my surprise he replied in a kindly way, "Why do you not try Christian Science?" I asked if he was a Christian Scientist, and he said, "No, but would to God I were!" This gave me my first serious thought upon this subject, although it had been brought to my attention years before. The remark seemed to have a deeper effect, and to make a more profound impression coming from one who I knew possessed a fine intellect. I asked how to proceed, and was told the Christian Science Reading Rooms would give all necessary information. It did not take me long to get in touch with a pracitioner; and I took a taxicab to her house, as it was a long walk.

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