Some time ago I was taken with what is called by the...

Some time ago I was taken with what is called by the medical profession gall-bladder trouble, and was in bed for six weeks. My heart was said to be in a very bad condition, in fact, too bad to warrant an immediate operation, which the attending physician said was necessary. My sister, who lived in another state, and was notified by my wife at this time, came to see me. Being a Christian Scientist she knew, as I know now, that I did not need an operation—that what I needed was God, Truth, the understanding of whom would set me free from sin, sickness, and death, as explained on page 203 of Science and Health: "If God were understood instead of being merely believed, this understanding would establish health."

After my sister's visit I started to improve, was able to sit up, and soon was going about with help; but I was far from being well, for I still had much pain. The physicians told me that as soon as I was strong enough they would operate. As my sister had a summer home in the mountains, I obtained permission to go there to recuperate for the pending operation. At this mountain home I was told what Christian Science would do for me or for anyone who would trust in God. Like a drowning man willing to grasp at anything to save himself, I consented to my sister's calling a practitioner. Fifteen minutes after the call was made the pain left me completely.

After my healing, however, I forgot about God and turned back to material things for a period of over three years. In that time I had several illnesses and resorted to medical treatment. One of my many ills was diagnosed as the gall-bladder trouble again. I was sent to the hospital for an X-ray examination, which showed the gall bladder in normal condition. Then the pain appeared in my back, making me as much of an invalid as I was before. This time I was put to bed with electric pads. For two days and nights I kept getting worse. Through the influence of my dear wife, who from my first healing three years before had been trying to persuade me to take up Science, I consented to her going for a practitioner. Before leaving she helped me out of bed to a reclining chair, and gave me the textbook, which I started to read. All the time she was gone I read, and I became so interested that I forgot all about the spinal trouble. On my wife's return I jumped up from the chair without help and without thinking of my back until I had taken about ten steps. Then and there the light was revealed to me and unfolded so beautifully that I was astounded, for I was completely healed.

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Testimony of Healing
In the first two lines of the Preface to Science and Health...
May 12, 1934

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