In August, 1913, while I was serving as a travelling representative...

In August, 1913, while I was serving as a travelling representative for a commercial business, I was stricken with an ailment diagnosed by the physicians as typhoid fever. The fever was so high and my condition was so bad that it seemed hopeless, but I gradually recovered. One week after I was up and about I suddenly found that I was in an entirely helpless condition, and physicians who were called diagnosed it as paralysis. I was in this state for thirteen weeks.

In 1910 I had started a business correspondence with a person who lived in New Jersey, and heard from him from time to time. By the middle of November, 1913, my condition had become so serious that I had almost wasted away, having been reduced from one hundred and sixty-five pounds to ninety-two. My mother called in several specialists, who held consultations and finally said that they could do nothing more for me. In their opinion the heart action would not last more than a few days.

On the day that the physicians made the above decision, a friend of mine wrote to the one in New Jersey and advised him of my condition and the verdict of the doctors. From our past correspondence this man knew of my opposition to what I thought Christian Science to be, so after he received the news, he wrote a letter to be read to me, in which he stated that the doctors' verdict pointed to only a few more days of life, but that if I would accept Christian Science it would lead to health and happiness. He wrote, "I have been interested in Christian Science and have had many healings and I stand ready to do all in my power for you." After reading this letter to me, my friend said, "Why don't you swallow your dislike, and let me write and tell him to take up the work for you?" She saw from my expression that I was willing to have her write to him, and the very next day I seemed to be in less pain and discomfort. Day by day there was improvement until at the end of three weeks of treatment I was able to sit up in a chair and write a letter to him without assistance from anyone. I continued to improve in every way, and on January 8, 1914, I took a position; and with the exception of still being very thin, no one would have known that I had passed through the above experience.

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June 22, 1935

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