My very earliest memories are of stories of the Bible, but...

My very earliest memories are of stories of the Bible, but as I approached the age of nine, there came a realization that our lives did not follow the life of Jesus, for I was ill and under the doctor's care much of the time. So many things seemed wrong with the world that a depressed sense grew upon me, along with increasing frailty of body. After a few years I learned that a relative had been healed of an incurable disease through Christian Science treatment. Never can I tell of the hope brought by those letters which told of the freedom and joy of the dear one so long considered an invalid. Very soon after her healing I visited in the home of this relative for seven months. A week's treatment in Christian Science healed me of chronic catarrh. Headaches were also banished, so that I was able to lay aside glasses which I had been told should be worn until I was fifty years old. They have never been worn since. The tranquil, glad sense that I had had in very early childhood returned.

Going back to my native city in 1899, I found it barren indeed, for there was no Christian Science organization there, and my otherwise loving mother did all she could to discourage my growth in this new-old religion. She was the daughter of a surgeon and physician, and believed that she was saving me from a religious fad. After two years of silent brooding I succumbed to four months of almost fatal illness. Three doctors gave different verdicts as to the cause of the prostration. When it seemed that I could no longer live, with difficulty I wrote for Christian Science help. Immediately the doctors in consultation dismissed themselves by sending me to Colorado. The climate did not help me, but I gained my religious freedom at that time. Much of my healing has come about through my understanding that God constitutes the true and only environment.

In 1904 I had the privilege of helping to establish the first Christian Science church in my native city. While I was still very young, church board work came to me. The last severe struggle with illness occurred when a group of friends planned to hear a Christian Science lecture in a neighboring city. There was every temptation to believe that I was too ill to attend, but I went, and returned with a very comfortable, happy sense of well-being.

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Testimony of Healing
With sincere gratitude for many blessings, and a heart...
October 19, 1935

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